Make no mistake, there’s a lot of commotion surrounding the New HTC One M8. That commotion is understandable too, since the One M8 has a lot of notable features going for it. However, what if you’re an existing owner of the current HTC One model? Was there any good news for you in today’s HTC presentation? The short answer to that question is “yes.”
The slightly longer version of that answer involves HTC Sense 6.0. HTC has announced that the One M8 will feature Android KitKat wrapped in Sense 6.0, but it won’t be the only phone to get the latest version of HTC’s custom UI. The company has also announced that current HTC One owners will be updated to Sense 6.0 sometime soon, though we don’t know precisely when that will happen. HTC says the update will be available sometime during spring, so in addition to the thawing landscape, HTC owners now have another thing to look forward to in coming months.
The encouraging thing here is that HTC has been making a solid effort to keep users in the loop when it comes to update schedules. So, if HTC didn’t give a date today, that probably means the company itself doesn’t have a clear idea of when updates will begin hitting other devices in the One family. After all, there’s a fair amount of compatibility testing that needs to go into these updates, so it’s probably a good thing that HTC is being a little conservative with the information it gives away at this point in time, lest some HTC users end up disappointed.
However, an HTC update schedule was conveniently leaked yesterday, informing us that the HTC One M7, One Dual Sim, One Max, One Mini, and Butterfly S have all been confirmed to receive the Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6.0 update. The update for the One M7 has been given a May-June release window, while the other four devices are looking at a June-July roll out. Those seem to be the only devices in HTC’s lineup that will be receiving Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6.0, so if you’ve got another phone in your pocket, it might not be the best idea to hold onto much hope. We’ll have more information as it becomes available, so stay tuned.