We've started to see more and more manufacturers rolling out Android 5.1 to their devices, and today lucky owners of the HTC One M9 in Europe are getting the update. According to a Reddit poster, it appears to be rolling out in the UK as well. The update from Android 5.0 seems to be around 800MB in file size. So you'll want to definitely be sure you are on WiFi before downloading this update and installing it on your device. You'll also need to have at least 50% battery before installing it. In case the battery dies before the update is complete.
Many users have been reporting of bad battery life on the update before Android 5.1, but that's not just on the HTC One M9 either. So hopefully HTC has fixed that with the update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. We shall find out in a few days once more people get the update and start using it.
The HTC One M9 was announced back in March at Mobile World Congress, and got quite a bit of heat, no pun intended there. Primarily because it has pretty much the same design as their previous two HTC One smartphones, in the One M7 and One M8. Then there was also the whole issue with the Snapdragon 810, which isn't entirely HTC's fault but it did hurt them a bit. Hopefully this update will help solve a few issues and make their CPU a bit cooler.
The update to Android 5.1 isn't a huge update, in terms of new features. But it's a big bug fixer. So it should improve performance as well as battery life. Those of you in Europe should be able to pull down the update now. As usual, it'll likely be a staged rollout. So if you are unable to grab the update now, don't fret, it should be available to you soon. You can attempt to pull it down by going into Settings, tapping on About Phone, and then going to System Updates, and tapping on Check for System Updates. It's important to remember that clearing data on Google Services Framework will not work, it'll actually put you at the back of the queue for the update.