Android Marshmallow Finally Hits The HTC Desire 820

HTC’s latest flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, may be getting all the press currently, but the company has also been working hard to establish a presence in the highly competitive mid-range segment with its Desire line of affordable handsets that are marketed mostly at pre-paid users globally. One admirable thing about HTC is that unlike many other manufacturers who give the short-shift to their cheaper devices, the Taiwanese company has shown the inclination to keep at least some of its mid-rangers updated with newer versions of Android. That being the case, the company is now reported to be rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Desire 820 smartphone that was launched back in 2014.

The Desire 820 may be one of the comparatively older mid-rangers from HTC, but with the rollout of the latest full-release version of Android, the device now gets many of the same features found on the company’s current flagship, the HTC 10, including the seventh-gen iteration of HTC’s custom Android interface, Sense UI. Unfortunately though, there’s nothing official at the moment from HTC, so there’s no word on which regions are getting the update, neither is there an available changelog to detail the exact changes that the new software brings to the table. However, the new software is expected to bring a number of thoughtful little features to the device. Marshmallow is expected to come with its native features, including Google Now on Tap, an all-new app permissions manager, a new app drawer and the battery-saving feature called ‘Doze’. On its part, HTC introduced a number of new design features with Sense UI 7.0, including support for theme packs and the ability to customize the on-screen virtual buttons.

Meanwhile, even though details regarding the rollout are sketchy at the moment, HTC should be able to deliver the new Marshmallow-based update worldwide over the next few weeks. Once it is available in a particular region though, users there should expect to receive an update notification on their device. However, those willing to manually check for the availability of Marshmallow should also be able to do that by going over to ‘Settings’ and then choosing ‘About Device’ before tapping on the ‘Software Update’ option.

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