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HTC Says Lollipop Rollout Going Slower Than Hoped

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Jan 30, 2015, 6:07 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 30, 2015, 6:16 PM

HTC today warned owners of its handsets that it likely won't meet its self-imposed 90-day deadline to deliver Lollipop to existing handsets. Several years ago, HTC promised customers it would update its handsets to the latest version of Android within 90 days of that vesion's general release. According to HTC, however, things aren't going so smoothly with Android 5.0 Lollipop. "We've been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you've been following the progress of this rollout you will know that Google has had to address several issues with this release," said HTC in a blog post. "We've been diligently working to fix some of them on our end and incorporating Google's fixes as quickly as possible, but despite everyone's best efforts some carrier versions of the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will not meet our 90 day goal, which is February 1st." HTC concluded by saying it would prefer to deliver the update correctly rather than quickly. It said it will continue to provide updates as more information about Lollipop rollouts become available.

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Jan 31, 2015, 10:17 AM

With HTC

announcing a One M9 device in March, it honestly does not even matter when Lollipop update will complete as M9 will have it out of the box. Many M7 and M8 owners will be looking to upgrade.

However, I'd rather wait and have HTC and carriers do the roll-out correctly rather than quickly.
Remember just a few years ago HTC was the leader in upgrading software, and Samsung was the slowest, the tables turned, and now Samsung and LG are the fastest, and HTC makes promises it knew it couldnt keep.

Here is an idea, ditch all the bloatware...
The average user is upgrading their phone every two years at best (unless they break it first.) That's why upgrades within the first two years of a product are important.

Jan 31, 2015, 2:10 AM

Fool me twice, shame on me

I would be waiting for this update if HTC hadn't screwed all the Droid Incredible II users out of ICS. That is when I stopped buying HTC. Samsung was great with the S3 and S4! I could not have been happier with my Samsung experience. Now the wife and I carry the OnePlus One. Even though it looks like they will also miss this 90 day window, Cyanogen is far superior to Sense.
Cyanogen is being bought by Microsoft, so I wouldn't expect those updates to last too much longer, and One Plus using a different UI soon.
Except that if the phone stops working for whatever reason support for the OnePlus One is nearly none existant. And the upgrade for the HTC (m7) was within the 90 days and both HTC ONE's have been far superior to the Samsung Galaxy s4 and s5.
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