One of the things I love most about owning Nexus devices is the ability to get Android OTA software updates before anyone else – and in the case of Android Lollipop, I’ve even been able to test preview software before it’s made available over the air. If you tend to buy manufacturer-skinned devices, though, this generally hasn’t been an option – until now.
With next to no fanfare, HTC has quietly launched a new private preview program for software updates, similar to Motorola’s soak tests, but even more exclusive-feeling. This information was posted in HTC’s Elevate program, which is HTC’s private community where it works with users to promote its devices and services. Members of Elevate also get freebies for participating in the community.
You need an invite to be a part of HTC Elevate, which unfortunately can be tricky to come by. According to the front page of the site:
How do you get in? If you came here without clicking on a link you found elsewhere, or the link you used has expired, the best way to get a new join link is to follow @HTCelevate on Twitter. Join links are posted monthly, sometimes more often.
So there you go. If anyone out there is a part of this program, be sure to let us know what your experiences are like!