Android Lollipop is starting the rollout in Canada on Rogers and Telus networks for the HTC One M8, but it’s going to be a little longer before most people in the States get the Android 5/Sense 6 update officially.
Based on third hand info, the Sprint backend software needs more work, and AT&T’s a mess, but other US carrier users should start seeing things sometime shortly.
Then again, it could be as big a debacle as the AT&T 4.4.4 rollout has been, but at least some carriers on this side of the planet are seeing it now which is a big step in the right direction.
Meanwhile the question lingers: since HTC sold phones based on a guarantee, and they broke that guarantee, what actions are they going to do to make this right or is this just another no-consequence broken promise of theirs? While they shifted some of the blame to Google for faulty updates, people in the developer and Google Play Edition channels have had fairly stable Android 5.x for quite a while now.
I’ve been running a 5.0.2 GPE ROM since early December that’s been more stable than anything I’ve ever run, so I think the issues HTC is claiming have more to do with Sense and carrier-specific backends not working properly with Android L than Google’s massive mistakes. That and attempting too many fronts with getting the M9 and Sense 7 ready.
But that’s just my guess.
I think HTC needs to beat its marketing department for that guarantee and this video, and extend the support life for a year or so every time they miss a deadline they promised people in order to sell phones, which was what that guarantee was advertised and there to do.
In the meantime, we wait. The website doesn’t have any more info, and the Twitter feed we’re directed to is filled with tweets of someone acting like a bird, but not much else. Asking HTC results in them directing you to the explanation of what’s wrong which directs you to look at the Twitter feed where someone is acting like a bird. HTC: Here’s The Claw?
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) February 2, 2015