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HTC promises speedy Android L updates for the HTC One, One M8

Firm beats Samsung and Sony to it
Thu Jun 26 2014, 11:38

HTC One M8 with Android LTAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has promised users that it will roll out Android L to its HTC One and One M8 smartphones "as soon as possible" following the mobile operating system's unveiling at Google I/O on Wednesday.

Speaking on its company blog just hours after Google's announcement, HTC said that it will first bring the update to the HTC One and One M8 smartphones, followed shortly by other select HTC devices.

The firm said, "At HTC, our customers come first. That's why we pledge to include software updates for all of our devices for up to two years after their launch date.

"Here at HTC, we are excited about the new features in Android L release and we can't wait to share them with you. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible and will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly by other select HTC devices.

"The software update timeline will begin once we receive the final software from Google and device updates will vary based on device, region, and carrier," it added, saying that SIM-free handsets likely will receive Android L first.

Other phone makers such as Samsung and Sony are yet to cough on their Android L plans, but we have contacted them for more information.

Android L made its debut on Wednesday, and introduces features such as Google's cross-platform Material Design framework, support for 64-bit processors and a new battery saving mode, which the firm claims will extend the battery life of a Nexus 5 smartphone by an additional 90 minutes.

The Android L Developer Preview is available now, ahead of the mobile operating system's rollout in this autumn. µ


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