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HTC's Android L roadmap leaks

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 01, 2014.

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HTC Android L roadmap
HTC Android L roadmap

HTC was quick to confirm some of its smartphone would be getting Android L within 90 days of the software's release, but the company was not so forthcoming about all of its devices. A leaked document purported to be a roadmap for the company's Android L plans has now surfaced and it looks like the Taiwanese giant is going full steam ahead with the roll out of Google's latest mobile platform.

The company said the day of Android L's launch at Google's I/O that it would roll out the update to for the new software within 90 days of its release. However, HTC only officially confirmed Android L for the HTC One M8 flagship and last year's HTC One M7 within the 90 day period. It does seem like the company's plans go a little beyond those two high end devices though, with no fewer than 11 handsets being lined up for L.

The roadmap gives us the lowdown on several Android version and not just L and confirms that some of HTC's smartphones will skip the latter versions of Android KitKat (4.4.3 and 4.4.4). For example, some of the older HTC One M7 variants and other legacy devices will miss out on 4.4.3 and the small 4.4.4 patch completely and will go straight to Android L. Those include the Dual SIM M7, One Max, One Mini, Butterfly 5, Desire 816, and Desire 610.

Only the HTC One M8 and M7 will get each update from KitKat 4.4 through all its releases to Android L. The dual SIM M8 and the One Mini 2 will skip 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 and will get Android L, as will the One E8. The One M8 and M7 remain the only handsets pencilled for an Android L update from the day the software is released.

All other handsets on the roadmap will forgo the initial Android L rollout and HTC will evaluate the situation later in the year, with all the devices likely to get Android L alongside the next version of the company's Sense 6 smartphone software. Aside from those devices already on the market, HTC is also likely to give any new upcoming smartphones the Android L treatment too.

source: Android Headlines

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