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Sprint HTC One M7 gets new security update

News by Luke Jones on Monday October 20, 2014.

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HTC One M7
HTC One M7

HTC has a huge update around the corner for its 2013 One M7 smartphone with news that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be landing on the device within the next 90 days. However, before that happens the Sprint variant of the all-metal handset is getting a rather more minor bump, a mere sweeping of the boards according to the US carrier.

Sprint describes the new update as a minor one that is being issued with the build number 5.05.651.2 and comes with Google security fixes. So, a minor patch then, so why is it a massive 1.5GB? Of course, some of that is the old software with enhanced security measures, but while the changes may be minor the actual file is huge.

The infuriating "Smith Disabled" banner that appears upon reboot has also been removed in the update, while the flashlight app has been replaced by a camera flash app. Other than that there is nothing noticeably new, which means that the M7 is missing out on the EYE Experience for the time being.

Launched two weeks ago, the EYE Experience is a new camera software suite that offers loads of features and functionality. HTC confirmed that the new software would be arriving on the One M7 eventually, but this is not the update that will deliver it. Perhaps the full release of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the handset in the coming months will also bring the EYE Experience with it.

The new update is available OTA for Sprint customers rocking the HTC One M7. Alternatively, you can download the update manually from HTC's site at the source.

Getting Started

Before you proceed with the update, make sure you have done the following:

Set aside approximately 20 minutes to allow the device to update

Connect the device to a charger

Ensure the battery is charged to at least 35%

If available, connect to Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE to speed up the update download process

Installation instructions

To manually perform the update, follow these steps below:

From the Home screen tap All apps , tap Settings .

Tap System updates .

Tap HTC software update .

Tap Check now .

Tap DOWNLOAD to download the update.

If downloading the update using the mobile data network (not connected to Wi-Fi), you may be prompted with a data fee warning message. If this is acceptable, tap YES to start the upgrade process.

Status of the download can be checked in the Notifications pull down.

Once the download is complete, the user will be prompted to install from the Notifications pull down. Tap the System update to begin the upgrade process. Tap OK to begin the update process to software version 5.05.651.2 .

WARNING: During the upgrade process the device will reboot multiple times and show software upgrade screens. Do not remove the AC charger as this might stop the update and your device may be rendered inoperable!

Device will reboot and begin installation. Users will not be able to use their device during the installation process (approximately 10 minutes).

The system update is complete. Tap OK to continue.

Manual system update instructions:

If you are outside of Sprint/Wi-Fi coverage, or the update is not found, you may perform a manual system update. This process requires that you download and install HTC Sync Manager first in order to get the proper drivers. If you do not have HTC Sync Manager installed already, you may download the software from http://www.htc.com/www/software/htc-sync-manager/ .

WARNING: Performing the system update manually will delete all information from the device. Ensure all information is backed up before proceeding. See the Help & How To section of this website for more information on backing up your device contents.

Performing the ROM Update:

Download and save the HTC One for Sprint ROM update to your PC.

Connect your device to your PC via the supplied USB cable.

If the device is not recognized by the PC, ensure you have HTC Sync Manager installed and then disconnect and reconnect the device from the USB cable.

Once the device is properly recognized on the PC, locate the HTC One for Sprint ROM Update that you downloaded. Double-click on the file to launch the system update wizard.

Follow all of the system update wizard instructions shown on your PC.

Once the update is complete, click Finish in the Wizard and the device will reboot.

Once the device reboots, the initial setup wizard will appear.

Once the initial setup process is complete, the device is ready for use.

Note : If the ROM update wizard fails to recognize the device, close the wizard and then follow the steps below:

From a powered off state, hold VOLUME DOWN while powering on the device.

Use the volume buttons to scroll to FASTBOOT and then press the POWER button to select it.

Connect the device to the PC while in this state and attempt the ROM update again.

To exit FASTBOOT manually, use the volume keys to navigate to REBOOT and press the POWER button to select it.

source: HTC

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