HTC has confirmed that that the HTC One M7 running on Verizon's network will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop on May 14th, which is tomorrow! The handset is the original of HTC's current flagship range, a stunning device even today and one that the company promised would get Lollipop way back last year when Google first announced the build at its I/O event.
Many people have been writing HTC off for a few years, but over the quarters the company has managed to make a profit and confound critics. The Taiwanese giant did that by launching well spec'd handsets with blazing designs, generally adding something interesting to the market. The One M7 and One M8 led that charge with all-metal designs and flagship specs.
HTC is going One M9 crazy; after launching the flagship the Taiwanese company has launched several variants of the handset. We don't think they should be doing that considering the M9 has hardly been a success so far, but HTC is carrying on and will be pushing out another one. The One M9ew, a plastic version of the M9+ has passed through TENNA.
The HTC One Mini 2 is barely a year old but today the Taiwanese company dropped a huge bombshell by saying the handset WILL NOT be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop. In a tweet HTC said that Lollipop and the One Mini 2 would not provide an optimum experience, without elaborating on quite why that is. That leaves the device back on good old KitKat.
HTC continues to confound critics after the company released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015 (January through March). The Taiwanese giant has posted a string of encouraging quarters in the face of analysts predicting sliding profits amidst increased competition. The United States market has been particularly tough for HTC in recent year, but the company even did well in the U.S. over the last three months.
HTC launched the One M9 Plus yesterday and while we loved the handset, we were scathing of the need to even release it. The device is going to be an exclusive in China and Asia, and HTC has confirmed that the One M9 will not be launched in Europe of the United States. That confirms what we already knew, putting an official stamp on the release of the smartphone flagship.
HTC really is on a high end blitz at the moment. The company has announced the One M9 Plus today, a handset that follows just a month after the reveal of the One M9 flagship, and a week after the high spec'd One E9 Plus. To top it off, HTC is also readying a Butterfly 3, which will also carry plenty of flagship hardware.
HTC has been turning around its financial outlook over the last year, a number of well-received smartphones and a change in strategy. The company has now reported an unaudited $11.6 million profit through the opening first quarter of this year. That's a big turnaround from the same time last year when the Taiwanese giant recorded a loss of $60 million.
HTC has gone high end crazy over the last few weeks. The company launched the One M9 flagship, followed it up with the One E9+ and is even working on a Butterfly 3. On top of that, HTC has even decided to update last year's flagship One M8 in the form of the almost identical One M8s. In this case, the differences are subtle.
AT&T's version of the HTC One M7 has received technical approval yesterday and is ready to be dealt Android 5.0 Lollipop. That?s the news according to HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, who says that the roll out of the upgrade will start on today. He also dished on when the newer HTC One M8 will be getting Lollipopped, April 8th.