After a delay of almost three weeks, HTC is finally rolling out the Android Lollipop OTA update for its One M8 GPE and One M7 GPE smartphones. The update was originally planned to be rolled out from November 21st onwards, but HTC had to postpone the rollout due to some last-minute bugs being found in the firmware and other technical glitches. The update was finally ready to be pushed out Tuesday, but HTC had to wait for Google’s approval. They finally received the approval today and if you own a One M8 GPE or One M7 GPE smartphone, you should expect to see the update on your device today.
Instead of Android 5.0 that was expected, One M8 and One M7 GPE owners will be receiving the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update directly. The OTA update carriers the build number LRX22C for both the smartphones. A lot of users seem to have received the update already and have shared screenshots on Twitter. The update was also announced on Twitter by HTC’s Product Vice President Mo Versi yesterday. The official isn’t yet available but the OTA update description talks about the usual Android 5.0 Lollipop features like the new Material Design UI, improved performance thanks to the switch to Android Runtime (ART), new notification layout and automatic interruption controls, battery saving mode and improvements to battery life as part of Project Volta.
If you haven’t yet received the update notification on your HTC One M8 or One M7 GPE yet, you can also download and manually flash the update for the two. The update ZIP for the One M8 GPE can be downloaded from this link while the One M7 GPE update can be downloaded from here. The update weighs in at around 500MB. Once the file has been downloaded, just transfer it to the internal storage on your device and flash it via custom recovery. Before you flash the ROM, do remember to wipe the cache, system, data, and dalvik cache. Also perform a factory reset. This will ensure that you don’t face any issues later and will not need to re-flash the firmware to get rid of bugs due to a ‘dirty installation’ without wiping.
With the One M8 and One M7 GPE Lollipop update released, it is still going to be a long wait for the owners of the regular HTC One M8 and One M7 smartphones as HTC is expected to release the Android 5.0 update for the two flagship smartphones only by early next year.
Have you updated your HTC One M7 or One M8 GPE to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop yet? What are your first impressions? Do share with us in the comments section below.