Even though Android Marshmallow has been made available by Google about seven months ago, there are still some devices that are yet to be updated to the latest version of the operating system. Not not mention that Google is already working on the next iteration of Android. For some reason the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been a very slow process compared to other versions. Speaking of software updates, there are a couple of ways to get your device running a new version of Android when it becomes available. However, most people do it over-the-air most of the times because it’s not only the safest method, but it’s also the simplest. When you receive an OTA update all you have to do is tap on the notification and the process will start by itself.
The thing is that not every smartphone user is able ti receive an OTA update. Moreover, when a phone maker or carrier release an update, sometimes it can take a while until it reaches all the customers or subscribers. As mentioned before, there are still some devices that haven’t been updated to Android Marshmallow. Two of them were the HTC One M9 and the HTC One M8. Well, HTC’s handsets have already begun getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow as of last week. If you don’t remember, Mo Versi, who is one of the company’s officials, confirmed that the updating process for the aforementioned devices will start on May 12th.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been pushed for the AT&T subscribers who own either an HTC One M9 or an HTC One M8. At the moment this article is written most users have probably received the update already. The software updated their operating system from Android Lollipop to Android Marshmallow. However, there are still some users who are still waiting for the update. In case you are one of those people and you haven’t gotten a notification for the OTA update, you will be happy to hear that the manufacturer updated its support page with the RUU files for the AT&T models of the HTC One M9 and One M8. The files can be downloaded directly from there, and you will have the possibility to update your phone to Android 6.0 Marshmallow manually, without having to wait for the OTA update, which who knows when it’s gonna get to you.
The files are pretty massive in size whether we’re talking about the ones of the HTC M9 or the files for the HTC M8. To be more specific, the RUU files for the M9 have a size of 2.2 GB while the files for the M8 reach 1.6 GB. Those of you who are constantly flashing software updates manually (process that will be available to Nexus smartphones with officials full OTA images from Google) probably don’t need any instructions of advice, but for those of you who are doing it for the first time, HTC has some recommendations.
First of all, the process itself will take about 20 minutes, so you better start it when you’re sure you won’t need your phone for any kind of task because the device can’t be used until the download and installation are done, and the process should not be interrupted whatsoever. Also, you will want to use a USB cable in order to connect your smartphone to the PC prior to the update (the cable should not be removed until the process is over). HTC also recommends that your phone should be charged at least 35 percent before you begin the process.
As for the goodies that will come along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, we won’t go into much detail because you are probably familiar with the new features it brings. Nevertheless, aside from the minor enhancements and bug fixes, we can mention Doze Mode, which is a feature designed to improve the battery life of your phone, app standby, Google Now on Tap, which allows you to get info when using apps or browsing the internet, a new permissions manager, and other tweaks.
Have you received the update yet, or are you planning to do it manually. Tell us how that went in the comment section below.