HTC has a 90-day timeline for releasing latest Android software updates for its smartphones. Staying true to its word, the Taiwanese tech giant has started rolling out the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Desire 816 handsets in India. In addition, the company's former flagship One (M7) Google Play Edition smartphone in India is being updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update pushes the handset from Android 5.0.1 to the latest build number, LMY470.
The GPE editions are among the first batch to receive latest Android updates alongside Nexus devices, while the normal devices will follow suit in the coming days, India Today reports. The 2015 flagship One (M8) GPE was updated to Android 5.1 last month.
The latest software updates to HTC smartphones are pushed over-the-air, requiring least efforts for users to get their handsets up-to-date. Simply by navigating to the Settings, About Phone and Software Update, users can download the available OTA update instantly. It advisory to connect to Wi-Fi before installing the new software as the Android 5.0 for Desire 816 weighs 860MB and Android 5.1 for HTC One (M7) GPE is 280MB.
Owners of HTC Desire 816 will witness more changes than HTC One (M7) GPE. The Android 5.0 Lollipop brings improvements to lock screen and notifications along with Material Design UI. The handsets will also be treated with better privacy features as well as apps will get support for multiple pages, Softpedia reports.
Owners of HTC One (M7) are expected to receive the Android 5.1 update soon, but there is no confirmed release date as yet. However, those who are familiar with bootloader tweaks can side-load the software by manually flashing the new OS. Google is already testing the Android 5.1.1, but only Nexus 9 devices have been treated to the new software so far. Other Nexus phones and GPE devices will get the update in the coming days.