HTC One M8
HTC One M8Reuters

HTC has reportedly released the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to its flagship One series smartphones.

The new update is currently seeding to HTC One M7 and M8 GPe device in the USA, confirmed Mo Versi, HTC's VP of Product Management via Twitter.

"M8 GPE Owners! We just received TA from Google!! I am very grateful for all your patience. OTA to start at noon on 12/5 (working to pull in," he tweeted.

"M7 GPE approval received as well! OTA on its way! Thank you again!," reads his second Twitter message.

The new Lollipop 5.0.1 update (build number: LRX22C) is around 500MB in size, reported Android Central.

Users can check for OTA update on their device by going to-

Settings >> About Phone >> System update >> check now

This comes as pleasant surprise to HTC fans, as the company had faltered twice last month by postponing Android 5.0 update to the HTC One M7 and One M8 GPE (Google Play Editions) models.

With release of 5.0.1 Lollipop, HTC devices have become first smartphones to get latest Android OTA update leapfrogging Google's exclusive affiliate Nexus devices. Google has only released Factory images and AOSP source codes of v5.0.1 software for three devices - HTC Nexus 9, Asus Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi only model) and Samsung Nexus 10.

[Read more: Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA Update to be Rolled out to Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Other Devices Soon]

There is no word on the change-log of the new OS update, but it is believed that this new 5.0.1 Lollipop is a software patch to fix some bugs, which were found in some Nexus devices running 5.0 Lollipop.

Soon after the official roll-out of Android 5.0 in mid-November, some Nexus 5 (and Nexus 7 as well) owners had claimed that they were having trouble tethering to Wi-Fi modems, despite entering the authorised password. The Nexus devices are said to show "Connecting", which becomes "Saved", but never connects.

Even Google's project member had acknowledged the issue under the label - 'defect-18035251' and assured to escalate the issue to the developers' team.

Some of them even complained about the bugs in app switcher, which made random apps to pop-up even after exiting it. Second bug in the SMS apps, made message sending disabled in select Nexus 6, 5, 4 and some select Moto X (2014) devices, reported NDTV Gadgets.

Now with the release of new 5.0.1 update, people believe it might fix all the above bugs.

[Also read: Google Lollipop 5.0 Update Release Roundup: Samsung, Android One, Xiaomi Smartphones Slated for New Operating System Soon]

For the uninitiated, The Google's new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS comes with an overhauled design language Material design, bringing in interactive user interface, visually appealing graphic design (with bold colours & typography), tactile surface, fluid animation features, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime and many more tweaks for performance enhancements.

[Also read: Android 5.0 Lollipop: Top Key Features of New Google Mobile OS]