In March, we received news that the original HTC One (M7) Android 5.0 Lollipop update was ready to roll out to users in the United States shortly after it arrived for AT&T and T-Mobile users. Yet today we learned that Verizon HTC One is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop and unlocked Google Play Edition is also getting Android 5.1 Lollipop.
We’ve seen Android 5.0 Lollipop updates arrive for the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3 and more, and the original HTC One (M7) from 2013 is also slowly getting updates. T mobile announced Back in March and this morning Verizon released its update official.
Last year HTC confirmed that many of its popular and latest Android smartphones will be upgraded to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and it’s slowly but surely making its way to more original HTC One phones. HTC is busy releasing the update for both the original One (M7) and HTC One M8.
Now the new HTC One M9 is here, and now that it’s running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, the company is busy catching up on older devices with software updates. However, Google has updated Lollipop several times and now there is an Android 5.1 update and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was also released a few weeks ago.
But today, those who own the Verizon HTC One (M7) from 2013 can expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to finally be available. This is the last M7 to be seen in America and sadly not Android 5.1, but users will finally get the highly anticipated Lollipop update.
Featuring HTC Mo Versi Confirmed on Twitter The device will receive the upgrade as soon as possible tomorrow, May 14, but that’s all the info it has to share. This will likely be a slow rollout and won’t affect everyone at once, but all owners should see this by next week.
Verizon HTC One (M7) Owners! Thank you for your incredible patience. We got TA at L OS, OTA from Thursday.
— Mo Versi (@moversi) May 13, 2015
Google’s Material Design UI changes have been added to HTC Sense UI 6.0, which will be integrated when the Android 5.0 update arrives. We’ve seen plenty of that on the HTC One M8, and the new Sense UI 7 on the HTC One M9 could come to the original HTC One, at least in parts. Users can expect many changes, a better visual experience and lock screen controls, new notification pop-up bar and much more.
While the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is an excellent change offering a brand new look, vibrant animations and tons of new features, it’s worth noting that we’ve heard quite a few complaints about the update. Users with the HTC One M8 have been frustrated by multiple issues, but we hope most of them don’t bother the original HTC One that got the update today. This may be the reason why Verizon took so long to release this update.
Then we have even more good news for those who own the HTC One, as the Google Play Edition is also getting an update, although much better. Reports have confirmed that the Google Play Edition HTC One M7 is currently receiving the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update and the One M8 should be next.
Currently all carrier versions of HTC One are only on Android 5.0, but with Android 5.1.1 now released and rolling out to Nexus devices, we can expect carriers and manufacturers like HTC to start preparing this update as well. For now, all HTC One M7 owners can go to settings > about phone > check for updates to see if Android 5.0 is ready and pending, or if you have a GPe device, Android 5.1 Lollipop is available for download.