The update is rolling out to unlocked and developer edition models of the phone in the US.
HTC promised to release Lollipop for its flagship devices within 90 days of its official unveil by Google, and the company is keeping its word by starting the rollout of Android 5.0 for the HTC One M8 in the US, even though it’s a bit later than the previously estimated release date. The update has gone live for the unlocked version of the device (the one that isn’t locked to any carrier), and to the developer edition that is sold exclusively stateside.
The update weighs in at 584MB and brings all the major features of Lollipop, including Material Design UI touches (though HTC’s Sense skin still reigns supreme), a redesigned recent apps screen with support for multiple pages, lockscreen and heads-up notifications, a search function in the settings menu, support for multiple users, faster performance, and improved battery life thanks to Google’s Project Volta.
The update’s rollout commenced a few hours ago, so a lot of users of the M8 should be seeing it on their devices at this time. HTC hasn’t confirmed when Lollipop will make its way to the One M8 in other markets (and to major carriers like Verizon and AT&T), though it will likely be very soon lest non-US users get left out of the company’s 90-day update guarantee.