HTC already rolled out Android Marshmallow update for the One M9 and One M8, but it is only now that AT&T is starting to avail the update for its users.
It is now obvious that carriers and OEMs play a huge role in the delayed rollout of Android updates. Given that the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow first showed up in October with Google’s Nexus devices, it has been around for more than 6 months now. The HTC One M9 is last year’s flagship and given the perceived criteria, it was expected to be among the first recipients of this OS, with HTC One M8 following closely.
However, it has taken AT&T up to seven months to avail the update on last year’s flagship, something that might leave many questioning when Android N will hit the current HTC 10. Enough of the whining, truth be told that it’s actually better late than never. So, if you own any of these two smartphones, you can keep a close watch on your notification panel as the update is available as an OTA. Better still, you can head to your device’s Settings and check out for the availability of the update manually.
As mentioned earlier, Android OEMs and carriers have been blamed for the slow rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, something that has seen the OS reach only 7.5% of all Android-powered devices. There probably won’t be so many devices updating to this new OS, instead, we will be seeing more coming in with Android Marshmallow out of the box. With HTC One M8 now two years old, this is probably the last update this phone will be receiving, so, make sure you grab it once the notification appears.
With the new Marshmallow update on your HTC One M9 or M8, you will be treated to new features such as Doze, Now on Tap, enhanced control over app permissions and so much more.
The One M9 was a huge failure from HTC and in fact, the device has been heaped with blame for the company’s poor returns in 2015. The good side of the story is that the new HTC 10 has been received with great reviews. In addition, the company’s HTC Vive is listed among the best unveiled this year and probably for a few to come. This could suddenly represent the company’s turnaround, especially if the rumored deal with Google over this year’s Nexus phones materializes. Only time will tell.