Google started providing the Android 5.0 Lollipop code to manufacturing partners yesterday, and that means you can expect to start seeing news about updates hitting existing Android smartphones over the coming weeks and months. HTC vice president of product management Mo Versi confirmed last night on Twitter that HTC has indeed received the final code from Google. That wouldn’t normally mean very much but, with HTC, it’s a significant step toward HTC One owners getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
Part of the HTC Customer Advantage program promises that HTC customers in the United States who own the HTC One (M8), HTC One (E8), HTC One (M7), HTC One max, HTC One mini and HTC One Remix will receive guaranteed software updates within 90 days of HTC receiving the code from Google. (It also applies to the One (M8) for Windows, but obviously not in this case.) Since HTC has now confirmed that it’s in possession of the final code, that means you should expect to see a software patch through your wireless carrier between now and roughly February 4.
HTC isn’t the only one making early promises. Sony has already lined up several devices to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop, as has Motorola. Samsung has been relatively quiet on that front, but it has teased an update to the Galaxy Note 4 and we’ve already seen early builds running on the Galaxy S5.