HTC recently confirmed that it will not update its One M7, otherwise known as the original “HTC One,” to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The news was confirmed by HTC’s Mo Versi, who said that the update will only be made available to the Google Play Edition version of the phone.
@kennymaclean Only the GPE version of M7 will receive 5.1. Our target is early April. Thanks.
— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 18, 2015
Some consumers are understandably up in arms, but it does raise a fair question: at what point is a phone too old, and therefore perhaps a waste of resources, to continue updating? The One M7 has since been replaced by the One M8 and the One M9, and it’s understandable that HTC wants to focus on delivering timely updates to newer handsets, and probably moving older One M7 owners on up to the One M9.
One presumed M7 owner asked Mo Versi about HTC’s promise to continue updating phones for two years. It has technically been two years since that phone hit the market in February, 2013. “We’ve updated the M7 for up to 2 years from an OS standpoint,” Versi said in response.
In defense of consumers, most feel that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is “buggy” and that HTC should push the Android 5.1 update with bug fixes. It’s an understandable request but, at some point, HTC needs to stop the process and, as such, this is where the road ends for the One M7.