HTC has confirmed that carrier-branded versions of its One M9 handset in Canada will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in early 2016. The release will bring HTC’s latest version of Sense, plus new features like Doze, Marshmallow’s improved app permissions system, and more.
HTC has already confirmed that Marshmallow will be rolled out to unlocked One M9 handsets this month, but those that require carrier approval will have to wait longer. Product Manager Mo Versi has confirmed on Twitter that handsets in Canada will be updated “early next year.”
Although that’s very unspecific, we should note that when Canadian carrier Telus released its software release schedule in October, it promised a Marshmallow upgrade for the One M9 on January 21. That could change, but it suggests One M9 owners won’t have to wait too long for Android 6.0.
Sadly, the One M9 won’t be upgraded to Android 6.0.1 straight away, which means owners will have to wait for Android’s new emojis, and the other improvements that Google’s latest update brings.
Nevertheless, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a major upgrade that delivers a brand new power management system called Doze, Google Now on Tap, a new app permissions system, and lots more. The One M9’s upgrade will also include lots of HTC’s own tweaks.