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HTC has been pretty vocal about its support for Android L, which is scheduled to launch this fall. But beyond the M7 and M8, it isn’t all that clear which of the Taiwanese company’s older handsets will receive the upgrade. Now, thanks to a leaked roadmap, we have a better idea of what to expect when the software finally becomes available.

Through some intrepid handiwork out of XDA, HTC’s roadmap for the later months of 2014 have been unveiled. It appears HTC has plans to support a handful of its older devices, including the One Max, One Mini and even the Desire 610, when it pushes out Android L. All of the devices mentioned on the alleged roadmap simply state that they’re in the “evaluation” stage, which means we might see the update hit these devices, or we might not. If HTC doesn’t feel the effort is worth it for a device like the Butterfly S, it might not ever see Android L. Same goes for its other devices.

HTC has always been pretty open about its Android update roadmap, and I’m sure we’ll hear much more from the company when the software is available this fall. Early last week the company told TechnoBuffalo it was excited about Google’s latest update, and was “committed to updating” its flagship HTC One family “as fast as possible.”

So far the company has promised it will roll out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) “within 90 days of receiving final software from Google.” HTC also said it would follow that up with updates to “other One family members,” but didn’t specify which handsets. Now, the roadmap below, shows that HTC expects that deployment to occur between October and December of this year. It’s possible that’s just an educated guess based on when it expects to receive the final Android L software from Google.

In the meantime, HTC has already confirmed plans to release Android 4.4.4 for devices like the HTC (One M7) and the HTC One (M8) between July and August.