HTC One M8 owners must wait for Android M to get Sense 7
HTC One M8 owners have been waiting for HTC’s latest Sense 7 user interface since it made its debut with the One M9 earlier this year, and it appears that wait will continue into 2016.
HTC Product Manager Mo Versi has revealed on Twitter that Sense 7 won’t rollout until the One M8 gets Android M.
HTC promised that the One M8 would get Sense 7 back in April, shortly after it unveiled the One M9, and owner’s of last year’s flagship have been eagerly anticipating its rollout ever since. Many of them would have expected it to be here by now.
But according to Versi, Sense 7 “will be tied to the M release” for the One M8, and that’s not going to arrive anytime soon.
Google won’t make Android M available to the public until this fall, and even then, it will only be available on the company’s own Nexus devices initially. Some hardware partners will begin issue Android M updates late this year, but most users shouldn’t expect to see it until 2016.
HTC will have to make its own tweaks to Android M to ensure it is fully compatible with its own hardware, then it will need to add in its own features and UI. Its update will then need to be approved by carriers before rolling out to users.
And of course, HTC will be updating its flagship One M9 first, and so the One M8 will be in line to get Android M later.
With all this in mind, it looks like One M8 owners are in for a lengthy wait for Sense 7. But at least you can now stop checking for software updates religiously every morning… right?
- SourceMo Versi