Almost three months have passed since the Android 6.0 Marshmallow was launched, and now it’s being pushed out to newer flagships from all over the world. HTC is one of Google’s partners, after creating the Nexus 9 tablet, and usually, OEMs are privileged to receive the latest updates. HTC is now updating its One M9 flagship sold by some carriers from Canada and the UK variants of its predecessor.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow is slowly becoming available for more non-Nexus devices and HTC is taking advantage of this opportunity to update its flagships. At the beginning of December, Mo Versi, Vice President, Product Management at HTC, announced the owners of the unlocked version of the One M8 model that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will be sent within 24 hours. Now, HTC UK has posted on Twitter that the update will be first rolled out to the carrier variants of the previous flagship, then it will be available to the latest M9. The One M8 will turn two years in March and the Marshmallow will be the last update that this device will get, because then, HTC will no longer support it. Currently, HTC is considering updating this device to Android 6.0.1, which will be skinned by Sense 7.0, which has been introduced on the M9, a year ago. In the US, the Sprint and T-Mobile variants of the M8 are scheduled to get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow by the end of January.
As for the One M9, the AT&T and Verizon versions in the US will receive the update in a “few more weeks”. In Canada, Sasktel, Wind Mobile, Videotron and Rogers carriers already started updating the M9 devices, bringing many improvements, along with new features. It isn’t sure if Sprint has rolled out the update yet, but Mo Versi said that this will happen this week.
Some of the new features included to Android 6.0 Marshmallow are: Doze, the mode that extends the battery life by suspending applications that are running in the background without being used, such as AutoSync, location sensors etc; Google Now On Tap; improvements to the App Drawer; System UI turner etc.
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