17
May
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If you've got an HTC One on T-Mobile, whether it's the original from 2013 or the new One M8, you have a software update headed your way. Nether is packing a new version on Android, because they're both running KitKat, but new features are inside nonetheless. One M7 owners get a refreshed version of HTC's Sense interface, and One M8 owners now have access to the Extreme Power Saving mode.

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Sense 6 is the version of the HTC interface that debuted on the One M8, and since it's being passed down to the M7, we can assume that it will make it to the devices like the One Mini and One Max at some point. Changes are mostly cosmetic, with icons that are flattened and menus that are streamlined compared to 5.5. HTC's BlinkFeed, a Flipboard-style app that's given pride of place on the homescreen, is a bit cleaner thanks to the loss of an unnecessary weather widget, and it can be removed like any of the other homescreens on the Sense launcher. The One M7 update is software version 4.19.531.10, and it's a whopping 695MB.

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The One M8 now has access to the extreme Power Saving mode first seen on the unlocked version of the phone. This special locked-down interface grants access to phone calls, text messages, email, calendar, and the calculator, and nothing else. Utility in this mode is basically crippled, but it should let the M8 last for hours and hours on even a sliver of battery. According to T-Mobile's support page, the update also includes general battery improvements and better audio and Wi-Fi performance. The update is software version 1.57.531.7.

The OTA is probably going out in stages, so don't be surprised if it hasn't reached you yet. As usual, those who have rooted their phones or installed a custom recovery will fail the standard unlock process - check your favorite Android forum for model-specific instructions or custom files.

Source: T-Mobile Support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Jephri

    Extreme Power Saving can now be yours through this limited time offer. Just mash the system update button until the update downloads and then... ENJOY EXTREME POWER SAVING! (Please use extreme power saving responsibly)

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  • David Li

    My Dev edition m7 got all its updates the moment I hit update, including yesterday's. I'm guessing unlocked versions don't have a staged rollout. 😀

    • Simon Belmont

      So did my wife's T-Mobile HTC One. I checked yesterday and there it was.

      I'm still surprised it ended up being the first of the big US carriers to get Sense 6.0 on the M7. It was in "last place" on HTC's update status page.

  • epsiblivion

    I got it last night around 6pm Pacific time.

  • Forget_you

    i got mine as soon as i checked updates. sense 6 is even smoother

  • J_Pod

    There is no dual camera more or panorama 360 mode in the camera! I am disappoint.

    • Simon Belmont

      That's because there's no dual camera on the M7. It's hard to use a feature that requires hardware that isn't there.

      If you want to a Photosphere, install the Google Camera. It's on the Google Play Store and works fine on the HTC One.

      • J_Pod

        I just don't understand since the HTC One max on 5.5 had pano360 as well as dual Camera and it doesn't have any of the hardware like the m8

        • Simon Belmont

          I'm not sure about that. I don't own a One Max, but since it lacks the proper hardware, I don't see how it could possibly work.

          Pano 360 is really no different than a Photosphere. So I could see that being there, but dual camera couldn't work without the extra camera for getting the depth information.

          • J_Pod

            http://www.htc.com/www/support/htc-one-max/howto/424177.html

            Dual capture not dual camera. Panorama 360 doesn't require the new hardware either as seeing it debuted in sense 5.5 as well.

          • Simon Belmont

            OK, yeah. Your original post said "dual camera" so I thought you meant the duo camera on the M8.

            Like I said above, Panorama 360 is basically a Photosphere, so I agree that it shouldn't require new hardware. Any phone with a gyroscope should be able to use it.

  • KingofPing

    Might have to restore my M8 to stock to get the newer firmware...(and then go right back to IC)

  • J_Pod

    There is no dual camera or panorama 360 mode in the camera app! I am disappoint!

  • Simon Belmont

    You don't even have to assume that the One Max will get Sense 6.0. The Sprint One Max got Sense 6.0 a week or two ago already, so probably all carrier variants will.

    Ironic that the T-Mobile HTC One (M7) received the Sense 6.0 update even though it was the furthest back on the status tablet at HTC's website. Either way, it's nice see it rolling out.

  • Matt McNair

    For this with root, you could always run ViperOne. I've had Sense 6 with all the bells and whistles for quite some time now without the carrier bloat 😁 It also has the missing photospheres.

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  • Romdude

    Got the update on my HTC One M7 t-mobile as soon as soon as I clicked on software updates. Thanks AP.

  • avigth

    Hi frnds.....when will the s/w updates for HTC one comes to India

  • larry

    Will sense 6 be worldwide?
    Or only in the US ?!?!

  • Guest

    Got the update for the M8 but lost the ability to knock on/off or slide to unlock in any direction.

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