The Android L release is so new it doesn't even have a name yet, but HTC wants to make sure you know it will be ready when it comes out. Or at least, shortly thereafter. Before the Google I/O 2014 keynote had even finished, HTC released the following statement on its software update page:

HTC Customers and Enthusiasts,

HTC is excited about the new features in Android L release and we can’t wait to share them with you. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible as part of our HTC Advantage program. We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices. HTC Advantage protects your smartphone investment, ensuring you have the best smartphone experience long after purchase.

So, yeah, all the One phones from the original 2013 One onward should get L, starting with the One M7 and M8. The One Max, One Mini and One Mini 2, and probably at least some of the more esoteric HTC phones released in China and other emerging markets like the One E, will also be updated sometime later. Here is where we point out that we don't know when Android L will be released (though late fall or early winter 2014 is a good bet), so HTC's promise doesn't mean a whole lot at the moment.

Also, American readers should remember that carriers get the final say on software releases. While the Big Four have been getting better about this lately, that still means a delay of anywhere from a few weeks to several months after the international version of your hardware is updated.

Source: HTC Software Updates

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.

  • Gsizzle

    90 days lol ... Ouch.

    • David Li

      Better than the 5-6 months of other manufacturers. Also, usually unlocked and developer devices receive it within 30 days, and GPe within 10 days with NO staged rollout.

    • Bluewall

      Why ouch? That's pretty fast !

    • DonEmu

      "Within" 90 days.

      They are basically saying they won't be later than 3 months.

      Depending on if they get the code even before Google publicly releases, they might get it out extremely early.

  • Michael Romano

    I wonder how long it'll take Motorola for the X and X+1

  • Sandeep !!

    90 days + Days/months needed for developing/implementing Sense 7 :P

    • Or you could go with reality..

      You jest, but they updated the M7 with KK as quickly as they could and *then* they worked on getting Sense 6.0 out as a later update.

      OS version seems to take priority in their new mindset. I'm good with that.

      • DonEmu

        Yh, their method of separating the core OS and the skin seems very well done.

  • shriram

    Samsung will take 190 days :P

    • Richard Yarrell

      Another wasted stated for no reason just like the overall pathetic sales of the Htc M-Aint.

      • Pootis Man

        If you like Samsung then that's fine, but they do take a long time to update there smartphones.

        • Richard Yarrell

          HTC has one phone to update who cares if their updates are fast they have nothing else to do ask how the older htc phones are doing.

          Least Samsung takes care of all their devices with updates to Kitkat 4.4.2 not just one flagship.

          At the end of the day HTC is a farce and a sad JOKE period it matches the overall profits and market share below 5% they hold on the android platform.

          • mgamerz

            The spelling and grammar in this whole comment thread is absolutely terrible.

          • mcnegro

            If it weren't for touch-wiz and the flimsy plastic I might buy a Samsung.

            Touch-wiz is an affront to good taste. They just recently dragged it out of the gingerbread era aesthetics.

          • Shamur Stewart

            You mean the TouchWiz that does much more than Sense? And the "flimsy" but waterproof plastic? Good taste is subjective and if TouchWiz is such an affront to it, why do so many people still buy devices with TouchWiz? I guess most people don't have good taste then.

          • DonEmu

            Really? Because my S3 didn't get any update to 4.4.2 and got a laggy as hell 4.3.

            HTC updates the M8, M7, One Maxx, Mini and Mini 2. But yh sure, one phone to update. Not to mention actually updating Sense 6 onto M7 while only the S5 gets the new Touchwiz.

            How does market share and profits affect your personal use of a product?

            His statement about Samsung's update policy is true.

            Nothing wrong with liking Samsung phones, but why is it so hard to just admit to the truth?

          • HotInEER

            LMAO that you have to up vote your own posts. That's just pathetic. Bad enough your wrong, now you are the only person who agrees with you.

          • TylerChappell

            Ugh. You're still breathing? My Droid DNA even got 4.4.2 TWO MONTHS before the Galaxy S3. Go home Yarrell, you're belligerent attitude is not welcome in the Android community.

          • Shamur Stewart

            Too bad the actual main flagship for that year...the One X didn't.

          • Ravishka Fernando

            It'd sad when people talk without knowing anything.. If the One X chipset manufacturers refuse to deliver driver updates for their chipsets there's nothing htc can do..

          • Shamur Stewart

            I know right. The One X had the same chipset as the S3 except outside the US. They could've updated that version in the least. Also it was partly HTC's part for choosing a version of Tegra only 2 other phones use. Nvidia probably saw no need to support such an unused product. Albeit HTC has learned their lesson and sticks with Qualcomm.

          • Ravishka Fernando

            The flagship came as Nvidia Tegra the AT&T qualcomm version is either a budget cut or cuz qualcomm LTE is better than tegra so AT&T went to that or maybe cuz Nvidia couldn't deliver that much boards at the time not sure, so investing on a budget cut version device for a few people is stupid honestly.. Frankly speaking any OEM would deliver updates based on their selling quantity or else it's a waste

          • Shamur Stewart

            They used Qualcomm as it has an LTE modem built in and since the S4 outperformed the Tegra in some tests. It wasn't a budget device as again, the S3 had the same processor. It just showed Qualcomm as superior to Nvidia in terms of processor architecture and update availability. And no OEMs don't deliver based on sales as most of HTC's phones don't sell well but they still update? OEMs deliver based on flagships and reputation. It builds up a good reputation with people to know that OEMs still think about them and flagships will always get updated the most.

          • Ravishka Fernando

            Of course S4 outperforms but you really think they'd put Nvidia chips to WWE phones and put qualcomm chips to AT&T phones to just impress the few AT&T users and to let down all other WWE users worldwide ? Lol.. HTC one v, totemc2 some desire phones most didn't get updated it's not just htc every oem out there deliver updates based on there sellings and flagships get updated regularly is obviously because they expect and get higher sellings from flagship devices.

          • Shamur Stewart

            And again, they used the S4 so they could utilize LTE on AT&T. Something a lot of the world didn't have back then, same reason why currently Samsung still releases an Exynos international version, no need to make LTE available to countries that can't utilize it. It wasn't about performance. And it can't be argued that Samsung supports their phones for longer periods of times, the S3 Mini was Samsung's answer to low end like the One V was for HTC and it got 4.1 while the One V and its pitiful 512mb of RAM was stuck on 4.0.

          • Ravishka Fernando

            Read it for yourself it doesn't make sense why would htc make 2 models of the same flagship? You think other Europe countries didn't have LTE back then? Like they cant afford to use qualcomm chips to other than AT&T carrier devices .. Frankly Samsung use exynox cuz it's cheaper in my opinion even the cyanagenmod team has dropped supporting galaxy line cuz exynox version is unreliable Samsung is the cheapest mobile oems out there most of their devices comes with exynox to Asian countries and LTE wise even some none develop countries have LTE now.. Plus galaxy line is one of the largest selling devices out there, if they stop supporting it no one will buy another piece of plastic again..

          • Shamur Stewart

            Quite frankly you're making an argument out of nothing. Samsung has the capacity to make chips unlike other OEMs so they use it. Their Exynos is supposed to be the pinnacle of speed on their phones although it doesn't always deliver so it isn't used for cheapness as it probably cost more to make an octa-core CPU vs the quad-cores used by Qualcomm. Do you think anybody besides geeks care about Cyanogenmod support for their phones? Samsung also likes to be independent as nearly all of their phones are made by them, unlike HTC and Apple with their Frankenstein phones with parts from everywhere. And LTE wasn't as widespread compared to the US. http://www.analysysmason.com/About-Us/News/Newsletter/LTE-USA-Europe-Aug2013/ . Samsung isn't the cheapest, internal materials trump external in value . Samsung uses high grade internals and innovates a lot of the internal technology used in their phones. If you don't believe me look it up. Also the Galaxy line is the largest selling mobile device line out there and not because of updates, because they have repeatedly delivered good experiences to the average consumer who doesn't care about metal or plastic.

          • Ravishka Fernando

            I was just stating the facts.. When it comes to qualcomm vs exynox it's like Intel vs amd even tho exynox has 8 cores the qualcomm quad core is far more powerful than that. I don't think any phone would use all the 8 cores at once. LTE was spread enough in Asian countries at that time.. Real innovation is like htc ultra pixel camera not making phones to a open source platform where everyone find it very unreliable geek or none it's a deal breaker .. Plus phones are not Samsung's only product so Samsung is very popular among every country which I believe why they have the best sellings, when it comes to htc their main product is phones so some countries don't even know what htc is.. And i rest my case :-)

          • Shamur Stewart

            You're sorely mistaken on both accounts, the new Exynos outperforms the 801 and can use all 8 cores, try and look things up before you state them. http://www.techentice.com/galaxy-s5-snapdragon-801-vs-galaxy-s5-exynos-5422-octa-core/ . And sure HTC's ultrapixel camera was an innovation...the first time. Now it's just an excuse for them to stick the same sensor from last year into a brand new device while taking a step backwards by taking out optical image stabilization and adding a "duo camera". Of course, Samsung makes almost anything you can imagine, but don't belive that's the reason why their popular. Samsung is popular in the phone market because of their phones. Samsung has proven themselves in the past, HTC started loosing with the S2 and the S3 sealed the deal. And HTC's only products are phones, not Samsung's fault nor HTC's.

          • Troll much?

            Samsung Light.


            No update coming. Ever.

            Still being sold.

            Shut. Up. Samsung. Fanboy.

          • Shamur Stewart

            Maybe you shouldn't have bought a budget phone? No manufacturer pays much attention to budget phones. Same thing could be said about the poor HTC One V which is still stuck on Android 4.0.

          • squiddy20

            You claim "HTC has one phone to update", and yet the first few words of the title alone indicates 2 phones. Go home Yarrell, not only are you drunk, you clearly can't read.

      • athom07

        No offense, but what the hell is this supposed to mean?

      • squiddy20

        More childish name calling from the 50+ year old man who trawls the Internet looking for Samsung articles, and if they can't be found, goes to other articles and makes claims of how "crappy" other devices are without ever having laid eyes upon them. How pathetic.

      • czr

        The only reason Samsung is popular is marketing magic ads ads ads lol not quality not update speed but marketing you keep telling people your product is the best and they will believe it!!!

  • chris125

    90 days plus another 2 months for carriers to approve

    • barefootbandit8

      XDA is my best friend.

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Not here

    • Or you could reality?


      Took nowhere near that long for them to update the M7 to KK...

    • DonEmu

      Actually took about a week after HTC was done for carriers to start approving the release on the M7.

  • luigi gorlero

    Android L previews look amazing. Just hope HTC doesn't mess to much with Sense (7?)

    • vyktorsouza

      L is basically Sense, so..

      • DonEmu

        Even the new music player looks close to what is currently in Sense lol

        Not complaining, it looks sweet.

        • vyktorsouza

          haha exactly

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

    How long for Samsung to release a Note 3 rom? I mean, they have a lot of crap and shit to pile up over Android L to make sure it's slow and laggy, before they can release it!

    Yeah, I'm a Note 3 user using an AOSP Rom. Love the hardware, despise the software

  • Ken Maren

    Annnnnd Verizon will hold it for 8 months after that.

    • crapplesucks

      You are correct sir!!

      verizon sucks ass!!

    • Heimrik

      Thats because they need all that time to fill it up with bloatware and restrictions...

  • Scott

    I'm willing to bet Motorola will have it on the X long before that.

  • Richard

    Didn't HTC say the same thing about Kit Kat?

    • Mantas

      Yeah, and they missed the deadline by just a week or so. The developer edition got the update in time

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        They technically didn't miss anything, it was carriers that delayed it.

        • http://www.buttie.pl/ d4niel_p

          They even "leaked" unofficial versions to trusted developers from xda to check them "in the wild", so those prone to root their devices got KK within couple of weeks after OS was released.

  • Steve Freeman

    Good thing I'm not running stock and (probably) won't have to wait as long.

  • AMarquez89

    HTC has delayed (/me looks at HTC EVO LTE) and given empty promises all the time. There is always something that happens that delays it, then again, and again.
    This is why I own a Nexus now. HTC has to make amends and prove themselves for me to even go back to them.

    • Steve Freeman

      If Verizon wasn't such a dick company, I would still be on a Nexus... /sigh

      • mcnegro

        but yet you continue to hand Verizon money every month. Amazing...

        • Steve Freeman

          Yes, because their service coverage is still the best. If another carrier even came close, and if I could get unlimited data on it, I would switch.

          • mcnegro

            you should drop your requirement of "unlimited data" that's just not going to happen ever.

            Hopefully AT&T or Tmo builds out in your area and you can switch to GSM/LTE like the rest of the world and get Verizon's dick out of your ass.

        • DrWuzer

          I'm a Verizon customer who hates Verizon for a lot of reasons. The one thing Verizon has that no other carrier can match is coverage. If you can't get a signal, your phone is nothing more than a paperweight. As a former AT&T customer who's phone was rendered into a paperweight by shitty coverage more times than I can count, Verizon would have to be caught in the act of killing baby kittens for me to leave them. Sure, I could move to a bigger city (I live in Fort Worth, one of the largest city's in the US), I could drive an hour out of my way to get to work in order to stay inside the coverage area, or I could just stick with Verizon - my phone works everywhere. Except when I go to Galveston to visit my Brother-in-Law...but I don't like him enough to visit him very often :)

          • blumpkinator

            Hilariously it's exactly the opposite here in Alaska.

            AT&T has spent $40 million in the last year upgrading towers and building out a top notch LTE network here.

            Verizon is just beginning to have a presence at all in the state. They have thrown up a half dozen or so LTE only towers and are partnered with local companies (copper valley telecom, MTA, and Alaska wireless) for providing CDMA coverage.

    • DonEmu

      You mean like releasing KitKat and Sense 6 on their HTC One (2013) to match with their most recent flagship M8.

      Or their new HTC Advantage Program that guarantees at least your flagship will get the updates with their 18month cycle?

      They already did this 90day thing previously.

      I believe them. Sense 6 isn't that intrusive a framework that it will cause delays.

      • AMarquez89

        Yes, they might be doing well now.
        But great job they did at keeping loyal, older customers. (/s)
        I've owned HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design, HTC EVO LTE and the HTC M7 (Drowned).

        I was a loyal HTC fanboy, until they decided that delay after delay was acceptable. Not only that, but keep promising, until removing every trace of the update and pushing it under the rug. I understand the EVO LTE is an old phone and all. But dont promise stuff you will not deliver; that is all I ask.

        As of now, Nexus line all the way. Time will tell if HTC keeps delivering on their promise, or starts falling short as the product dies down. And again, I understand the lack of update for older phones. My issue is promising, then simply assuming it never happened.

        • Welsome to life?

          Promising and not delivering?

          Galaxy Nexus

          Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

          No OEM, no brand, no product line is infallible.

          We all make mistakes.

          • AMarquez89

            Galaxy Nexus - Never owned it, dont care.
            Nexus 7 (2013) LTE - Own the WiFi version, hence I dont care.

            Indeed, everybody makes mistakes, but one has to own up to them. If you ask HTC right now, they will still stay they are "working on it" (At least they did a few months ago; April 2014). They have been working on 4.3 for i dont know how long. Yet, they removed it from the Android update chart they created.

            And at the end of the day, it is my personal experience with HTC; which is why I dont care for products that I do not own. As a company, they failed for me. You've clearly had better experience with them, so be my guest. That is the beauty of a free market.

          • Sense you make none.


            "I don't own them, so I don't care that they totally destroy my "logic" in defending my hatred of HTC..."

            Yeah, you go, girl!

        • GreatScott

          They delayed 4.3 because you can't OTA it. You have to completely wipe the device due to the way the partitions worked. Currently running 4.3 on my EVO 4G LTE

          • AMarquez89

            Oh, I know that. Mine ran ViperROM 4.3 and it was great (Original HTC release was quite buggy though).

            And with all their engineers and what not, did they never stop to think and say "HEY! Dont do all these press releases, then go to Twitter and announce it! Cause we cant push it through!" ... Whatever the reason, there was too little done with too much promised. As a consumer I care about the end result, not the reasoning behind why something was not done.

            I can easily flash other roms and whatnot, but people that do this are a minority. Most people stay with stock and stay waiting.They wait for the promised update that didnt arrive as promised. Then that is why we get the whole crowd that claims Android is fragmented and never updated, blah blah blah.

            But as I said before, my personal opinion.

  • remister

    I'll be waiting on my HTC One (2013).

  • LPF

    I thought the point of the beta was so that everyone could release at actual launch, rather than a variety of months after the launch. This delay before official release should be the same as the time

    In theory, it means there might actually be more delay from announcement to software update for skinned manufacturers, but it'll appear more uniform and will be a quicker update from time of official release.

    Totally means my AOSP chums will flash this though, while I wait for my Note 3 to get its update at official release (I like my Stylus features too much!). I mean, the 4.4 update for my note was ~10weeks, so this is arguably a longer wait, assuming something similar here.

    • DonEmu

      The Beta is only going to Nexus devices, so how would that help other OEMs to release at launch?

      The only way to help them release at launch is for google to send them the source code during these months until release date.

      And how does this cause more of a delay? Because the time from official release to their release won't be affected I should think.

    • MQG

      Beta does not give OEM's access to the AOSP code they would need to get it working on their devices.


      • LPF

        I know it isn't the *same* as the pdk, but if it's good enough for regular developers, is it that unreasonable to expect them to be releasing the pdk in a simialr timeframe?

        • Yeah, sure…

          Considering they made no mention of it? Yes.

          Hey, if they do, great - but this is for app developers - not OEMs.

  • Pootis Man

    So basically htc is going to release it next year or q1 of 2015. Really depends on when the code is released though.

  • Indianajonze

    or i could have a nexus 5 and have it within 90 minutes of its release...whenever that might be

    • blumpkinator

      Good for you. The wonderful thing about Android smartphone is CHOICE. You can choose from a wide assortment of devices from a wide assortment of OEMS to find something that meets your needs/wants/tastes.

      I like the development community and openness of the Nexus phones but after having a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and briefly trying a Nexus 5 I have been disappointed in the hardware/build quality department.

      The Nexus 7 (2013) is a great tablet.

      HTC One (m8) google play edition is my current favorite. My M8 GPE got 4.4.3 before my 2013 Nexus 7 LTE.

      • Indianajonze

        it is good for me man. it is good for me. it'll be even better tomorrow when i get the preview build installed and running. And galaxy nexus sucked. worst. nexus. ever. (at least on verizon)

        • blumpkinator

          The GSM version of the GNex sucked as well. Samsung does a shitty job building phones. I had to replace the USB port on both my gnex and a friends gnex. I've never had to replace a usb port on any other phone.

      • So right!

        "My M8 GPE got 4.4.3 before my 2013 Nexus 7 LTE."

        Same boat.

        Really hoping the LTE gets these dev previews.

  • DonEmu

    HTC really just need to pump more money into marketing and globally release the One E8.

    And if they finally get the UltraPixel camera to be as awesome as they claim or return to a standard of great camera. They could be on the up and up again.

    Their rom development team have started doing a good job.

  • alex0000000001

    And Samsung say "regrettably it is not possible to put L on any of our devices, due to constraints of memory".

  • Joe Menard

    I am loving HTC more and more. Finally a company understands that brand loyalty is built by providing timely updates and long term support for a device that most users are going to be using for 2 years!

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Time to root again and load the gpe rom when it's out

  • DrWuzer

    As a Verizon customer, I won't hold my breath.

  • Jonathan Querido

    I have a s5 and a m8 and some of the older ones, unless you switched to ART (android runtime) the updates don't do shit to the UI because of the custom skins. Only the google play edition's UI changes enough for me to care.

  • fraserb64

    So are they skipping 4.4.3 or 4.4.4?
    The GPE versions got 4.4.3 or are getting it or 4.4.4