19
Jul
onem8

If you've got an unlocked/international version of HTC's One M8, you might be wondering when your next Android update is coming. According to HTC Vice President of Management Mo Versi, the answer is "late next week." The company is planning an update to Android 4.4.3.

So why not bump it up to the latest release, 4.4.4? Take it away, Mo.

That's a little confusing, since a few security updates are essentially all that there are in 4.4.4. If they can add those changes into a 4.4.3 release, what's the issue with the nomenclature? Of course, for non-Nexus devices, the various software changes to fix small bugs or to improve "skins" and other add-ons are often just as important as the AOSP changes. In any case, it's good to hear an HTC representative re-iterate the company's commitment to releasing Android L quickly.

Users of the various carrier-branded versions of the One M8 can expect the update to come a few weeks after the international version, unless you're on Sprint, which has surprisingly already issued the update.

Thanks, Paul Christopher!

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.

  • Jeff718

    Late next week, huh? I'll just be sitting here picking my nose with my M8 on Verizon for the next 4 months.

    • Chris Clayton

      Big nose?

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  • Nathan J

    So, no love for Americans using the M8? Not that 4.4.3 is really an important update. Whenever L drops, they should focus on that.

    HTC said they would support the M8 for 2 years. Nothing about excluding Americans. I'm still sticking by that until they say otherwise.

    • DonEmu

      Did you actually read the article?

      They'll push the update next week. "Americans" would have to wait for the carriers to then ok the changes, add whatever they want and push it. How is that HTCs fault?

      • Nathan J

        Yes, I read it before the carrier stuff was added at the end. Came here to say that the article said nothing about the carriers, but I see now that it does.

        I'll leave your comment about fault alone since that's all you. I never assigned any.

        • DonEmu

          You talked about "excluding Americans" alluding that HTC somehow decide to release an update to the phone to only a part of the world and leave another part out when it is in fact carriers who decide whether they will push the update out to handsets once it is made available to them by HTC.

    • Sumit

      Well, the Americans get the htc advantage program under which they get free screen replacement if damaged within six months. No such love for non Americans.

      • Allen D

        Umm well if your on Sprint you've already got the 4.4.3 update already. I'd say blame your carrier if you don't have your updates yet lol.

    • Michael J Carroll

      They would get updates a lot easier if it wasn't for carriers. The longest and hardest part of getting an update is carrier approval.

      • Nathan J

        Yes, it's a problem for everybody but Apple. Apple doesn't need carrier approval but everyone else does. Hmm...

        The carriers are a problem in that regard, but they also allow us to get top shelf phones for next to nothing. My total OOP expense for my One M8? About sixteen bucks. Unlocked international users and T-Mobile users have to pay what, $700? We do pay more a month but having a phone that works everywhere is friggin awesome. That it's also a computer with a full HD monitor and nice speakers? Icing on the cake. If it weren't on Verizon, it would just be a miniature tablet. Lame. That's not worth any monthly payment.

        • Björn Lundén

          Uhm, they make sure to jack up the priced of your plan so that you end up paying full price for the device. Lately they seem to have realized people didn't realize that so now they sometimes just keep the inflated price when the mandatory part of your plan expires. While that might technically in a twisted way make you at least partly correct when talking about Verizon, that's not how other carriers work.

          Us unlocked internaltional users actually have "a phone that works everywhere" as you put it, but on all carriers across multiple countries and at higher network speeds. The US market is special so you can almost never throw in the international version into a comparison like that and come out with something even remotely true.

          • Nathan J

            I'm not gonna say you're wrong. Some good points. The carrier system isn't great, but it's what we're stuck with. But I think things more or less balance out. What are you paying per litre of petrol? I know it's a lot. So, you win some, you lose some. And you try your best to make do with what you got.

          • Björn Lundén

            The biggest problem with the US carrier market is that there is very little competition due to most devices being incompatible with other carriers. When the consumer has the power to switch carrier simply by walking into a store and picking up a new SIM (or orders it online), carriers actually have to work to retain their customers.

            Sure, we have higher gas prices than in the US. Apparently it costs roughly $2/litre now. I live in the city so I don't need a car though. However, given that having a well-functioning carrier market and low fuel prices are not mutually exclusive, I don't see what that has to do with anything.

        • Mark

          I got my m8 from Att store for $700 so I could go on prepaid plus it's unlocked. Im not locked in to any Carrier I can be on any gsm network plus I'm
          S-Off using sunshine .I'll never be locked into a contract unless I change my mind. plus I get just as fast 4g speeds as my buddy on contract. And my phone works everywhere I know I'm a truck driver.

          • Kiamat

            In this case you would've been better served just buying your M8 unlocked or Developer Edition directly from HTC. Both models are based on the ATT SKU but lack the ATT bloatware, cost $50 less, and get updated sooner.

        • http://www.daverobertson.me Dave Robertson

          Re: the Apple comment, does anyone actually know why this is? Is it something to do with the way that the radio and system are set up in iOS?

    • Kiamat

      Ummmm...this *is* about Americans. Mo Versi is replying to my tweet to Jason Mackenzie who is the CEO of HTC *USA*. If you, like me, have an unlocked or Developer Edition M8 (ie, you bought it directly from HTC not from your carrier) then this news applies to you. Not sure where the international side of the equation is coming from, though, as their updates don't always coincide with ours.

    • MvP77

      I don't think they are excluding Americans. It's just that carriers control the update once htc submits it to them. They cannot say when the update will hit American phones because once it's in the carriers hand they have no control of pushing it out.

  • Tower72

    Ive had 4.4.3 thanks for ARHD for awhile now on my AT&T branded m8! :D

  • blumpkinator

    Google Play Edition is the master race. I've had 4.4.4 on my GPE M8 for a couple weeks now.

    • mcnegro

      Anyone with a GSM M8 can convert to GPE. It's really not hard. You do need S-Off to do it properly.

      The only one's truly hosed are the verizon/sprint users but they knew what they were getting into with CDMA

    • Kiamat

      I think I'm going to convert mine to GPE when L comes out.

    • Time was…

      I was of the same opinion until Sense 5.5. hopefully Google can bring me back with "L".

      ...all depends on the QS tiles in "L", really. Sense's "tap-to-toggle/3-dot to configure" sure beats the heck out of Google's seemingly random, inconsistent, and utterly non-intuitive way of handling them.

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    Well, now I can scratch "inciting a post on AP" off my bucket list! :)

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  • حسن الخرساني

    its don't update after downloading the update if you have unlocked the boatloader
    also there are some methods to manually update the ota it didn't work for me