Our Nexus phones and tablets may have tasted Lollipop now, but we're still waiting for other devices to get to the sweetness of Android 5.0. This update brings the most significant changes we've seen since Ice Cream Sandwich, only much of Google's visual overhaul will disappear behind various manufacturers' custom UIs. That leaves us to wonder just how much of Lollipop folks will get to see on devices such as the HTC One M8.
HTC's camera has become the company's latest piece of stock software to enter the Play Store. Here the app will sit on virtual shelves until the time comes for the company to push out future updates to its existing devices in a way that will no longer require a full-on firmware update.
HTC Camera provides a compelling software experience with many options tucked away underneath the surface, but it's held back on flagships by rear-facing hardware with relatively low megapixel counts.
HTC has dropped its Weather app into the Play Store. Forecasts suggest that it will only impact people who own one of the manufacturer's more recent phones running Android 4.4 or higher. Even then, there's a slight chance that it won't work on certain seemingly eligible devices just yet. With any luck, this problem will dissipate over the coming days.
HTC Weather can take the place of your local weather forecaster.
The HTC RE is the kind of camera that doesn't come with a viewfinder. Similar to GoPro's action-oriented video recorders, the RE is something that you wear while doing something active or hold pointed vaguely towards something of interest.
The RE doesn't require a paired device to work, but if you really need to see what the device is picking up, you can turn to the companion app. HTC has dropped it into the Play Store for users to install on their smartphones regardless of make or model.
The HTC Desire EYE is a quirky camera that appears to be worth a look, especially when it's looking back at you. This phone is notable not for its specs (though those are nice too), but its 13MP front-facing camera. That's right. HTC has decided that this handset will be able to capture as many pixels from the front as it can from the back.
This handset is an AT&T exclusive, and now we have a launch date: November 7th.
HTC's Dot View case is a cool idea, though the quality of the accessory itself is somewhat suspect. Still, HTC gets points for doing something new. What's more, it turns out the Dot View for the One M8 still has some tricks up its heavily perforated sleeve. There's a Halloween surprise lurking in there.
The Dot View case is able to show notifications and other bits of data by shining light from the screen through the holes in the case.
The HTC One E8 is a plastic remake of the all metal M8 that sports identical specs with the exception of the camera (13MP vs the latter's 4 "UltraPixel"). With this being the case, it's only fitting that the pair get an OTA update at the same time. Sprint is now pushing one out to the two devices that introduces basically the same features across both.
The most interesting item on the change log is perhaps the addition of international Wi-Fi calling.
HTC has detailed an over-the-air update for the Sprint version of the One M7 that rolls out what the company refers to as "Google security fixes." This is vague in the usual carrier-provided-update-way, but folks over in the Sprint Community have reported some more specific changes. Users who install this update should no longer see the annoying "Smith Disabled" notification that appears after every reboot. The default flashlight app has apparently also been replaced by an LED flash app.