At the I/O Developers Conference yesterday, apart from unveiling the new Android L (lollipop), Google also announced a slight change to its usual Android deployment process – in a sense that rather than making new Android builds available for Nexus users right away, it’ll now push a Developer Preview build for devs and OEMs first and then the final build will be delivered to end-users in the fall; that was their new plan. However, users were still uncertain whether their current devices will receive the Android L update or not. That was until now.
HTC has amply confirmed its plans on updating the One M7 and One M8 flagship smartphones along with other unnamed phones to Android L Operating System. The guys working over at HTC have committed on their official blog to deliver this update within just 90 days – in the same way they updated their phones to Android 4.4 KitKat last year. HTC is yet the only OEM that has gone public with its Android L update plans, however, you can expect other manufacturers to follow soon.
HTC says that right now the update process is still in pre-evaluation phase (HTC’s updates are delivered in a 5-step procedure) due to the fact that Developer Preview build hasn’t been made available for OEMs and chipset manufacturers yet. As soon as they get hold of that build, the Evaluation Phase (Phase 0) will be initiated right away.
After the initial process, this update will go through different phases (Evaluation > Development > Integration > Certification > Push to Customer) before it makes its way to the end-user and within a matter of 3 months, you’ll be playing with the brand-new Android L on your HTC phone. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Source: HTC Blog
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