At Google I/O, Google announced, and showed off its latest iteration of Android – Android L. Then on Thursday, Google posted the Developer Previews for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 2013. While many folks are clamoring to find out when Android L will be coming to their devices, there is reason to rejoice for HTC users after the following statement from HTC:
HTC announced on Thursday that HTC M7 and M8 users will receive Android L within 90 days of final release. Not only is Android L guaranteed to come to the HTC hopefuls, but also that Android L will arrive on the last two HTC flagships within 90 days of the release. This is awesome news for those HTC loyalists, who want to get their hands on Android L without having to either purchase a Nexus device, or end up rooting their devices to get the new Material design.
Usually when a new version of Android is released, there is no sort of time table for when that version will be available for whatever devices, no matter the manufacturer. For example, Android 4.4.2, has not completely rolled out to all Samsung S4 users, due to carrier limitations, or bug issues that continue to plague the integration with TouchWiz.
On my HTC One M8, the the most up to date software version that is running is, 4.4.2, and even though 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 have been released by Google, updates have yet to hit my device. My HTC One M7 is also FINALLY running 4.4.2 and Sense 6.0, after much pain and suffering while waiting for the OS to go through the carrier testing period. Another benefit to this, if HTC follows through, Verizon customers, like myself, won’t have to worry about Verizon waiting forever to seed the updates. The reason being, if HTC starts working an update on Day 1 of the release, that should leave plenty of time for Verizon and other carriers, to do all of their necessary testing and bloatware additions.
While I have a Nexus 5, and I am running the developer preview for Android L, this situation still excites me, due to the reasons I’ve stated above, and the fact that I have an affinity to getting the latest OS version onto my device. For once, I may not actually have to root my device to bring the updates, and the benefits that a new version of Android has to offer.
Do you have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 and are running the Android L Developer Preview? What do you think about the HTC Advantage program? There are more questions that will be answered in the coming months, so all we can do, is sit and wait. In the mean time, I’ll be enjoying the latest Android iteration on my Nexus 5, and will have more coverage on that in the coming days and weeks.