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How To Fix HTC One That Reboots or Shuts Down Randomly

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While HTC One is one of the best smartphones produced last year, it’s not free from problems. The thing is, the Samsung Galaxy S4 seemed to have stolen the limelight so many One owners would have dig a little deeper to find solutions to their problems.

One of the problems that seem common with the phone is the random rebooting or shutting down. It happens without apparent reason but there are a couple of procedures you can do to determine what the problem really is and fix it.

Boot HTC One to Safe Mode

It could be an app that’s causing all the trouble but you cannot really pin-point which one it is. To confirm your suspicion, you would need your phone to boot into the Safe Mode and have all third-party apps and services disabled upon start up. Here’s how you do it:

  1. From any screen, press and hold the Power button.
  2. Tap and hold the ‘Power off’ option.
  3. Tap ‘Restart.’
  4. When the phone restarts, ‘Safe Mode’ will appear on the lower-left corner of the screen. If it doesn’t, repeat the process.

Now, observe closely if the phone still reboots or shuts down while in this mode. If it doesn’t, then you have confirmed your suspicion that third-party apps are causing the problem. You need to determine which app is it and uninstall or disable it. Here’s how you uninstall a third-party app:

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Application manager.
  4. If necessary, swipe right to the Downloaded screen.
  5. Tap the desired application.
  6. Tap Uninstall and then tap OK.

Uninstalling the app that causes the phone to reboot would solve this problem. However, if the phone still reboots even if it’s in Safe Mode, there’s nothing left for you to do but the next step.

Read: Top 5 HTC One Most Common Problems, Solutions & Workarounds Provided

Reset your HTC One

This procedure is a little bit of a hassle as you need to back up your data such as downloaded content, ringtones, images, apps, and contacts. However, this procedure would always solve a problem like this. Now, here are the couple of ways you can do the factory reset:

Reset from the Settings Menu 

  1. From the Home screen, tap ‘Applications’ icon.
  2. Tap Settings and scroll to and tap ‘Backup & reset.’
  3. Tap ‘Reset phone.’
  4. Scroll down a bit and select ‘Erase all data’ check box.
  5. Tap OK to confirm.

Reset using Hardware Keys 

  1. Turn the phone off completely.
  2. Press and hold the ‘Volume Down’ and ‘Power’ keys together.
  3. When you see an Android robot on a skateboard, release both keys.
  4. Use the Volume Down key to highlight FACTORY RESET.
  5. Press the Power button to choose it.

You cannot retrieve files deleted during the reset so be extra mindful to backup all important data on your phone prior to following any of the procedures above. Now, if the phone still reboots even after doing a factory reset, have it checked by a technician as it may be a hardware problem.

Read: Solutions for the HTC One Problem in Home and Back Buttons

Tell us your phone problems

The solutions we provided here are based on reports and testimonies from owners who have encountered these problems. I also ask my XDA developer friends regarding some of the problems. Now if you have other problems or questions with your smartphone that you want answered, don’t hesitate to send us email at [email protected]

We don’t guarantee a reply to all emails because we receive hundreds of them daily, but rest assured your email messages will be read by me. But I urge you to provide as much details as possible so I could easily find references and compare your problems with reports from other owners. If your problem is as common as others, there could already be solutions that exist and I would surely point you to them. Screenshots often help so attach one if you can.

HTC One: Problems, Questions, Solutions, Answers & Workarounds [Part 1]

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UPDATE: We just published the second part of this series. HTC One: Problems, Questions, Solutions, Answers & Workarounds [Part 2].

This is the first part of our HTC One Problems and Solutions series and there would be more of this to follow. While the phone is not as popular as the other dominating smartphones in the market today, there are still millions of owners out there who needed our support.

If you’re an HTC One owners and currently experiencing some issues that you don’t know how to fix, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] and we will find solutions for you. For now, browse through the problems mentioned in this post and if you don’t want to miss out on our updates, subscribe to our newsletter so we could deliver updates to you through your email for free. Now, here are 10 common problems reported by HTC One owners:

Change notification bar font color

Question: I know this is not really a problem but I hope you guys have some ideas how to change the font color of the notification bar because it is impossible to read them whenever I’m using a white or light background. I don’t know if you noticed that HTC One notification bar is not really solid black so when I use white color, it will also turn light and it’s impossible to read the time or see the icons. Any workaround guys?Chloe

Answer: Yes, HTC One’s notification bar is transparent. Personally, I love having a transparent notification bar but the downside of HTC Sense’s notification bar is that the font won’t change to something darker when the background is light. However, you need to have your One rooted for you to be able to make the notification bar darker. One workaround is to edit the picture you use as background and draw a solid black line about the size of the notification bar.

‘Other’ taking up 14GB of storage

Question: I just got my HTC One phone about 4 days ago. I installed a few apps and a couple of popular games in it. It’s a 32GB variant and I was intrigued by the folder named ‘Other’ because it’s taking up 14GB of my storage. I mean, this is a new phone and there’s no way I could use up that kind of storage in less than a week. Do you have any ideas what this ‘Other’ folder is?Kent

Answer: In HTC One, ‘Other’ folder is where the operating system and default apps are installed or stored. Therefore, it is expected it would take up a generous amount of space even if the phone is still new. But the thing is, the size of the OS and default apps on HTC One could only reach up to 7GB at most. In your case, it seems like everything is doubled.

Unfortunately, we cannot really inspect what’s in that directory because while you can view how much space it’s eating up, you really cannot open it up.

Okay, your phone is new and you probably don’t have a lot of data in it, so as early as now, I would like you to do a factory reset. After doing that, don’t install anything else but try to see if you could still see 14GB for the ‘Other’ folder. If so, visit your service provider, have it checked or replaced.

Music app stops playing

Question: It’s kinda weird but just recently I started to notice that the music on my HTC One stops about 15 to 20 minutes of play and I mean all apps I’ve used including Google Play. But I also noticed it happens only when I’m using my headphones. I do listen to music all the time and 95% of the times I use headphones so this is really a very annoying problem. Can you guys help me with this?Pete

Answer: Majority of Android smartphones would stop playing once the headset is unplugged while playing. I think your headphones has a continuity problem; it means that the line or the wire may have some kind of a break somewhere and every time it’s cut off, the phone may interpret it as when the headphones are unplugged. Another possibility is that the headphone jack or the receptor may have loose contact and every time the contact is interrupted, the same thing happens. It may sound a little extreme but that happens to me.

But try clearing the cache and data of the music app you’re using and see if that helps. Otherwise, a factory reset may be need for as long as it’s not a hardware or accessory problem because if it’s the case, there’s no other option but to bring your phone back to the store and have it checked or replaced.

Heating up extremely, battery life is bad

Question: My HTC One is 5 months old and just recently, it started to heat up extremely. I’ve been using this phone every single day since I bought it and I know the normal amount of heat it generates when used for hours straight. So, I know exactly that the heat it generates now is not usual because it could almost burn your palm.

Aside from that, the battery life seems to have deteriorated extremely. I understand batteries would deteriorate over time but 5 months? No way! I need to charge my phone about 2 hours or so and considering the size of its battery, I just know it’s not right. Besides, I can use it robustly more than 12 hours before but now I have to bring my charger with me every time. Please help. What should I do?Lucy

Answer: I couldn’t agree more. HTC One has a more than decent battery and considering the stability of the phone and HTC Sense, having to charge the phone every 2 or 3 hours is just not normal. But it seems to me that it is more of a battery problem than anything else. However, you need to run some basic tests on the phone before you actually buy a new battery pack or bring it to a technician. Here’s a list of what you can do:

  • Do a factory reset (backup your data first).
  • Wipe cache partition after the reset.
  • Calibrated the battery.
  • Turn power-saving mode.
  • Run battery test using HTC’s battery diagnostic tool. (dial *#*#3424#*#* on your phone)

I hope this helps. If the problem still persists, have it checked by authorized technicians.

No SIM Card error

Question: I don’t know what happened to my HTC One but yesterday it started showing the No SIM card error message and whatever I do, I just can’t fix it. Do you have some suggestions on how to address this kind of problem?Jaz

Answer: If you’re in the U.S., SIM cards are actually married to a phone and are non-transferrable. In the case of HTC One, which has non-removable back panel, there’s nothing you can do about it. So, I suggest you call your service provider, have the representative check the status of the SIM card. You might be advised to visit the store to have the phone check or the SIM card replaced.

More often, when the No SIM card error shows up, it could be two things; first, the SIM card is fried and is already unusable or, second, it has been deactivated. Either way you need to call your service provider and either way, the SIM card maybe replaced.

If you’re in a country where SIM cards are transferrable, well, all you need to do is check if the SIM card is well set. If that doesn’t solve the problem, request for a new SIM from your service provider (if you’re a postpaid customer) or perhaps buy a new and request to have your old number if you like.

Bluetooth headset sound is horrible

Question: Have you experienced hearing some kind of a hollow music while using your HTC One? I have a Plantronics Legend headset which I have been using with my previous phone, a Samsung Galaxy S2. I just got my HTC One and the sound is really horrible. But when I use the same headset with my wife’s iPhone, the sound is perfect. Do you guys have some idea why this happens?Brandon

Answer: I think it was last year when I read about the Bluetooth stack having been rewritten to support multiple logins in Android. During this time, almost all smartphones with Bluetooth connectivity experienced problems of all sort and audio issues were included. It was, however, addressed almost immediately.

In this case, our reader explicitly said the BT headset works perfectly with his wife’s iPhone so we could assume it’s not about the BT device but with the phone. Whether or not it is a software or a hardware issue, we don’t really know. The best thing you could do if this happens is do a factory reset to bring the phone back to its original settings and pair the BT device. If the sound is still horrible, try updating the phone to the latest update if there’s one available. Otherwise, bring the phone to a technician and have it checked.

Blinkfeed loads very slow

Question: I have a very fast internet connection, however, when I select a tile on Blinkfeed to read an article, it would take so long for the article to load fully. This, however, happens only when the first article is selected, other articles load instantaneously. What should I do to fix this?Christine

Answer: It is specifically a Blinkfeed issue so the first thing you have to do is clear the app’s cache and data. It could be found under Settings in Blinkfeed interface itself or in the app section in Settings. I don’t know if this problem happens all the time but there are of course articles that take a lot of time to load.

Another thing you could to do make Blinkfeed faster is to disable Google+. Go to Topics & Services > uncheck Google+ > refresh your Blinkfeed. I hope this is helpful.

HTC One shuts down automatically

Question: Help me, I can’t use my phone. I have an HTC One and yesterday it just went out for some reason. When I press the power button, it won’t do a thing. The phone just won’t turn on. Is this a common problem with HTC phones? It is very disappointing because I bought this phone brand new during the time when I have so little money in my pocket but now, it’s giving up on me. Is there a way to fix this? How? Thanks.Clark

Answer: I know there were some owners who have experienced this kind of problem but it’s not really a common one. For this, try pressing and holding both the Power button and the Volume Up key to see if the phone would boot up even in recovery mode. If that doesn’t help, plug the phone to the charger and charge it for at least 10 minutes then press the power button again. There is always a possibility that this is some kind of a software problem. But if everything won’t work, it’s time you called HTC and have the phone replaced.

Battery drains faster to 90%

Question: I notice that my phone’s battery would drain faster from 100% to 90% but from 90% it would drain slower. Do I have to worry about it? Is it a problem with the phone or the battery? Please advise. Thanks. Lionel

Answer: Weird, huh?! I’m not sure if you’ve done some tests just to know if the phone drains its battery faster when it has above 90% power in it. Of course, it is always possible like that because the use of apps or the number of apps running is a contributing factor. But there are also times when the phone displays it’s already ‘Charged’ but in reality it’s not. So, basically, the phone will drain the battery faster. Another factor is the condition and output of the charger. But then again, we will be left speculating and guessing as to why this issue happens if no test is conducted.

Taking forever to charge

Question: When I first bought the phone, HTC One, it would take just about an hour or two before the battery is fully-charged. But since a couple of weeks ago, overnight charging isn’t enough to fully-charge the battery. Do you have any ideas why this problem happens? Help me, please.Karen

Answer: A quick search online would reveal you’re not the only one experiencing this problem. It seems like the charging unit is the first one to deteriorate after months of use. The original charger of HTC One has 1A output. When this power output goes down, the charging time would be affected dramatically or won’t charge at all. If this happens, buy a new charger or you could use a charger with 1A output or even higher. Samsung chargers often come with 2A power output so you could use that to make the charging way faster than the original charger.

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[Deal] Unlocked HTC One M7 for $129.99

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HTC One M7

Are you guys in the mood for some smartphone nostalgia? Well, eBay is offering the #HTC #OneM7 from 2013 for a miserly $129.99. This here is the T-Mobile branded unlocked version of the handset and is compatible with all major GSM providers in the U.S.

Sure it’s not going to top benchmarking scores given its age, but you’re getting a brand new handset here with some of HTC’s best hardware features (BoomSound speakers for example). The HTC One lineup is due a successor next month, but the predecessors (barring the One M7) have failed to inspire confidence among the fans.

The HTC One M7 comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (non-expandable), a 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,300 mAh battery. Hit the link below for more details on the deal.

Get the HTC One M7 for just $129.99 from eBay!

HTC’s upcoming flagship to skip MWC 2016?

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HTC’s early 2015 flagship, the #OneM9 was a bitter disappointment for the company. Although the company tried to make up for it with the #OneA9 later in the year, HTC couldn’t quite erase the decline sparked off by the One M9. A new report now claims that the company’s upcoming flagship (the One M10?) will be released in March this year and not during the MWC 2016 event in February as many would have expected.

The reasoning for this is not known at this point, but it seems like the company wants to bring a perfect flagship to the market and not rush its release like it did with the One M9 last year. Of course, this should be strictly treated as a rumor for the time being as we have no information from the company on the matter.

But this does make sense as most flagships will be revealed by the end of February (LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 to name a few), so the spotlight will be firmly on HTC when its handset is revealed in March.

Are you excited for the company’s upcoming flagship?

Source: ITHome – Translated

Via: GSM Arena

[Deal] Unlocked HTC One M7 is just $149.99 via eBay

HTC One M7

The #HTC #OneM7 handset is available for a miserly $149.99 thanks to a new deal on eBay. The smartphone is the company’s flagship offering from 2013 and comes with a very decent hardware, which frankly makes it a steal at this price.

Since this is an eBay listing, there’s no telling as to when the device will go out of stock, so make sure you proceed with haste if you’re interested in snatching up the handset on the cheap.

We must remind you however that the One M7 is no longer supported by HTC with software updates, so you can’t expect to be running the latest version of Android on the device. Keeping this in mind, get the device only for the hardware it possesses, which isn’t all that bad to be honest, especially for the $150 price tag.

The handset comes with a 4.7 inch 1080p display, a 4-megapixel (Ultrapixel) camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, a quad core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset, 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, Android 5.0 Lollipop and 2,300 mAh battery.

Get the Unlocked 32GB HTC One M7 from eBay for $149.99!

HTC One smartwatch possibly releasing by Feb 2016

HTC Services App

HTC Services App

According to a new report, the often rumored #HTC smartwatch will finally see the light of the day in February next year. The company is already invested in the fitness wearables segment with the #Grip fitness band, launched in partnership with Under Armour.

The revelation about the HTC smartwatch was made by Evan Blass a.k.a @evleaks, who is a popular figure in the industry and has insider information about products. Considering that a February date is being pitched, it’s safe to assume that the company will release the smartwatch during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 22-25).

It goes without saying that the smartwatch will be running Android Wear, which should make it an attractive offering. Evleaks has very little in the means of confirmation right now, so we’re going to take this report with a grain of salt until there’s some conclusive evidence to prove the report’s legitimacy.

A smartwatch made by HTC could just be the remedy for the company and its current misfortune, although we feel the timing will be very crucial. What do you think about a potential HTC smartwatch?

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

Upcoming HTC flagship to feature Snapdragon 820, drop the M10 moniker

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With #HTC releasing the widely unsuccessful #OneM9 earlier this year, many hoped its fortunes would change with the One A9 that was launched not so long ago.

However, the device turned out to be yet another midrange offering, so the focus is now firmly set on the company’s 2016 flagship. A new revelation on Twitter is telling us that HTC will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 silicon with the smartphone, which is no surprise given that the manufacturers are hurrying to use the new chipset.

The revelation also tells us that the smartphone will not be known as the One M10 as we initially believed. It is not known what the company will end up calling the smartphone, but we can rule out the One M10 moniker at this point.

HTC received a lot of flak for the design of the One A9 smartphone given its familiarity with the iPhone. But the company has already defended its move by claiming that it was not forged from Apple and that all their future products might use a similar design strategy.

Source: @Ricciolo1 – Twitter

Via: Phone Arena

HTC Aero to launch under the ‘One’ moniker in November

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HTC Logo

HTC is going through tough times right now and promised to try and turn things around with a new midrange offering later in the year. A new leak from Evan Blass a.k.a @evleaks is telling us that the company plans to launch this new midrange smartphone codenamed ‘Aero‘ under the One moniker.

HTC usually reserves the One brand for its upper tier devices, so it’s a little surprising to see that the company would start selling budget and midrange phones under the One brand as well. This could prove to be a wise move from the company as the world is synonymous with the One brand.

We’re curious to see what becomes of HTC’s Desire series of devices and if it will be rebranded under the One series. Either way, this could be a gamble from the company, but at this point, the Taiwanese manufacturer really has no choice.

What do you make of a midrange HTC One handset?

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

GPE HTC One M7 receiving Android 5.1 update

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HTC One M7 GPE

Although HTC has backed out of supporting the HTC One M7 after Android 5.0, but the Google Play Edition model of the handset is still on course to receive the latest updates. Users of the GPE HTC One M7 are now getting the Android 5.1 update, about over a month after Google rolled out the update to its Nexus devices (barring the Nexus 9 which got the update only recently).

The device is already running Android 5.0, so the update won’t bring any groundbreaking changes to the table. The build number will change to LMY47O though, but nothing much will be different apart from that. The update is a rather hefty 280MB in size, so you will be better off trying to download it over WiFi.

It’s good to see that Google is still showing HTC that Android 5.1 can still run on its two year old flagship. This is ironic as HTC’s excuse for not sending out the 5.1 update for the standard One M7 was performance related concerns.

If you’ve already received the update on your device, make sure you let us know by leaving a comment below.

Download Link (5.0.1 to 5.1)

Via: Android Police

HTC One M9 – Complete US availability and pricing guide

It all looks like a no-brainer. Essentially each and every Android power user in the market for a new “handheld PC” seems to be after Samsung’s Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. The LG G3 is dated, although not by much, the G Flex 2 continues to keep an inexplicably low profile, while Sony’s Xperia Z3 started out obsolete last fall. No wonder carriers are already nixing it.

HTC One M9

But what about HTC’s One M9? Sure, the S6 pair prevailed in our head-to-head specs comparison, yet the all-aluminum, “dual-toned” HTC had a few things going for it. On paper. Now that it’s out, and the odds-on heavyweight title favorites as well, it’s time to further explore the make-or-break elements derived from reviews and whatnot.

There’s also the key question of availability and pricing, plus a detail we didn’t take into account up to this point. Without further ado, here’s why you should still consider the M9, why you shouldn’t, and every place, store and website you can pick it up from stateside.

Reasons to buy the HTC One M9

  • Uh-Oh protection plan

Face it, there’s no such thing as an unbreakable slab, no matter if it’s made of metal, glass, plastic or clay. So, why worry when you can get a free replacement in case of screen rupture or water damage? No catches, no strings attached.

  • Benchmarks

We’re well aware of the vexing performance gap reported by Geekbench back when both the S6 and M9 were in final stages of market preparation. But now GFX Bench, a just as reputable speed evaluator, puts the two fully polished devices on mostly equal grounds.

HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 benchmarks

HTC’s gold medal contender is actually better in “long term performance”, “battery lifetime”, plus T-Rex and Manhattan, two very trusted graphics inspections. Bottom line, the Snapdragon 810/Adreno 430 CPU/GPU combo looks at least as capable as the Exynos 7420/Mali-T760 MP8 dyad.

Why not to buy

  • Average cameras

If there’s one thing M9 reviewers agree on, it’s the 20.7 MP rear snapper’s mediocrity. Oh, so it wasn’t all the fault of Ultrapixel technology.

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  • Overheating concerns

They’re gone, but they’re not. And for all we know, they could always make a comeback. After all, why would LG test the Snapdragon 808 waters for their soon-to-be G4?

  • Bland, way too familiar design

If HTC can’t tell the difference between an M8 and M9, how do they expect us to distinguish the two?

Where to buy

Amazon

HTC One M9 gold on silver

Best Buy

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Verizon

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  • Available April 10, up for pre-orders at the moment in silver gold or metal gray at $24.99 a month on Edge, $200 with carrier agreements, $599.99 full retail.

AT&T

HTC One M9 gunmetal gray

Sprint

  • $0 down, $20 for 24 payments with lease
  • $0 down, $30 for 12 payments with lease
  • $0 down, $27 a month with two-year Easy Pay
  • $199.99 with 24-month service agreements
  • $648 upfront
  • Two-five business day delivery promised
  • $50 off Harman/Kardon One speaker when paired with the HTC One M9

HTC One M9 music

T-Mobile

HTC online store

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  • In addition to all the above carrier possibilities, gathered here together, the M9 can also be bought unlocked or in a Developer-ready edition, aka with the bootloader unlocked out the box.
  • Developer version – $649 in gray or silver/gold, in stock
  • Unlocked model – $649, in stock, except for the amber gold flavor, listed as “coming soon”

Target

  • Backordered online, not yet available in physical stores, starting at $200 with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint pacts in gunmetal gray

 

Right, so clearly, if you’re just making a decision now, it’s easier to swiftly score the M9 than the hugely in-demand GS6 or S6 Edge. It’s worth emphasizing you’ll be eligible for Uh-Oh protection regardless of the retailer or carrier you choose to do business with.

Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9

Also, if you’re holding off for the 64 GB variant, well, don’t. We’ve no idea when, or if, it’s headed to the US. But hey, 32 gigs of internal space is plenty when there’s a microSD slot endowed with up to 128 GB support.

Interestingly enough, T-Mobile’s free Netflix and Best Buy’s complimentary wireless charging pad GS6 promos have no equivalent in the M9 camp. Still, the new One is overall cheaper, and if you take good care of it, HTC will give you 100 bucks toward the purchase of a sequel.

HTC-One-M9-in-hand

Last but not least, it’s a little odd no smaller service providers have joined the launch party yet. No US Cellular, no MetroPCS, no nobody besides the “big four”. Point Samsung there, as USC sells the S6 along with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mo.

At the end of the day, we don’t want to tell you what phone to buy and where from, but we strongly believe it’d be foolish to rule out the One M9 without proper consideration. 

AT&T HTC One M8 getting the Lollipop update on the 6th of April

HTC One M8 Lollipop

With AT&T beginning the Android 5.0 rollout for the One M7 today, the One M8 users were almost left in the dark about its arrival. HTC has now confirmed that the update will be sent out to the 2014 flagship starting the 6th of April. This is slightly odd as the carrier is actually sending out the update to the older flagship first.

Both updates should bring the same set of features to the devices, including Material Design elements and a couple of other HTC specific features. The update should improve performance of the smartphone to some extent although don’t expect any drastic changes to the device, at least in terms of visuals.

AT&T is the last to send out the Android 5.0 update to the HTC flagships, so it’s natural that the customers will be a little frustrated with the carrier. Unlocked versions of the One M8 have received the Android 5.0 update a few weeks ago.

Source: @moversi – Twitter

Via: Android Authority

HTC One M7 getting Android 5.0 update in some Asian markets

HTC One M7

HTC One M7

HTC has just begun rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update for the One M7 smartphone in parts of Asia. India, Malaysia and Singapore are the countries getting the new release. The Lollipop update comes with the usual suite of features such as Material Design, lockscreen notifications and much more.

The update is being issued over the air, so it shouldn’t take long to reach your devices. But if you’re impatient to see it on your handset, heading over to the settings might help. The update is nearly 775MB in size, so make sure you’re on a WiFi network before downloading it.

The One M9 comes with Android 5.0 by default while the One M8 from last year received the Lollipop update not too long ago. So this completes the update roll out for the company’s flagships from the past two years. It has to be seen as to when the company will issue the same update to its midrange devices such as the Desire 816, Desire 620 and the likes.

Via: GSM Arena

T-Mobile HTC One M7 getting Android 5.0 a day in advance

HTC One M7

The HTC One M7 on T-Mobile was expected to be receiving the Android 5.0 update tomorrow, i.e. the 10th of March. However, the carrier has jumped the gun and made the update available ahead of its schedule. Some users are reporting the arrival of the update on their devices as of today.

It is said that the update file is 729.59MB in size, which is understandable coming from Android 4.4 KitKat. The update will bring all the goodies of Android 5.0 to the two year old HTC flagship. The update might take some time to reach the entirety of the population, so remain patient if you don’t see it on your smartphone yet.

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Below are some of the features listed by HTC:

  • Lock screen and Notification: New Lollipop UI style with enhanced privacy features
  • Recent apps: Supporting multiple pages
  • Addition of search function within settings

Android 5.0 introduces some significant performance upgrades, which should make usability a lot better. Have you received the update on your T-Mobile HTC One M7 yet? Make sure you let us know in the comments below.

Via: Android Central

Seven stellar smartphones with Android 5.0 Lollipop you can buy right now

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is coming. HTC’s One M9 as well. Plus, the already unveiled LG G Flex 2 is just about ready to see daylight stateside. And then you have a slew of mid-rangers on the horizon, like Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua, HTC’s Desire 626 and 826, or LG’s Magna – Spirit – Leon – Joy quartet. Not to forget Motorola’s respectable entry-level Moto E 2015.

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What do these all have in common? Silky smooth, minimalistic, hopefully glitch-free pre-installed Android 5.0 Lollipop software. On the not so bright side, if you have an itch to scratch, and feel you’ll explode staying on KitKat any longer, none of the above can help you.

Sadly, their commercial releases, at least on American shores, are days, weeks, perhaps even months away in one or two cases. Fortunately, there are alternatives available today. Not as many as you hoped when Lollipop source code rolled out back in November, but still, we’re in double digit land. As in, tens of smartphone models around the world give you a chance to feast on 5.0 treats.

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This side of the pond, of course, OEMs like LG and Samsung take their time sending out updates, often obstructed by bloatware-hungry, laggy carriers. Nonetheless, if you absolutely need to have Lollipop today, we’ve compiled a list of the top choices on sale via Amazon:

Samsung Galaxy S5 – $470 in factory unlocked international flavor

To avoid controversies, know we’ve arranged our 5.0 “magnificent seven” in no particular order. We’ve started with the GS5 not by chance though, but because it’s by far the top selling handheld on our list. Therefore, millions should be delighted to hear the Exynos version has recently scored Lollipop.

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Furthermore, up-to-date S5s can be purchased on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The white-coated Big Red model is a buck with contracts, the Now Network charges $80 and up for white, gold and black GS5s, and Magenta will settle for $530 on full retail when dealing directly with the “UnCarrier”.

Not too shabby for a water-resistant, fingerprint-scanning 5.1-inch Full HD beast packing 2 GB RAM and 2,800 mAh battery juice. Then again, maybe it’s time for Verizon, Sprint and AT&T to go free with pacts across the board.

HTC One M8 – $504 unlocked international version (no warranty)

Alas, even if it’s just as old as the Galaxy S5 and nowhere near as popular, the SIM-free One M8 remains mighty expensive. $730 with valid US warranty?! Forget it. We’d rather just tie ourselves to a 24-month carrier agreement on, say, Sprint. Why Sprint? Because AT&T and Verizon aren’t yet ready to offer 5.0 for this all-metal beaut.

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Besides, Amazon charges nada for the on-contract Now Network M8, making it one of the best Android deals around. Oddly enough, T-Mo, the other operator with Lollipop currently en route to the 5-inch device, no longer sells it online. Their loss.

HTC One M7 – $310 unlocked

Ah, the original, uber-handsome, Full HD, aluminum unibody HTC powerhouse. Okay, maybe it’s not such a powerhouse anymore. But it’s still gorgeous, decently zippy, a multitasking champ, thanks to 2 GB RAM, and all caught up software-wise “internationally”, as well as on Sprint.

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Too bad the only way to jump on Sprint’s M7 bandwagon these days is through various Amazon third-party sellers. An option we can’t wholeheartedly recommend, especially with used and refurbished phones offered.

America’s number three (four?) service provider extends a glimmer of hope by listing the 4.7 incher as “out of stock” instead of nixing it entirely. But don’t hold your breath.

LG G3 – $395 factory unlocked international version

Once again, the no-warranty factor has to be taken into consideration when exploring an unlocked purchase. Overall, you’ll see it’s not worth it, particularly with the G3 unlikely to go “out of fashion” anytime soon.

LG G3 Lollipop

For crying out loud, we’re talking a 5.5-inch Quad HD titan here, with 75 percent screen, robust and elegant build materials, quad-core Snapdragon 801 oomph, 3 GB RAM, 3,000 mAh cell capacity, and 13 MP OIS dual-LED camera.

Plus, Android 5.0 Lollipop on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. No T-Mobile love? Not yet, but the circle should be completed in a matter of weeks. Days, maybe. The three contract specialists are all willing to practically gift you a G3, as long as you’ll stay committed to their networks for two whole years.

Moto X 2014 – $499.99 GSM unlocked

It’s weird, but Motorola may have chased too many rabbits at once, trying to spread Lollipop love all over the place and ultimately failing hard on the gadgets that mattered most. The Droid Turbo is still waiting, and that’s for all intents and purposes the OEM’s flagship.

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The original Moto X is also stuck on KitKat, apparently because of its decrepit processor, and the second-gen X only made the step forward sans carrier obligations and on Verizon. Wait, we’re being informed AT&T is joining the exclusive party at long last. Hopefully, it’s not too late.

By the by, the Verizon X+1 edition starts at a penny, and AT&T’s take on the Full HD 5.2 incher is $50 and up. Bad AT&T!

Google Nexus 6 – $650 unlocked with 32 GB storage

If “pure”, vanilla Lollipop is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the N6. The same goes for sheer gargantuan size, beautiful Quad HD glass, and top-tier muscle. The downside is you may need to rob a bank to procure the money for the Nexus 6.

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Even with Sprint and AT&T pacts, this thing is pricey, at $200 and $180 respectively. And as much as this writer subjectively loves the cutting edge phablet, a few flaws are immediately apparent. Like underwhelming camera capabilities (for ultra-high-end standards), or microSD expansion absence.

Moto G second-generation – $180 unlocked

You didn’t really think we’d wrap this up without tackling at least a budget option, did you? The 2014 Motorola Moto G was the no-brainer choice as a low-cost listicle closer, somehow making $800, $700, even $600 gear feel ridiculous by comparison.

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Sure, the mid-end 5 incher can’t hold a candle to its 2014 X cousin, the Nexus 6 or HTC One M8. But it packs so much respectable hardware for 180 bucks that its recent Lollipop promotion is the cherry on top of a guaranteed blockbuster appeal.

720p screen resolution. Quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 power. 1 GB RAM. 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash. 2 megapixel front snapper. 2,070 mAh battery. Shall we go on? Let’s not. We don’t want Samsung or HTC to get embarrassed about their sub-par, overpriced low to mid-end soldiers.