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HTC publicly announces Android L support for latest handsets including HTC One (M8)

HTC has publicly committed to ensuring the upcoming Android L update makes its way to select devices in its portfolio, including its flagship HTC One (M8).

Android L was announced at Google I/O earlier this week, bringing with it a number of new features and enhancements. Alongside a new aesthetic dubbed ‘material design’ and intentions to put Android into your car and on your TV, the next major release of Google’s mobile OS is expected to address the severe fragmentation the platform currently suffers from.

Android L1 - HTC

Across the vast majority of Android devices currently in use in the wild, very few run the latest major release of the OS; KitKat, with many still running previous revisions such as 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean and even 2.3 Gingerbread, which was first released in 2010.

Such fragmentation typically comes as a result of carriers relucatant or unable to upgrade devices running bespoke versions of each revision of Android.

In a statement on the company’s blog, HTC said ‘We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible and will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly by other select HTC devices.’

Whilst software updates aren’t typically the most eye-cathing announcements, HTC’s pro-active stance in this area suggests that HTC owners might be some of the lucky few to receive the latest Android features ahead of rival devices.

-Matthew Hughes

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