It wasn’t too long ago that HTC had a reputation for being pretty horrid when it came to updating their Android devices, but this all changed starting with the HTC One M7. Upon release of said device, HTC promised two years of update support and they’ve kept that promise. Unfortunately, a new Tweet from Mo Versi indicates that the M7’s days of updates are over.
According to the HTC VP of Product Management, Android 5.1 is coming to the One M7 Google Play Edition, but not to the standard M7. To be fair, HTC has done a great job with updating the handset over the years, starting with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and ending with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Still, Android 5.1 seems less like a luxury update and more like an essential one, if only because it fixes much of what was broken with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
@kennymaclean Only the GPE version of M7 will receive 5.1. Our target is early April. Thanks.
— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 18, 2015
At least as far as my own Nexus 5 is concerned, Android 5.0 Lollipop was barely usable in its original form, and yet now works like a dream since updating to Android 5.1. Seems like a small slap in the face for One (M7) owners that will never see the crucial bug fixes found in 5.1. Then again, many of the issues that are found on stock Android devices might not have been a problem for HTC owners in the first place. That and with the phone turning two years old, many users are probably getting ready to upgrade to something newer anyhow.
What do you think of the news? Feel that HTC should release one more update to Android 5.1, or can’t blame them for calling it quits? For M7 owners, what do you make of this news?