HTC One (M8) gets an update on Sprint’s network, gets Extreme Power Saving Mode

by: Andrew GrushApril 8, 2014

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When the HTC One (M8) was officially unveiled last month, we learned that the M8 was bringing a whole lot more than just refined looks and improved hardware. Pulling the entire experience together was Sense 6.0, which included a laundry list of improvements over Sense 5.5. One of these promised features was an Extreme Power Saving Mode, though unfortunately the feature wasn’t ready for prime-time at the handset’s launch.

HTC promised the power saving mode would arrive a bit later through a carrier update, and for Sprint customers that day is today. For those that aren’t sure exactly what the Extreme Power Saving Mode is all about, basically it is designed for situations where you are very low on power but still need your device on for emergency calling and other purposes.

The power saving mode turns off your ‘smart’ functionality, giving you a basic homescreen with a phone dialer, text messaging, calculator, calendar and HTC email. The impressive thing about this mode, however, is that HTC claims it can yield 15 hours of use on just 5 percent battery.

Anything else new in today’s Sprint update? Not much from the sounds of it, with the change-log simply saying that the update offers “stability and call performance improvements”. Still, it’s great to see HTC working quickly to rollout the promised Power Saving Mode, and here’s to hoping other major U.S. carriers follow in short order.

  • Please port this to my phone – I’ll get a month’s battery life easily.

  • BenGezarit

    Man, put some decent battery in there!

  • Renz Carl B. Supnet

    Now this is great to enhance experience but, where is the negative press? This is copying like it or not from the ultra power saving mode of samsung. If this was the other way around samsung would be bashed but no not htc.

    • dreadfulCore

      HTC’s phone came out before Samsung’s phone. How is that copying?

    • Lance Gomez

      lol HTC announced this feature first!

      • Renz Carl B. Supnet

        You obviously did not watch the s5 announcement last February. Plus htc happens to update the feature just now so it appears that they worked on it for 3 months. M8 was announced March 25. The feature wasn’t even mentioned. So evidently they copied.

  • taylor long

    HA Sprint finally admits that their network does not work. What a job.

    Here is proof that sprint is still on the 1x network. Yes, I said 1x.

    And this is all over the country

    They also lie and bully their customers on social media

    I dont think they will be in business too much longer.

  • Tommy

    We really hope HTC sees success with the M8. It deserves to. This is a phone that has been exceptionally well thought out, with a design that puts its rivals to shame. It boasts a clean and simple look that you rarely see from Android.And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.