htc one m9 review aa (14 of 34)

While Samsung has been hot on updating its latest flagship smartphones to Android 5.1 Lollipop, we’re still waiting on an update for the HTC One M9. However, it looks like one is likely on the way soon, as and the first custom ROM using new firmware is already available for download.

The ROM comes courtesy of developer LlabtooFeR and is based on the 2.7.401.1 firmware for the One M9, giving us a sneak peak at what we can expect come an official update.

So what’s new? Well, there’s a new native display color control to start with, which allows users to adjust the color temperate of the display, if they so wish. Android’s multi-user support also makes its way over with Android 5.1 and there are several UI changes. You can spot the Do Not Disturb mode and use of alarms in the screenshots below, which also now appear alongside the regular volume slider. There are also some new animations throughout Sense 7.

HTC One M9 Android 5.1

Of course, being a custom ROM means that One M9 users will need to have an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery installed on their handset before they can test out the firmware. Additionally, the developer notes that the ROM is only meant for One M9 devices with S-OFF.

You can grab the download link and find instructions in the source link below. Given the Android 5.1 firmware leak, an official update from HTC shouldn’t be too far away.