HTC One M8 Google Play Edition first HTC device to update to Android 6.0

HTC One M8 will be the first HTC smartphone to get an official update to Android Marshmallow. This does not mean it is the first and only smartphone that gets the Android 6.0 treatment as HTC One A9 is the first one from the company to ship with the most recent Android OS.       One M8 Google Play Edition is the first released smartphone from HTC that gets the update to Android 6.0. It is not an update requested by HTC as Google takes care of this side of things and OEMs are in charge with pushing out already existing updates.   The reason for 2014’s flagship timely-ish update is unknown, but the rest of the HTC devices will follow as soon as the OEM manages to update and improve the Sense UI to work better on said devices. Other versions of HTC One M8 will get the OTA in the near future, with M9 getting it soon as well. The carrier will have to work on the user interface before releasing Android 6.0 to the rest of the devices.   Our prediction is that the next device to get the update is HTC One M9, 2015’s flagship. The delay is probably due to the fact that Sense UI needs to be worked on substantially before a release is possible.   Source: AndroidCommunity

HTC released kernel source for One M7 and M8 Google Play Edition

HTC recently posted the kernel source for Android 5.1 for the One M7 and M8 Google Play Edition devices. They were updated earlier this month and now we can actually see what their kernel source looks like.     The M8 release gets version 4.04.1700.6 whereas One M7 gets version 6.04.1700.6. This info is useful for developers and people who are considering flashing custom ROMs.     Even if they are some of the last devices of the Google Play Edition program, they are also the first to get Android 5.1. The kernel source may help developers develop software for M9 and other phones of the line.   Source: HTCDEV

Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition gets OTA to Android 5.1

Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition is getting its update to Android 5.1. If you own such a device you’d better check it for updates or update confirmations now, you may be in for a surprise. The OTA is rolling out in stages, as usual, but you can manually check for it if you are an impatient soul. You can also download and manually flash the OTA via this article’s source link.     This update brings Moto X Play Edition to build number LMY47M and the update itself is 171 MB. You will be getting the stock Android experience from Google with this update, so keep that in mind as well. Source: AndroidPolice, OTA ZIP file