HTC has announced that it’s already working with Android 5.0 and will have an update for the HTC One (M8) coming within 90 days from the final code release from Google. That puts the One (M8)’s Lollipop update somewhere between November 3 and February 3. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait that long to see what new UI tweaks will accompany the update.
Two leaked images claim to show the Battery History and Software Information panels from HTC Sense 7 running on Android 5.0. We’re not convinced HTC will be releasing Sense 7 any time soon, but that’s another topic for another post. To give you an idea of the changes, we’ve take screenshots from our T-Mobile HTC One (M8) and matched them up with the leaks. The most noticeable change is the color. HTC’s Sense theme color will be applied more liberally, replacing the dark gray HTC is currently using through its menu screens and the on-screen buttons at the bottom of the display. The other major difference is the use of the card element on a light gray background, which gives the Battery History panel a more refined look.
Unfortunately, the two leaked images don’t give indication as to the type of changes HTC will be making to the launcher, notifications, lock screen or the app drawer. We’ll just have to wait a little longer to see how the whole thing comes together.
Update: It looks like we’ve been duped! The Battery History image which was supposed to be from Sense 7 is actually Battery Widget Report (Beta) that’s available in Google Play. We’re labeling this one as a fake and home to see something real in the coming weeks.