HTC has said that it’ll push Android 5.0 updates to the One (M8) and One (M7) within 90 days of Lollipop’s release to AOSP, which means that we should see them arrive by early February. Thanks to the rumor mill, though, we’re getting an early look at the updates today.
LlabTooFer has posted several screenshots that show Android 5.0.1 and Sense 6 running on an HTC One (M8). The software is still mostly HTC, but there are some notable tweaks that ought to make fans of vanilla Lollipop happy. For example, HTC has included lock screen notifications as well as a notification shade that’s similar to stock Android 5.0, complete with an easier-to-access quick settings section. HTC has also thrown in Lollipop’s Recent Apps menu.
Another Android 5.0.1/HTC Sense 6 change is the addition of a search feature in the Settings app, which ought to make it easier for you to find that one toggle you need without digging through a ton of menus. HTC has also included an “Easy Mode” that eschews the standard Android home screen and app icons for big app buttons that make the phone simpler to use.
Overall it looks like HTC is making nice progress with its Lollipop update. HTC Sense has long been one of the better-looking custom manufacturer skins, and so it’s good to see that HTC has kept most of Sense intact. The Android 5.0 tweaks that are included help to improve the looks and usability of the OS, though the argument could be made that HTC’s custom Recent Apps menu is a bit easier to use than Lollipop’s.
Based on what we’ve seen of it so far, what do you think of the HTC Sense flavor or Lollipop?