In December HTC delivered on its promise to deliver Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the HTC One M9 before the end of the year, but that was only for a very select few users with the unlocked model. The US rollout saw a long delay, but is now slowly making its way to all users. To begin the month the Sprint HTC One M8 received Marshmallow, and now the newer M9 is getting the same treat on both Sprint and then T-Mobile.
In early October Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the HTC One A9 was the first non Nexus to be released running the new software. HTC has slowly been pushing out updates for older devices, and now many of its flagship HTC One M9 is receiving the latest release.
Read: HTC One Android 6.0 Release Date Breakdown
After only delivering the new software for certain devices and smaller regions, HTC is ready for a global release. Users in the UK, Canada and soon the United States will be seeing updates. Below is everything users need to know.
A few rumors last year suggested the HTC One M8 and HTC One M9 would be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the United States during the first week of January, with HTC even suggesting late December for the Verizon HTC One M9. However, that wasn’t the case, and the update didn’t arrive until February for most. This week though, the Sprint M9 received Android 6.0, and T-Mobile should see it starting February 16th.
Happy Friday! Good news for T-Mobile HTC One (M9) owners! We've received technical approval on Marshmallow, with the OTA to start on 2/16.
— Mo Versi (@moversi) February 12, 2016
Owners of both the current HTC One M9 and the older HTC One M8 in the United States are still waiting for the update except a few specific carriers. The Google Play Edition, and unlocked developer models have already received an update to Marshmallow, but this weeks news means US carriers are finally ready to roll it out.
Great news! We'll be rolling out the Marshmallow update for the HTC One M8 over the next 48 hours. One M9 to follow shortly.
— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) January 18, 2016
In mid January HTC UK confirmed the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow will begin throughout the UK, and the One M9 will follow shortly. Sadly there isn’t an exact date for the newer HTC One M9, but it’s safe to say it should be here soon.
It’s odd to see the older phone receive an update first, but technically that makes sense. Giving the first device to be released priority over newer models, which is the opposite of what Samsung, LG and others do. This shows HTC will update both old and new, rather than only focus on the latest phones and leave older phones waiting for months and months on end.
Read: HTC One Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Breakdown
We also have good news for those in Canada, or using the HTC One M9 on carriers like Sasktel, Rogers, Wind and Videotron. HTC’s own Mo Versi, who is always vocal on Twitter sharing release timelines and details, had this to say in January.
Great news for our Sasktel, Rogers, Wind and Videotron HTC One M9 owners! We'll go live on Monday for the Marshmallow OS update. Thank you!
— Mo Versi (@moversi) January 15, 2016
Back on January 18th, all the carriers mentioned above started pushing out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the HTC One M9. Most should have received it already, and now it’s arriving throughout the United States.
Carriers in the United States have a lot of control over software updates, as many users already know. Most put the software through rigorous testing phases that take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete. If HTC delivered these updates in December as promised, that means those with the HTC One M9 or One M8 on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and others could expect it soon.
@StegmanMatt @gtrovil We're still working with AT&T on the update. Will require a few more weeks. I'll let you know once we're ready. Thx
— Mo Versi (@moversi) January 15, 2016
After doing a bit of digging it looks like carriers like AT&T and Verizon have delayed the HTC One M9 Android 6.0 update by at least a “few more weeks” according to Mo Versi. On the 15th of January he said they are a few weeks out, but coming soon and hard at work. This means they should begin any day now, as it’s nearly mid-February.
At the beginning of the month, HTC and Sprint confirmed the HTC One M8 will get Android 6.0 on February 2nd, and this week the support page was updated stating the Sprint M9 Android 6.0 update is rolling out as of February 9th. The initial release said February 5th, but we’re just seeing signs of it now.
A similar comment was made regarding the HTC One M9 on Verizon, T-Mobile and others. Which means the usual 4-6 week US carrier testing is right on track for a early February release date of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the HTC One M8 and M9 for carriers in the United States. Those who are expecting updates this week can head into settings > about phone > and check for software updates now. And those in the US with the HTC One M9 that isn’t on Sprint or T-Mobile, more information should arrive soon. For more details regarding all things Android 6.0, check out our ultimate update breakdown.