Screenshots of HTC One (M8) running on Android 5.0.1 leaked, Sense 7 UI to arrive with HTC Hima
HTC assured that it will be rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its flagship models – One (M8) and One (M7) by February 2015. In the meantime, the latest set of screenshots that are leaked by LlabTooFeR (now taken down) shows the HTC One (M8) running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop topped with Sense 6.0 UI. It is claimed that this update will take the handset to the build number LRX22C alongside several bug fixes.
Coming to the possible changes that this update will bring to the HTC One (M8), the first aspect to note is the Easy Mode that is aimed towards the not so tech savvy users. It puts widgets and sets up on the home page. The Easy Mode screen resembles the home screen when Extreme Power Saving Mode on Samsung devices is activated.
The notification area appears in sync with the material design and stock looks that appear nice and all notifications and quick settings are on the same page. This way, users need not click more than once to access quick settings instead they simply have to scroll down. Even the multitasking area has got a new design with stock view that looks nice. But, it appears not much informative as in the previous version.
The Settings menu has also got a change with search buttons that allows users to search the options that are available. It eradicates the necessity to search for a specific feature to find it. Also, the Accessibility section gets new features such as Color Correction, Color Inversion and High Contrast Text.
While the HTC One (M7) and One (M8) are expected to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update early in January they will still be topped with the Sense 6.0 UI only. However, LlabTooFeR has announced that the Sense 7 UI is expected to be made available later in 2015 for the One (M8) and other HTC smartphones that were launched in 2014.
It is likely that the Sense 7 UI will be shipped initially with the HTC Hima aka One (M9) smartphone that should be seeing the light of the day in March at the MWC 2015 tech show. Eventually, between March and July the skin should be rolled out to the 2014 lineup of HTC handsets, presumably it will leave behind the entry level models.
It remains unknown if the One (M7) and other 2013 models will be receiving the upcoming version of the UI, but it will definitely bring immense design changes.