Verizon HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA rolling out now

By April Taylor , Mar 04, 2015 07:14 AM EST

HTC One M8 owners on Verizon Wireless in the U.S. are in for some good news, as an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially rolling out now.

The new-generation HTC One M9 may be finally out, but carriers haven't forgotten about last year's widely popular One M8. Sprint and T-Mobile were the first U.S. carriers to push the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to their versions of the HTC One M8, and Verizon has now joined the party at last.

Verizon Wireless is notorious for dragging its feet when it comes to delivering updates, and One M8 users have been waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop for a good while now. The wait is now over, however, as the update is now rolling out over the air (OTA).

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TVs, cars and wearables. The new material design offers complex animations and 3-D views, 64-bit ABI support and improved runtime," Verizon notes (PDF).

The highly-anticipated update to the last major version of Android brings a slew of new features, changes, and improvements aiming to enhance the overall experience and make everything smoother.

With Sprint, T-Mobile, and now Verizon Wireless already updating their HTC One M8 variants to Android 5.0 Lollipop, AT&T is the last of the four major carriers to push out the new software to its version of the smartphone. AT&T, however, has yet to announce plans in this regards.

If you're the proud owner of an HTC One M8 on Verizon Wireless and have already received the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, drop by our comment section below and let us know how it all fares. If not, you can always manually check for the update's availability by accessing your phone's settings menu. As previously mentioned, the update is rolling out over the air, which means that it may take a while to reach all devices. OTA updates are always gradual, rolling out in stages, so not all devices get it at the same time.

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