Last year HTC launched the HTC One (M7). This flagship smartphone was generally praised in reviews for its design and build quality. The Taiwan-based company followed up this year with the HTC One (M8). It nails all those points which the previous flagship missed, and just like its predecessor, receives praises for build and design. T-Mobile sold both flagships and yesterday it rolled out software updates for both of them.
Lets get one thing out of the way first. The software updates don’t bring a new version of the underlying Android OS. They’re incremental updates that mostly bring fixes for performance and system stability, apart from adding a feature or two.
For last year’s HTC One (M7) the update brings HTC’s Sense 6.0 user interface. This custom UI first debuted on this year’s flagship but we know that it will make its way to older devices as well. Its big on cosmetic changes, brings flatter icons and more streamlined menus. HTC BlinkFeed is cleaner and much easier on the eyes before.
For this year’s flagship, HTC One (M8), T-Mobile’s latest update brings Extreme Power Saving mode. This feature was first seen on an unlocked variant of the smartphone. What it does essentially is strip the HTC One (M8) of all its features save for the most basic, texts, calls, email, calendar and calculator. Users won’t be able to use anything else when they’re in this mode, but it will make the device last for hours and hours even if the battery if running on fumes.
T-Mobile will probably be rolling out both updates in stages. Users might have to wait a while before the updates go live in their particular regions.
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