If that headline doesn’t make sense to you, that’s probably because you’re not aware that HTC released a variant of the One M8 which is powered by Windows Phone and not Android. It’s the same device with the same design and specifications, it only runs Microsoft’s platform instead of Google’s. HTC One M8 for Windows Phone owners on Verizon are receiving a new software update today, the carrier is finally rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 for this device.
There aren’t that many devices out there that have received the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, better known as WP8.1 GDR2 or General Distribution Release 2. Microsoft previously said that this update will only be released for a select few handsets, the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone is one of those handsets.
There aren’t that many new features in this update, and Verizon’s changelog for Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 states that this update is “designed to improve the performance of the handset,” and that it includes an “OS upgrade to General Distribution Release 2.”
Users will find native MKV video playback support, a new and redesigned Settings menu and the “kill switch” feature once they’ve downloaded the update on their handset.
Verizon is rolling out this update for the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone right now, and it has already been confirmed that this handset will receive Windows 10 Mobile when it launches later this year.