HTC One M8 owners in the US already getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

HTC is honoring its promise to bring some Marshmallow-y goodness to its flagship One line, and shortly after announcing its impending release yesterday, One M8 owners in the US are already getting the exciting prompt. Judging by the screenshot to the right, sent in by one of our readers, you better prepare for rather a large download — the thing is over a gigabyte big.

Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind that the firmware (6.12.1540.4) is only seeding for unlocked and Developer edition HTC One M8 units in the US, so if you're with a carrier, there are no guarantees that you'll see the new goodies before 2015 is out. If you simply must have this, however, you might want to look into ways to 'convert' your One M8 to a different model through some under-the-hood modding. Obviously, only advanced users need apply. European One M8 owners, rumors have it, can expect the update two weeks or so from now.

Among the highlights of Android Marshmallow is the new Doze mode (puts your phone into deep sleep when idling to save battery), Now on Tap (Google Now identifies on-screen content and provides helpful shortcuts and information), Android Pay (mobile payments), and many other, less high profile changes. While the Google Play Edition of the One M8 has already been updated, the M8 is still only the second phone in HTC's portfolio to rock its proprietary Sense interface on top of the Marshmallow base, preceded by the One A9, which was only recently released. Interestingly, the HTC One M9, which is also scheduled for update in the following weeks, is still a step behind even though it's the current flagship.

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1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Cool....My wife's Nexus 6 on AT&T still hasn't got the Marshmallow update due to carrier delays. The update is a lie! And before anyone says "Just flash it!" That doesn't go over well with my wife. Nuking her phone for an update wouldn't be pretty.

11. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Kinda your fault for getting an AT&T branded yeah.

2. crm_bstind

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

HTC finally gets something right

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So Samsung S6 and such get it in december. HTC M8 ( we all know its older right? ) get it now. Eat this Samsung :)

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They probably can't hear you through their piles of trillions of Koreabucks (aka Korean Won) in profit. :P

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I think the Note 5 is December and S6 is January. And this is the developer edition only so about 2% of M8's.

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Samsung isn't under desperation to survive in the smartphone business like HTC. This early Marshmallow release by HTC is to keep it's remaining users loyal to them, since people often ditch other brands because of slow updates.

13. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010


4. Adammcc

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Running Marshmallow on my Nexus 4.

6. mmajeski06

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Maybe that is where HTC could find some redemption - reliable and fast updates. Worked for Moto to get back in the good-graces of the Android fans.

8. demi9od

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

Loved my M8 but after 14 months the battery life has really started failing. I treated the battery like a princess, never went to 0%, never left it at 100% overnight. Running a very slim rom with all location services disabled, under 10% wakelock time. Simple chemistry I guess. Too bad replacing the battery is like neurosurgery for this phone.

10. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

That's the disadvantage of "premium build". POS!

14. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Factory reset solves this. Android L tends to allow apps to misuse the batter in backgound.

15. demi9od

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

It might for people with misbehaving apps. I've run the AT&T, HTC Dev, GPE, Skydragon, ARHD, and now the LeeDroid ROMs. It's the actual battery, not software.

12. Furbal unregistered

Just changed mine back to Dev edition from GPE, downloading MM now!

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