Android M release date: OS will come to two HTC devices, Sony tests 14 Xperia models for Android M

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Fourteen Sony devices are likely to receive updates or come pre-installed with the upcoming Android M operating system, while HTC has confirmed that two of its smartphones will also carry the newest mobile OS from Google.

According to Ecumenical News, HTC has already confirmed that the upcoming HTC One M9 will skip Android 5.1 Lollipop and go ahead with the Android M when it is rolled out to the market during the later part of 2015.

In addition, HTC’s senior vice president for product management Mo Versi also said that the older M8 smartphone will also receive an update for Android M when it becomes available. Currently, the M8 is pending an update to Android 5.1.1 from Android 5.0 Lollipop but it is likely that HTC will update it directly to Android M instead.

However, M8, carried by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon might still get updates to Android 5.1.1.

According to the International Business Times, Sony Mobile has begun development on Android M for its Sony Xperia handsets and has tested the current Developer Preview with the following models:

  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Sony Xperia Z1
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
  • Sony Xperia M3
  • Sony Xperia M2
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia T3
  • Sony Xperia L
  • Sony Xperia S

WCCF Tech also said that the LG Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 devices are also likely to be updated to Android M when the times comes, as well as the 2012 and 2013 models of Asus’ Nexus 5 smartphones. Samsung’s Nexus 10 will also possibly receive Android M updates as well.

Geek Snack earlier suggested that Android M will be released during the third quarter of this year. One of the new features to be expected is native support for fingerprint scanning on devices.