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HTC promises their next One cellphones have Android updates

TAIPEI -- HTC Corp. (宏達電) has promised that two models of its flagship One series will receive updates to the latest version of Google Inc.'s Android operating system, currently nicknamed "Android L," soon after the final release is made public.

"We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible and will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly by other select HTC devices," the Taoyuan-based company said.

The announcement comes less than a day after Google released a developer preview of Android L Wednesday in the United States and indicated a consumer release would come in the fall, likely with a dessert theme as all Android versions since 1.5 (cupcake) have.

HTC said in its Wednesday blog post that the company is excited about the new features in Android L release, which Google said will be faster, more secure and more battery efficient.

At this moment, however, HTC is still in the pre evaluation phase with the new OS, indicating that the handset maker has not yet entered the software update process.

"While Google has announced some high level features, they have not yet provided the official software to OEMs or chipset manufacturers to begin work on release software," the company said.

"The software update timeline will begin once we receive the final software from Google and device updates will vary based on device, region, and carrier," HTC said.

Google's Android L Developer Preview release, available starting Thursday in the U.S., will allow developers to explore many of the new features and capabilities of the next version of the popular Android mobile platform, said the Internet search giant.

These features include a new design language that allows apps to fit different screen sizes across multiple devices, as well as support for 64-bit architecture, new lock screen notifications, advanced camera capabilities and new tools for game developers.

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