Android 5.0 Lollipop is moving full-steam ahead as it rolls out on more and more phones worldwide. If you own an HTC One M8, rejoice—for HTC’s flagship device has started receiving its software update, one service provider at a time. And, even though the majority of owners aren’t experiencing issues, several are. If you haven’t upgraded yet, here’s a rundown of what you need to look out for. If you already updated and you’re experiencing issues, read on to see if there’s already a fix—or when to expect one.
What To Watch Out For
As far as version updates go, the HTC One M8’s transition to Lollipop was pretty darn smooth.
But, with all updates, some devices are bound to run into problems when they upgrade. We’ll take a look at the most common bugs M8 users may face, and what you can do to get your phone back into tip-top shape.
One of the most frequent problems reported by M8 users is a noticeable decrease in battery life, sometimes down to half—or less—of the phone’s pre-update longevity. This is despite the fact that Lollipop, in part, is designed to manage battery usage more efficiently.
Take a look at any battery managing apps you might have installed. Some of them behave differently with Lollipop, leading to situations where your operating system and battery manager are constantly closing and reopening battery-draining apps. Check your manager’s settings to make sure it isn’t playing tug-of-war with Lollipop, and disable its ability to automatically close apps.
Broken User Interface
Android 5.0 released on the M8 side-by-side with HTC’s Sense 6.0 interface upgrade. Although most users haven’t experienced any problems with the UI, several people have reported that their devices are slow to transition between menus, and that some inputs are not recognized by the phone.
Though a restart may—often temporarily—fix these issues, you may have to move on to other tactics if your phone is still misbehaving (see below).
As with battery life, Lollipop is supposed to enhance phones with improved performance. And, as with battery life, a few users have experienced the opposite—apps locking up or closing, unresponsive keyboards, and sluggish framerate when playing games. See below for general bug-squashing tips.
Apps Fail To Download/Update
Faulty Lollipop installations can lead to apps partially or fully failing to download or update from Google Play, leaving the progress bar stuck in limbo.
Fortunately, a fix is relatively simple, although you may have to factory reset your phone.
General Bug Fix Tips
Any time you update your phone, remember to power it off once before using it, clearing out files leftover from the update process.
If you’re still having issues, try clearing your phone’s cache. Just download an app like Cache Clean Easy or App Cache Cleaner and let it wipe your device’s unneeded files and remnants from the Lollipop update.
If that still hasn’t solved your problems, consider trying a factory reset. You can find the option in your Settings menu, and thankfully Lollipop’s reset is very user-friendly—it will even reinstall your apps and place their icons where you had them before.
Finally, know that Google and HTC are aware of these problems and bug fixes are forthcoming, whether they’re in Android 5.0.2, 5.1, or HTC’s Sense 7.0 update.
Hang in there. Help is on the way.
- Android: Know Your OS, mWize