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HTC committed to OS updates for the HTC One for Windows

If you use the HTC One (M8) for Windows, the question if the company behind it will give you Windows 10 may be heavy on your mind. HTC has a mixed record with updates in the past, so skepticism for some in the community seems warranted.

When it comes to the flagship HTC One for Windows, the company is stating on Twitter that users can expect software updates for 2 years after its launch. Since the One was released last August of 2014, a Windows 10 update certainly seems reasonable.

The tweet was in response to a user asking the question "Will the One M8 for Windows get Windows 10 in the same timeframe your Android updates are delivered?" HTC responded:

"Yes, as we'll provide software updates to the HTC One M8 for Windows for 2 years after its launch."

Sounds pretty cut and dry to us, as Windows 10 should be locked in for the update. Of course, even Microsoft has yet to get Windows 10 Preview running on the HTC One, so there could be some lag between release and the time it heads to AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile.

Verizon had already distributed an OS and firmware update for their HTC One back in December.

Earlier today, HTC pushed out a small update for their Dot View case further signaling they are still committed to the phone.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, Diego S., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

180 Comments
  • Good, but no worldwide launch...
  • I got my girlfriend the M8 Windows and it's a beast of a phone. Starting to put my 1020 to shame.
  • At least until you fire up the camera :P
  • Isn't the real downfall that it takes about as long to fire up the 1020's camera as it does to actually light a fire from rocks and kindling?  It is absolutely bar none the best camera made in a phone, but nearly impossible to shoot any moving scene with it due to the time it takes to launch, shoot and save.
  • I'm ready for an upgrade... Waiting til summer
  • Manual focus FTW.
  • Cannot agree more. I absolutely loved my 1020 especially when i first got it. I bought it just before my son was born and it was just frustrating when I would continually miss shots due to the lag. Great camera and I figured it was a software limitation they would eventually fix.
  • Using the focus lock feature does wonders for getting those shots. I rarely missed a shot doing that. I would typically recognize something worth shooting was about to happen, launch the camera, do a half press on the shutter button, and then wait for the action.
  • Agreed, the 1020 camera software is a letdown of sorts.
  • Especially when I fire up the camera
  • The camera is really not that bad and I have had a xperiaz1 20mps there and a Lumia 925
  • I feel the same way. HTC makes great Windows Phones.
  • It really is. I love mine
  • Same here. And NO, the camera is not bad at all. Maybe not Lumia standards, but it gets the job done. 
  • I feel the exact same way. Love my M8 and HTC phones in general. I hope they keep providing us with alternatives to Lumias.
  • It's not even up to iphone standards lmao
  • Committed to the os but the question is how long till you get the windows 10 update.
  • -_- That's everyone's question Micah.
    When are you getting Windows 10 update on your 1520?
  • Friday unofficially and officially, if history proves to be correct, probably sometime before the HTC gets there's.
  • They can keep there Windows Phones, oh boy! You get 2 years of updates, that's what there commitment is?! If you've bought low end Lumia in 2012, let's say the 520 you would still be receiving the Windows 10 update more then 3 years after purchase!! HTC and all other (Android) OEMs have a horrible trackrecord when it comes to supporting there phones with updates, and even then only the high end gets a barely decent treatment. No for me it's Lumia all the way if it comes to Windows Phone, you'd atleast know that your device is supported indefinitely! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The One M8 for Windows was announced about a year ago. That makes it 1+2 = 3 years of update support from HTC. So, no, they're not all that bad.
  • @SumairB, err no what you said would be true if they said "Launch Year" however they did not soooo... Also it was not a year old yet, give or take it is roughly about 5 to 6 months. Given HTC's statement, say for example it was launched In Oct 2014 then they will support it upto Oct 2016. What happens beyond that is speculation at this point.
  • Oh right sorry, they said "2 years after launch"! My bad :P
  • No worries, it's an easy mistake to make :).
  • Their*
  • Here's a thought, MS works and makes the best dam OS and does a Global release shocking everyone....it will never happen.  If you're going to be a leader you need to lead.
  • HTC the real MVP.
  • Lmao, that was pretty good
  • Better than KD
  • They could be with Microsoft slacking but they choose not to.
  • I don't know where you got this statement from... ... And at this point, I'm too afraid to ask.
  • As the only WP manufacturer with a flagship on the market (even if ot is a dated flagship) they really are.
  • Great. I love my One M8. Hope they're true to their word.
  • Was this device ever launched anywhere but the US?
  • No Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Just waiting on them to give info for a M9 for windows. In due time in due time.
  • Good luck, but I hope so also, although no point if its only released in the US again.
  • I had/have no hang-ups with the duo cam but that M9 camera worries me.
  • Check out Steve Litchfields camera comparison of the 930 vs the new M9 using the final/retail firmware camera updates. It is on the All About Windows Phones website. The M9 camera did surprisingly well in his tests.
  • Really? I'll have to check that out. Thanks!
  • Yes, and available in more than just the US. This should happen.
  • OMG DANIEL, how DARE you call the HTC One a flagship. Only Luminas can be da flagships!!!! #LumiaMasterRace
  • I've got a good idea as to who will replying to this comment,the usual Lumia super fans im sure.
  • :) I know that will ruffle some feathers, but it's true in many ways, for better or worse.
  • Exactly, it is true whether Lumia fans (me included) like it or not.
  • Yes, we all know that the 1520 is the true flagship.... Literally the highest end WP device that money can buy...
    .......
    You can bitch now.
  • Lol The M8 for Windows is an awesome phone aaaannnnd the only Flagship phone being sold at at&t... Currently. No joke... My 1020 isn't the phone it use to be.. Anything (released after the 1020) looks better right now.
  • Um no it isn't because
    1) the 1520 only has a Snapdragon 800, the One M8 has an 801.
    2) The DAC in the 1520 is inferior to the one in the M8.
    3) The 1520 has only one speaker, the one M8 has two.
    And lastly the M8 is available on more carriers.
  • Lets see.... 1520
    ABSOLUTELY DOES HAVE A SD CARD SLOT,
    4 HAAC Microphones,
    3400 mah battery,
    20.7 MP camera that is actually really good,
    Raw file support,
    First device to shoot Dolby 5.1 surround,
    Assertive technology display,
    Clear black polarization,
    Wireless charging built in,
    Lumia apps,
    ..... Oh yeah❗ Real Glance screen, not some pesky Light Bright cover.
    ........Anything else❓❓❓❓❓❓
  • But it's a legacy device that's no longer being sold at retail.   A customer basically has to go out of their way to find one, at full cost, unsubsidized, and likely refurbished or used.
  • Best WP device money can buy.... It is what it is.
  • Well, here in Germany where I work next to school we still have them in stock. The 1520 sure enough is not a device that sells in super-high numbers due to its size and being a windowsphone, so I guess that there'll be a lot of vendors who still have them in stock.
  • The 1520 does have a Micro SD slot. Other than that, your list looks great. There are areas that the 1520 beats the M8 in but I don't care enough to list them. Enjoy whatever phone you have.
  • I did... Lol.
  • The 1520 does have a Micro-SD card slot, btw :) And what is DAC?
  • Digital-to-Analog converter.
  • Still not a feature to overcome everything the 1520 has to offer... The M8 is very nice, but not the overall best WP device.
  • What is it used for? (other than converting stuff obviously)
  • "more carriers" and USA = Worldwide?
  • Lol... Yet the 1520 sold 90% more..
  • Based on what numbers
  • You really learn the specs of a product if you're going to try and make a point and being on more carriers does not make it better. Especially since on there carriers the phone is still irrelevant.
  • True...... True.
  • Even after you edit your comment still no.. No.
    The M8 doesn't beat the 1520,,,, on paper.
  • Um.. The 1520 is available WORLDWIDE, the M8 is only in the states, major fail.
  • That is a major major major fail... Because, setting all jokes aside, the M8 is a stupid cool WP device, and it's such a waste to leave it to the US, who cares nothing about WP.
  • It will remain an epic failure as long it is confined to the US...
  • It's done and over with... Hopefully they will have a M9, and market it properly.
  • Which will probably be a US exclusive again....
  • Agreed
  • U got b8ed m8
  • I knew it!!! I just knew you wouldn't be able to help yourself.
  • Not when it's so easy...
  • You are the troll we need, but not the one we deserve.
  • Lol... Troll.
  • Based on screen size
    Fuck that I would take my one over any Lumia any day and I have like 6
  • The Lumia phones are a great phone and I would get one over HTC any day. The Lumia 1520 is the best Windows Phone flagship out there. #LumiaFan
  • My old Samsung Omnia 7 is the best Windows Phone ever
  • *out of the ones which still run on WP7.
  • Winner❗❗
  • Should i buy 930 now or wait till the new device launch? I fear that they will stop the support for 930 in 2-3 years.
  • I think expecting OS updates beyond 16-24 months is a little bit unrealistic. Although with Insiders/Preview programs, it helps ameliorate that fact.
  • You'll still be using the same device in 3 years?
  • Ans ms promising 36 months
  • Not everyone can update regularly, u know?
  • Well, the argument is that Apple does it. I even got updates, still, on my work iPhone 4s.   *That's* post sales support.
  • Microsoft provided updates to Windows XP for 11 years ;)
  • A lot of people do. I know people still hanging on to iPhone 4S' and Galaxy S3s and S4s.
  • You mean... you'd still use a 32-bit-only phone then?? :-O
  • Unless the year is 2038 or the phone has more than 4GB of RAM, I don't see what the big deal would be.
  • M9-10..... Before it's too late.
  • No word for older ones!?
  • Our 8x is older than 2 years. So, the answer seems to be "No".
  • Same age as the 920 so what's the excuse?
  • Was surprise that it accepts PD but not the official one.
  • But what about their true wp8 signature devices? :P
  • Luckily there is Microsoft so they will allow us to install Windows 10 on ours HTC 8X devices.
  • HTC get more committed and release more mid range windows phones!!!
  • Good on HTC for updating the M8 with Windows. That is great news. I dont think they treated the 8X that way but its nice they are this phone =).
  • Actually, they did.
  • That is what HTC said about their, then, flagship phone HTC 8X. They said it was going to get Windows Phone 8.1. It was released in November of 2012, so, if they support phones and updates for 2 years, then technically, they should have made the 8X work with WP8.1. I have lost faith in HTC, 8X is still a great phone and I'm glad I have it, but, with the lack of desire or care for this phone, I'm going to stick with Lumia. The Lumia 1520 is a GREAT phone and I wish I could buy one, now that Microsoft has pulled it from their shelves, I'm hoping that their new Windows Phone 10 flagship Lumia 1520 successor will be equally awesome!
  • This 2years seems to be part of the deal with MS. Certainly doesn't came only from HTC.
  • Um HTC is making the same commitment with each of their flagship devices including the M9 so yes it's coming from HTC.
  • Ummm my HTC is running 8.1. They delivered it on Verizon.
  • HTC + T-Mobile = No update
  • TMO is crap with updates overall.  Remember they killed the 810 so silently that some people in the now basemented 810 forum are still hoping for Cyan.  I wouldn't blame HTC on the lack of updates.  This is all too clearly TMO's fault. 
  • A lot of retailers probably still have the 1520 in stock
  • Unless a carrier is involved, HTC did release 8.1.1 ... I have it on 2 8Xs
  • All phones now sold by HTC, whether Android or Windows, include the HTC Advantage plan which guarantees updates for 2 years.
  • This advantage also guarantees a new screen if you break it
  • I never had a question, but it's nice to get confirmation.
  • Too bad they're not commmitted to actually making it available to purchase in B&M stores.  No T-Mobile store that I've been in stocks it, it's no longer available via the TMUS website and even the Microsoft store in New Orleans doesn't carry it despite carrying other 3rd party phones. 
  • The Vegas MS store has it and T-Mobile stores in California I was at have it. So calm down.
  • Doesn't do him any good if he doesn't live in those areas, does it?
  • I'm just saying its not like they stopped selling it in all stores nation-wide. It's not discontinued. Not all hope is lost, like he's making it seem.
  • I know it's not 100% true for every phone, but John Legere stated at a conference that every smart phone sold in a B&M store will have WiFi calling. When I asked a rep at my store he said that's why it isn't being stocked.
  • Well, it also isn't offered on the T-Mobile website anymore...
  • Yay! Good on HTC! Now what about the 8X & 8XT?!
  • 8X on T-Mobile an AT&T don't even get 8.1, so I assume all updates end.
  • Really? Sprint 8XT got 8.1 in Dec and an extra bug fixing firmware update in March. Granted it's newer than 8Xs, but still.. :(
  • Like a year newer
  • And where's the HTC One M9 for Windows?
  • Great to see. Gives me lots of confidence and options going with HTC in the future
  • When are they going to release a flagship though? They keep releasing this trash from Android. Will they ever make a Windows phone flagship?
  • I cant see the HTC one M8 for windows taking to long to get windows 10. I mean I already have it running on my. Its a bit buggy, but useable
  • I have no nor had I any issues with my m8 for windows. It is the vest WP I've owned.
  • Great phone, too bad it wasn't launched worldwide. It would have nice success as it is quite popular.
  • Ditto
  • Yeah, even camera isn't bad, it's low resolution what kills it, but it is great in terms of quality. They just had to up to 13MPx or so for M9, but they screwed even more.
  • I think the new One has one 20mp, and One Max has Duo (as M8)
  • "HTC has a mixed record with updates in the past, so skepticism for some in the community seems warranted." Well, I guess nobody pushed an AK-47 to your head to buy an HTC instead of a Lumia :S
  • Still that does not mean one cannot complain and be sceptic about future phones :)
  • Not a gun, but if you were with Verizon when WP8 launched you could either get the 8x or the, iirc, Lumia 6xx or 8xx... the flagship Lumia wasn't available at launch and for many months there after.  
  • I'll take my chances with HTC.  My Nokia Lumia 810 was without support within a year with zero comments out of TMO, Nokia, or MS. 
  • But, wasn't MSFT promised updates for WP should be provided 3 instead of 2 yeasrs?
  • Well well well ... there go the promises ...
  • I'm pretty sure, can't look for page right now, but it says 36 months of free updates.
  • Yes, but the OEM not...
  • Makes sense.
  • Yes as always you can keep getting ms updates for the foreseeable futer just maybe not carrier backed
  • Well, since Lumia doesn't actually have a flagship phone right now, the M8 is about as good as it gets.
  • With the 640xl and 830, I'd still choose those over this mess.
  • What mess?
  • Please forgive him. It's not Lumia so he can't relate.
  • Those two phones can't even touch the M8 in terms all around quality and performance. They are good but no where near the M8 level.
  • It is funny that HTC bashers forget that the M8 only got windows in the absence of the supposedly superior Microsoft lumia couldn't get a replacement for 2012 flagships till late 2015! They should be thanked for filling in the breach to save people leaving Windows Phone.
  • Hey it's MSFT idea. Nokia had McLaren duo ready for fall of 2014 but MSFt decided to cancel it...
  • That logic makes zero sense since it is not saving people from leaving windows phone. It's confined to the US and even within the us nobody is really buying this phone and people are leaving lmao
  • "... And there was much rejoicing."
  • Someone should've followed up with questions about the M9 for Windows :). The fact that they're not just bailing on the M8 raises my hopes for an M9 regardless. Loving the M8.
  • Commitment is good. I'll take that.
  • Which is better to get the M8 or Lumia 1520?!
  • 1520 of course. Lumia is still the best.
  • M8
  • M8 if you don't have Andre the Giant hands
  • The only one you can technically get is the M8 lol
  • Depends on what do you need of course. Do you care about photos quality? Do you like/want a 6" display?
  • M8
  • 1520.
  • Good for the unicorn & the big red!
  • The M8 is a great phone, regardless of what a small minority might say about it. I'm glad that HTC has committed to updates.
  • I would put it up against any phone currently on the market any os And design wise its probably the most beautiful one also
  • That's hilarious lol
  • Based on ?
  • Agreed. They have yet to manufacture a Lumia I actually want. Well that's not entirely true. I do want to buy the 640 for 7yr old to replace her 635. She likes to contact me via Skype. The 640 is not good enough for me, but adequate for her. Anyway, Lumias are ALWAYS missing a feature I want on every device or the size is just ridiculous. The HTC M8 is my favorite WP thus far. Its camera works pretty well for my work needs also.
  • The HTC M8 Windows Phone is only available in the United States. SO the duffer asking for updates WORLDWIDE, needs to attend class more often. Regards Aussie John.
  • I love the One M8. It's an amazing phone! The audio output is quite stunning. The camera, well, that's another story. But it's still a great device.
  • real question should have been "will we see a windows M9 version"
  • meanwhile, if you want updates to your HTC 8X, you apparently are entitled to go fuck yourself.
  • I like how this article was written in response to a tweet made by HTC when in reality they mentioned this since they launched the M8 on their website AND the device came with a little flyer talking about their advantage plan which explains the support for 2 years from date of launch and it covers a one time screen replacement, and a few other things... Just saying Windows Central... You forgot to mention those small (cough cough) details in the reviews, unboxing, etc. And I think it's currently one of the best WP devices available. I do remember reading one article where you expressed your concern of whether or not it would get updates, etc given HTCs track record. Perfectly reasonable concerns but you forgot to mention a few, in my opinion, valuable information that would have been helpful for readers to know, like the HTC Advantage Plan which was meant to address many of the concerns you made clear in your articles and probably deterred a few buyers who are now considering an HTC M8... Ok I'm done Il stop here...
  • Now they are calling it UH OH Protection.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kqzyfj.com%2Fcli... How about next HTC One Windows phone that's launched in the future you don't forget to mention this ... ;)
  • That's great! But when will the One M8 for windows be coming to other regions like the UK?!
  • I may be a "jaded HTC user" here but I'll believe this when I see it.  I got my M8 days after release and have been, well, less than pleased with the purchase.  What few updates have been sent have made the phone less stable to the point where I'm having to hard reset every few days just to keep the thing usable.  And that DotView update? I was really wondering about that because DotView application broke and is no longer listed on my phone as of this morning.
  • I'm with you. I've had too many HTC phones to fall for this...latest being the 8X. History is the best predictor of the future, which is why my current phone isn't an HTC despite the fact that I really wanted an M8.
  • I got it because my 920 had taken a few too many falls and I wanted the latest greatest thing.  Turns out I was wrong and should have continued to hold out for the next Lumia.  I doubt we'll even see "Hey Cortana!" even though the M8's hardware more than meets the requirements.
  • I have a 1520, and my boyfriend has the M8. I think that both are excellent phones, and it appears to be that there's no clear "winner" between the two, as they both fail and excel in different areas. Personally, I do feel that the HTC misses the mark in a few points, mainly in the lack of polarization and I'm still skeptical of HTC's overall quality of support myself, but for me personally the larger battery, SD card support (surprised that this is absent from the M8 btw, as SD support is usually pretty standard on Android) and focus on photography and video make the 1520 a clear winner, but not everyone needs that. Everyone looks for different things out of a phone, and for some one may be better than the other.
  •     It’s good to see HTC so committed to the One after they unceremoniously abandoned the 8S even though it can still get some form of Windows 10. Now getting that same commitment from the carriers is the hard part.
  • WP users are in the minority why argue over what WP is better you should be united in trying to push WP over android or ios. I have an m8 WP and have had 3 lumias I myself prefer the build quality of the htc
  • Oh and does anyone know if we will ever see a preview for WP 10 on the m8? I'm not sure if it will make release before htc goes bankrupt again trying to sell the m9 against the s6
  • Please update the htc one m8 to windows 10