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
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

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