Android 5.0.1 GPE HTC One M8 - image credit Sunny Hussain @sunnyhussain33If you’re the owner of an HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, you’ve got an early Christmas present with the release of the Android L 5.0.1 OTA for most carriers this morning.

You’ll need to have at least 500MB free on the device’s storage in order to download and install the new update, and chances are you’re going to want to to make a quick backup just in case anything goes wrong (probably won’t.)

But what this means is HTC has at least somewhat delivered on its promise of 90 days for Android 5, and in the case of Android 5.0.1 it appears the timeframe was more like under a week.

HTC Sense users, which are the vast majority of the HTC One M8 users, are still in the 90-day timeframe and waiting for Sense to be incorporated with Android L, which hopefully will not be all that much longer.

If you’re on the cautious side, you might want to wait a couple of days to see if HTC somehow pulled defeat from the jaws of victory on this update … it’s happened more than HTC would care to admit. But as I woke up this morning and my inbox wasn’t flooded with reports of the update bricking people’s devices, I’m hoping for a smooth and peaceful update.

Android 5.0 Lollipop features can be found here, and there still is no changelog I’m finding about 5.0.1, but it’s probably just a bugfix release for Android Wear and battery consumption from what I can find out.

If you’re in the root world and you are looking for 5.0.1, a GSM GPE 5.0.1 has been available for a couple of days, but the highest I’ve seen for CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) was 5.0. My Google-Fu is weak, however, as I’ve managed to get more daycare funk along with the family, so if you’ve got a universal or CDMA variant of 5.0.1 drop a line in the comments.

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