I’m rooted, the sun isn’t up as of this writing, and I can’t check on the status of Sprint’s OTA for Android 5.1, but RUUs are already available for the Sprint-branded HTC One M9.
What this means is that we’ve entered a new day, where hopefully the radios at least have been fixed, and yet another day for camera firmware which may or may not do anything but there will be articles galore on how it’s fixed or it’s terrible. Both will use the same images to prove why.
The update weighs in at 2.1GB and brings the Sprint software to version 2.6.651.11. As of now, there don’t appear to be any camera and radio-only flashable files, but it’s early, my bet is I press publish and there’ll be four or five different ways just to get the radios updated.
The official list of Android 5.1 updates according to Wikipedia are:
- The ability to join WiFi networks and control paired Bluetooth devices from quick settings.
- Official support for multiple SIM cards
- Device protection: if a device is lost or stolen it will remain locked until the owner signs into their Google account, even if this device is reset to factory settings.
- High-definition voice calls, available between compatible devices running Android 5.1
- Improvements to the notification priority system, to more closely replicate the silent mode that was removed in Android 5.0
Whether any of that is carried over into the HTC release remains to be seen. For those running 5.0.1, there’s also a bugfix with TRIM support, so if your phone’s been running sluggishly this might help you out.
As there are a significant number of ROMs based on 5.1 in other carrier packages, I’d expect that now the Sprint editions will be able to play with the ROMs based off of the international leaked firmware, if you’re into that sort of thing.