No, you won’t get this gift in time for Christmas, but perhaps seeing an HTC One running Lollipop may make the wait slightly less painful.
A batch of videos and screenshots show HTC’s flagship with the newest build of Android, though of course it’s merged with the Sense 6.0 user interface (the HTC One currently runs Sense 5.0). We got a small hint of how Lollipop looks on the One in November, but this leak lays out what the entire operating system makeover looks in clearer detail.
For example, the lock screen notifications and multitasking cards match exactly as Google has outlined in its vision for Lollipop, a win for Android purists.
However, much of the interface is still more Sense than Material Design. The font choices are consistent with previous versions of HTC's interface, and the overall color scheme favors grays, blacks, and green highlights. Lollipop, by comparison, uses a white background in the app drawer, notifications, and in other elements.
The videos also show HTC’s own web browser, camera, and texting apps set as the default choices from the app launcher. The on-screen navigation buttons are the same as what you get in Sense 5.0, instead of the new circle, square, and triangle Google uses with Lollipop.
The impact on you: Unless you have a Nexus device, you usually have to wait around a while to get upgraded to the newest version of Android. HTC is better than most when it comes to updating its phones, promising to do so 90 days after a new update to Android goes live. We’re about a month into this release, so expect some Lollipop love early in the new year if you have an HTC One.