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[OTA Captured] T-Mobile HTC One M7 Gets Sense 6, M8 Gets Extreme Power Savings Mode
You may recall that just a few days ago, we saw a Sense 6-laden update roll out for the developer and unlocked HTC One. And a few months prior, we saw an update make its way to the Sprint HTC One M8 (2014), which brought the new Extreme Power Savings Mode. Now, two very similar updates are making their rounds to the T-Mobile HTC One M7 and T-Mobile HTC One (M8), respectively.
First up, we have the last generation HTC One M7 on T-Mobile, which is now the first carrier-branded M7 to receive Sense 6. This OTA updates your device to software version 5.14.531.1, up from the previously available 4.19.531.10. It comes in at a rather hefty 695 MB, which is to be expected given that this brings the device to Sense 6.
Although no official changelog exists on T-Mobile’s update support page for the M7, it’s safe to assume that this update packs the same goodies that we saw make their way to the developer and unlocked devices earlier this week. In short, it should brings most of the M8’s software features to the M7. For a refresher, Sense 6 includes an updated UI color palate and support for multiple themes, an updated BlinkFeed interface with more news sources, and a simplified camera, gallery, and app tray. In addition to the Sense 6 features, it’s highly likely that this update also brings the new Extreme Power Saving mode to the M7, as well as a button to clear all recent apps—just like we saw in the update to the developer and unlocked M7.
Next up, we have T-Mobile’s variant of the M8. This 229.8 MB update brings the device to software version number 1.57.531.7, up from the previously available 1.12.531.19 build. As stated on T-Mobile’s software update page for the M8, this update brings a number of improvements such as improved battery life, the new Extreme Power Saving mode, and improved WiFi performance. And for those curious about what the new Extreme Power Saving mode actually does, it extends your battery life by “conserving CPU usage, reducing screen brightness, turning off vibration feedback, turning off data connection when screen is off, allowing only essential apps to run, and turning off pedometer.” It can be toggled via a status bar quick control. And as you’d expect from the name, enabling this new mode is pretty much a last resort. This is because when enabled, you’ll be prevented from doing pretty much anything with your device other than make calls, send texts and emails, check your calendar, and use the calculator.
Both updates are currently making their way out to consumer devices via staged OTA rollouts. Unfortunately, however, not every device will be in the initial wave. Luckily for T-Mobile M8 owners, XDA Senior Member altimax98 was kind enough to pull and mirror the M8’s update for use on stock, unrooted devices running the stock recovery. Alas, there is no captured and mirrored update just yet for the T-Mobile M7, but once someone captures it, you’ll be able to find it in this thread.
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