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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 10:39 PM

Locked vs. Unlocked for OS Updates

I received an AT&T variant of the One M9 directly from HTC.  Since it has the AT&T logo on the back and lists AT&T as the carrier in the "About Phone" section of settings menu, I assume that to mean it's "locked".


I noticed that HTC One M8 and M9 unlocked devices will receive Android 6.0 before the AT&T versions.  Does this mean that having a carrier variant device unlocked means you'll receive the updates sooner?


I'm really sick of being last in line receiving updates on my phone thanks to AT&T's non-existent efforts in expediting the implementation of their bloatware to work with each new Android update.  I think it's unacceptable that Android users have to own unlocked devices in order to receive timely software updates.

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9 years ago

No. Even unlocked, it will get the update as it is an AT&T phone, it will get the AT&T update. Non branded phones can get the update earlier as Branded phones will get a different update as the company adds their stuff to the update before it can be pushed out.

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