The announcement came via HTC UK's Twitter handle, which stated "We are proud to announce that we are rolling out #Lollipop for Desire Eye and 816 smartphones from today. Enjoy!"
A report from earlier this week, had claimed the HTC One (E8) and HTC Butterfly 2 were also receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update alongside the Desire Eye, but so far, there is no official word about a Lollipop update rollout for those phones. The Taiwanese smartphone maker also did not provide a changelog for the Desire Eye and Desire 816.
However, certain changes that are evident in Android 5.0 Lollipop include the new more colourful and animation-filled Material Design UI along with several under-the-hood improvements resulting in better battery usage, faster opening of apps because of ART (Android Run Time) and more.
While HTC failed to mention the size of the update, LlabTooFer, a tipster earlier this week stated that Desire Eye's Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will weigh 1008.9MB (ROM 2.19.709.1). The tipster added that HTC with certain models will be skipping bundling Sense 7.0 UI (debuted on the HTC One M9) with the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update, and will instead roll out the new UI to those phones with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
HTC last week started issuing a system software update that claims to fix issues with the rear camera of the HTC One M9. As per the report, HTC One M9 seems to be taking better photos in both bright and low-light conditions, both indoors and outdoors, with sharper images, less noise and wash-outs, and more vibrant colours after the update.