Dec, 14 2013

HTC One Google Edition vs Sense

It’s time to get everyone up to speed on the saga that is the Android update schedule for the HTC One. First line of business is the delayed Android 4.3 update for the HTC on Verizon.

Verizon HTC One

Last we heard, it involved a 2-stage update that began a few weeks ago, with the full bump to 4.3 promised for sometime in December. Here we are well into December and today, HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management confirmed via Twitter that the 4.3 update has finally been greenlit by Verizon Wireless with a rollout set to begin next week. Keep in mind 4.3 will still run HTC’s Sense 5.0 user interface, with 5.5 arriving along with KitKat in January.

HTC One Google Play edition

A little earlier today, HTCDev also made available their Android 4.4.2 framework support files and zips for the HTC One Google Play edition. Shortly after, we’ve been receiving reports that the update has already commenced, bringing HTC One GPe users completely up-to-date with their Nexus brethren.

Direct download via Google servers: 4.4.2 OTA for HTC One GPe

Sprint HTC One

Those of you with the HTC One on Sprint, it looks like a maintenance update is scheduled to rollout on Tuesday of next week that looks to address a “no SIM” bug among other weirdness — so be on the lookout.

The “new HTC” is going hard in the paint with Android updates on their flagship devices, a fervor we wouldn’t mind seeing in more Android OEMs. We’ll keep you posted on further updates.