HTC clarifies reports about pulled Android 4.2 update for HTC One

by: Alex SerbanJune 18, 2013

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It’s hard to believe that one of the best Android handsets of the year would be denied an update to Android 4.2, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation swirling around a recent Three UK tweet. In a recent reply to a Twitter question, the British carrier advised that HTC pulled the Android 4.2.2 update for the One, and that a new release hadn’t been scheduled yet.

To dispel the rumors, HTC offered an official statement to Engadget, and we now know for sure that the Taiwan-based manufacturer is going to deliver the upgrade. Unfortunately, it seems that HTC One owners will have to wait a little longer before Android 4.2 Jelly Bean becomes available for their phones, with no official release interval provided.

One of the most popular devices of the moment, the HTC One is behind the competition when it comes to the Android version. Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5 out of the box, the handset has been denied so far access to the latest version of Android.

Past predictions claimed that Android 4.2 would arrive on the HTC One at the beginning of June, so it shouldn’t be long now.

Android 4.2 should bring several new features to the HTC One, including a percentage battery notifier near the current battery symbol, the ability to remove dock icons, changes to the app drawer, the ability to long press the home button to bring the menu, an extended quick settings set, and the popular Daydream feature.

  • Jayson Stark

    Seriously I think the company Does this to keep us talking about the phone and by that getting more people to talk about that the update is coming for sure then people will buy it… just a thought

  • No One

    Telstra – Australia is expecting to release HTC One JB 4.2.2 to customer on 22/7/2013:

  • Bone

    This comes as no surprise knowing somehow, somewhere the 4.2 code broke 4.1’s buttery performance and good power management. The rough start of the GS4 (or the Nexus 10 or the Nexus 4) and now major performance and power improvement shows just how difficult it is to get 4.2 done right, and as soon as the One was announced on the old 4.1 it was obvious that HTC is struggling with the fresher version as well.

    • James Silva

      I must agree. That would be HTC’s biggest problem, in my opinion: getting the new updates done right and released. They’d have a much better time in the Android market if they could get over that.

    • Simon Belmont

      No, what broke the buttery performance on the SGS4 is TouchWiz. It wasn’t as optimized as it should be.

      Android 4.2.2 is back to Android 4.1’s smoothness. I do agree that initial iterations of Android 4.2 were not as smooth as Android 4.1 was, though.

  • David

    just root ur phone and be done with htc. so i get the great phone without the shit all these company’s have 2 shovel. i can recommend pac rom if ur looking 4.2.2 pure android and trick droid if ur looking 4.2.2 sense. pac rom is better for changing the looks and themes r amazing, sense rom is better if u like even better battery, 8hrs screen time. and u get to keep zoe, ultra pix,beats. THE PHONE REALLY DOES ROCK

    • Dongcopter Pilot

      Is TrickDroid up to 4.2? I’m running TD 4.1 on my One Dev Edition 64 on TMOUS, will update fsho if so

      • David

        yeah its been 4.2.2 for good while now. and very smooth

  • bchildress

    OK you can remove dock icons if you are in the apps repository, just drag one out and drag another in. You just can’t do it from the pages

  • I want this update as much as the next person, but if it isn’t as buttery smooth or nice to use as 4.1.2 yet, then I’ll wait.