The HTC One is a top of the line Android flagship, but it does lag behind some competitors when it comes to the version of Android running on it. The device features Android 4.1 out of the box, leaving users to wait for the latest version of their favorite operating system, at a time when Android 4.3 appears to be getting closer.
That’s about to change soon – last week, the dual-SIM version of the HTC One, which is available in China and some other markets, made the jump to Android 4.2 and the international version is going to get the same treatment soon. The update is already rolling out in Taiwan, and more markets are likely to follow.
Some of the changes that the update brings to the Sense 5-running device include the Quick Settings panel, which can be accessed by swiping with two fingers from the notification bar, a screenshot button in the notification, interactive notifications, and menu button functionality – you can now set your device so that long pressing the home button will bring the menu and remove the dreaded black menu bar displayed by some apps.
The folks from Geek.com got their hands on a build of Android 4.2.2 for the HTC One and proceeded to install it on a device. Check out their impressions in the video below.
International unlocked HTC One units are likely to get the update first, followed by carrier-locked devices. We’ll keep you posted with any development.
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That’s why I opt for phones with soft touch navigation bar on screen in the 1st place …
So much to do with that awkwardly build buttons…
Good for people with International variant of HTC though…Enjoy :)
Hopefully the developer version isn’t far behind.
Has Blinkfeed always looked that ugly?
The One works very well right now, but something I would like to have is the Home Button option to use as a Menu button and get rid of the black bar, which this update addresses. The quick settings panel is a welcomed addition, but I think it could be more handy if it opened by swiping down from the left upper part as well like on the Nexus 7, not just by swiping down and pressing the button to show them.
Why don’t they update globaly like Apple does. HTC could do the update globaly.
That’s why I opt for phones with soft touch navigation bar on screen in the 1st place
Because carriers have more control over HTC, Samsung and it has to go through them before it is released.
I experience it is Android 4.2.2 but what I see in it is running very smoothly. I like this new development