August 19, 2013
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HTC OneAccording to a tweet made by Jason Mackenzie, President for Global Sales at HTC, the HTC One Developer Edition will skip Android 4.2 and go straight to Android 4.3. The HTC Developer Edition, which was announced by HTC earlier this year for those in the developer community, comes with an unlocked bootloader and 64GB of internal storage and is aimed at those who want to develop custom ROMs for the HTC One. It is currently being sold directly by HTC without a contract and SIM free in the USA for $649.99.

Both the regular HTC One and the HTC One Developer Edition launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean however since then HTC has rolled out an upgrade to Android 4.2.2 for the HTC One outside of the USA and the Verizon version of the HTC One will have Android 4.2.2 at launch. However there haven’t been any updates for the HTC One Developer Edition.

In a response to a HTC One Developer Edition user (Joshua Wein) who pointed out that Verizon customers will get 4.2.2 while those who opted for the Dev Edition are still on 4.1, Mackenzie said that since 4.2.2 is a minor update the company has decided to go straight to 4.3. As a follow up Wien pointed out that while 4.2.2 could be considered minor it does have some great usability benefits  such as notification toggles and additional Zoes, etc. Mackenizes response, “because 4.3 is so close. And 4.2.2 offered limited customer benefit.”

When pressed about when this would happen Mackenzie, added that HTC  hopes to make the release before the end of September, but added that this wasn’t written in stone as “sometimes unknowns can arise.”

It could also be possible that HTC are looking to upgrade all HTC One devices to 4.3 fairly soon as in a reply to the original tweeter, Jason Mackenzie added, “our plan/target is that all US skus will be updated before September end.” The term SKUs refers to stock-keeping units, or in simpler English model numbers, so could “all US skus” mean all versions of the HTC One sold in the USA, including those locked to the different carriers, let’s hope so!

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems.He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
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