Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One get Android 4.3. IR blaster now works on HTC One

August 3, 2013
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The two Google Play Edition phones, which run stock Android, are currently being updated to Android 4.3, a little over a week after the launch of the new version.

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When the Google Play Edition phones were launched, some feared that the fact that manufacturers and not Google will control software updates would mean that there will be long delays between the release of a new Android version and the OTA rollouts.

Those fears seem to be unfounded, as the Android 4.3 update for the HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition has begun to roll out, a little over a week after the launch of the new version.

The update, which weighs in at about 150MB on the S4 and 180MB on the One, brings all the new features and improvements of Android 4.3, which we detailed here. Highlights include the TRIM command, Bluetooth Smart support, a smarter dial pad, Open GL ES 3.0, restricted user profiles, and virtual surround sound.

In addition to these expected changes, the Android 4.3 brought a few subtle design changes to the Galaxy S4 and HTC One GPe, such as slightly larger homescreen icons and the dock icons being now uniformly distributed.

One other welcome change is the enabling of the IR blaster on the HTC One, which will allow users to use the device as a remote.

As always with OTAs, have a little patience, because rollouts are usually distributed to users gradually to spot any potential problems with the update.

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