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

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 3, 2013

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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.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Here we have this grate line of phones that’s limited to 10 countries in the world. If they really wanted to they would open the play store to everyone in the EU with little problems but for some stupid unknown reason they are not doing it. Why are these phones limited to the play store anyway? HTC i thought this was your phone and not Google’s?

    • It’s complicated. HTC and Samsung probably don’t want to advertise the GPE phones too much, so people don’t buy them instead of their skinned models.

      • Luka Mlinar

        Yup, this is just about the only argument i can think of but then i think; money is money and by limiting their product to such a small market they are losing a ton of it. Would i buy a HTC One, hell no. Would i buy a play edition for the same money, hell yea i would. Samsung can do what they like but i am surprised HTC is not doing everything in their power to get more income. God knows thy need it.

    • z0phi3l

      Yet Google can’t “just open” the play store in every Euro country, they still have to kowtow to any and all local laws regarding online services and purchases, hence why some Countries can’t have paid apps and stuff like that, call me a fanboy if you want but this is not Google’s fault, it’s a Country issues and even sometimes a local jurisdiction issue

      • Luka Mlinar

        Dude but that’s why i mentioned the EU. EU has synchronize laws when it comes to trade. The whole thing is made with this intent. There are no customs charges or anything. I could (from Croatia) order anything from the German Amazon with no problems. Even a car if i wanted to. Yet you can’t connect to the German play store and order from there. It makes zero sense.

      • Shawn Simpson

        This is very true. The government of the country will place restrictions to what is available to you from the play store. This was evident with Black Berry regarding BBM feature. Certain country governments wanted control access to the BBM feature and were told by RIM they would not give them that type of access to see what they BBM or control what they BBM.

  • MasterMuffin

    Why does the One’s version weigh 30MB more? o.O

    • Luka Mlinar

      It’s not a clean Android build. We went over this some time back.

      • MasterMuffin

        But why is there such a big difference, it is 20% bigger!

        • z0phi3l

          IR Blaster functionality will add some, but not sure how much of the difference that would be, could be some other easter egg that needs to be found

          • MasterMuffin

            Nah don’t believe in that

          • mistermystery

            Beats audio drivers, Ultrapixel drivers, and IR blaster drivers maybe? I’m just guessing and no nothing of this stuff.

          • MasterMuffin

            That I can believe :)

  • I have unlocked HTC One. What the procedure of installing pure Android instead of Sense?

  • Scarlet Gonsalves

    How cn i upgrade my HTC One to Android 4.3 version..?? Itz currently Android 4.2 or 4.1… Plzz lemme knw! Thnx… :)

  • cherry

    when it will come in india??

  • Ryan Johnson

    i flashed everything to 4.3 but wanted to know which app do i use to take advantage of the ir blaster now working? thanks