If you’re with Verizon, or plan to be, we have good news for you. The HTC One, which is said to debut with the carrier in August, will come with Android 4.2.2. According to Phandroid, which sites an Android hacker who “regularly obtains leaked HTC software builds”, the device will have the (currently) latest version of Android straight out of the box.
This is good news, considering Verizon’s spotty history with firmware updates. Often times Verizon leaves their subscribers with whatever Android iteration they found the device with, as the carrier has a strenuous security gamut it runs devices and firmware through. Not to mention OEM skins, which also impede the process.
The device is said to debut around the same time as the Moto X with Verizon, which is rumored to have Android 4.3. Of course, no solid announcement on either of those fronts.
Of course, this is ahead of tomorrow’s “Breakfast with Sundar” event, in which the mobile tech world eagerly anticipates an Android 4.3 announcement. Though incremental updates are expected, a new version of Android will technically put the HTC One with Verizon behind on Android updates.
We’re sure Verizon will leave it there, too.