After the odd hint and rumor, HTC has finally released its Sense 5 update for its popular Butterfly handset.
This update has been expected for quite a while, we initially heard about a possible Sense 5 update coming to the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly all the way back in February. But sadly there’s a catch, and a pretty big one at that, the update is currently only available in Taiwan, it hasn’t yet made its way to the US Droid DNA version of the handset.
According to Engadget Chinese, owners of the Taiwanese HTC Butterfly can now download a Sense 5 skinned version of Android 4.2.2, which is delivered in two downloaded packages. The first prepares the system for the update, probably to patch up a bug or two, whilst the second contains the actual update. Interestingly, Blinkfeed is also included in the Butterfly update, so HTC clearly isn’t too intent on keeping features just for the HTC One.
But don’t despair, there’s a good chance that the update could head on over to the US Droid DNA, after all we’ve been hearing about this update for quite a while, and we’ve even seen some photographic evidence to go on. Not to mention that the handsets are virtually identical in the hardware department, so there shouldn’t be too much more work to do.
In the meantime, there’s always the option of flashing a ROM, if you’re up for it.
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What next? HTC One X? :p
Lets hope so!
Ha! I’m getting a DNA tomorrow from Asu®ion finally after they sent me FIVE bad replacement Galaxy Nexuses. Not looking forward to non-stock Android but the hardware should be a nice upgrade from the G.Nexus, and tide me over until Xfone or some good Moto phone on Verizon (not giving up unlimited data). And now if this update comes to Verizon DNA soon (knowing Verizon it will still take 3 months), all the better. If I really don’t like non-stock I can always root/ROM later.. Looking forward to it.
MotoX won’t have anything better to offer than the DNA except for a smaller form factor and cheaper price. If you already have a strong phone then there’s nothing for you to want in a MotoX unless you’re a huge fanboy.
Yeah the X smaller form might be nice, if it isn’t too much smaller. Hoping for not less than 4.5″. And I will be fine with similar specs, if it has better reception and voice and maybe speaker quality, and a good build. The reception in my area is spotty, and the G.Nexus antenna is terrible. Hoping the DNA improves on that.. But my little experience with Moto phones has shown reception to be the best. That’s the top issue for me. Then is battery life…again utterly horrible on the G.Nexus, and will probably be a big improvement with the DNA, even though its battery is a wreak point. Then there’s storage, the DNA 16GB/no SD a big letdown. Probably won’t see any improvement there in the X I’m afraid.
Basically if I’m happy enough with the DNA I may just stick with it until the next (hopefully higher end) X phone. If the first X checks enough boxes that the DNA doesn’t, I’ll sell the DNA and get the X.
It won’t, since the MotoX is a mid-range phone and the DNA is high-end. Considering buying a weaker phone just for it’s speakers or battery is needless in my opinion.
Pretty bitter news for HTC One S owners like myself.