HTC One getting Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 right about now
If you own the rather marvellous HTC One, then it’s about to get some extra powers. That’s because the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is winging its way to it right now. It brings with it HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI and some extra Google Drive storage.
The update has been available in the US, Canada, and Asia for weeks already, but us Brits are only just getting our mitts on it now, Engadget reports. Back of the queue as ever.
As well as the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI, the update gives the HTC One an extra 25GB of Google Drive storage. The One already comes with 15GB of storage gratis, so that makes a whopping 40GB of free space to bung things up in the cloud.
There is one caveat. The update isn’t available on the HTC One Developer Edition. That’s because you can only activate the extra storage once per Google account, so it won’t play nice with the Developer Edition’s unlocked bootloader. Drat.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 recently started receiving the Android 4.3 update, and the Nexus 4 has it already too. Android 4.3 helped the S4 work with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch, which is either a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it.
Android 4.3 is the latest version of Android, but 4.4 KitKat should be hot on its heels. It should land any day now, in fact, along with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10. Google accidentally listed the Nexus 5 on Google Play recently, so it can’t be long now.
There’s also a certain rather massive yule-log-and-mince-pie-based festive season coming up. Now I’m no business guru, but surely it’d make sense to launch a new phone in time to capitalise on it.