Just as everyone in the world of tech is eagerly awaiting more news on what HTC is bringing to their flagship device of 2014, the Taiwanese company has gone on and delivered its promise of keeping it’s previous flagship, the hugely appreciated HTC One right up to date with the latest version of Android. Although, the update has come about 15 days later than what HTC has proclaimed initially, the One is finally receiving the taste of KitKat.
After the Moto X/ Moto G, the HTC One is the first Nexus device to receive the update and much faster than it’s closest competitor the Samsung Galaxy S IV. This must be a feather in the cap of HTC, who are facing a tough time of late. The update, like any other update is rolling out in batches and you should see it soon on your device soon. It is being reported that the update is 312 MB in size and brings the subtle changes to the device that Kitkat promises. However, interesting to note that the elements of the status bar (read battery) does not take the all white scheme that say a Nexus 5 has with Android 4.4.
For those who like details, the software version of the update is 4.19.1540.4, for America. There have been reported improvements in the on screen performances when taking calls and stand by times for the device. However, since we have not yet received the update, we are not going to comment on that just yet.
Via: Android Central
Android has been called notorious for not being able to deliver updates in time to all the wide variety of devices which run on it. But, more often than not, it is the OEMs and optimization to their bundled skins that eats away the time while the end user chews on his nails, relentlessly hitting the Check for Update button.
However, HTC, one of the manufacturers who use a custom skin of their own, called the HTC Sense, on top of Android on their devices has decided to come clean and overwhelm us with how much actually goes into work when a new update comes out. Yes, it is not as easy as we thought it initially was, but it sure makes the age old argument, that if updates are your thing and you always want to be running the latest and greatest on your device then you are best advised to pick up a nexus smartphone, very valid.
So sit back, be prepared, cause yes, this is a long journey, right from when Google announces an update to when your HTC smartphone receives it:
After an initial promise of supporting as many devices as possible for latest updates, HTC has already dumped the aesthetically pleasing HTC One S from the line of devices slated for an update to Android version 4.2. The news comes as a bit of a shock as well as surprise because the users of both, the HTC One X as well as the HTC One S were pretty sure of the update. No doubt, the devices will support the update thanks to the community efforts, but do not expect an OTA from HTC to come your way.
The formal announcement was:
“We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”
One thing pretty much true about the statement is the fact that the owners would be disappointed. Anyone would be, given the HTC One S is hardly a one year old hardware and to not receive any updates further is plain sad. Once again the lack of vertical integration on Android strikes.