HTC One will skip 4.2.2 and go straight to 4.3 says president

HTC One will skip 4.2.2 and go straight to 4.3 says president
The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update was pushed out to the international versions of the HTC One over one month ago; and, of course the HTC One Google Edition has already been updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But, the U.S. carrier versions of the HTC One are still running Android 4.1, and it has been a while since we've heard anything about when users should expect the update.

Well, good news, everyone! HTC's president, Jason Mackenzie gave some potentially great info to users with a tweet recently. According to Mackenzie, Android 4.2.2 is a "minor update", so HTC has decided to skip it and update the HTC One directly to Android 4.3. This may only be for the HTC One Dev edition, which is what the question was about, but since the dev edition is just an unlocked HTC One, it seems likely the plan will be the same for all One devices in the U.S. Mackenzie gave out the info because a user was frustrated that the Verizon HTC One was said to launch with Android 4.2.2, but the update hadn't yet come to other HTC One models. Mackenzie said that the decision was made "because 4.3 is so close. And 2.2 offered limited customer benefit." 

Unfortunately, Mackenzie ignored questions on when we should expect to see the update pushed out to users, so we'll have to just keep being patient until we get more info. 

source: @JasonMacHTC 1 & 2

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60 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Alright HTC, I like your game.

58. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Alright HTC I need update really fast. My HTC one is waiting for 4.3

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Wait so the HTC One is still on 4.1? Ouch.

3. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

On US Carriers, yes, but they are in minority.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

From all their past phones it should of been expected to get slow updates.

25. fragje

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

My European HTC ONE runs 4.2.2 stock. dunno what they're talking about.

28. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Unless you have the Google Edition, all HTC One's run Sense UI out of the box.

49. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

He is saying that he has 4.2.2 on his phone since he bought it not that it is running stock android. ;)

44. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

The article says 4.2.2 has rolled out to the international version

4. yoavst

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

it 4.2, not 2.2

7. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

4.2.2., actually. Dropping the 4 is assuming the the reader, having read the article and not skimmed it (also assuming) would understand that it should not be necessary to continually type out the whole thing. This is akin to referring to Barack Obama simply as Obama.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

One of the MANY reasons HTC is doing so s**t to a point they are going like Blackberry in a year or so..(sell or bankruptcy)

8. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I agree, if they want to survive, they need to stay on top of upgrading their phone, this should be their top priority!.

32. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Do you know how updates work for phones on contract? The first sentence in this very article says that the International HTC One has this update. HTC is on top of everything. Updates for Phones on contact go like this: OS (Google) > Manufactures (HTC) > Carriers (ex. AT&T) > You No matter how fast HTC is done with the update it's the carries that touch it last and send it out to you; usually taking a while to do it. What this article is saying is that HTC is not even going to bother making customers wait for 4.2.2 to be sent through the carriers and are going straight to 4.3 which is something they don't have to do at all.

51. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Correction:- Google > SoC Vendors > OEM >Carriers > Consumers

29. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Okay. Support that argument. What are all the thing HTC is doing SO wrong?

57. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

1. Slow updates. Galaxy S3 is getting 4.3 very soon, HTC ONE X is getting 4.2 2. Names. Confusing names that a non geek, non tech person cant understand. HTX ONE X is 2012 phone, they release HTX ONE a 2013 phone. 3. They used to release tons of phones instead of focusing on few. They stopped that slowly last year. Its too late though. 3. Availability. Until recently HTC phones werent available to all carriers in USA. 4. Names. Again. They release weird flagships like butterfly S while Samsung uses the same name for galaxy S4, and just adds something at the end. S4 active, S4 mini. So you are never confused. 5. Marketing. Not enough and not good as Samsung. Samsung made ads that everyone was commenting on even if it was negative press it was still working. HTC havent done 1 ad recently that was amazing or at least that mad ean impact. 6. I really dont care for SD slot and removable battery,. But damn many android users do care. And all this years HTC keeps pushing flagships in USA and Europe without SD slot at least when they see people crying over it. How hard was it to make HTC ONE X, or HTX ONE witha SD slot? So yeah. And many more little details..

9. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

This is primarily one of the reasons why HTC is struggling, slow updates... You can design the most beautiful phones all you want, but if you continue to roll out slow updates, not even Tony Stark can save your company.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...but if you continue to roll out slow updates, not even Tony Stark can save your company." I'm pretty sure that updates are mostly important for geeks and tech entuziast (minority), other users (majority) are not so obsessed about the fast updates. So in my opinion say that company's existence depends on how fast are updates is just plain silly.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This is only partially true, the majority of people don't really care or know what version of software they're running. But, when a person sees someone running a newer version and sees the features of it, they'll start to realize how behind they are in software.

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

This is only partially true. As you say, if person doesn't really care or know what version of software he or she is running, then I'm pretty sure that such person even won't pay attention to the other peoples smartphones. And even if such person will pay attention to the other persons smartphone, difference between features should be very obvious, in other way person who is not into tech won't even notice these differences.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

As an example iPhone users just don't care or some just pretend that they don't see that Android based devices is way more advanced. :)

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Just because most people are oblivious to their software version doesn't mean they're oblivious to the phones of others. If two people who are friends have Android devices, one on ICS, the other on 4.2 Jelly Bean, they're going to notice some differences when the person with the newer software uses their phone. What if the person on 4.2 uses Google Now, quick toggles, or photosphere? The other person might see and wonder why they can't do those things on their phone.

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My comment #16: "...difference between features should be very obvious, in other way person who is not into tech won't even notice these differences."

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The differences are obvious, regardless of whether the people are into tech or not. If you're friend on 4.2 shows you a photosphere, if you're on 4.0 or 4.1 you're going to look for that feature (theoretically speaking as if you weren't into tech and didn't know the difference between 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2), and when you can't find it you're going to wonder why.

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't understand with what exactly you don't agree with me, or just want to argue?

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I don't agree with you. People, regardless of how tech savvy they are, can be aware of how behind they are in terms of updates, and miss the features of newer software. Manufacturers aren't entirely dependent on updates for success like promise7 said, but it's not just the geeks and tech enthusiasts who mostly care about updates like you said.

34. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Agree with you, I don't know why majority of us "techies" think that the "average" Joe's are sometime to dumb to use certain os's (the amount of time I have read that android is too complicated for "normal"people is becoming a joke.) Or they just don't care about updates or don't know about updates as if they are totally oblivious..you don't need to be tech nerd to know if you are behind etc ..I personally believe even non techies are getting more into tech than we realise.

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I never have aid that average user is dumb, I just say that average user is not obsessed about the fast updates.

46. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

No I never meant you thinking users are dumb, but so many times on podcasts etc techies are always insinuating just that.. I agree with you that the average joes doesnt fester over updates and lags etc like we do but I do believe from personal experience of being shocked when someone who isn't techies like us ask me about new updates etc makes me believe that even though they are more patient and happy to wait for new updates they IMO probably are more knowledgable about new updates being abvailable etc..

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