New HTC Advantage program will swap cracked screens for free, guarantee two years of Android updates

New HTC Advantage program will swap cracked screens for free, guarantee two years of Android updates
HTC just made official the rumored Advantage benefits package for its One line of smartphones. No, not that HTC Advantage, but a new three-pronged approach from the manufacturer, aimed to make your life with its handsets easier.

First off, HTC reiterates its commitment to timely Android updates for the One portfolio. This is something already happening with the relatively fast arrival of KitKat for the HTC One, while the One max and One mini shouldn't be far behind, either. Not only that, but HTC now officially commits to updates towards major Android versions for two years after the launch of its handsets, which is more generous than Google's 18-months cycle.

When asked what does it consider a "major change," HTC jokingly said "a dessert flavor change". This likely means that Android Jelly Bean to KitKat fits in, but minor updates within the version aren't guaranteed to happen, if they fall outside the two-year support scheme.

Next in the new HTC Advantage service is the continuation of HTC Backup, which lets you save “accounts, apps, bookmarks, home screen layout, settings, and widgets” in the cloud, and then restore them on a new device, for instance. Storage offered within the program is up to 50 GB, when you count in Google Drive, so it's no laughing matter, especially if your phone goes bust at the worse possible moment.

If that disaster strikes, though, you will be able to count on the last, and perhaps most generous aspect of the HTC Advantage program. The company said that it will replace the broken screen of your One device for free, no matter the circumstances. This is valid within the first six months after purchase, for one time only, and becomes available immediately for those who purchase a new HTC handset from the One line.

The program is for HTC America for now, and there is no indication whether HTC will expand it globally yet, though we certainly hope so. Given that the HTC One got a very low repairability score, HTC Advantage might turn out to be a godsend for its owners in the US. What do you think about HTC's new service package?

source: HTC


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