HTC One owners in the U.S. shouldn't count on seeing an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update anytime soon, considering the device has yet to update to Android 4.2.2.
Android 4.2.2 has rolled out for the HTC One on several international markets; however, the currently available AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint models of the HTC One device remain on Android 4.1, the operating system with which the HTC One released in April. Since then, Google has introduced another system update, Android 4.3, which is sure to elude the HTC One in the U.S. as much as its predecessor has.
The yet-to-be released Verizon HTC One is expected to launch with Android 4.2.2 on board; however, there is not concrete information out regarding the update schedule for system updates for other U.S. carriers.
Currently, most information appears to be coming through renowned HTC leakster @LlabTooFeR. Most recently, he told an AT&T HTC One owner asking about which operating system his device would up to that the handset would see an Android 4.2.2 update followed by an Android 4.3 update. Though @LlabTooFeR is known for sharing fairly accurate inside information pertaining to HTC updates, many are now skeptical of his news, considering that just days prior he tweeted to a follower that the Android 4.3 update would come to the HTC One in the near future.
With no other information divulged, the leaker’s reports appear speculative at best. We don’t know whether the Android 4.2.2 then Android 4.3 update timeline applies for HTC One handsets on all U.S. carriers or just AT&T. We don’t know how near or far into the future the Android 4.3 update will arrive. HTC’s only comment on the matter is that it is reviewing Android 4.3 to see how this update fits into its plans.
Seeing as Android 4.2.2 has already rolled out onto HTC One handsets overseas, it makes sense that U.S. HTC One handsets would receive the update eventually. Other manufacturers appear to have plans to skip older Jelly Bean versions in order to update their devices directly to Android 4.3. Sony recently confirmed that many of its devices will update from Android 4.1 to Android 4.3, while rumors suggest that several Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will also update from Android 4.1 to Android 4.3.
It seems unlikely that HTC could take the route. Many are still wondering why the Taiwanese-based manufacturer opted that have its 2013 flagship device natively run Android 4.1 in the first place when Android 4.2 was already on the market. However, with rumors of a super-sized 6-inch HTC One Max now circulating, HTC may have plans to pair more current operating systems with beefier hardware.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.