As HTC fans not so patiently wait for the release of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on U.S. models of the HTC One, new reports indicate that a new version of the HTC Sense user interface will not be included in the update.
Many are expecting to see U.S. models of the HTC One updated to Android 4.3 by the end of September as promised by HTC President Jason Mackenzie. Tech informant LlabTooFeR clues us in that the update is in fact on its way; however, the HTC Sense 5.5 UI is reportedly now also on its way, but will not be on board with Android 4.3 for the U.S. HTC One. According to LlabTooFeR, we will see the U.S. HTC One update to Android 4.3 with the current Sense 5 UI.
The international model of the HTC One notably was updated to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5 in July, but the U.S. model has been pegged to skip Android 4.2.2 in favor for Android 4.3 since there are only minor updates between the two versions. This was confirmed by HTC in August.
It appears that in order to keep the HTC One line a hot commodity, the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to update the international HTC One as well as the HTC One mini and HTC Butterfly S to Sense 5.5 in lieu of an Android 4.3 update.
The rumored HTC One Max is also expected to be released with Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 on board. The other devices will reportedly be updated after the HTC One Max is on the market. A release date for the One Max is not currently known, but it is expected sometime in the fourth quarter. Details about what improvements Sense 5.5 will bring to HTC’s UI are also unknown.
What do you think about the release schedule for Android 4.3 on the U.S. HTC One and the HTC Sense 5.5 UI? Let us know in the comments below.
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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.