HTC One owners are finally getting an update to the latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version of Android, bringing some always-welcome fresh features to its top-of-the-range smartphone.
HTC has announced via Twitter that the upgrade is rolling out today to unlocked handsets. That is, those bought SIM-free and off-contract.
EE customers will also be able to get the update imminently, it has been confirmed, with the 4G network preparing to make it available over the next 24 hours.
Other networks are expected to make announcements soon. And given that HTC made a conscious decision to strip down Sense so that it wouldn’t get in the way of software bumps, we don’t expect any of you will face the tortuous delays that have blighted other update rollouts for HTC phones.
Features the update brings include fresh camera app options, new lockscreen widgets and a new drop-down menu. User reports on forums indicate that it also improves the One’s battery life.
HTC recently announced that the One’s mid-range stablemate, the One S, won’t be upgraded to Android 4.2.2, sparking controversy among the Android faithful. Not least because Samsung has stated it will bring the fresh software to the much, much older Galaxy S2.