HTC One Android 4.2.2 update reportedly coming mid-June, we go hands-on with leaked version

Daniel Bader

June 3, 2013 8:34pm

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According to sources, the HTC One Android 4.2.2 update will be announced in mid-June and roll out to devices some time this summer.

We’ve had the opportunity to try an early build of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the HTC One and it brings many anticipated features from the newest version of the operating system. While the version of Sense remains unchanged at 5.0, some features, like the extended settings menu in the notification shade, work exactly as they do on stock Android.

While we’ve yet to notice any major speed improvements, but some updates to Sense do make things easier for users. For starters, it’s now possible to change icons in the dock from the home screen, whereas previously this was only possible from the app drawer itself.

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Secondly, it’s now possible to natively do away with the on-screen menu button by changing the Home button behaviour. Previously, a long press of the Home button opened Google Now and there was no option to change the behaviour. In Android 4.2.2, it’s possible to swipe up from the Home button to enter Google Now and press and hold for the menu button. This is a huge win for users tired of having a virtual menu button eat up screen space in legacy apps.

Also present is Daydream support and the option to show battery percentage at the top of the screen.

There are ostensibly other improvements to the code including better thermal management — I have noticed a slight improvement in battery life — as well as positive changes to the camera experience. I’m going to play around with it a bit more and will update this post accordingly.

Update: HTC has not included lock screen widget support in this leaked version; hopefully integration will be added to the final version.

If you know your way around a custom ROM, head to XDA-Developers to load up Android 4.2.2 for the HTC One.

Via: Twitter

  • Nathaniel James

    Great news! Now for the HTC One S, One X and One X+!

  • Robert

    I’m also running 4.2.2 on android revolution. I notice that 2d game playback is very much improved as well which is a good thing. Almost every game runs smoothly now whereas they stuttered before. Also I noticed a few micro stutters and sound pops in the youtube app but on 4.2.2 it seems to work fine.

  • Zed

    from what I understand, there are a few bugs with this new version. Don’t know whether it’s due to the ROM built or the HTC code, but I’ll wait a couple of releases.

  • Dave Grant

    Agree! Where’s flashlight toggle? I’m spoiled coming from Cyanogenmod on my One X.

    • Erick Nielsen

      Pointless for GPS toggle. Most applications will turn GPS on or off correctly without having to take the extra step of turning it on or off all the time.

  • bembol

    Man of Steel and 4.2.2 in Mid June?!?!

    *tear drop LOL

  • blueadept1

    Any photosphere in the camera?

    • casey

      that’s an ASOP thing only…

    • blueadept1

      WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT. I thought that the code from the camera app was open source such that manufacturers can use whichever snippets they choose?

    • casey

      -.- 9.9/10 the camera app is re-written so that it resembles nothing of stock

  • Sam Wiggans

    Hopefully Canadian carriers get it out in a reasonable time.. I am enjoying 4.1 on it though with the Sense 5

    • Stephen

      HTC has a terrible track record for updates everywhere, even worse in Canada

    • Sam Wiggans

      Yah I know, but say HTC does start rolling it out in June, then it is up to the carriers to get it out from there.

  • IJustGotaTan

    I like it so far. There was a newer build (AR 10.1) released today and so far it’s working quite nicely.

  • 0ldsnake1

    “This is a huge win for users tired of having a virtual menu button eat up screen space in legacy apps.” …and i’m sold !!! the on;y problem that i had with the One was this !! Farewell my Beloved GS4 …

  • NTN Labs

    I guess this was started by the competition between HTC One with Sense and the vanilla one.

    BTW: this is how competition should work. More features for users and better sw for phones. Opposite to the IP battle we see in courts…

  • Stephen

    lol enjoy 4.2.2 when it comes out in December, true HTC style

    • IJustGotaTan

      It’s out already.
      I think you’re referring to 4.3 which isn’t out for any device yet.

  • casey

    Android open source project. Stock android like on the nexus devices is what I was talking about