HTC One leapfrogging to Android 4.3 by end of September
HTC confirmed that all North American variants of its flagship One smartphone will upgrade to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.3 by the end of September, bypassing Android 4.2 in the process.
In a Twitter post Monday, HTC's president of global sales, Jason Mackenzie, said the manufacturer is "working hard" to upgrade all U.S. and Canadian versions of the HTC One within the next six weeks, pending certification. HTC's Droid DNA is also in line for Android 4.3, Mackenzie added.
Mackenzie previously responded to a Twitter question about HTC's plans to skip Android 4.2.2 by calling it "a minor update" that offers "limited consumer benefit."
HTC introduced the One in February. The smartphone is encased in an aluminum unibody shell and touts a 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display, LTE support and a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 600 processor. The One is currently on sale in the United States from AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), Sprint (NYSE:S), T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS), Cincinnati Bell and C Spire Wireless; Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is slated to begin selling the smartphone on Aug. 22.
Google unveiled Android 4.3 (a.k.a. "Jelly Bean") in late July. The update includes new profiles allowing users to tweak layouts and available applications based on who is using the device alongside integration with Bluetooth Smart, which allows users to pair devices like heart rate monitors to their Android hardware. Android 4.3 also touts support for OpenGL ES 3.0, which Google said will allow game developers to create photo-realistic 3D games and applications, as well as new digital rights management APIs affording developers additional options to protect their content.
Insiders have told The Wall Street Journal that Google is currently wrapping up work on Android 5.0, expected for release this fall. With the introduction of Android 5.0, Google is expected to push the software platform into laptops, wearables and appliances, giving manufacturing partners greater flexibility to customize the OS for use in devices beyond smartphones and tablets. Sources add that Google is also tweaking the OS to run more efficiently across low-cost Android smartphones targeting the emerging markets segment.
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