January 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Around the time that Android 4.4 KitKat was released near the tail end of last year, many manufacturers made claims regarding planned update timing for their flagship models. HTC made no exception with its highly acclaimed flagship HTC One, when the company promised to deliver updates to consumer devices within 90 days. Accordingly, we saw the update roll out to the developer and unlocked devices, as well as to the Google Play edition some time ago. Now, the update has also begun making its way to various HTC One devices in Europe.
Today’s OTA is software version 4.19.401.8, and it comes in at a rather trim 308.24 MB. In addition to bumping up the Android version to 4.4.2, it also brings security enhancements, cloud printing support, additional Bluetooth profiles, and the removal of Adobe Flash player support. The update itself has begun rolling out in various parts of Europe, but it has also been captured and mirrored for your sideloading and ROM creation pleasure, courtesy of XDA Recognized Contributor patensas.
Those looking to get in on the update a bit early should visit the firmware download thread. And once you’re done getting the update loaded onto your own device or creating a frankenROM from the aforementioned firmware package, head over to the OTA discussion thread to share your experiences with the rest of the community.
Finally, those of you with US carrier variants will be glad to know that your updates are coming up soon as well. These updates are currently undergoing carrier certification, with work also being done on bringing the update to the One Mini and One Max.
Are you a fan of HTC’s update strategy and expedience? Let us know in the comments below!
Ever wonder what it would take to dwarf the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Now we know the answer, and it’s the HTC One Max. The HTC One Max is, for the most part, a larger version of the critically acclaimed HTC One.
The One Max’s defining trait is its 5.9″ Super LCD 3 panel. Packing a 1080p resolution, this equates to approximately 373 ppi. Similarly to the international version of the HTC One, the One Max features a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. Unlike the original HTC One, however, this device packs a fingerprint reader on the rear of the device that can be used to launch various applications.
The One Max’s speedy Snapdragon 600 processor is backed by 2 gigs of RAM and either 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage. The device also features a 4 MP “Ultrapixel” camera sensor backed by an f/2 lens. On the software front, the HTC One Max comes preloaded with Android 4.3 and a serving of Sense 5.5—just like what we recently saw roll out to the international One.
Are you excited about the One Max, or is it simply too big? Is the One Max still a “phone,” or would you consider it a small tablet that just happens to make phone calls? Let us know in the comments section below. And don’t forget to visit the newly created HTC One Max forum to get in on the discussion.