April 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Now that HTC’s previous generation flagship devices are all enjoying their official upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat, many have begun to wonder when these devices would receive the latest iteration of HTC’s Sense UI. First seen on the HTC One M8, Sense 6 brings many key refinements to the Taiwanese OEM’s signature interface such as a heavily updated launcher, improved aesthetics, and much more.
You may recall that about a month ago, HTC’s Sense 6 update plans were leaked out for various last generation devices such as the HTC One M7. The leak’s proposed timetable was then officially confirmed for the M7, with the date being set for some time next month. Now, HTC has gone ahead and updated their software update status pages for US and Canada to show their current stage of progress. Included in the update pages are various versions of the HTC One (M7), as well as carrier variants of the HTC One Max and One Mini.
Currently, all devices in all regions other than the T-Mobile HTC One are in stage two (integration). This means that the bulk of the work has been done, and now carrier-specific software (i.e. bloatware)is being added. It’s unknown exactly how long integration and the subsequent certification will last, but we don’t think it’s impossible for HTC to meet its May timetable.
April 7, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back on Friday, we talked about how the Verizon variant of the gargantuan HTC One Max had received technical approval and was set to receive its update to Android 4.4.2 some time today. Well folks, the update has now started rolling out to consumer devices.
Coming in at software build number 2.16.605.2 and baseband 1.36.60.0122, today’s update takes the Verizon variant of the HTC One Max up to Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5. Along for the ride, you get an improved location settings menu, which now offers a master switch for all location settings, as well as a list of apps using location and how much battery each app consumes. On top of the changes to location settings, the update also fixes several bugs related to car kits, notification light, and OTA update processing. Unfortunately, we now have three new pieces of bloatware: Verizon Cloud, Verizon Location Agent, and Verizon Support and Protect.
The update is currently making its way out to end-user devices by way of a staged OTA rollout. As such, not every device will receive the update in the first wave. Luckily, XDA Recognized Developer Flyhalf205 was kind enough to pull and mirror the update for your sideloading pleasure. Naturally, you’ll need to be on stock or very close to stock firmware in order to run the update, and you’ll also need the stock recovery, which can be downloaded in this thread.
You can find out more about the update itself on Verizon’s support PDF for the update and get in on the discussion in the Verizon HTC One Max KitKat Update discussion thread. And if you’re after a mirror, go check out Flyhalf205′s mirror.
The HTC One Max is the bigger brother to last year’s flagship HTC One. Although it’s been a bit slower to receive the KitKat than its more reasonably sized sibling, we’ve already seen the update roll out to the European and Sprint versions of the device. Unfortunately, however, this does nothing for device owners in different regions and/or on different carriers such as Verizon here in the US, which typically lags behind its competitors when it comes to updates.
Now, we’ve gotten word that the update to Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5 has received technical approval for OTA release on Verizon. News on the update comes from HTC’s executive director of product management @moversi, who posted about the update to his Twitter account earlier today.
While this statement comes a full week after we saw the update roll out to the Sprint model, this is still great news for Verizon HTC One Max owners looking to receive the official KitKat goods. Are you looking forward to the update on your Verizon HTC One Max, or are you already running an aftermarket KitKat build for your device? Let us know in the comments below, and of course visit our HTC One Max forums.
March 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The gargantuan HTC One Max is HTC’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. And while it lacks the S Pen functionality of the aforementioned ‘phablet,’ the One Max is a viable alternative for those looking for a traditional smartphone experience on a very large device.
A few days ago, the European version of the HTC One Max started receiving an OTA update to Android 4.4.2. And then some time yesterday, the Sprint variant of the device started receiving Android 4.4.2 as well.
The update for the European version of the device comes in at software version 2.61.401.3 and baseband version 1.54.401.1. The Sprint version received its update to software version 2.09.651.1 with baseband version 1.48.50.0109. And although they feature different version numbers, these updates both pack Android 4.4.2, laced with custom HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI. Sadly, it’s not Sense 6, but we’re not too far off from an official update.
As expected, these updates are being delivered in stages, which means that not every device will receive the update good immediately. Luckily, the community has stepped up by mirroring the updates so that everyone can get in the action, regardless of whether or not it’s officially their time.
The update mirrors for the Sprint update come courtesy of XDA Senior Members YoungAceAtlanta and Jm@n, who mirrored the update on Google Drive and Android File Host. On the other hand, the update for the European version of the device was mirrored by Senior Member pradeepvizz over on Android File Host.
If you’re running either the Sprint or International version of the device and would like to update to KitKat but haven’t yet received the OTA, head over to the mirrored update links above to get in on the action.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
March 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, we took a look at a leaked video that gave viewers a quick walk-through of what was purported to be HTC’s yet to be released Sense 6. While the veracity of the leaked video is still unknown, we do know that Sense 6 is on the horizon. It’s only a matter of time before it reaches consumer devices—well, if the company doesn’t go under before then due to poor sales and perplexing legal practices.
So naturally, the question on everyone’s mind is when and if their current generation HTC devices will receive the HTC Sense 6 goods. Well, thanks to leaked documents courtesy of XDA Recognized Contributor and leaker extraordinaire LlabTooFer, we now have a better idea.
HTC One owners will be glad to know that they’re first in line for the Sense 6 update, as HTC appears to have tentative plans to release the update some time between May and June. One Mini, One Max, and Butterfly S owners should also find comfort in knowing that they’re scheduled to receive the update one month later, some time between June and July.
Unfortunately, this means that other devices such as the original Butterfly, One X, One X+, One S, One V, One SV, Desire 601, Evo 4G LTE, and Desire 700 are probably going to be left in the cold—but we already expected as much. Another interesting tidbit that can be gleamed from the leaked documentation is that Sense 6 is also currently running atop Android 4.4.2—just like Sense 5.5 does at present. However, it’s not uncommon for different versions of Sense to run atop the same Android version.
What are your thoughts on HTC’s update schedule? Are you still bitter about the lack of updates for the One X and X+? Let us know in the comments below!
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.