March 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, we talked about how the Sony Xperia M was finally receiving its taste of the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.3. While we lamented the fact that the device was just now being updated to a version of Android that is nearly a year old, we were happy to at least see the device receiving some OEM lovin’ even though it’s hardly the latest and/or greatest in Sony’s portfolio.
HTC, on the other hand, seems to be a bit better about releasing expedient updates for its product line. In fact, when they failed to meet their rather strict (and self-imposed) 3 month timetable, they issued a public apology and proceeded to quickly rectify the situation.
The international variant of the HTC One Mini first received its taste of official KitKat one month ago, and the update was promptly repackaged and released as a recovery-flashable update by XDA Senior Member tr1gg3r84. Then, devices in Asian markets also received the update goods, and they were quickly mirrored by XDA Forum Member faner. Now, they’ve spread the update love to the AT&T variant of their popular medium-sized HTC One Mini.
Today’s update for the AT&T variant comes in at software version 3.10.502.3, and it bumps up the Android version to 4.4.2. As expected, it’s layered with version 5.5 of HTC’s Sense UI. And for those wondering, the One Mini is slated to receive an update to Sense 6 in June or July.
The update appears to be available for all stock, unrooted devices at this time, so head over to your settings page and check for a firmware update. You can learn more about the update on AT&T’s blog post and support page.
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!
December 14, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
You might remember that just under two months ago, the flagship HTC One received an update to Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5, which allowed users to disable BlinkFeed once and for all. Well, a very similar update has now started rolling out to the One’s little brother, the HTC One Mini, and it packs many nice additions.
As expected, this update brings many improvements along with the increased Android version. For starters, the company’s trademark custom skin, HTC Sense, has been updated to version 5.5, which was originally seen on the gargantuan HTC One Max. This brings multitasking UI improvements, an updated interface to its video highlights feature, improvements to the media player, and more. However, the biggest whammy is how the new update finally lets you disable BlinkFeed.
The update registers as firmware version 2.12.401.1, and it comes in at a sizeable 630.55 MB. As expected, the update is being rolled out gradually, so not every device will have access to the update initially. In fact, it appears that only European users are receiving this current wave. However, for those not keen on waiting, XDA Forum Member vrvr has not only mirrored the OTA update, but he has also taken a System Dump of the updated firmware.
If you’re an end user looking to get in on the action early, or if you’re a developer looking to make builds based on the newest OTA, be sure to make your way over to the original thread to get started!
[Many thanks to everyone who sent this in!]