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!]