Will Verduzco · Dec 14, 2013 at 03:00 pm

Verizon HTC One to Receive Official Android 4.3 OTA Next Week, Strangely no Sense 5.5

About a month and a half, we saw the international HTC One receive its OTA update to Android 4.3. The update packed Sense 5.5, and finally gave users the option to disable HTC’s trademark BlinkFeed home screen panel. Then earlier today, we saw a similar OTA roll out to the  in Europe. Now, it looks like the Verizon variant of the full size HTC One flagship will be receiving the Android 4.3 goods in the coming few days.

HTC’s executive director of product management publicly stated on his Twitter account yesterday that the OTA has received technical approval on Verizon, with the OTA being targeted for Tuesday. This is certainly good news for HTC One owners on America’s largest carrier.

Diverging from the previously seen updates, Android 4.3 on the Verizon variant of the HTC One will not come with Sense 5.5. Because of that omission, it is likely that this update will not bring the ability to disable BlinkFeed. That said, the company is planning on bringing Sense 5.5-laden KitKat to the device in January, so the delay shouldn’t be too long.

What are your thoughts on HTC’s update plans? Are you upset that this build won’t pack Sense 5.5, whereas other Android 4.3 builds for other One variants did? Are you looking forward to disabling BlinkFeed once you get your Sense 5.5 update? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: @Mo Twitter | Via AndroidPolice]


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