Good news for HTC One owners (at least those in the US and Canada), as HTC’s flagship handset appears set to receive the latest build of Google’s Android mobile platform. The news comes directly from Twitter, where HTC global sales president Jason Mackenzie said on Monday that the phone manufacturer is currently working on bringing Android 4.3 to HTC One users in the United States and Canada by the end of September. HTC One owners won’t be the only users to feel the Android 4.3 love, as Mackenzie also notes plans to bring the update to the HTC Droid DNA as well.
The move towards Android 4.3 doesn’t necessarily break the mold, which is probably why Google decided to stick with the Jelly Bean title, but the update does offer a few notable additions and upgrades. In terms of new features, the most important is likely the addition of restricted profiles as part of Android’s multi-user interface, which could prove ideal for parents looking to restrict their child’s access to various apps and content. Android 4.3 also introduces support for Bluetooth Smart devices and OpenGL ES 3.0 support for developers. The update also features a number of improvements including dial pad auto-complete, Bluetooth AVRCP, and improved text input.
The timing of the Android 4.3 update appears to be quite fortuitous for HTC, as Sprint recently released a unique Glamor Red variant of the HTC One as part of the carrier’s promotion with NextRadio. Also, Verizon will finally release the HTC One on its network later this week starting on August 22. While the HTC One has aged considerably since being released to positive reviews back in April, the Android 4.3 update could prove vital to positioning the HTC One as a relevant option in an industry where handsets are quickly outpaced and forgotten.
Source: Jason Mackenzie (Twitter)