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HTC President: Android 4.3 Coming to One and DNA by End of September

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According to Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s president of global sales, the HTC One and DROID DNA will receive Android 4.3 before the end of September. We have recently seen the international HTC One receive Android 4.2.2, but Mackenzie also confirmed this weekend that the U.S. version will likely skip right to 4.3 since 4.2.2 was so minor.

I wouldn’t say we are surprised at all by this, as HTC seems to be attempting to update phones as fast as possible these days, but it was nice to see the DNA name-dropped in there. Launched at the end of last year as HTC’s flagship for Verizon, we feel as if it gets neglected from time to time.

Via: Β @JasonMacHTC

  • kirsty

    When will I have the update for my HTC one I’m on three network and I’m from the uk does anyone know!!!

  • Hopefully this means that the DNA may get some 4.3 dev support as well. I just recently S-off’ed my DNA, and I definitely do not want to go back to Sense 4 any time soon.

    That being said, I did own the Bionic, and I know this update story all too well….

  • sith7

    ok soooooooooooooooo HTC will push the update to Verizon end of September and its gonna take Verizon 2-3 months to add bloatware and finally push it out to 20 phones a day as not to over load their system . So maybe by Jan or Feb we will actually see this

  • Jorge

    … and here I am hoping my One X+ gets either 4.2.2 or 4.3 (kneeling down and praying for 4.3)

  • Knlegend1

    I’m happy Trim will make my One the only One lol.

  • There needs to be a miracle if the Verizon HTC One pushes a 4.3 update.

  • dig la wolf

    wow! if this is true, those that jumped on the dna deal for $49 on verizon or free at the 3rd party retailers will have gotten the best deal for an upper tier/spec’d android phone with the latest version of jelly bean.

  • mikeszekely

    But I already have 4.3 on my One… (Google Edition).

  • Michael Chediak

    My fingers are crossed that my DNA gets this by December. I really like the DNA, great screen, battery life for me has been great, it’s fast and the 16Gb of storage has not been an issue. This update along with Sense 5 would would make it an even better device!!

  • Mytmouz

    Announced just in time for there April fools joke.

  • Dcdanger

    Noob question here, Why is it that carriers have to certify each new version of android that comes out ?
    I guess I’m confused since every pc maker does not have to certify every new windows update.
    Please excuse the noobness, I am feeling better about my DNA purchase now.

    • Skittlez

      i’m not sure, but my guess is that it has to play nice with the network, where a PC only really deals with wifi.

    • ScoobySnack

      OEMs suck at software development.

  • MagicMike Kelley

    What about the s4?!

  • Skittlez

    any word on a Dev Edition of the One on Verizon?

    • mikeszekely

      You can do that with the regular AT&T version (I did). Thing is, it works because the GPE version and the AT&T version are identical. Whether HTC releases a dev edition of the One for Verizon or the xda crowd figures out how to unlock and S-Off the regular Verizon edition, the CDMA hardware Verizon uses will be different than the GSM GPE, so the GPE ROM is most likely not an option. That said, I’m sure there will be plenty of custom ROMs for it based on the GPE edition.

  • Butters619

    Wonder when the AT&T One X will see 4.3?

    • beat it kook

      about the time a snowball survives in hell

    • LionStone

      Isn’t the X+ International version rolling out? I’d say the One X isn’t too far out…

  • BOB Dudek

    Well OTA upgrades for the DNA is not a big task..after all 49 Devices should take no time.

  • Crysmic

    what about Sense 5 update for the DNA?

    • Eric R.

      This update will include sense 5

  • Tim242

    Yeah. How long did they promise ICS for the Thunderbolt? You can’t believe anything from HTC, until you see it. They have told too many lies in recent memory.

    • TylerChappell

      Yep, Promised: August 2012. Rolled out: January 2013. Sooo I am guessing my DNA should get 4.3 by february, LOL

      • Ibrick

        And how well does ICS run on the T-Bolt?
        Maybe why HTC put off pushing the update?

        • paulmike3

          Different animals. The TB was very limited on hardware capabilities, which is why ICS ran like poo on it. The DNA is still near-top of the line hardware-wise. This update shouldn’t be an issue to run on it.

          • Ibrick

            That’s my point.. it’s not fair to compare the two scenarios. It’s almost like HTC knew how badly ICS ran on the T-Bolt but because they backed themselves into a corner and promised it, people got pissed, so they said ‘Fine, you want ICS? Have at it’

          • paulmike3

            Ah, read it as “it ran like crap so 4.3 will get rolled out to the DNA….. whenver”.

        • BroRob

          So you’re saying I wont get 4.3 for my TBolt? πŸ˜‰

        • TylerChappell

          It actually runs reasonably well on the ole TB.

      • Tim242

        Awwww. Come over here. I’ll keep you company while you wait. We’ll look at p*rn on the Nexus 7, if they’ll ever release thy he LTE model haha

        • TylerChappell

          That sounds like a wonderful plan! I’ll be right over!

    • LionStone

      Really? They “promised” huh? Should never put so much faith in any manufacturer to trust a plan they laid out as a “promise”. I’ll put faith into something said from a friend or family or someone that owns a small company that I’ve been doing business with for a few years…but never a large corporation.

  • Eric R.

    This leaves no hope for 5.0 for DNA.

  • fauxshizzl

    I wonder what features the DNA will get with it? Blinkfeed, Zoe, etc..

  • Stevedub40

    The neglect and exclusivity of the DROID line is probably why I will never buy another, but it is nice to see the DNA finally getting some love. So is it getting Sense 5.0 too?

  • htowngtr

    Hopefully the developer gets it sooner than later.

  • Damian

    Go HTC! Thank you!! It’s been a few months since the last DNA update!

  • harry

    I’ve heard that before, coming from a previous thunderbolt owner. Never again HTC, happy demise.

  • Carlos Reyes

    I heard that story before

  • Ken

    WTG HTC!! The DNA is so underrated, but ask anyone who has one, IT’s A BEAST when rooted!!

    • mustbepbs

      I love mine to death. It’s so fast and fluid. Real slender, sexy beast of a phone, too.

      • Ibrick

        Agreed, I love mine.
        Aside from ‘Boomsound’ you have smaller bezels, a shorter height, larger screen, and soft touch plastic in place of aluminum (which could be a positive or a negative depending on who you ask).
        Once it was unlocked, a second time, and got S-Off, a second time, anyone waiting on the One probably should have pulled the trigger..

      • aQuickBit

        Also, it has wireless charging…which is kind of a big one in my books.

      • Khaf

        I had the DNA when I was on Verizon. Even though I’m on T-mobile with the One now and happier It still doesn’t change how beast of a phone The DNA is. Being on Verizon is the big draw back from having it unless you live out in more rural areas that GSM sucks at.

  • jose

    4.3 on the Verizon One by end of July then? Sweet!

  • T4rd

    How about you update the friggin Rezound to 4.1 already, HTC?! WTF?!?

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      What? 4.0.3 is not good enough for you? Elitist!
      /looks at my Rezound
      /sighs heavily

      • T4rd

        It’s completely absurd that the Rezound didn’t get 4.1. Because of that phone, I have sworn off Verizon exclusives, esp. by HTC. I’ll consider the One since it’s on every other carrier and I’m sure will be supported much better than any carrier exclusive phone.

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          HTC “fanboy” here (Droid Eris, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Rezound)… passing on the One because I’ll never buy any HTC phone that does not have a replaceable battery. (Which is unfortunate because I really do like HTC’s build quality)

    • Sina

      Seriously…. This phones potential was never fully realized.

  • bellken

    This is great news for Droid DNA users.

  • Gabriel Hart

    I’ll believe it when I see it

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    no thunderbolt? πŸ™ /sarcasm

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      You’re like sexy as hell. : your girlfriends a lucky one!

  • muffnman

    Which means that Verizon’s HTC One will get it on September 30th at 11:59PM πŸ˜›

    • Godzilla

      or september of 2014

      • Stevedub40

        Right, they didn’t say which September πŸ™‚

  • Godzilla

    Oh and by the way, Verizon is a huge road block.

  • Godzilla

    Impressive if they keep that promise.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Alright Moto, ball’s in your court. If HTC, who is notoriously slow at updates, can push a 4.3 build by the end of September, you’d better meet or beat that, or feel the justified wrath of the community at large.

    • BOB Dudek

      How would said Wrath be set upon HTA?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Assuming you meant HTC, the “you” is a continuation of the previous sentence’s implication of speaking directly to Motorola as an entity, and therefore “you” is a reference to Motorola, not HTC.

        As for the wrath itself, Motorola have bashed their competitors lately over the use of a heavy skin for their versions of Android, and how much that slows down updates. If HTC can push out an OTA update for their skinned software before Motorola, not just for their flagship but a nearly year-old model as well, then Motorola’s comments were unwarranted, and accosting them would be justified.

        I’m really interested that they have yet to announce any upgrade plans for any of their devices, beyond a 4.1.2 update for their Xyboard devices.

  • Alex

    *adds to list of reasons to get the HTC One instead of the Moto X…

  • mustbepbs

    4.3…for the DNA?

    Is it my birthday already?!

    <33333 HTC. Thank you!

    • Eric R.

      I would rather have 4.2 now

      • mustbepbs

        You would rather have an older version of Android now..then wait a month for the newest version?

        Are you stupid?

        • Eric R.

          I’m not stupid, but I’m sick of waiting for the DNA to get Sense 5

          • Ibrick

            Guessing you’re not unlocked?
            Sense 5 was fun to play with for about a week, then went back to Nova.
            Besides it being slightly prettier, you’re not missing much.

          • mikeszekely

            Sense 5? I flashed the Google Play Edition to my One to get rid of Sense 5!

      • Robert Macri

        4.2 was a hot mess… 4.3 cleaned it up.

    • T4rd

      They may have the update for the DNA ready by end of September, but Verizon won’t push it OTA until Christmas.

      • mustbepbs



        • SkylaC90

          A Christmas update for the DNA is more than hopeful but seeing as its Verizon were talking about here. I’d say it gets the update on February 16, 2014

        • Good luck with any update that gets pushed from either Verizon or HTC! I had the Rezound when it got updated to ICS (I believe that was the update, not exactly sure) the dang thing decided to continually cycle data and everytime you would use the maps app it would give you about 30 seconds and then completely restart (I found this out the hard way when I was lost and had to wait for it to cycle over and over again in order to get directions home). Oh and it wasn’t just mine, I went through 3 replacement devices from Verizon until they gave me a Razr (which isn’t much better).

      • HighTechToid

        My thoughts exactly. This doesn’t say that it’ll be available. It just says they’ll be done with it and have it submitted to the carriers. Only the Developer Edition will likely have it by September since there’s no carrier roadblocks, but I highly doubt carriers such as Verizon will have it out. If I had to guess: Sprint first, followed by T-Mobile and then quickly AT&T and Verizon lagging behind with it ready by december or january

        • mustbepbs

          It doesn’t really say that either. The tweet is pretty hard to read, but whatever the “cert” is, that’s the last step.

          • sonicxml

            I assumed it meant carrier certification

      • Pete

        If rooted and S-Off, I’m sure someone will get a build they can make something out of, before VZW gets the chance to forget to click “Send”. πŸ˜‰

      • michael arazan

        Even if there is an update, Verizon doesn’t have to get it if Verizon doesn’t feel if it is worth the time, effort, or money. Verizon pays for the updates to our devices and can choose not to update them if they want for any reason, like if the device didn’t sell well or isn’t popular or a whole list of reasons for them not to waste the time and money. Verizon has passed on updates before for several devices. Just an FYI

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    • TylerChappell

      As a current DNA owner and previous Thunderbolt owner…yeah, this all sounds familiar. Just like when they said the TB would get ICS last August, and it didnt get it until over 5 months later in January 2013.

      • mustbepbs

        Yeah, I had the Rezound for a whole week and remember HTC promising ICS early 2012. We all know how well that worked out.

      • LionStone

        And how much of that delay is on HTC and not Verizon? However we DID get ICS on the Thunderbolt. The HTC a year ago or two is not the same HTC as right now. Times change, their motto changed, their whole business structure changed. Let’s see what happens at the end of Sept…

      • David Dudovitz

        At least yours got it… promised Inc. 2 update never came, cautiously optimistic this time.

    • feztheforeigner

      I was just hoping to get 4.2 eventually…

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