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HTC One Developer Edition Receiving Android 4.3 This Week

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After deciding that the Android 4.2.2 update was too minor to worry about here in the States, HTC will go ahead and push Android 4.3 to the HTC One Developer Edition this week. Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s president of global sales, took to Twitter this afternoon to announce the news. The update will include the latest Sense 5 experience, along with a number of Android enhancements (notification toggles for one) that were introduced in 4.2. 

Updates to carrier versions are still on the horizon, as HTC continues to get them certified. Nothing was announced today.

We aren’t sure what’s happening with the DROID DNA, but it was supposed to receive 4.3 before the end of September as well. We recently saw Verizon post a changelog with mentions of Sense 5 and what looked to be at least Android 4.2, so we’d imagine the update will arrive before long.

We’ll also assume that when they say “developer edition” they also mean the unlocked variant for the U.S.

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  • dillon08

    Hi I’m based in the UK and surprisingly gOt my 4.3 update and 5.5 sense update on the 20.11.13 for my htc one.

  • Richard HTC DNA

    I have an Apple laptop, ipad, and I pod, but have always had an android phone, because of all the customization that can be done. On all my apple products I get the software updates the day they come out. My phone gets an update several months after the update, and I don’t understand what on earth the phone companies are thinking! For the first time I am really thinking about down sizing my amazing HD DROID DNA screen for an iphone. I am sick of the unending wait involved everytime there is a new droid update!

  • Andy Post

    receiving the android 4.3 update right now on HTC one dev edition (as of sept 26th, 2013 12:25AM ET) here in the US.

  • kris

    I got the unlocked 32gb one from HTC but will that fall under the “developer edition” update even though it’s not stamped as that? Its not tied to a carrier at all.

  • Aw what the crap. I guess unless you buy the most current phone it doesnt matter if you have a Nexus or not. *Sprint Gnex

  • Ben Landwehr

    Well.. I’m still a bit upset the blue HTC One at Best Buy that’s advertised to be running Android 4.3.. is not running Android 4.3. But oh well I suppose lol. Small gripe.

  • sk3litor

    Dammit. I’m still waiting for samsung to give me some sort of update for my note 2. Supposed so be 4.3 but I have a feeling ill have my note 3 before that happens. 😐

  • renegad3

    Lets just hope ‘dev edition’ also includes us 32GB unlocked (non-carrier) branded HTC One owners…

  • M3tr1c

    Anyone with a Dev edition and not testing or using custom ROMs on this is a total waste.

  • LionStone

    The DNA was mentioned in the same breath as the One, in getting 4.3… I’m expecting no less.

    • hkklife

      I am sadly expecting huge disappointment to the DNA owners. I feel the DNA *WILL* be updated soon but it’ll not be to 4.3…but at least we’ll get some Sense love.

      • LionStone

        I hear ya, keep your expectations low… 🙂 IF the DNA doesn’t get 4.3, VZW will be lambasted even though the percentage of owners is small. Which makes me feel like the small difference in software *should* be within VZW’s capabilities.

        • Jason

          HTCUSA tweeted today that the DNA is in line for 4.2.2 with sense 5 sometime before the end of the year. Major let down after promises of 4.3 by the end of September.

          • LionStone

            Yep, just looked myself, thanks for the heads up. Let me rephrase that: the small difference in software should be within *HTC’s* capabilities!

          • J1876

            Very disappointed after hearing Droid DNA delay. Doesn’t surprise me.

          • Sadfacehtc

            Good bye HTC , I have been loyal to you for 9 years . I will now be jumping ship by listing my DNA on eBay and going to the note 3 . Don’t crash and burn too hard .

          • Jason

            I couldn’t agree with you more. As a former thunderbolt owner, I have only myself to blame. I’ve actually really enjoyed the DNA. I would root this damn thing if I didn’t think I’d brick it.

  • Qwerty

    So developer editions don’t have to wait for carriers to release any OS update? Would this also apply to the Moto X dev edition?

  • Great! Just in time for 4.4!

  • Ryan Gullett

    “The latest Sense AND Android 4.3…”

    Those two things together make my stomach feel sick.

    • timmy


    • JoshGroff

      I like stock as much as the next guy, but sense has certainly improved in the last two years, and is much less bloated than it used to be. Also, you can always flash a GPE Rom. (Which is what I have as my main driver.)

      • Ryan Gullett

        Agree: Sense has gotten better. Disagree: Rom. Its just not an average thing you can tell someone to do. Its to complicated at this point in time . I don’t like beating a dead horse, but the skin on top of the Moto X is about the perfect balance of stock and custom skin. Based on the reactions to Dev edition phones and the general complaints of consumers, you can see things changing. But the amount of stuff HTC and Samsung layer on their phones is just not something I find very pleasing.

        • JoshGroff

          Most of us that would complain about overlays have the know how to do something about it, even if that means just throwing on a replacement launcher, and those that don’t would just buy another device.

    • gtg465x

      I’ve long been a fan of stock Android, but I actually like Sense 5 better than stock Android. I converted my HTC One to a Google Play Edition and only ran stock 4.3 for a week before I started missing Sense.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    I’ve gotta give HTC and Motorola some serious credit, they worked hard to get these updates into testing and out to customers. It is nice that Android OEMs are finally starting to realize that updating a device increases sales of later devices, due to having a more positive experience overall. However, we will see how well they continue to support their legacy devices, which is the true test of how much they’ve learned.

    • zurginator

      Well these are the Dev and T-Mobile variants that are getting updated – and they have always been faster. The true test is seeing how long it takes Verizon/AT&T/Sprint to roll it out.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Verizon is already out of the question. They’ll never get it updated til February or something.

        AT&T and Sprint is where the focus is.


    perfect!! right in line for the vzw htc one to get it next christmas!