This morning I powered up my HTC Flyer and noticed an update was available for download. I rubbed my eyes and looked again. Was this finally the OS upgrade to Honeycomb that HTC had promised months ago? Did this mean that an update to the HTC EVO View 4G was also on the way?
Being the tech hungry guy that I am, I immediately began the OTA download and searched online for more information before installing it. Sadly, the update did not turn out to be a sweetened OS, but instead was an upgrade from Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 to 2.3.4.
In general, Android 2.3.4 is a maintenance release that provides several patches and bug fixes, while also adding video chat for Google Talk. Main improvements are mostly under the surface. But aside from the official platform information, I noticed some welcomed changes on my tablet.
- Lockscreen seems snappier and more responsive
- Lockscreen icons appear sharper
- Unlock animations are smoother
- Tablet in general is more responsive and faster (maybe a kernel version change?)
I'm glad to see the slight speed and visual improvements. I'll have to test it out further to see if there are any other changes or bugs. I did come across a FC issue when trying to access Battery usage (Settings -> About Tablet -> Battery) but after a quick reboot, that error no longer appeared.
One thing that I found very odd was that the HTC Sense version was updated from 2.1 to 1.0. That didn't make any sense (no pun intended), but everything appears to run the same as before. Maybe this is a mistake?
While it's not the major upgrade we had been promised, it is still good to see HTC showing some love to its products. And even though this update is specifically for the HTC Flyer, it could mean that continued updates for the HTC EVO View 4G will roll out soon.
Maybe HTC is holding off work on a Honeycomb version and will treat us to a frostier version of Android instead? *crossing fingers* One can dream right?