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Android 4.3 to begin rolling out to HTC One this week, with U.S. carrier versions to follow soon

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HTC executive Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, took to Twitter yesterday to announce that the HTC One will begin receiving the much-anticipated Android 4.3 update starting this week. The initial rollout will only happen for owners of the Developer Edition, with Canandian HTC One owners getting some Android 4.3 love by the end of the month.

Don’t worry if you’ve got a carrier-branded version of the One from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Because service providers need to approve updates before they get pushed to their phones, there are no specific dates that have been given. However, Mackenzie says that they are “working hard” and are “optimistic” about US carrier certification, so we should probably expect more good news very soon.

In the meantime, if you haven’t rooted your device yet, now is as good a time as any. Once developers get their hands on this update, custom ROMs will surely be created and distributed to all of the carrier-branded devices, probably well before the updates are officially available. So stay tuned to your favorite developers on XDA for more on that soon.

In the meantime, if you’re lucky enough to play around with the update, let us know how you like it!

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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9 thoughts on “Android 4.3 to begin rolling out to HTC One this week, with U.S. carrier versions to follow soon

  • Avatar of Gomez

    Will the EVO be upgraded as well?

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  • Avatar of Simon Belmont

    I won’t hold my breath on the carriers certifying Android 4.3 by the end of September. My guess is we’ll see it sometime shortly after Android 4.4 KitKat is announced.

    There have been Android 4.3 with Sense 5 leaks on the AT&T HTC One and people say it’s good, though. So, maybe there’s a chance it will come sooner.

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  • Avatar of Barron

    Will the HTC Droid DNA get this update ?

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  • Avatar of derrick bishop

    The DNA is getting updated with sense 5 but only 4.2.2 and for the evo not to get it is absurd. That phone with sense 5 would be amazing. I’ve owned nothing but evos since the Og evo. Now I’ve had the one for months and love love lllllooooovvvveeee this phone. To me it’s perfection. The camera performs maybe not like the 41 mp Nokia but does well enough that my pics always come out fantastic. And then there’s the highlight movies. Never gets old. Events become movies just amazing. HTC one ftw

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    • Avatar of Simon Belmont

      Ironically, I said the bit about the Droid DNA only getting Android 4.2 with Sense 5, above. But it’s stuck on “awaiting moderation” for some reason (probably the links).

      Oh well, you can see what SHOULD be appearing here: http://i.imgur.com/SW3Wz4n.png .

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  • Avatar of derrick bishop

    And really tho for HTC to be taking as long as they ate with this shocks me a little bit bc this is thier baby. This phone right now is thier pride and joy. So really what is going on? Gets your asses in gear and push it already. I want this button remapping and all the goodness that comes with it. Good news that’s it’ s almost finally here. Woooooooohooooooooooo!!!!

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    • Avatar of Simon Belmont

      Considering how long a normal update takes, the HTC One is one of the first to (potentially) be getting Android 4.3 out to existing handsets (even before Samsung). It’s falling on the carriers, now, which may take a while.

      It would have been nice to have Android 4.2.2 in the interim, but I’ll take a newer version of Android at a slightly longer wait any day. Android 4.3 has a lot of stuff that’s worth it anyway (GPU performance improvements, FSTRIM, and OpenGL ES 3.0 support, for starters).

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