How many times have you bitched and moaned or have heard someone bitching and moaning about HTC’s sluggish software updates? Plenty, eh? Well, you can’t complain anymore, at least not in regards to the company’s current spearhead, the HTC One, which is this close to running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on all four major American carriers.
Released with pre-loaded Android 4.1, the One skipped a step in its upgrading chain and first got a taste of the latest and greatest Jelly Bean flavor on Sprint. AT&T followed suit almost immediately and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn to join the party.
According to Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, the Android 4.3 bump for T-Mo’s HTC One has been certified and will be rolled out “within next few days”. Translation, by the end of the week, though naturally you shouldn’t panic if it takes a little longer to reach out.
That leaves only Verizon stranded on the sad little Android 4.1 island (as usual), but Big Red will probably have its always thorough testing process wrapped up by the end of the month too.
Meanwhile, HTC’s previous generation flagship, the Droid DNA, available exclusively on Verizon in the US, is forced to wait a little longer before taking a 4.3 bite. Namely, until December. Which wouldn’t be that bad if Android 4.4 KitKat wasn’t the high-end norm by then.