The HTC One is yet to be launched on several markets as the company has been experiencing some trouble in terms of availability, but the device will soon be available on all selected markets. The HTC One comes running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, but it seems that it won't be for a long time because rumor has it that the company will be rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update in a couple of months or less.
The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update was pushed by Google to its Nexus handsets back in November 2012. The software upgrades brings some interesting features to the table such as the Google Now function, new lock screen widgets, a very helpful Quick Settings menu, a new keyboard that supports gesture typing, not to mention the Photo Sphere camera features that allows the users to take panoramic pictures.
Nevertheless, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update hasn't been received by that many Android handsets, and apart from the Nexus devices the only smartphones that got it are the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S4, which will run Android 4.2 right out of the box. This is a big advantage for Samsung over its rival, the HTC One which will not be coming running the latest Android iteration.
However, the people wanting to buy the HTC One, which will be available in a few weeks, don't have to be so disappointed as the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update will be rolled out very soon after the device's launch, according to an HTC leakster who said that the Android 4.2 firmware upgrade will be released in one or two months of HTC's latest flagship smartphone.
@LlabTooFeR is an HTC leakster who provided many inside info about the company's plans and he was often accurate with his tweets. He claims that the HTC One will receive the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software update in two months tops. In other words, the HTC will be updated to the latest and probably last version of Android Jelly Bean in April or May. Coincidence or not, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will become available for purchase in that period of time. At the moment, the Galaxy S4 is due for release in April in some of the markets, while the test will be receiving it in May.
Interestingly, HTC is going to roll out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update to the HTC One a few weeks after its release. For instance, many of the markets will get the HTC One next month because the company has problems in building enough units to meet the needs of the possible customers.
Of course, we don't have an official confirmation from HTC. Also, the release date of the update cab be modified, but I won't be surprised that this leak to be accurate as HTC needs to bring its A game if it wants to keep up with Samsung and its Galaxy S4.
The HTC One owners should be getting excited, but the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update won't be pushed simultaneously for all of them. We remind you that the US mobile operators are releasing their updates a while after the worldwide version of the device gets it. In other words, the subscribers of carriers like Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile should expect the Android 4.2 update for their HTC One versions a couple of weeks after it will be rolled out in Europe.
Naturally, it would be great if HTC would wait a little longer and roll out the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie instead. Sadly, it seems that the company won't skip the Android 4.2 version.
So, what you guys think, is this good news or what?