The elusive Verizon HTC One, which is official but is without any official details, has once again been pegged to have Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board rather than the Android 4.1 operating systems that the variants on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are running right now.
In June, HTC and Verizon confirmed the HTC One for arrival sometime this summer, though the two companies did not announce a specific date nor did they reveal any of the other specifics including its price or features. And while we now have some credible information in regards to its features and release date, it still remains a mystery to buyers.
Rumors, and vague hints from HTC, point to the Verizon HTC One sporting the same features as the other HTC One variants which would mean a 4.7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, metal design, Ultrapixel camera, front-facing camera and the new Sense 5 with HTC Zoe and HTC’s social home screen. HTC BlinkFeed.
Rumors have also suggested that it will have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board and it appears that those plans have not changed, despite the fact that we haven’t seen Android 4.2 arrive in the U.S. Noted HTC leakster @LLabTooFer claims that the Verizon HTC One will indeed be running Android 4.2.2 when it arrives sometime later this summer.
This information is vital as it means that users won’t have to wait for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to arrive like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile owners have. It also means that the device will be primed and ready for an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, software that is going to be arriving on July 24th at Google’s Android event in San Francisco.
What’s more is that many other Android devices, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, are still without Android 4.2 and may have to wait until Samsung releases Android 4.3, something that could take months.
Unfortunately, a specific release date for the HTC One is still unconfirmed though recent developments point to it as getting closer. A leaked document indicated that Verizon is, or at least was, planning to release the HTC One on August 1st. That comes a day after the end of a Google Play promotion and falls right into the heart of summer.
We’ve also seen it pass through the FCC, one of the final hurdles for any device. With Verizon hosting a press event on July 23rd for its new Droid devices, it could be that we see the carrier slip something in about the Verizon HTC One.