As expected, the Droid DNA Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update won’t be rolling out anytime soon. Instead, HTC confirmed that the device will be receiving Android 4.2.2 first, with new Sense experiences, and that it will be rolling out by the end of the year, leaving Droid DNA owners without a concrete Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update release date.
Earlier this year, HTC President Jason Mackenzie promised a Droid DNA Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in September, information that started to smell fishy when Verizon posted a Droid DNA change log to its website that showed an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update with Sense 5 instead. Then, a noted HTC insider suggested that the device would, in fact, be getting Android 4.2.2 first, not Android 4.3.
This was up in the air until just a short time ago when HTC confirmed that the Droid DNA would not be getting Android 4.3 first but would instead be getting Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Mackenzie confirmed the plans on Twitter and sadly, he didn’t update owners on timing, instead choosing to say that it will come with new Sense experiences by the end of the year.
Regarding Droid DNA. Update and clarification is that DNA customers will get new Sense experiences (w/ 4.2.2) before end of year.
— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) September 23, 2013
Now what’s interesting is that HTC is heavily rumored to be coming out with Sense 5.5 in the next few weeks, an update to Sense 5 that will be introduced by the new HTC One max. Because Mackenzie didn’t outright say Sense 5, it could be that the Droid DNA will get Sense 5.5 instead of Sense 5. That’s just speculation, and something that is not backed up by the change log that Verizon posted to its site.
HTC’s vague confirmation now means that Droid DNA owners are as in the dark as they were before the company decided to confirm an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for September.
We imagine that HTC and Verizon are working hard to get this software ready to go but at this point, its Android 4.2 update release date is up in the air.