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HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: First Impressions & New Features

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The HTC One finally delivered the promised HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update that brings improved notification area tools, integration between Instagram and Blinkfeed, various camera improvements and lock screen widgets, to name a few. We’ll look at the new features and see how well the HTC One handles the update.

After two days with the update we experienced only a couple of problems. The download took forever. This might come from too many owners trying to get access to the update at once or a possible problem with power saver mode. After the download finally finished, the update process went smoothly. Performance took a hit at first with slow responses to touch, but that cleared up after a few hours.

How to Get the Update

First, users can get the update reported by AT&T by opening the Settings app. Pull down from the top of the device screen to show the Notifications area and tap the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Swipe down to the bottom of Settings and tap AT&T software update to check for updates. The download begin if it registers more than 35% battery life. We recommend users connect to Wi-Fi and plug their phone in first. Also turn off battery savings features in the Power section of the main Settings screen. Tap Power and turn off Power saver.

HTC One Android 4.3 Update progress

Once the download completes, the user must tap to allow the install to continue. The phone seems to restart a few times during the update. The whole process took about fifteen minutes once the update downloaded.

HTC One owners on our staff spent as many as 10 or more hours waiting for the download, possibly because of the power saving features we suggested users turn off above.

Here’s a video of some of the Android 4.3 features you’ll love. It applies mainly to tablets, but some features work on the HTC One.

We don’t get the multiple user account features or the new Google camera. Users can install the camera from the Google Play Store.

HTC One Camera and Photo Improvements

The HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update brings with it some camera and photo related improvements. For example, users can now add their Instagram feed to Blinkfeed, which takes over the HTC One home screen by default when users wake up their phone. Blinkfeed shows users social network feeds, news, weather and other content. Users can add or take away the content by pulling down on the Blinkfeed screen. Tap on menu icon signified by three vertical dots, then select Topics and services to open the customization screen. Add Instagram or other content by tapping the item and entering login information.

flick on htc one blinkfeed

The Gallery app enjoys a new user interface that’s cleaner and shows slightly larger icons.

The Zoe feature in the camera gets a new feature. Users now can shoot a 3 second video and one JPG image to save storage space. Before the update the video was longer and it shot more images.

Zoe improves pictures taken with the HTC One by shooting a short HD video. It takes the best frame and saves it out as an image.

ae and af lock mode htc one camera

Now users can lock the camera’s focus and exposure on one subject by tapping and holding the screen on that subject. The words AE and AF locked will appear at the bottom of the screen (see above). AE stands for Auto-Exposure and AF stands for Auto-Focus.

HTC One Notification Icons

htc one notification area after android 4.3 update

The notification area of the HTC One now offers access to popular settings, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 notification area buttons. Pull down from the top of the screen and tap the grid icon in the upper right where the Settings icon sat before this update. We get buttons for the following:

  • User data - tap the picture in the upper left of the new notification area
  • Brightness - toggles between automatic brightness set by the light sensor, 25% brightness, 50%, 75% and full brightness
  • Phone settings – change all the phone’s various settings
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Airplane Mode toggle
  • Power saver mode toggle
  • Auto rotate toggle
  • Mobile data settings
  • Sound profile settings – cycles between full sounds on, fully silent mode or vibration mode
  • Mobile hotspot toggle
  • Screenshot – closes notification area and takes a screenshot of whatever’s showing below it

Lock Screen Widgets

Users can now add widgets to the lock screen. Here’s how.

htc one lock screen style chooser

Open Settings as described above. In Settings choose Personalize. Tap Lock screen style. The user can switch between a few styles of lock screens or turn it off entirely. The last one to the right will let the user add widgets. Swipe to display the last lock screen style seen above and tap on Settings at the bottom of the screen. This shows a screen with available lock screen widgets.

htc one lock screen widget menu

Other HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update Improvements

  • Improved visualizer in Music app
  • Add the battery percentage to the power icon in the menu area at the top of the screen (compare the first image above to the other images above)
  • Home key can give access to Google Now by pressing holding it till Google Now appears
  • Phone number auto-complete when enter numbers
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support
  • Better location information

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

17 Comments

  1. srinivas

    10/12/2013 at 11:46 am

    these are all features in 4.2.2 not for 4.3

    • Mohiniraj Bhave

      10/12/2013 at 11:59 am

      True. I have 2.2.2 & have all the mentioned features.

    • Eric

      10/12/2013 at 2:28 pm

      Omg I hate when you guys keep saying this. Please keep up! Yes it is 4.3 and this is for the AT&T model. So, in other words, a US model. In the US 4.2.2 was skipped entirely and went straight to 4.3. The recently released Verizon model was the only model released with 4.2.2.

    • Hamza Baig

      10/12/2013 at 11:52 pm

      exactly

  2. bill cavalier

    10/12/2013 at 12:32 pm

    Wile in landscape mode.
    After typing a few lines if the suggestions field covers the word you are typing.
    and so you have to send or suffer.

  3. Marc

    10/12/2013 at 1:09 pm

    really, still waiting for my download! when I tap check for update under the AT&T software update it clocks for two seconds then nothing! very, very unhappy!

  4. Chris Taylor

    10/12/2013 at 1:38 pm

    I don’t like that it added more apps to my phone like AT&T code scanner, AT&T Ready2Go, KeyVPN, Wi-Fi Hotspot. Like I need more AT&T apps on my phone. And you can’t uninstall them with out rooting the phone.

    • Eric

      10/12/2013 at 2:29 pm

      Disable them!!

  5. GRC

    10/12/2013 at 1:46 pm

    lower the upgrade to 4.3 and from what was updated is more choppy calls and low signal is more

  6. כלום שומדבר

    10/12/2013 at 3:22 pm

    now you can record videos longer with unlimited filesize.

  7. Darius Montgomery

    10/12/2013 at 5:32 pm

    I had no problem downloading the update it only took a few minutes

  8. lily72

    10/13/2013 at 1:16 am

    my co-worker’s ex-wife makes $78/hr on the laptop. She has been out of a job for nine months but last month her paycheck was $15291 just working on the laptop for a few hours. straight from the source ……… http://pollsdb.com/vqq

  9. Dave

    10/13/2013 at 5:23 am

    I have an AT&T branded HTC One and it’s unlocked and i’m on Smart network (Philippines). How come I haven’t received the 4.3 update on my phone? Will I ever get the update or not because it’s unlocked or because im in a different network/country?
    I’ve checked in the setting at At&T Software update and About phone>Software update also, no dice. It says its up to date and for the AT&T Software update option, it just says checking for updates and disappear

    • Gaurav

      10/17/2013 at 7:16 pm

      i have also a AT&T unlocked phone..and just few hrs i have updated manually from HTC US site go to support—-News and downloads .at the bottom you can find the manual update process..its very easy..you just need to download the HTC sync manger ..rest you have to follow the steps..I hope it will be useful for you…:)

  10. lymeng

    10/13/2013 at 5:57 am

    How about in Cambodia, when it have software update….?

  11. jason

    10/16/2013 at 7:19 pm

    Mine now runs SLOW.

  12. Danny

    10/25/2013 at 12:55 am

    After my update my HTC One got a performance boost.Check antutu my phone is third in bar results only behind gal note and the s3.Still my phone wins over in some areas and they have snap 800 over my 600.

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