HTC announced today that the long awaited Verizon HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, an update that will roll out about a month before the device receives Android 4.4 KitKat, has received approval from Verizon and it expects the software to start rolling out to users during the early part of next week.
All the way back in August, HTC said that it would deliver the HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to owners in the U.S. by the end of September. The end of September arrived and the company was forced to backtrack and suggest that the updates would be rolling out within the month of October. Three of those updates eventually did roll out in October.
Since October, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile HTC One users have been using Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Verizon HTC One owners, on the other hand, have been waiting for their upgrade, an update that was promised for December and promised before the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat. All week, HTC has been saying that the update was on track for this week. As it turns out, it’s not going to roll out this week.
Instead, HTC’s Director of Product Management Mo Versi has confirmed that the Verizon HTC One Android 4.3 update has received approval from Verizon and that the company expects it to roll out in the early goings of next week. Versi does not call out a specific date by name but we would be shocked if it didn’t roll out on Monday or Tuesday.
VzW HTC One Owners: We have received Technical Approval from Verizon on the 4.3 MR! We expect the OTA to start early next week! Thank You!
— Mo (@moversi) December 13, 2013
Verizon will likely post the change log just ahead of the Verizon HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update’s roll out and the roll out should span over the course of a couple of days as Verizon works to upgrade all of its HTC One owners.
The update will deliver upgrades to Sense 5 along with the features of Android 4.3. Those waiting for Sense 5.5 will unfortunately have to wait for Android 4.4 KitKat, an update that has been promised by the end of January with no specific date known. HTC claims that the Android 4.3 update’s delay has not impacted the release date of the Verizon HTC One Android 4.4 update.