The HTC One is on the way, slated for a April 19th arrival on all three carriers in the United States. With it, will come the new Sense 5 skin that HTC announced last month and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an older version of Jelly Bean that will at some point be replaced by Android 4.2. The HTC One won’t be the only one getting Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or Sense 5 and despite hearing very little from HTC, we already have quite a bit of information about updates for upcoming devices.
In February, HTC took the shroud down from around the HTC One, its latest and greatest smartphone. On board are many of the high-end features that we now have come to expect from 2013 smartphones including a large 1080p display, quad-core processor, good camera, and a slim, well-built form factor. It’s a device that is certainly packing some exciting features.
The hardware powers the software and on board the HTC are two different pieces of major software. The first, HTC Sense 5, the new Sense skin that will be replacing Sense 4+ and which brings a new tiled look along with some new features including HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe.
The HTC One will also bring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to users, the older, aging version of Jelly Bean that was replaced by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in November and will likely be replaced by Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie in the weeks ahead. The additions of both of these pieces of software has brought about several important questions, questions about the HTC One Android 4.2 update and which older devices will be getting Sense 5 and Android 4.2.
HTC has only coughed up a few details as of yet. Fortunately though, we’ve heard a number of rumors regarding which devices will be getting Sense 5 and Android 4.2. We’ve also heard about some of the timing attached to those updates.
Here now, we breakdown what we’ve heard about the HTC Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 updates for not only the HTC One, but for many of HTC’s other devices as well while also adding in some of our own predictions.
The HTC One may be coming with one new piece of software in the form of Sense 5 but it will be coming with an outdated version of Android in the form of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android 4.1 arrived back in July of last year and has slowly tricked out to older devices. However, newer devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 has ditched Android 4.1 for Android 4.2. Not the HTC One though.
Instead, the HTC One comes with Android 4.1 and that has left some people wondering when it might be getting its Android 4.2 update. Given how new it is, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.
So far, there has only been one rumor in regards to the timing of the HTC One Android 4.2 update. That timing came from noted HTC insider @LLabTooFeR who claimed that the update would be rolling out in one to two months from March 21st. So, that would put a window at April 21st to May 21st.
Assuming HTC starts with the international model, that means that it could be months before the AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile HTC One models get Android 4.2 updates.
HTC One X+
At the time the HTC One was announced, many owners of HTC’s older devices started inquiring about whether they would also be getting the upgrade to the new Sense 5. While HTC didn’t announce anything at the event, its social media accounts indeed confirmed that a host of global HTC devices would be getting Sense 5, or at least parts of it.
One of those devices was the HTC One X+ though HTC only seemed to confirm Sense 5 for the global variant of the device, otherwise known as the ENRC2B_U. @LLabTooFeR confirmed that that device will indeed be getting Sense 5 and it will be getting it along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. HTC has not yet confirmed Android 4.2 for any of its devices.
No time table is known for the updates but given that the HTC One X update has been pegged for June or July, we imagine that the HTC One X+ will get it slightly before that, if it holds up, thanks to it being a newer device.
It appears that the AT&T version of the HTC One X+, the Evitare_UL, will be getting upgraded to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 as well.
HTC One X
The HTC One X was one of the more popular Android devices in 2012, before it was supplanted by the HTC One X+ as the flagship One X model in the U.S. and elsewhere. The HTC One X is now just about a year old and rumors suggest it will only improve in its old age.
HTC confirmed that the global HTC One X would be getting an upgrade to Sense 5 at some point in the future though again, it cautioned that it, and the other older devices, may not get all of the features. One of the features that has been mentioned as potentially missing in action is HTC Zoe, a Sense feature that allows users to shoot photo and video at the same time. HTC might opt not to include it because large MP cameras might make file sizes too big.
That said, the One X is still thought to be getting both Sense 5 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a release pegged somewhere in the months of June and July of this year.
Again, HTC typically rolls updates out to global variants first which means that owners of the AT&T HTC One X, whom just got Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, shouldn’t expect the update until the fall.
HTC One S
HTC confirmed that the mid-range device in the One Series, the HTC One S, will be getting an upgrade to Sense 5, though, it again said it would only be for the global version. So far, we haven’t heard anything in terms of timing for the HTC One S, also known as the Ville, though we imagine that it will come after the HTC One X and One X+ updates.
Because Sense 5 is said to be coming with Android 4.2, we imagine that the One S will be getting Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at some point, but again, it’s not clear when.
T-Mobile One S owners shouldn’t hold their breath for anything imminent as this update is likely far off in the distance.
HTC Butterfly/Droid DNA
The global HTC Butterfly was one of the variants confirmed by HTC to be getting the upgrade to Sense 5. @LLabTooFeR has chimed in saying that both the HTC Butterfly and the Droid DNA will both be getting upgrades to not only Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but to Sense 5 as well.
We haven’t heard about any sort of timing for either update but we do know that the Droid DNA can be outfitted with Sense 5 software right now thanks to the Android development community.
Droid Incredible 4G LTE
It appears that Verizon’s Droid Incredible 4G LTE will also be the proud recipient of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5. It’s unclear when the update might be coming but given that Verizon is the carrier, we imagine that it could take some time. It’s also not a widely adopted device which often can hurt the timing of an update.
One thing that is going for it however is that it’s a newer device which means that it could see the update sooner than a device like the aging AT&T HTC One X which came out many months before it.
HTC EVO 4G LTE
Another device that has seemingly been confirmed for Android 4.2 and Sense 5 is the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. Sprint has not confirmed anything, no carriers have for HTC Android 4.2 and Sense 5 updates, but we imagine that given how new this device is, it will indeed be getting the update.
Sprint has been very speedy when it comes to getting its Android devices upgraded so we wouldn’t be surprised to see this become one of the first devices to get Android 4.2 and Sense 5 in the United States.
So far, these are the only devices that have been tagged with upgrades to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 and they will, perhaps, be the only devices that get the new software.
HTC Sensation owners, and there are many of them, appear like they will be left out in the cold and owners of popular devices like the HTC Rezound will likely be left out as well.
Keep in mind, timing and plans can change at a moments notice but thus far, this is how the HTC Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update picture has shaped up.