Android 4.2.2 rolling out for HTC One, raising the bar even higher

Android 4.2.2 rolling out for HTC One, raising the bar even higher

Summary: The HTC One is the best smartphone I have ever used and with this new major update HTC shows they are committed to keeping it that way.

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Android 4.2.2 rolling out for HTC One, raising the bar even higher
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A Google Edition HTC One arrived on Friday morning and I am working on a large gallery comparing it to the carrier Sense version that will go live on Monday. I love my T-Mobile HTC One and after reading Android Central's post on the Android 4.2.2 update rolling out around the world I see little reason to even consider another phone at this time.

The hardware of the HTC One is arguably the best in the world. Read nearly any review of the device and there is little argument that the hardware is fantastic and usually earns a 9 or 10 rating. Software is where people have differing opinions and while I am a fan, there are a few things I need to see fixed. These include accessibility support for my Pebble, notification area tweaks, more Highlight Video themes, and custom BlinkFeed RSS support.

As you can see in the Android Central video below, HTC is fixing most all of these and improving the device in other ways.

The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One includes the following improvements and fixes:

  • Slick right side notification quick control area with many new controls too
  • Improved Zoe image management
  • Six new Highlight Video themes. Check out the Android Central post for all of them.
  • Removal of stupid Power Saver breaking the notification shade
  • Actionable screenshot notification
  • Instagram support in HTC BlinkFeed
  • Removal of black bar, making Home button the menu bar
  • Swipe up from Home to launch Google Now
  • New widget support for lock screen
  • Dock bar moving improvement
  • Updated wallpaper setup
  • Improved camera utilities
  • Daydreams screensaver animations

I was very pleased to see the Zoe management improvement and did not expect HTC to fix that so quickly. It was difficult and space hungry to use the Zoe function and end up with so many unused Zoe stills. You can still use the excellent image edition tools with Zoes to create cool content and capture stills from the Zoes.

The updated Quick Controls area is also awesome to see and again was something I didn't expect. Instagram is a nice addition to BlinkFeed, but I still want custom RSS support too.

This 4.2.2 update gives me more confidence in HTC and their support for their flagship HTC One. An already superb smartphone is made even better and when you see my comparison to the Google Edition One I think you will agree that an HTC One without Sense is not an HTC One.

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  • Oh wow

    Nexus 4 has had 4.2.2 since February. Once Google rolls out a true LTE device, HTC and Samsung have something to worry about. They always lag way behind in updates. It's funny how releasing 4.2.2 equates to bragging rights. It is no wonder why so many Samsung and HTC owning android enthusiasts root and rom their devices.
    joe.m.galvan@...
    • have

      You seen the hardware for the Nexus compared to the HTC? I don't have a problem whatsoever waiting a little longer for OS updates as long as that update is for a phone as superb as the HTC One
      gordongr
    • Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2

      I have the Galaxy Nexus. It also has had the 4.2.2 update since February. I would have a problem using any non-Nexus or carrier controlled device.
      Keltypack
  • Blah Blah...

    Nexus 4 has had 4.2.2 since February. Once Google rolls out a true LTE device, HTC and Samsung have something to worry about. They always lag way behind in updates. It's funny how releasing 4.2.2 equates to bragging rights. It is no wonder why so many Samsung and HTC owning android enthusiasts root and rom their devices.
    joe.m.galvan@...
    • Blah Blah Blah

      Of course of the Nexus 4 had it in February. It was the first phone to ever get it because it was the phone used to test the operating system (as was the nexus one with 2.2 and nexus s with 2.3 etc). And Samsung and HTC aren't entirely held accountable for software updates.... AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T Mobile all play a factor in the decision process. Also, your comment about rooting and using custom roms on their phones is half true. It's a blessing for some phones that aren't as popular as others to get updates from XDA. But for some, custom ROM's aren't about having the most up to date software. There's a reason why the Nexus 4 on XDA has more threads under the android development category than most phones. The Nexus 4 already has the most up to date software, why do people need XDA then? People with the Nexus 4 root and install custom ROM's all the time because each ROM is different and adds it's own fling to the Android OS. It's all about selection and the choices a user has. I understand you own a Nexus 4 and you feel greatly attached to it, but try and stay on the Android side here and stop bashing top-tier phones. It's like the 3rd phone on the market to have 4.2.2. Who cares who had it first or last. What you should care about is how 1/3 of the market is still on Gingerbread.
      Alec Reser
      • 1/3 of the market

        Why should this be anyone's concern unless one is a phone salesman?

        Or are you suggesting that 1/3 of users are dragging the market down by living in the past with their old phones?

        Or are you suggesting that carriers destabilize those phones by retrofitting an operating system loaded with overhead of features the hardware does not support? That is also known as the Apple Method of Forced Obsolecence.

        Or are you suggesting that the OS itself become a bloated piece of crap by incorporating legacy support for every Android device?

        I don't get it. A phone will perform the best when the OS matches the feature set. The reason 1/3 of phones are on Gingerbread is largely because 1/3 of users have phones that were designed to run that OS.
        jvitous
  • Looks Like HTC Has A Winner On Its Hands

    HTC's last quarterly results seem to have reversed its previous declines. And it's all down to the One.
    ldo17
    • So what you're saying is that ...

      ... HTC's future lays entirely in the hands of a single device?

      Worrying.
      bitcrazed
      • Re: HTC's future lays entirely in the hands of a single device?

        Better to have one success than a whole line of failures.

        *cough* Nokia Lumia *cough*
        ldo17
        • Eh?

          You do know Nokia is starting to turn a profit again, right?
          Michael Alan Goff
          • Re: You do know Nokia is starting to turn a profit again, right?

            Really?

            http://www.zdnet.com/high-lumia-returns-and-compromise-devices-hurting-nokias-smartphone-comeback-7000016130/
            ldo17
          • Yes, really

            The link you showed isn't saying they're not turning a profit, so please get a relevant source.
            Michael Alan Goff
          • Re: The link you showed isn't saying

            Fine. You made the claim they are turning a profit, contrary to the evidence; your turn to back it up.
            ldo17
    • I read differently unfortunately

      From the beeb site:

      "The firm's shares fell 7% on Monday to $189 Taiwanese dollars. On Friday, it reported an 83% drop in profit for the second quarter from a year earlier."
      Little Old Man
      • Re: "from a year earlier"

        Correct. It is down on the same quarter last year, but up on the previous quarter this year. So it looks like it is reversing its downward trend. It shipped 5 million Ones in the first 30 days of their availability, which is a good sign.
        ldo17
      • Nope

        You never, ever, compare earnings with the previous quarter. If you do, seasonal trends will make a fool of you. QoQ is only compared with the previous year. As such, nokia is dying.
        investlite
        • Re: If you do, seasonal trends will make a fool of you

          What "seasonal trends" are making a fool of me here? The only relevant "seasonal trend" I'm aware of is that the fourth quarter is usually peak retail buying time because of the holiday season. Which is not applicable here.
          ldo17
  • Google.. n' Opinion?

    Since when did Google ask their User's Opinion?!??! All they do it without the knowledge of their users...rip them off their privacy!!! Shame...! and Anyway its a good news for any Privacy Violator hater that a company that is dependent on Google Android phones is loosing out!!! google might win again in short term, but in the end google will be hated as much as it was loved before 2020! I love google products but hate Google Privacy T&C!
    Nikhil Gangavane
  • HTC One Variant with Windows Phone 8 OS Appears

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/HTC-One-Windows-Phone-8,23262.html

    Flame on ido17
    everss02
  • Noope

    No sources, no clear info, no images, nor leak. Invalid.
    akhyarkamili