It seemed like a strange move when HTC launched the One with just Android 4.1 and not 4.2, sure there are hardly any differences but it had been out for a few months before the release and Samsung managed it with the Galaxy S4 – so why hold it back? For whatever reason, the device did launch with Android 4.1 and we've been waiting to see an Android 4.2.2 update for some time now, playing catch-up right out of the gate isn't the greatest business strategy we've ever seen.
Nevertheless, the update is on its way to One owners…in Taiwan, as Android Central are reporting. Or at least, that's where it's all starting, as it did with the One X updates. HTC haven't added thing too wild of their own and the changelog reads something like this:
- Launcher bar enhancement
- Widget panel rearrangement
- New lock screen style and widget
- Enhanced behavior of the home button
- The death of the black bar
- Battery percentage in the status bar
- Quick settings
- AE/AF enhancements in the camera
Quick Settings are of course the main feature of Android 4.2 and One owners that have a penchant for stock Android will be pleased to see that they're mostly kept the same here:
The lockscreen widgets were another headlining feature in the minor upgrade to Android and here, HTC have implemented them too.
While there's little else to write home about, it's good to see that HTC have finally gotten the update to 4.2 finished. While it's probably a month or so before we see this roll out here in North America, it's at least reassuring to see that the update is now ready for general consumption. We have to wonder however, if HTC are going to continue to lag behind when it comes to updates. While the wait for 4.2 isn't as big as say the wait from 4.0 to 4.1, the device has been on shelves for some time now and you'd think that HTC would be rolling out updates for their "One" and only flagship quicker than this. Still, Android 4.2 is coming, and soon.