The Verizon HTC One is on its way, but we know it's coming soon. If you're waiting to get your hands on HTC's flagship device, we have some good news for you. Verizon's HTC One should arrive running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean according to Twitter user @LlabTooFeR. We don't know @LlabTooFeR's identity, but he/she has been a source of leaked information in the past, particularly information regarding HTC.
The HTC One launched with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. An official update to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean began rolling out to devices at the beginning of July. The update is available in a number of regions around the world, but has not been made available to U.S. owners yet. It should be available in the near future.
Verizon confirmed last month that it would be carrying the HTC One, but still has not given us a release date or any other information about it. The company is holding a press event on July 23rd, so we could get an announcement then.
There is a second piece of news that will make HTC One owners happy. For owners in the United States and other regions that haven't received the update yet, you'll be glad to hear that HTC is not going to skip your Android 4.2.2 update. We have heard rumor that some equipment manufacturers were planning to skip the 4.2.2 update and go straight to Android 4.3. @LlabTooFeR confirmed this on Twitter as well.
The news that OEMs were going to skip the Android 4.2.2 update was just rumor, and doesn't necessarily make sense. Once a device manufacturer begins working on an update, it would require them to scrap the work that they had done in order to skip that update. HTC is not going to throw away the work they've done and start over.
The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the HTC One adds new features to the way the Home button flow operates, BlinkFeed improvements, the ability to show the battery percentage in the notification bar, Quick Settings toggles, and other improvements and features to both Android and Sense 5. We're still waiting on U.S. wireless carriers to approve the update. We don't know when it will happen, but it can't come soon enough for HTC One owners.