HTC has been delivering good news to consumers today, and it looks like it is about to continue for those smartphone owners who already use one of their Android powered devices. This morning saw the company announce the official details, device specifications and release date for the fabulous new HTC One X+ smartphone, as well as making it known that owners of the original One X and One S devices would soon be able to benefit from over-the-air updates that take them up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Owners of the two existing devices can expect to receive the Android Jelly Bean update during the current calendar month and will also get an upgrade to Sense 4+ as part of the deal. As part of the update; HTC has included a new camera mode for the photography lovers out there. The Self Portrait mode will be a new addition to HTC’s own software and will allow users greater control over the forward-facing camera.
The update will also see One X and One S owners experiencing HTC Watch 2.0 update that scrapes in all video-based content into one easy to reach area, allowing users greater control over media on the device as well as providing enhanced screen sharing with a television set. HTC have also taken the opportunity to enhance the Gallery app on the devices by integrating additional viewing methods that allow users to view stored images by location.
This morning’s press release from HTC confirmed that the Jelly Bean updates would start to rollout to compatible devices during October, although no official date has been given thus far. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Chou, has made reference to the updates on a couple of occasions but won’t be drawn into providing an exact date, leading some to think that the rollout of the software may go beyond October and into November.
Regardless of when the updates actually start to show on devices, it’s great news that One X and One S users will not only be able to benefit from all of the additional features that Jelly Bean offers but also the enhancements which the company has bundled into their own Sense UI on the device. Coupled together with the announcement of the One X+, it has been an extremely positive day for HTC so far.