One of the major annoyances of many an Android user is the fact that when a new software update comes around, it can often take weeks or even months to reach even some of the newer devices to market. Google’s release of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in July has only, thus far, been primed and distributed to a handful of devices, and many, such as HTC’s flagship One, are still waiting in the cold. However HTC’s Jason Mackenzie has revealed on Twitter that the company is looking to have Android 4.3 ready for its prized smartphone by the end of next month.
Mackenzie also stressed that work is ongoing to get Android 4.3 up and running for the Droid DNA, and with Nexus owners having already enjoyed the update for the past month or so, those who put their faith in the Taiwanese company won’t be stuck with Jelly Bean 4.1.2 for too much longer.
Of course, those running the Google Play Edition of the handset, along with the stock Android Galaxy S4, will have got their fill long before now, but thanks to HTC’s (and Samsung’s) abundance of additional extras, quite a bit of work has to be done before the tailored builds are ready for prime time.
Hopefully, though, with Google Play Editions of the two foremost Android smartphones on the market, the vendors, and / or Google, will begin offering the stock versions right from day one of release in future. Those wishing to adopt a device early shouldn’t have to compromise the freedom of running stock Android in order to do so, and more importantly, won’t leave themselves several months behind updates while the vendor continues to tweak the experience.
Still, if you do happen to own an HTC One or HTC Droid DNA, then Android 4.3 is nigh. Despite Mackenzie’s claims of late September, you’ll stand in better stead if you expect it to arrive in late October or November. The release of a new version of Android is often hit by unforeseen delays – so much so, in fact, that now we almost expect them. Thus, don’t be surprised or disappointed if we don’t see Android 4.3 next month, but at least, for now, the wheels are in motion.
(Source: Jason Mackenzie [Twitter])
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