HTC Butterfly S making the jump to Android 4.3 starting today


The HTC One might already be on Android 4.4 on some models, but a lot of HTC phones are yet to make the jump to even Android 4.3. Today, we can scratch off one device off that list – the Taiwanese manufacturer has started rolling out the last version of Android to the Butterfly S, the successor to the company’s first 1080p handset. The update’s currently making its way to countries like Germany, Australia and Hong Kong, and in the usual staged fashion, it should reach everyone in the next few days/weeks.

The update brings all the Android 4.3 features you’d expect, like faster performance, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy and OpenGL 3.0 support, and always-on Wi-Fi location scanning even when Wi-Fi is off, and also takes the version of Sense to 5.5, with improvements such as the ability to add soundtracks to Video Highlights, additional news sources in Blinkfeed, option to save articles for reading later, and to create custom feeds from Twitter, YouTube and other sources, and other improvements for various Sense features.

It’s a 746 MB update that you should download only via Wi-Fi to save on data costs, and if you haven’t received a notification for it yet, you can always do a manual check in the Settings » About phone menu. Oh, and we wouldn’t suggest waiting for an update to Android 4.4 KitKat – HTC isn’t exactly known to offer great support for non-flagship devices, so you’ll likely be seeing 4.3 as the last major update on the Butterfly S.

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