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Android 4.4 KitKat Update Rundown: January Edition

You know, it’s funny. And sort of sad. Every time Google starts work on a brand new Android version, more so as we near a fresh release and especially immediately after the rollout, we get our hopes up and expect things will be different. Yet they never are.

Android Version History

Meanwhile, fragmentation flourishes, the life cycle of devices, even high-enders, dwindles, and next thing you know, it’ll begin feeling like us Android aficionados are no longer using the same operating system, but two, three or four completely distinct platforms.

Just take a look at 2.3 Gingerbread and tell me how much it has in common with 4.4 KitKat. Exactly.

Not that all hope is lost for KK to truly throw a monkey wrench in this fragmentation nag. It’s still early days after all for the chocolaty piece of software, launched two and a half months back. But for crying out loud, OEMs have to pick up the pace, as 4.4 accounted for a measly 1.4 percent of Google Play visits during the opening week of January.


I mean, no one expects Android 4.4 to be dominant by March, yet the combined share of 4.4, 4.3, 4.2 and 4.1 had better reach 75 percent or so before long. Otherwise, you may see people jump ship on a regular basis.

Can that happen? Could KitKat hit 10, 20, 30 percent in a month or two? Let’s take it from the top and have a (second, updated, revisited) look-see at the strongest and weakest candidates for an imminent software bump:

The certainties

When I say certainties, I think of not necessarily gizmos due for Android 4.4 before the end of time, but more like those whose updates are, or should be, near. Plus, to cover all our bases, we’ll recap the handful of gadgets which launched with older Android versions, but are already on KitKat. Let’s start with the latter category, shall we?

Nexus 7 KitKat

Moto hit a few bumps on the road with the Verizon-exclusive trio, which is why I listed them separately from the X and G, but in a couple of weeks tops, they should be all smooth and chocolaty, with bugs and glitches behind.


  • HTC OneKK is also live on the GPe One and headed to the base version by the end of January
  • HTC One mini, One max – according to unconfirmed rumors, the pair is breathing down One’s neck, ready to take things to the next level in February
  • LG G2 the update is live in Korea, was at one point believed to spread its wings this month, but ultimately is only expected in March on the old continent. America? Possibly even later.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2, S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 – reports pegged all these for “early 2014” upgrades, however the schedule may be a bit too tight for Samsung to squeeze everything in by, say, May


  • Galaxy S4 zoom, S4 Active, Note 10.1 2014, Note 8.0 – everything is on the hush-hush here, but make no mistake, all these have KitKat headed their way, since they’re relatively new, impressive hardware-wise and fairly popular
  • HTC Droid DNA – Verizon is worryingly quiet about an update initially slated for Q1 2014, so in the end I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if they pushed it back
  • The it-shouldn’t-be-long-now-though-official-information-is-light-or-non-existent-group: Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z1, Z Ultra, Tablet Z, LG G Flex, G Pad 8.3, Asus PadFone Infinity, Infinity 2, Huawei Ascend P6

The maybes

  • The next-in-line-but-probably-more-than-a-little-ways-behind group: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, 10.1, Motorola Droid Razr M, Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD, Electrify M, Atrix HD, Sony Xperia SP, T, TX, V, ZR, LG Optimus L7 II, L9 II, Optimus F7, G Pro, Optimus G


The never in a million years

Being pessimistic at this point is not the wisest, healthiest approach, but let’s put it this way. After HTC made it clear and official the 14 month-old One X+ (!!!) and 20 month-old but 720p display-toting, quad-core-packing One X are to stay on Jelly Bean until the end of their sorry existences, I’d rather be pleasantly surprised going forward than driven to tears by similar announcements.


So if you’re not seeing your phone or tab on the above list, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Oh, and mind you, the maybes could hit bumps on their road to happiness at any point, so look at them with caution and vigilance.

Heck, a couple of “certainties” division members could be demoted to “maybes”, then “never in a million years” at the flick of a switch too, so whatever you do, don’t assume and be sure of anything before the sweet sound of a prompt message flying over-the-air goes ring ring. Damn you, HTC, and your depressingly lousy software support.

Verizon Droid DNA getting Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 update

Verizon HTC Droid DNA

Verizon Droid DNAVerizon’s late 2012 flagship and among the first devices to have a 1080p display, the HTC Droid DNA is now getting the much awaited Android 4.2.2 update along with the Sense 5 UI. The update has been long overdue as most flagships today run on Android 4.3 and are gearing up to receive Android 4.4 KitKat as well. Interestingly, it was recently revealed that the Droid DNA is also eligible for the Android 4.4 update, which might take several months to land given Verizon’s history with updates.

The update changelog is pretty lengthy as there are several changes on board, both with Android 4.2 and Sense 5.0. Users will be greeted to the critically acclaimed Blinkfeed homescreen as well as several camera tweaks along with a new dialer, gallery with Video Highlights and a whole lot more. One can expect the customary bug fixes to be well in place as well. As usual, this will be a standard OTA update and you can try pulling it manually or just remain patient until the notification pops up.

Via: Droid-Life

HTC One and Droid DNA getting upgraded to Android 4.3

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Red HTC One

HTC has come under fire in the past for poor upgrade cycles and abandoning their smartphones in light of a new range being released. This time, they will continue to push new upgrades, we have already heard the HTC One X will be getting the Android 4.2.2 upgrade and now two smartphones will be getting a big jump to Android 4.3.

These two smartphones are the HTC One and HTC Droid DNA, the two latest devices flagships from the phone maker. The HTC One has only be out on the market for a few months and has had over 5 million sales, there is definite reasoning for the upgrade to Android 4.3.

For the HTC Droid DNA, it was released almost half a year ago and has been removed from the Verizon Wireless store, as the carrier prepares to add the HTC One to their service. The phone has been dropped, despite its impressive performance and 1080p screen, but HTC will still add Android 4.3 to the smartphone.

Jason Mackenzie, a HTC executive, has said the update will be coming to the two phones by September, hopefully. US and Canada will be getting the Android 4.3 update. Mackenzie has not commented on questions about European release dates or if the EVO 4G LTE will be getting the update.

Certifications and push upgrades to carriers are still needed before the HTC One and HTC Droid DNA get the update, but this will hopefully be sorted before the end of September.

HTC Droid DNA dropped by Verizon, possibly for HTC One

HTC One Verizon

Verizon has just recently dropped the HTC Droid DNA from their website, leading to speculation they could be launching the HTC One or a new Droid DNA on the service in the coming weeks.

The HTC Droid DNA was the first smartphone to bring the 1080p screen and this started a wave of five-inch 1080p phones being released by almost all the major manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony, ZTE and Huawei.

Released on November 21, it leads us to believe the HTC One will simply take the place of the Droid DNA and we won’t see a new Droid device from HTC in the coming months. Motorola recently delivered their new line of Droids, with incredible battery life and new focus on software.

The HTC One was released three months ago to critical acclaim, with reviewers and consumers giving it the top ratings. It has since done quite well globally, keeping HTC out of the red for Q2 2013, but we may see them dip in Q3 with slower sales.

Verizon may be capable of bringing the HTC One sales back to life, with a release date centred around August 15. The big red company may bring a new blue HTC One model, quite odd since they normally only deal in red exclusives, Sprint has got that colour on lockdown.

Source: PhoneArena

HTC One Is Not Coming To Verizon

Here’s sad news for all Verizon subscribers. HTC’s latest flagship device isn’t coming to your network. “The HTC One will not be available on the Verizon network, but have you seen the awesome, #DROIDDNA?” was a tweet recently made by HTC USA. The rumors that HTC One will be arriving at Verizon proved to be wrong after all.

htc usa

HTC USA suggested to Verizon subscribers to instead check out the HTC Droid DNA. While the Droid DNA may be an excellent device which some people say is even better than One, it would have been good to have the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HCT One compete over at Verizon.

HTC One will be available on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

The alternative smartphone suggested, which is the HTC Droid DNA, is also an excellent device in its own right. Let’s compare both devices.

HTC Droid DNA Technical Specifications


  • Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5.0 inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels 441 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Adreno 320
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 8 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash
  • 2.1 MP front camera
  • 2020 mAh Li-ion battery

HTC One Technical Specifications


  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4.7 inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels 469 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
  • Adreno 320
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32/64 GB internal storage
  • 4 MP autofocus rear camera LED flash (1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size)
  • 2.1 MP front camera
  • 2300 mAh Li-poly battery

One of the main advantages of the Droid DNA is its much larger screen display which should be a plus factor for people who love devices with big displays. The One however has a much better screen resolution owing to its higher PPI. Other specs are quite similar between both devices with the One having an advantage over the processor, internal storage as well as the camera used.

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Verizon HTC Droid DNA Problems: Most common problems users are complaining about

The HTC Droid DNA is one of Verizon’s best offerings in 2013. Others call it a muscle phone because it has a quad-core processor, has lots of RAM, big display with high resolution, 4G and NFC support. It is a great phone, however, it also has some errors and problems users have been complaining since its release in November 2012.


What we are trying to accomplish here is to provide some sort of support for owners who may had their shares of disappointments over recurring problems and whatnot.

Verizon Droid DNA No SIM Card Error

When you Verizon’s tech reps, you would probably be told there is no “known issues” about the Droid DNA. Partly, that’s true. In order for issues to be considered “known” there should be thousands, if not millions, of people calling the hotline asking help for the same problem. Otherwise, it would be considered an “isolated case.” The Droid DNA No SIM Card Issue exists; it’s not just as popular as other problems.

Neither Verizon nor HTC provide an explanation why this problem happens but according to reports from users who have experienced it, out of the blue the phone says a SIM card not detected or inserted. Luckily, it’s not really a serious problem, it’s just annoying.

A reboot can often fix this problem. Yes, I may sound like a tech rep advising callers to reboot their phones almost every time an error occur but I want you to understand a reboot is a powerful thing. When an error occurs while the phone on, it could be some system files failed to function the way they should be, in this case, it could be a file handling the detection of the SIM card.

If reboots cannot fix it take the SIM card out and reinsert it. One more reboot to see if this solves the problem. If not, then you should back up all your important data and reset the phone to its Factory Settings (also called Hard Reset).

Verizon started rolling out an OTA update about a couple of days ago. Try to download and update your device as it is believed to be containing bug fixes. And so far, owners who have already updated their devices said the No SIM Card Error is gone.

But if the problem persists even after this, call Verizon and have your phone replaced.

Verizon Droid DNA Wi-Fi / Internet Connection Problem

This is a general problem and it’s vague as the problem may because of an outage, a network problem, a router issue, a settings in your phone, etc. First thing you should do is try to connect other IP-capable devices to the internet to see if there’s a connection. If there’s none, call Verizon to ask about it or just wait until you could connect. However, if other devices can connect to the internet, continue troubleshooting.

If you are using mobile data (3G or 4G) to browse the web, first thing to do is check if your phone is receiving signal feed from Verizon’s tower. Reboot the phone if there’s no signal. Otherwise, check the Settings and see if it’s messed, i.e. some variables are lacking or incorrect. If you don’t know the settings for your phone to connect Verizon network, call Verizon and ask for it. Or, you can try these:

  • Name : Verizon
  • APN : Verizon or vzwinternet
  • Proxy : null
  • Port : null
  • Username : Mobile [email protected]
  • Password: vzw
  • Server :
  • MMSC :
  • MMS Proxy : null
  • MMS Port : nul
  • MCC : 310
  • MNC : 012
  • Authentication type : Not Set
  • APN : Not Set

In case you’re using Wi-Fi, try to forget the network you used to connect and let your phone detect it again, then try to reconnect. Even Wi-Fi data can get corrupted over time; refreshing it from time to time surely wouldn’t hurt.

Verizon Droid DNA Drains Battery Fast

One of the most common problems users report online is that the battery life of their Droid DNA lasts shorter. The device is really powerful with quad-core processor and all that. But the culprit is the high-resolution display. Having a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor would always open the possibility for manufacturers to give their devices considerably higher resolution with denser ppi (pixels per inch). That’s the case with the HTC Droid DNA; it has a 5-inch screen featuring 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. And one thing you should know is that when the screen lights up, the graphic processor that comes packed with the main processor works hard to provide the picture quality both the manufacturer and carrier boast about.

If you use Droid DNA for gaming, which requires the screen to be lit up all the time, the device’s 2020 mAh battery could be drained in 4 to 5 hours only; this estimate is based on expert reviews. However, when used browsing the web, receiving calls and text messages, or listening to music, the battery can last a day or two.

To even boost DNA’s battery life, switch off unused networks and services, adjust the screen brightness, reduce data syncing, and don’t use the phone for extensive gaming. Also, watch out for software updates as they often contain bug fixes and could help last the battery longer. Basically, take care of the battery and don’t abuse because it’s not removable.

Verizon Droid DNA Runs Very Slow

This problem is quite alarming considering the phone is built not to lag or stutter. Yes, that’s the fact. If you read reviews of the phone, you will know it is one of the fastest phones in the market today with all its features. So when a user reports his Droid DNA is running very slow, laggy and freezes most of the time, something is wrong with.

While we cannot pinpoint where the problem is, more often it is software-related. The most common culprit is the Sense UI. The lags and freezes that users may experience when they wake their phone from sleep are often caused by it. The problem is, there’s no way you can remove it unless your root your phone.

If this is the first time (or the second time) the phone feels laggy, try rebooting it as that would always solve this problem. If it persists, try to find other apps that might also be causing the problem; clear their data and force close them one by one or better yet, force close apps running in the background to see if there’s an improvement in the performance. If it continues, then there’s no better way than to reset the phone to its original settings and clear cobwebs in its memory.


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Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA For $49.99 From Amazon Wireless And Wirefly

Are you looking for a good deal on the HTC Droid DNA? You might want to check out the deals over at Wirefly and Amazon Wireless. The device is now up for grabs for only $49.99 if you don’t mind the two year contract that comes with it. This deal however is only valid for new subscribers to Verizon. Existing subscribers would have to shell out $99 for this device however it’s also a good deal considering that it regularly sells for $200 if you get it.

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There are various plans to choose from when you get the HTC Droid DNA. You can go for as low as $40 a month or as high as $ 150 a month.

The plan details are as follows

  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 300MB Data  $40
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 1GB Data  $50
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 2GB Data $60
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 4GB Data $70
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 6GB Data  $80
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 8GB Data  $90
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 10GB Data  $100.00
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 12GB Data  $110.00
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 14GB Data  $120.00
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 16GB Data  $130.00
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 18GB Data  $140.00
  • Share Everything Unlimited Talk, Text & 20GB Data  $150.00

HTC Droid DNA Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense
  • 5-inch super LCD3, HD 1080p, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage
  • 8 MP rear camera,  auto focus, LED flash, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera
  • 2020 mAh battery

The Droid DNA was released by HTC on November of last year and is one of the company’s premium devices. This Verizon exclusive model is one of the best you can get from the carrier. It comes with an excellent display, powerful processor and a long lasting battery life. Some of its competitors include the Samsung Note II and the LG Nexus 4.

via wirefly | amazon wireless

HTC Announces Mini, A Compaion Accessory For the Butterfly Handset

Are 5-inch smartphones too big for you? HTC may have a solution in the form of the HTC Mini, an NFC-enabled companion device for the HTC Butterfly, which is also known as the HTC Droid DNA in the United States.


The device, which resembles a thin, candybar-shaped dumbphone, complete with a monochrome display. It boasts of several functions. For one, it may be used to display one’s calls, call logs, messages, and calendar entries. Through Bluetooth, it can also be used to make and receive calls. If the HTC Butterfly is connected to an HDTV or monitor, the HTC Mini can also function as a remote control. It also works as a remote control to trigger the shutter on the smartphone’s camera, so you can take self-portraits more easily. And, for those who are perpetually losing their smartphones, the HTC Mini may be used to make the smartphone ring to reveal where you stashed the device, provided that the smartphone is within the Bluetooth range of 30 feet.

For now, The HTC Mini will be bundled with the HTC Butterfly in its home country, China. At this point, the HTC Mini will be exclusively available in said market, but if it becomes successful, it may reach international markets, as well. There is no word on how the HTC Mini will cost if purchased separately from the HTC Butterfly.

To introduce the accessory to the public, HTC has released a video on Youtube that shows the uses of the HTC Mini. The video is in Chinese, but even if you don’t speak the language, you might be interested in watching it to see the device in action.

It would be recalled that recently, a similar device called the Pebble started shipping. Unlike the HTC Mini, the Pebble is a watch that displays notifications from the smartphone while the handset remains in one’s pocket.

Would you like a separate device to control a 5-inch smartphone?

via phonearena

ZTE To Introduce Grand S Smartphone at CES 2013

The CES press website has confirmed that the ZTE Grand S will be showcased by the Chinese phone maker in the popular electronics event. The unveiling is scheduled on January 8 at 1:30-2:30 PM.


According to the announcement, ZTE is dubbing the device “the world’s thinnest 5-inch FHD smartphone.” It is “ZTE’s first FHD smartphone,” as well.

ZTE is but one of the many companies which are releasing five-inch smartphones lately. HTC, for its part, has recently introduced the HTC J Butterfly and the HTC Droid DNA. Meanwhile, Oppo has released the Oppo Find 5.

The announcement does not divulge the key specifications of the ZTE Grand S, but the smartphone is expected to be packed with a 1080p screen. It will also likely have a thickness of less than 9.7mm, which is the measurement of the Droid DNA, if it will live up to its claim of being the thinnest 5-inch FHD smartphone. According to earlier rumors, the ZTE Grand S will have a measurement of 6.9 mm, but this is yet to be confirmed. CNET also reports that it may have a quad-core CPU while Unwiredview makes mention that the device will be “made using ceramics.”

Meanwhile, it may be recalled that ZTE has been rumored to be working on a device called the Nubia Z5, which reportedly sports a 5-inch, 1080p display. It is said to have a thickness of 7.6mm and come with a Snapdragon S4 chip. The Nubia Z5 will also allegedly have 2GB of RAM, as well, and a main camera with a 12-megapixel sensor.

It could be possible that the Grand S and the Nubia Z5 may be one and the same smartphone. However, as DigitalTrends surmises, ZTE might have opted to stick with the Grand S name because this will help the company strengthen its lineup of Grand devices.

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Render of the HTC Deluxe Leaked, Could be the Global Variant of the Droid DNA


The HTC Droid DNA on Verizon is one of the hotly anticipated phones of the month, along with the LG Nexus 4 of course. The device was announced a few days ago by HTC and promised to take the American market by storm. However, there was no info on a global variant of the same. So one would have thought that the device was an exclusive to the U.S. But now, a leaked render has surfaced courtesy of the very reliable evleaks, and it seems like HTC has something in store for the rest of the world after all. All we have is an alleged press shot of the new HTC smartphone which will apparently be known as the HTC Deluxe. Leaked in the typical fashion on Twitter, evleaks gave out nothing but an image and the name of the device. However, we don’t expect the specs to be all that different from the Droid DNA.

It’s the gorgeous 1080p display that everybody is looking forward to, so as long as that’s on board, I don’t think users in Asia would have a problem with the device. Launch details are still scarce, almost nonexistent really, but we expect the device to hit the markets somewhere during the end of this month or in December. The aim would be to have this in Asian markets in time for the holiday season.

HTC has been pretty vary of calling the Droid DNA a “phablet”, which according to me is a tag reserved for the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Droid DNA is basically a scaled up version of the HTC One X, but with a better Super LCD 3 display and a breathtaking resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone isn’t without its own quirks, though.

Ease of use is a whole different story altogether, but not too many people are convinced with HTC’s decision to go with a 2,020 mAh battery. One would wonder if the device would last long enough for the user to enjoy the 1080p goodness with a battery of such moderate capacity. However, initial reviews have suggested that the Droid DNA does fairly well for its size.You might not get the battery life of the Galaxy Note II, but it is believed to be pretty much on par with most smartphones out there, which comes as a huge surprise. The device also supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network which means it won’t go easy on the battery. Regardless, the Droid DNA is a revolutionary phone for the time being and could well set a new industry standard. HTC would certainly count on this new smartphone and the HTC Deluxe to make an impact in world markets.

Source: evleaks (Twitter)
Via: Phone Arena

HTC Droid DNA Made Official By Verizon Wireless

Just yesterday, Verizon Wireless sent out a tweet with a link to the DroidDoes website which announces that the carrier will be officially unveiling the rumored DROID DNA smartphone through a Google Hangout next Monday on November 19th at 12:00PM EST. Keep in mind that the DROID DNA will also be shown off to the press at Verizon’s and HTC’s event on Tuesday morning in New York City. Hopefully the details on this smartphone can back up all of the excitement it is getting thus far. Everything about the Droid DNA has already been leaked on every corner of the internet, but hopefully when the smartphone itself is unveiled, it can live up to all of the hype. Although, the DROID DNA is basically the J Butterfly, which was a smartphone that was announced just a few weeks ago for the Japanese market. Of course, there are some differences between the two phones, but you can definitely see some similarities between the two HTC-manufactured smartphones.

At this current moment, the Droid DNA should have a Super LCD 3 display along with 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution with 440 ppi. If that isn’t enough to get you drooling, the Droid DNA will also tout a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GBs of internal storage, microSD, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, waterproof, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC (Near Field Communication) all on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The HTC DROID DNA will supposedly be weighing in at 9mm thick, which is extremely slim and impressive for what this bad boy is packing. The only real problem that I foresee with this smartphone is the battery. The J Butterfly has a 2050mAh battery, but the DROID DNA needs something larger for one reason. The reason is that the display is going to be taking a huge toll on the battery life. Seeing something a little larger inside the DROID DNA will be a huge relief.

Nevertheless, we can speculate all we want, but we will get a lot more details on the HTC DROID DNA on November 13th (tomorrow) when Verizon and HTC get together at their event in New York City. Although, I am not entirely sure that they will be unveiling the DROID DNA tomorrow at the event as Verizon earlier stated that they would be officially unveiling the device on November 19th through a Google Hangout. I guess we are just going to have to find out what will officially be at the event tomorrow.

Hopefully the DROID DNA will be HTC’s way of getting back on their feet income wise. As you know, they haven’t been doing so well lately, and were expecting worse results as they entered into 2013. I have my doubts, but lets just hope that this will help them breakthrough 2013.

Are you going to be getting an HTC DROID DNA when they official release the device, or are you more keen on getting the HTC One X+? Both are great devices thus far. Sound off in the comments below!

source: Talk Android