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HTC Desire 601 getting Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 update now

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HTC Desire 601

The HTC Desire 601 is now getting the coveted Android 4.4 update along with the Sense 5.5 UI. This is one of HTC’s midrange handsets that broke cover last year, so it’s good to know that HTC hasn’t forgotten its older handsets.

The update is rolling out in stages, so it might not appear on all devices immediately. The dual-SIM variant of the Desire 601 should get the update soon as well.

As far as the changelog is concerned, expect changes related to BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe, Video Highlights and much more. It will also come with some stock Android related changes which includes changed status bar icons and a new camera shortcut on the lock screen.

So if you own a Desire 601, make sure you hit the settings and look for an update right away. Bear in mind that the update might be quite large, so make sure you’re on an unlimited connection before proceeding with the download.

Source: Facebook

Via: GSM Arena

HTC Droid DNA from Verizon getting Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 update this Thursday

Verizon HTC Droid DNA

Verizon HTC Droid DNA

HTC has just announced the rollout of the Android 4.4 update for the Verizon HTC Droid DNA smartphone starting this Thursday. This will also come bundled with the Sense 5.5 UI. The update has taken quite a while to arrive, but the users will be glad to know that it’s finally here. Since the rollout will be phased, it might not hit the entirety of the Droid DNAs in the U.S. on Thursday, so maintain patience if you don’t see it right away on Thursday.

It’s a good gesture from HTC to show that even though the smartphone is over 18 months old in the market, the company is still supporting it. The Droid DNA has the privilege of being one of the first 1080p smartphones in the market, so it was quite a remarkable device for its time. Hardware was never a concern for this update as it was for a few older HTC devices, so the company didn’t have to face any difficulties in that area.

So if you own a Droid DNA, now is the time to be excited. Make sure you keep checking for that OTA update from the settings starting from the 24th of April.

Source: @moversi – Twitter

AT&T HTC One Mini getting Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 update by this week

AT&T HTC One Mini

If you’re an owner of the HTC One Mini from AT&T, you have some good news waiting for you. A senior HTC official has tweeted that the Android 4.4.2 and the Sense 5.5 update has finally been approved by the carrier, with a roll out expected to commence by the end of this week.

Customers can expect the usual suit of changes to be on board with the new update along with the expected Sense UI specific changes to features like BlinkFeed and Video Highlights. The One Mini isn’t HTC’s most lucrative smartphone as it didn’t quite live up to its name, but it’s good to know that the manufacturer hasn’t forgotten the handset.

Be on the lookout for an OTA anytime this week or you can also try heading over to the settings and look for an update there manually. Barring any unforeseen delays, the update should reach your AT&T HTC One Mini by the end of the week.

Source: @moversi – Twitter

Via: Android Police

HTC Netherlands Confirms One X+ Is Not Due for Android 4.4 KitKat (Updated with More Bad News)

They say no news is good news, but plenty of otherwise verifiable proverbs and axioms are overturned in the mobile tech décor, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise silence is more often than not ominous in terms of Android updates.

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Take HTC’s One X+, the confusingly named big brother of the One X. Or the underwhelming little brother of the HTC One. Since it was never immensely popular and its makers are known for providing shoddy (and we’re being kind) software support, an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade always seemed like a long shot.

Still, as the 4.7-incher celebrated its one-year birthday a measly two months back, the phone’s unfortunate owners couldn’t help but hope. And wait. HTC kept its 4.4 update timetable on the hush-hush though, with no moles or tipsters coming forward with any shred of positive speculation.

Ultimately, a gloomy confirmation on HTC’s part looked unavoidable, and alas, it’s here. In response to an eager HTC user seeking high hope validation, the company’s Dutch branch issued a short statement on Twitter a few days ago, which goes a little something like this: “We can confirm the HTC One X+ will remain on the current software version, Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.”

In other words, no 4.3 bump for you, no 4.4, not even Sense 5.5. By extension, this most definitely means the older One X and One S are not getting any love beyond 4.2 Jelly Bean either. Bummer? You can say that again, albeit you’d think surviving HTC fans would know what to expect by now.

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Intriguingly, an HTC official suggested just last week 4.3 is headed for the AT&T-branded One X and One X+ in the near future. So which is it after all? Maybe both. Maybe only US versions of the pair are due for leaps to the next Android build. In which case Ma Bell users have a (one in a million) shot of also scoring KitKat.

Or maybe HTC Netherlands’ Twitter handler messed up. It’s also possible, albeit not probable, we’re reading too much into a no doubt deliberately vague statement. In the end, I wouldn’t suggest you hold your breath for a chocolaty treat. Unless of course you’re comfortable flashing unofficial ports and whatnot.

Meanwhile, let’s try to keep in mind at least the One, One mini and One max have guaranteed 4.4 support, with OTAs likely to roll out starting later this month. Also, rumor has it the trio will nab an upgrade to 4.4’s sequel, regardless of it being codenamed 4.5 or 5.0. Too little to take HTC seriously going forward? I for one think so, but feel free to disagree in the comments section below.

Later edit: UK hopes have been officially quashed, also via Twitter, for both the One X and One X+. HTC’s British branch initially supplied the bad news in response to a user’s question, issuing a full statement soon after:

“We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”

There you have it, official and set in stone. No KitKat heading your way on either the One X or One X+, probably regardless of where you live. There’s still an outside chance select markets are due for an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean bump, but aside from the AT&T versions in the US, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Also, let’s be honest, who cares about 4.3 at this point? HTC let down its fans again, and we are no longer sorry their financial health is spinning out of control.

Via [HTC Netherlands Twitter], [Android World], [The Verge], [HTC UK Twitter]

Global HTC One smartphones getting Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 update

HTC One

It has almost been a month since we first got news of HTC’s Android 4.3 rollout for the HTC One. And the update is now making its way to the global variants of the handset as well, starting from Europe. The update comes bundled with the Sense 5.5 UI which is good news as carrier variants got the update sans Sense 5.5. This isn’t a simultaneous rollout, so it might take a couple of weeks for the update to reach all corners of the world. Considering HTC’s history with updates, one must commend the company for being relatively quick with the rollout of Android 4.3. We hope the company follows the same protocol with the Android 4.4 update which will be announced later next week.

Apart from the bump to Android version, the HTC One will get a new and improved version of Blinkfeed with support for custom RSS feeds and Google+. The update also introduces slightly revamped Music, Gallery and Camera apps, so there’s plenty to look forward to.

Source: @LlabTooFeR (Twitter)

Via: Android Beat

 

HTC One vs HTC One Max Specs Comparison: More Than Meets The Eye

The recipe seemed simple. The exact same ingredients, just in a bigger package. Not even much more evolved, just bigger, as rumor had it the One max was not going to take One’s hardware a step further, but instead keep things equally as “modest”, with Snapdragon 600 power and 2 gigs of RAM.

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And sadly, that particular rumor proved spot-on. Only you can’t simply call the One max a bigger One and go about your business. That’s not the full story.

Sure, the spanking new 5.9-incher has an almost overwhelming number of flaws and the timing of its formal intro looks like a catastrophic failure, what with the Nexus 5 likely landing in 24 hours and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 taking off as we speak.

But at the same time, the One max does take plenty of One features up a notch, having an array of strong suits that ultimately manages to crush its weaknesses and paint the picture of a truly evolved device, one that is both bigger and better. And here’s exactly why:

HTC One vs HTC One max – design and build quality comparison

(Almost) everybody likes aluminum. Most folks love it. So much that Samsung, which stubbornly and aggressively defended plastic for the past couple of years, is reportedly planning a design overhaul for both the Galaxy S and Note families.

HTC One max

But one thing everybody hated about the otherwise elegant and sturdy metal was that it restricted end users from doing the two things that conserved their freedom: swap the battery and expand the storage on their phones by prying the back cover.

That was due to the already legendary aluminum “unibody” and you could either make do with the constraints or move to plastic. Option C didn’t exist, until the One max became official. And while the fellow is just as premium-looking as its little brother, it replaces the unibody construction with a two metal-piece build.

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Again, that’s exactly as reliable and kewl, plus it offers easy access to what’s behind the back cover. Unfortunately, you still can’t pull the battery away and switch it… unless you’re an expert with screwdrivers. And willing to void the warranty. As far as storage goes, there’s no limit to how high you can go. Well, there is, 32 gigs plus another 32, but you get the idea.

Meanwhile, it’s important to note the bezels also look thinner on the One max than the One, but alas, the 5.9-incher tips the scales at a bonkers (and not in a good way) 217 grams. Ouch! In fact, chunky is the word of the day when you add the 10.3 mm thick profile in the equation too, the two numbers being 74 grams and 1 mm over the little fellow’s measurements.

Display face-off

Nothing revolutionary or groundbreaking in any way here, simply an upping of the ante in the size department (5.9 vs. 4.7 inches) and the same 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (aka Full HD). Of course, the pixel density goes significantly down, from 469 to 373 ppi, but don’t you think for a second One max’s panel will be in any way less crisp, colorful and vibrant.

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Processing speed and cameras

Even the biggest, most fanatic and biased HTC aficionado has to admit to being a little disappointed about seeing the same old, dusty S600 CPU powering the One max, but let’s look at it from a different angle. How would you describe last spring’s One from a hardware standpoint? Is it a powerhouse? I think it is.

HTC One max-3

And the same exact quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, along with an identical Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM, are found inside the One max. Besides, there’s a good shot HTC skipped on Snapdragon 800 to keep the price low. And isn’t that a noble goal, worth a few sacrifices? I think it is.

Meanwhile, the cameras are identical on the One and One max too (4 UltraPixel on the back and 2.1 MP on the front), which is also a little underwhelming, but looking at the big picture still satisfying even for hardcore photo buffs.

Software and battery life

I know, it would have been downright dreamy to see the One max running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, but since the new OS is yet to be detailed and rolled out to Nexus devices, it was also Utopian.

HTC Blinkfeed

On the bright side, you do get the next best thing: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, plus HTC’s latest and greatest Sense 5.5 UI and plenty of exciting little treats, such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, Sense Voice, etc.

As far as battery goes, HTC really went all-in, which is one of the reasons the Taiwanese couldn’t keep the weight very low. One max’s ticker is quite massive, at 3,300 mAh, so an autonomy of roughly 24 hours in continuous talk time is definitely in the cards.

Others

The people spoke, HTC listened – there’s a fingerprint scanner on One max’s back, reported to work almost exactly as smoothly as the one fitted on the iPhone 5s. A little gimmicky? I for one think so, but if you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it.

HTC One max-fingerprint

Other perks included in the One max package are a pair of mind-blowing front-facing BoomSound Speakers, all the connectivity options you could ever need (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and even 4G LTE on Verizon), as well as oodles of sensors. Bottom line, every single trick the One has up its sleeve, plus a much cooler speaker system and fingerprint recognition technology.

Which brings me to the conclusion of this comparison. If you like your phones big, go for it. Don’t even think about it, as it’s so clearly better than the One. It’s a Max, for crying out loud.  

Screenshots of HTC Sense 5.5 leak out

Sense 5.5

 Sense 5.5

The HTC Sense 5.5 user interface has been long rumored, but today we have a series of screenshots leaking out to give us a better idea of what’s new. To start with, HTC’s standard Blinkfeed feature can now be turned off by the users, which is not possible with the current iteration of HTC Sense. Sense 5.5 also brings features like Dual Capture and Panorama+ to the camera. The Dual Capture feature sounds more like Samsung’s Dual Shot mode from the Galaxy S4, which allows users to take images using the front and rear cameras simultaneously. And Panorama+ could well be an alteration of the existing Sweep Panorama feature on the HTC One. The update also introduces newer Emoji icons on the stock keyboard.

We are hopeful that the Sense 5.5 UI will make its way with the upcoming One Max phablet, followed by other HTC smartphones with the help of an update. HTC has begun rolling out the Android 4.3 update for its smartphones with the old Sense 5 UI, so maybe HTC will issue a separate update for Sense 5.5 later this year. Check out the screenshots below to see what’s new with Sense 5.5.

Source: Android Revolution HD

Via: Android Central

Could this be the new HTC Sense UI?

HTC Sense 5.5

HTC Sense 5.5

A leak has revealed the rumored HTC Sense 5.5 user interface. This leak comes courtesy of Weibo from China. The screenshot of the UI shows some significant changes from the current version of Sense UI, especially with regards to the color scheme. We can see lighter background colors and some redesigned icons compared to the one seen on Sense 5 smartphones.

There appears to be a new email and music widget as well, which adds to the versatility of the UI. There’s plenty of speculation on whether this is the new Sense 5.5 UI or something specifically designed for the rapidly growing Chinese market. The smartphone shown in the image is either the HTC Butterfly or the Butterfly S, so it’s clear that this UI will be making its way to older devices as well. The leaks holds great significance considering that the HTC One Max is just a few weeks away from an official launch. The smartphone is rumored to launch with an upgraded version of Sense UI, so this could well be it.

Source: Rbmen (Translated)

Via: Android Beat