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HTC One Android 4.2 update: Hands-on video

Update: Android 4.2 for the HTC One is now rolling out to UK handsets.

Android smartphone manufacturers have been slow to update their handsets to the latest version of the mobile operating system in the past. It’s a refreshing change, then, to see HTC pushing out an update for its 2013 flagship – the HTC One – not too long after its initial release. The handset originally shipped with Android 4.1, but the company is now rolling out an Android 4.2.2 update throughout Europe.

It’s not clear if the over-the-air update is live in the UK just yet, but HTC One owners across Europe have been seeing the new version of Android hit their phones in recent days. There are quite a few changes to Sense 5 as well. HTC has included a new lock screen style and widgets, as well as enhancements to the launcher bar. There’s also now an option to display battery percentage, some new quick settings, and auto focus improvements for the UltraPixel camera.

The best news of all, though, is that HTC has finally killed the infamous black bar. That served as a replacement for the Menu button, which HTC decided not to include on the One. The result was a big black bar that unnecessarily wasted space in an alarming amount of apps, but thankfully it’s now been removed altogether from Android 4.2.2.

HTC One owners should receive a notification when the update is ready to be downloaded, but there’s always the option to check manually for anyone too impatient to wait. And if you don’t see the update straight away, don’t worry: it should arrive sooner rather than later.


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