The HTC One Developer Edition, the SIM-free and bootloader unlocked HTC One sold in the U.S., will be skipping Android 4.2 and going straight to 4.3, according to the company’s Global Sales President Jason Mackenzie.
With the Developer Edition free of any carrier interference, it should have received the Android 4.2 update along with the international model. That didn’t happen, and when Verizon announced that their HTC One variant would run Android 4.2.2 out of the box, a frustrated user took to Twitter to ask McKenzie what the hold up was.
That’s when the HTC official broke the news, saying the device will be getting updated to Android 4.3 directly, “because 4.3 is so close. And 2.2 offered limited customer benefit.” While that will make some happy, it’s still disappointing that the Android 4.2.2 update for the Developer Edition is being skipped despite being ready, tested, and running stable on the international HTC One.
@jmwein we definitely care and want you to have great experience. 2.2 is minor update so decided to go straight to 4.3.
— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonBMac24) August 17, 2013
However, what about the carrier variants of the HTC One? Unfortunately, McKenzie didn’t mention those, but considering the developer edition HTC One is simply an unlocked One, we could see the carrier variants skipping to Android 4.3 as well. Here’s hoping both HTC and the carriers are quick about the process, as the wait has already been a long and irritating one.