If you have an older HTC smartphone, you’ve probably been itching to get your hands on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 since HTC announced the flagship One earlier this year. The Taiwanese company has already confirmed that an update will be made available to a number of existing devices, but it hasn’t yet confirmed when it will arrive.
According to one source, you can expect it to hit the HTC One X around June or July.
The HTC Butterfly — also known as the J Butterfly in Japan and the Droid DNA in the U.S. — was one of the first smartphones to offer a 1080p display, kickstarting a new generation of full high-definition handsets. And according to HTC marketing chief Benjamin Ho, the handset will get a successor “to meet consumer demand.”
Bad news if you’re a Verizon customer hoping to pick up the new HTC One: HTC has announced its latest flagship won’t be coming to Big Red. Recent rumors had suggested that Verizon would be one of the U.S. carriers supporting the device, but HTC has confirmed on Twitter that this won’t be the case.
Verizon has announced that the HTC Droid DNA will soon be getting its first software update, but it isn’t the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade you’ve been hoping for. It will deliver a slew of important bug fixes, however, improving sound quality and Wi-Fi connectivity, and allowing users to finally load videos in Hulu Plus.
The HTC M7, the next flagship Android handset from the maker of the Droid DNA, is expected to go on sale in the United States on March 8 — just over two weeks after its rumored press event on February 19. It’s currently unclear which carriers will offer it, but the device is expected to come in black and white, according to a source familiar with HTC’s plans.
If you’re the proud owner of an HTC smartphone, you can enjoy a free PlayStation Mobile game every week until the end of February. The offer is available to those in select countries with a handset running Sense 4+, and the first free game is Cubixx, a reinvention of the classic action-puzzle game Qix.
HTC has today announced the Desire U, a new, mid-range Android smartphone that will make its debut in the company’s native Taiwan. Packing a 4-inch WVGA display and a 1GHz processor, the handset comes with an unlocked, SIM-free price tag of just $275, making it a very competitive device.
Despite announcing a number of new smartphones at CES just two weeks ago, Huawei has more handsets up its sleeve. In Germany today, the company announced the Ascend G615, another high-end smartphone with a 4.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has today unveiled the LG Optimus G Pro, a successor to the flagship Optimus G, which offers a much-improved display, a faster processor, and a bigger battery. The device comes just four months after the Optimus G was announced, and it aims to compete with the latest crop of smartphones that pack a full high-definition 1080p display, such as the HTC Droid DNA, and the Sony Xperia Z.
The upcoming HTC M7 has been pictured out in the wild ahead of its official unveiling. Not only are these the clearest shots of the device we’ve seen to date, but they also show off its new Sense 5.0 user interface, and a new button arrangement beneath the display. This isn’t believed to be a final version of the device, but it’s likely to be the closest we’ll get until its official unveiling.