HTC Butterfly S Receiving Android 4.3 & Sense 5.5 OTA Update

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HTC is in the process of distributing a rather unexpected over-the-air update to all unlocked Butterfly S handsets currently located in Hong Kong. The upgrade brings the latest build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.5 to the handset, effectively turning the device into a mid-range version of the OEM’s flagship HTC One, complete with all the bells and whistles you’d expect, including BlinkFeed, Video Highlights, and Notification Toggles.

The Butterfly S was released back in July, 2013, and packs a 5-inch super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset powered by four 1.9GHz Krait 300 CPU’s, an Adreno 320 GPU, a 4-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB via microSD), 2GB of RAM and a 3,200 mAh non-removable battery.

The full changelog for the Android 4.3 update can be seen below:


  • Virtual surround sound – enjoy movies from Google Play with surround sound on Nexus 7 (2013 edition) and other Nexus devices.

Dial pad

  • Autocomplete – just start touching numbers or letters and the dial pad will suggest phone numbers or names. To turn on this feature, open your phone app settings and enable “Dial pad autocomplete.”


  • OpenGL ES 3.0 – Android now supports the latest version of the industry standard for high performance graphics.
  • Wireless Display for Nexus 7 (2013 edition) and Nexus 10 – project from your tablet to a TV.

Internationalization and localization

  • Additional language support – Android is now translated in Africaans, Amharic (አማርኛ), Hindi (हिंदी), Swahili (Kiswahili), and Zulu (IsiZulu).
  • Hebrew, Arabic, and other RTL (right-to-left) – now supported in the home screen, settings, and Phone, People, and Keep apps.

Keyboard & input

  • Easier text input – an improved algorithm for tap-typing recognition makes text input easier.
  • Lower latency input for gamepad buttons and joysticks.


  • Location detection through Wi-Fi – use Wi-Fi to detect location without turning on Wi-Fi all the time.


  • Bluetooth Smart support (a.k.a. Bluetooth Low-Energy) – devices like Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013 edition) are now Bluetooth Smart Ready.
  • Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 support – display song names on a car stereo.


  • Disabled apps tab – check which apps are disabled in Settings > Apps.


  • Restricted profiles – put your tablet into a mode with limited access to apps and content.
  • Setup wizard simplification – getting started on Android is easier thanks to the ability to correct previous input, and because of streamlined user agreements.
  • Faster user switching – switching users from the lock screen is now faster.
  • Enhanced photo daydream – navigate through interesting albums.

As this update is already in the midst of being pushed out in Hong Kong, we hope it will also start its rollout in the United States before the years out, after AT&T and Verizon make some minor tweaks to the firmware and gives it the green light.