[Update: Maybe sooner] HTC One Android 4.2 update coming in “2-3 weeks,” Google Edition running stock Android also planned

For all the praise that the HTC One has received ever since its launch back in March, one major point of criticism has been the fact that the high and mighty smartphone runs on Android 4.1.2, and owners of the device have been impatiently waiting for the 4.2 update to arrive.

Now, according to Twitter user @LlabTooFeR, known for his usually accurate inside news on HTC, has announced on the social network that the 4.2.2 update for the HTC One could come as soon as sometime in the next “2-3 weeks.” Even an HTC employee has been mischievously tweeting lately that the update is incoming soon, so it seems like the One might surely be up-to-date with the times before the month ends.

But the good news doesn’t end there. Apparently, a “Nexus” version of the HTC One running stock Android, similar to the Galaxy S4 Google Edition shown off at I/O, is also in the works, with LlabTooFeR saying he knows “for a fact” that non-Sense (see what I did there?) One exists. I personally believe that Google is looking at launching Nexus versions of the flagship devices from different manufacturers each year, so while this could turn out to be a rumor, I’m betting it’s true. Actually, cancel that, I’m hoping it is true, as the amalgamation of stock Android with the HTC One’s hardware would be a dream come true.

The HTC One Google Edition is expected to be announced sometime this summer, and I wouldn’t put it past Google to make an announcement after the Nexus Galaxy S4 goes up for sale. For now users can look forward to the Android 4.2.2 update, which would add features like faster switching between apps, lockscreen widgets, quick toggles in status bar, accessibility improvements and more.

Update: Looks like the update might arrive in less than 2-3 weeks. @LlabTooFeR just tweeted this:

 

Hurry up HTC, the wait is killing us.

HTC Sense Camera App Ported to HTC One Google Edition ROMs [Guide]

Without the enhancements of HTC’s Sense UI, the camera app on the HTC One Google Edition (GE) misses out on many useful features while also offering lower image quality, so it’s unsurprising that many owners of the ‘normal’ One haven’t been too keen to try out the stock Android 4.2 ROMs ported from the Google Edition device. Now, that’s an issue that has been partly rectified, as the Sense camera app has been ported to work on the Google Edition ROMs, offering as good image quality as you’ll find on the non-GE HTC One.

If you’re wondering why I said the issue has only been partly rectified, well, it’s because two of the most loved features of the Sense camera – the Zoe recording and the HTC Gallery app – aren’t working on the GE ROMs. However, it’s only because the gallery app is separate from the camera app, with Zoe also a part of the gallery, and the gallery app hasn’t been ported yet. Once that is done though, users will be enjoying the full camera experience while enjoying stock Android on their HTC One, with all the bells and whistles that the stock Android camera doesn’t have.

The camera app can be installed just like any other app, with the APK available for download at the source link. So stop waiting and go get the Sense camera experience on an otherwise Sense-less ROM.

Installation Procedure:

  1. Download the APK file from the source link above. If you are using a download manager on your PC, the file may have downloaded as a zip file. In that case, rename it to .APK from .zip after downloading.
  2. Transfer the APK to your device.
  3. You’ll need a file manager to access your storage and the APK file. ES File Explorer is a good free option.
  4. Enable manual installation of apps by checking the Unknown sources option in Settings » Security on your device.
  5. Open the file manager, browse to where you copied the APK.
  6. Tap on the file to start installation, keep clicking Next and then Install to begin installation. 
  7. Once installation is complete, you’ll be able to access the Sense camera app from your apps menu.

Install Leaked Pre-Release Android 4.3 ROM on the HTC One [Guide]

In an odd twist of tradition, a newer version of Android has leaked for an HTC device before a Samsung one. Yes, I’m talking about the Android 4.3 update that recently leaked for the HTC One, complete with Sense 5 enhancements and looks. It was leaked by popular developer LlabTooFer, who has released it as a custom ROM – called MaximusHD – but has promised to release the untouched version on August 28th (that’s tomorrow).

For now though, we have the custom Android 4.3 ROM, and here’s a look at a few of its features:

  • New sound tweaks
  • Quicker animations
  • OpenGL 3.0 support
  • Wi-Fi location scanning always on
  • Ability to use HTC TV in countries without TV programs available
  • Option to use your own audio in video highlights
  • Updated fonts
  • Updated HTC apps
  • Updated Kernel
  • … and more

That’s not a big list of features, but Android 4.3 is a small upgrade anyway, with focus on under-the-hood changes and performance. It works well according to reports, and that means we could see an official rollout of the update soon, as promised by HTC a few days back.

Circling back to the ROM itself, we’ve created a guide to help you install that ROM on your HTC One, with clear step-by-step instructions. So, instead of wasting any time, let’s get started, though make sure to get more details on the ROM at the source link before proceeding with the installation.

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Disclaimer: We don’t take any responsibility if you decide to follow the instructions below. While everything has been tested and works, we won’t be held liable if your device stops working, runs away with the neighbor’s cat, or exhibits other odd behavior.

Installation Procedure

Requirements

  1. This is only for the international variant of the HTC One and will not work on carrier variants like AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon etc. It will only work on the GSM HTC One.
  2. Take a backup of all the data on your phone. Flashing this ROM requires wiping data/factory resetting the phone, which will wipe installed apps, your Google account, SMS, contacts, etc. If you’re rooted, you can use apps like Titanium Backup and MyBackup Root, and if not, use apps like Helium or Super Backup. Then, after you’ve backed personal data up, copy everything off the phone’s storage to a computer, which will save your pictures, music, other personal files, and the backups you took.
    • NOTE: Backup is optional and you can skip this step if you do not wish to back up anything.
  3. Unlock the bootloader on your phone by following the procedure at the HTC Dev website. You’ll have to register for an account before you can do so, so follow all the instructions provided there, then come back here after you’ve unlocked the bootloader. This will wipe all your data, so make sure to take a backup if necessary (see step 1.)
    • NOTE: If you’ve already unlocked the bootloader on your device, you can skip this step.
  4. Flash TWRP recovery on your phone, which is a custom recovery that is needed for flashing the ROM. Use our guide here for help with installing TWRP recovery. Once you’ve installed TWRP, come back to this guide and follow the steps below.

Downloads

  1. Download the latest version of the ROM from the source link (it’s just above the Requirements section).
  2. Copy the downloaded ROM file to the internal storage. Remember, copy the file itself, don’t extract it to the phone.

Install the ROM

  1. Turn off your phone. Then, boot into HBOOT/bootloader mode by holding down the Volume down + Power buttons together till the screen turns on. If the phone turns on normally instead of going into HBOOT, make sure the “Fast Boot” option is disabled in the phone’s Settings » Power menu, then try booting into HBOOT.
  2. First, let’s make a backup of your current ROM so you can return to it if you don’t like the ROM you’re about to flash. To do that, select Backupthen swipe the circle to the right to start the backup. Go back to the main TWRP menu after backup is complete.
  3. Now, choose Factory Reset, then confirm data wipe swiping the circle to the right. This will NOT wipe your internal and external storage contents, it will only remove installed apps, settings, your Google account and data like contacts and SMS. Go back to the previous screen after wipe is complete.
  4. Select Install, then browse to and select the ROM’s file that you copied to the phone. Confirm installation on the next screen.
  5. Once installation is complete, select the Reboot system option that shows up to reboot the phone into Android 4.3.
  6. Updating to newer versions of the ROM: The ROM will be getting future updates that fix and improve things, in order to install an update, copy the update file to the phone and install it from recovery. Make a backup in recovery if you want to, but don’t wipe data when updating, as wiping data is only required when flashing a ROM for the first time.

How to Restore Previous ROM

If you wish to go back to your previous ROM that you were running before installing the , you can do that through recovery. Here’s how:

  1. Turn off your phone. Then, boot into HBOOT/bootloader mode by holding down the Volume down + Power buttons together till the screen turns on. If the phone turns on normally instead of going into HBOOT, make sure the “Fast Boot” option is disabled in the phone’s Settings » Power menu, then try booting into HBOOT.
  2. Select Restore, then restore the backup you had taken by clicking on it in the backup list.
  3. Once restore is complete, reboot the phone by selecting the Reboot system option.

The Android 4.3 ROM is now installed on your HTC One. Put it through its paces, and have fun using the latest version of Android on your beautiful smartphone. We’ll update this guide once the untouched Android 4.3 firmware is released, so stay tuned.