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.
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.
- 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.
- Transfer the APK to your device.
- You’ll need a file manager to access your storage and the APK file. ES File Explorer is a good free option.
- Enable manual installation of apps by checking the Unknown sources option in Settings » Security on your device.
- Open the file manager, browse to where you copied the APK.
- Tap on the file to start installation, keep clicking Next and then Install to begin installation.
- Once installation is complete, you’ll be able to access the Sense camera app from your apps menu.