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HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie just tweeted the following.

And there you have it. Just a day after 4.3 was promised for the developer edition HTC One by Mr. Mackenzie, he's clarified that statement to include all US and Canadian Ones (and the Verizon DROID DNA) with a deadline before the end of September. That means US and Canadian Ones will be leapfrogging Android 4.2 entirely. Nice!

There's been significant speculation that Samsung will be skipping Android 4.2 for the Galaxy S III, as well, and no doubt the S4 is due for its 4.3 update soon enough. For HTC, this is undoubtedly good news - fans of the company were beginning to lose faith that the flagship One would remain on the cutting edge of Android while competing handsets marched on forward. It seems that, for now, HTC is committed to keeping the One up to date.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • moelsen8

    Wow not giving themselves much room huh? Good luck to them.

    • Justin

      If they pull it off it will do wonders towards building some good will with the community.

  • htowngtr

    Should be no "certs" required for the unlocked version like what they'd have to jump through for ATT or Tmo.

    • HebeGuess

      I think the 'cert' he meant on the statement was hardware, likes certifying wifi, bluetooth capabilities from wifi alliance and BSIG. Given that Android 4.2.2 enable BLE, those previous devices much likely skipped the certification on BLE before.

      • Simon Belmont

        I'm pretty sure "cert" in this scenario means being certified on each individual carrier. So, basically, their testing process on their respective networks, and bug checking.

        Hopefully, that means the carriers already are testing Android 4.3. If not, we may be in for a longer wait than the end of September.

  • cabbiebot

    my poor evo lte looks to be already left behind. 16 months old. sniffle.

    • louched1

      I'm in the same boat, cabbiebot. I remember when the reports used to say, 'no word on the EVO 4G LTE' and now they don't even bother with that. :(

  • Grant Holden

    in David's signature, the word "tech" is there twice. not sure if this is on purpose but just saying.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Whoops.

  • Grant Holden

    or there would just need to be a comma. either way.

  • Bob F

    Um.. isn't Verizons One supposed to come with 4.2.2?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yes.

      • Bob F

        So we will see 4.3 later next summer? :P

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          We'll see. Jason has made quite a broad statement here.

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. Verizon HTC One customers will probably see Android 4.3 around the same time that Verizon Galaxy Nexus customers see Android 4.3. :P

          In case you didn't know, I was being facetious. But it could be a while. ;)

  • Jeff Langsner

    Meanwhile my Rogers HTC One X from last year is still stuck on 4.1.1

  • Jason V

    I'll believe it when I see it. In the meantime though, I'll continue to enjoy my HTC One.

  • aNYthing6

    Hope they can pull it off. They've made promises like this before, and failed in the end.

    • chriscarver

      HTC Thunderbolt - what was it? 7-9 months late?

      • Joshua

        I had a Thunderbolt and ended up replacing it with my contract upgrade before ICS was even released for it. I still have it on Gingerbread. I'm using a Note 2 now. Hope it receives better support!

      • ltredbeard

        Yes and they never updated the Inc 2. As much as I want to blindly believe them, their record makes it hard to do so.

        • chriscarver

          I really hope they turn the tables here... This is a very critical time for them, as this will tell us whether they are truly committed on bringing the updates to the consumer on a reasonable time schedule.

          I have faith...

    • moelsen8

      i'm waiting for them to retract it or "clarify" in some way.

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  • Jose

    only giving yourself 6 weeks to update all HTC One's and Droid DNA in the USA/Canada. don't think they're going to pull this off.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    DNA!?!?! WTF, I figured they would never give me an update... But I guess that's what I get for being the jackass that bought single carrier exclusive.

    • Phoey

      I'm right up there with you. If you are in to custom romming, you can install CM10.1 or 10.2, or a Sense 5 4.1/4.2.2 ROM. But nothing official (yet).

    • Andy

      Haha I thought the same. But ya, good news for Ones going from 4.1 to 4.3 but HUGE news for DNAs going from 4.1 Sense 4+ to 4.3 Sense 5. Gimme dem Zoes!!

      • EvilBadger69

        DNA's hardware won't support Zoes :( sorry!

    • luxmedia

      Do some research on your phone before you call it a single carrier device

  • joeljfischer

    To everyone saying that they don't know if they can pull it off. If it's already in cert, it's past their bug testing phase and is pushing through the carrier's bug testing process. I'm guessing the reason it's so quick is a combination of Android's delay of 4.3 to give OEMs more time with it in beta phase, and it having no real user facing changes from 4.2.

    That said, if the cert gets rejected, it'll probably have to start over, which would be a bummer. I'm guessing they built 1-2 failures into that estimate. We'll see.

    • htowngtr

      So if that's the case then the developer/unlocked versions should be soon.

  • Matthew Fry

    You notice that they promised *their* release but not T-Mobile's, AT&T's, Verizon's, or Sprint's.

    • Matthew Fry

      i.e. T-Mobile will get it in September, I will get it in 2014.

      • Joshua

        At which point you should be blaming the carriers for their shitty, time-consuming testing procedures. Verizon's takes what, 45 days to complete? A full month and a half after they receive a finalized OTA? Consumers need to find a way to convince carriers to stop that shit.

        • Matthew Fry

          45 days seems pretty tame.

      • Justin W

        He says they are working hard to release 4.3 to all SKU's of the One (and Vzw's DNA) by the end of September. That's not "release to carriers", that's "release to devices", so he's expecting it will be in consumers' hands by the end of next month.

        • Matthew Fry

          How do you know that? It doesn't say "release to devices." It does say to all models of HTC One but that doesn't automatically imply that that includes the carrier.

          • Simon Belmont

            I assumed by "certification" he meant carrier certification. Since they have a rigorous testing process.

            You're right, though, in that it could just mean their OWN internal certification before presenting it to carriers. Who knows.

        • Simon Belmont

          That's how I read it, too. I can see how Matthew Fry is viewing it the other way, though.

          I dunno, man. I just hope it's sooner rather than later.

          • Matthew Fry

            That, we can definitely agree on.

    • Simon Belmont

      He said they're working across all SKUs for (carrier) certifications. To me that sounds like they're trying to get the actual updates into our hot little hands be the end of September.

      Unless I'm misreading what you're saying. Of course, I'll believe it when I see it, because I've seen things pushed back time and time again.

    • ate

      Hey, if they want to release it (4.3) for just the INT version and then let the carries trip over themselves holding the update back I'm fine with that. I'll flash dem zips all night, ATT, try and stop me.

  • Kevin N

    Add Three months!

  • Adam Goldberg

    anyone want to buy an almost new evo 4glte. its lightly used, looks new, and if i wipe it, it would be as though it were brand spanking new! please reply to this comment if interested.

  • davew

    year ?

  • Simon Belmont

    I really hope they can stick to that schedule. My wife has an HTC One, and she's looking forward to the Quick Settings and menu button tweaks that were present in Android 4.2.2, let alone the GPU performance improvements and FSTRIM additions in Android 4.3.

    Come on, HTC. Make this happen.

  • barrym

    So, nothing for the earlier HTC model range?

  • Uday

    please update the international one also with sense 5.. All i hear is the stock one getting upgraded..

  • Elias

    Artem or whatever, it would be nice if there was a timestamp on these suggested news at the end of each post ("done with this post? you might also like these"). I mean, we're in Android 4.3 so I really couldn't give less of a fuck about Samsung Canada announcing Android 2.2. ;)

  • turboluis

    Reading all of these comments brings back a lot of painful memories of trying to keep my thunderbolt up-to-date and functional. It also reminded me of why I got an iPhone 5. After 7 months of pushing it to its limits it hasn't let me down. And before any HTC phone gets updated to 4.3, every iPhone built in the last 3 years will be rocking the newest mobile OS. Don't get me wrong, the Android OS is a great OS, but as long as the manufacturers and carriers keep screwing it up, it will never be on the same level as iOS.

  • Corbie pollardsr

    It is about time we have been waiting for an update for a while now

  • tyler cohn

    they better update the droid dna. the notification toggles and sense 5 would be really nice to have..

  • DanielM426

    Don't let us down HTC!