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Verizon hasn't explicitly announced an Android 4.2 update for the DROID DNA, but in a way, they have. The company has updated the support page for the nearly one-year-old handset with an in-depth look at what new goodies to expect. It's quite the ugly page, so we'll save you the effort of perusing it for yourself by providing the gist right here. After this update, DROID DNA owners will have an HTC Sense 5 experience that approaches that of the HTC One. The handset will get updated calendar, dialer, gallery, and contacts apps, along with the love-it-or-hate-it addition of BlinkFeed.

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As part of the update to Android 4.2, users gain access to Quick Settings in the notification panel that can be toggled on and off by tapping a button in the top-right corner. The update doesn't bring the DROID DNA completely up to par with the HTC One, though, as only the latter can snap Zoes. But as nice as those photo bursts are, they're not an essential feature.

All-in-all, DROID DNA owners have something to look forward to here. We don't know when the update will roll out, but signs point to "soon."

Droid DNA Smartphone Software Update - Coming Soon

Via Droid Life

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Joseph Wardzala

    Really glad I got rid of the TBolt and picked this up when it was free from Verizon. Great phone.

  • Ashish

    I have a S4 and decided to pick up a used DNA because it was cheap. It is a shame that such a old phone can destroy the S4 in performance. This update will just make things better.

  • Daniel Garcia

    I just picked up an DNA for $200 off Craigslist. Very happy with it but I'm not getting rid of my iPhone just yet.

  • Nesoxy

    No update to 4.2.2 on htc one s. Such a pr disaster for HTC. HTC never again.

  • goatass

    free dna bitches!!

  • macewank

    So is it 4.2 or is it 4.3? HTC said the DNA would be getting 4.3 in Sept, but both AP and DL have reported it as 4.2 .. The site itself makes no mention of version what so ever.

  • hldc1

    There is no mention of 4.2, or any other version of Android, on that Verizon Wireless page. You should take out your assumption in the opening sentence that the upgrade is to 4.2.

  • L boogie

    that's a good question, looking forward to Android 4.3 on my DNA though I could have sworn that HTC itself mentioned 4.3 for its One series as well as the DNA, let's see what happens with the incoming update

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    While I am happy that HTC is officially supporting the DNA still, I find it silly that ZOE isn't compatible. It works fine with my DNA.

    • nvillaco

      Are you running a custom rom with working zoes?... I've rooted every phone up until the DNA. Just never had a reason to do it. But what rom are u running out of curiosity?

      • xHabeasCorpusx

        Yeah. It's nowhere the same quality has the HTC One, but it does essentially work. I use this Rom, the kernel needs to be updated to fix WiFi which can be found in the thread. I get 12 hours of battery life. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2184706

  • nvillaco

    I have enjoyed using my DNA the most out of any phone I've ever owned by far. The DNA is the unsung hero of android phones in my opinion. It never got much fanfare due to the Verizon exclusivity and it not being Samsung but it still kicks ass and holds it own with the best almost a year after its release. It had 1080p half a year before the GS4, awesome build quality that is pretty much the One but done in soft touch (which is actually better imo cause wireless charging), and killed it with the quad core Snap w/ Sense app management instead of glitchy touchwiz.

    Now, the phone fan boy in me is telling me to get something new just cause but I'm having a tough time justifying a reason to do it. Add the Sense 5 update and I'm sold on keeping it. The DNA: The best phone nobody talks about.

    Although, if I could gripe about one thing... Why no zoes?...

    • Patricio Aravena

      I totally agree with you. My thunderbolt was a decent phone, the very first LTE device on VZ network but my DNA kick a**! Always looking forward for an OTA update :)

  • johnnyjewels

    I answer phones for Verizon tech support, the DNA is hands down the most complimented phone by my callers.

  • Adam Goldberg

    so what about my good ol' Evo LTE? any word on that fella or should I start biting the dust now?

  • Dylan K

    pretty sure its supposed to be 4.3 cuz htc said so

  • ihatevzw

    The sense 5 update page has been taken down.

  • nvillaco

    Hmmm... Looks like Verizon took down their support page for this update?... Kinda odd. Any thoughts why would they do this?. Update further off than originally anticipated?...

  • http://www.wholereason.com Daniel G. Sinclair

    10 reasons why I love my DNA http://www.wholereason.com/2013/06/10-reasons-i-love-my-htc-droid-dna.html. Hoping 4.2 allows me to use bt voice for Google now.

  • http://facebook.com/julio.aka.july Julio Ramirez

    I've had sense 5 and android 4.2 for a while now (Thank God for ROMS) but Verizon is slacking it! I hope they get KitKat out in time