HTC said a while back that the Android 4.3 update would hit all US HTC One handsets by the end of September. That obviously didn't happen, but the company wasn't too far off in the case of Sprint. That version of the device is getting the update today.

According to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie, the push is starting on Sprint today. This will bump the One from Android 4.1 all the way to 4.3, which is still technically the most recent version of Android. As with most device updates, this will probably be a slow burn. It's rolling out now, so you can begin obsessively checking for updates, but no promises.

Here's what Sprint says is coming in update 3.04.651.2 (yes, they call it a minor update):

Fixes issue where Swype does not automatically enter spaces in Exchange email

Application Updates: Sprint Zone, Visual Voicemail

HTC Sense stability improvements

Updating OS from 4.1.2 to 4.3 (Minor update)

As for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – there's no news. Yeah, sad.

[Twitter, Sprint]

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  • Edward Germanotta

    HTC is making a good job with updates... I hope they keep this trend

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      HTC One S......

  • foglock

    just checked and yep it is here. updating now.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Gotta love this line in Sprint's update details: "Updating OS from 4.1.2 to 4.3 (Minor update)."

    • Simon Belmont

      I agree. I guess they consider it minor since they're both still Jelly Bean.

      It is kind of funny to read that, though. Hehe.

    • Rovex

      It is a minor update if you have a customised device. It might be a big deal to a Nexus, but only because a Nexus has no features, so any update that brings anything is welcome.

  • PhoenixPath

    Come on TMob....You're up.

  • Simon Belmont

    Congratulations to the Sprint HTC One users. I had a feeling Sprint might be first out of the gate. ;)

    Lets hope the other carriers follow suit over the next few days. My wife's T-Mobile HTC One is looking a little jealous. :D

    • PhoenixPath

      Converted mine when 4.3 started hitting the Dev Edition. Full conversion...tricky at times, but it was an interesting learning experience if nothing else.

      I'll probably log the experience and convert back to TMo once their update finally hits. (WiFi Calling is all I'm really missing...)

      • Simon Belmont

        I thought about doing that, and my wife trusts me mucking around with it (years of experience with Android stuff), but I figured I'd just wait. Since Mackenzie was saying it'd be fairly soon.

        That being said, somewhere down the road, I'm guessing she'll want it converted to a GPe version. She loved stock Android on her old phone (though she likes Sense 5 a lot now).

        • PhoenixPath

          Depending on what she likes about "stock", you may be able to bring some of it over to Sense.

          Many of the apks in GPe work in Sense, you just need to be on the same base (4.3/4.3). For example, I have the GPe camera/gallery, clock, sunbeam, and a few others. (The gallery is really just for my Picasa albums)

          Just dropping them in /system/app and a quick cache/dalvik wipe and they're good to go.

          • Simon Belmont

            Good information. Thanks for the heads up.

            I think she was a fan of the extras that CyanogenMod gave her back in the CM7 days on her OG EVO 4G. Most of that functionality is in stock Android now (and Sense 5), so she's pretty happy. We'll have to see if the HTC One (non-GPe) officially sees KitKat. If it doesn't, then she may want to go stock again.

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  • Kevin Kohrman

    Sprint is really good about their updates. I will update the wifes phone tonight

  • Anonymous

    downloading it now!

  • empty

    Did the update which took about 15 minutes over WiFi. I had to turn on the battery % indicator, but have a strange new icon at the top of the phone that looks like the letter N where the 2 sides are arrows appearing to sync. I can't seem to find any reference to this. ANy ideas?

    • PhoenixPath

      Go into settings and disable NFC.

      Settings - More - uncheck NFC.

      • droidGol

        Thanks for this i was trying to figure this out :)

    • Simon Belmont

      I think that's the NFC symbol. I could be wrong.

      There's settings to turn that off. Maybe someone else can chime in on whether I'm right or not.

    • Capitan Krrunk

      Thanks for this, i was wondering what the heck that N was.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ryan, it looks like HTC has posted on their Facebook page that AT&T and T-Mobile will have the update in mid-October, and Verizon at the end of October.

    Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/htcusa/posts/546912838710330 .

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      Was supposed to be September, now mid October. come October it will be pushed back to Q1 2014.

      • Crafty

        Oh stop bitching. Even if it was November, they're getting the update out fast.

        Just over three months since Android 4.3 launched. Be happy they're giving time tables at all, even if they've pushed back a bit, they're fairly accurate.

      • YOUFAIL

        Yeah they did release 4.3 to developer edition so they were right on time. You know why only developer since you will bitch about that too is because of carriers having to approve the update. That part is not up to HTC. So blame your carrier instead.

  • Michael McGrade

    Now when will Samsung got on the ball and start pushing out 4.3 updates to their S4's for US carriers? Gah...get with it Sammy.

  • Vikram Bhasin

    Anyone noticing slower transitions/animations after the update? Tried messing with the settings in Dev Options but it is still slow. Particularly, it happens when closing apps in multitasking

    • PhoenixPath

      I'd say it is fine for me (because it is), but I am using an xposed mod for the recents (AOSP-style) which may be helping.

      (FWIW: All of Llabtoofer's Sense ToolBox 2.1.1 mods work in the stock OTA 4.3)

      • Vikram Bhasin

        Reboot did the trick. I still feel as though it is a little slower than before though

        • Grrtt

          I've been noticing it too. Restart didnt seem to work for me though. Text messages aren't sending as fast, etc. Also, it seems like the text message notification vibration got awfully long compared to what it was.

          This might have to do with Sprint and not my phone directly, but I'm not getting near as many bars as I was nor am I getting the 4G coverage like I was. It seems like the reception power on my phone got cut in half or something.

  • Doug

    Got a message from a friend if my girlfriend. My girlfriend tried updating, and now her phone is stuck at the boot logo. Gonna try to fix it when I see her, but I don't know what happened yet. Beware. She was on stock and unrooted.

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    My One is with AT&T so we'll probably get the 4.3 update a couple of months after KitKat is released.

  • Rovex

    It is a minor update. It will have almost no noticeable effect on the
    end user at all. Having had both my N10 and HTC One updated from 4.2 to
    4.3 I can say the differences are small. Even from 4.1 the difference is small
    The Nexus is a little
    smoother, but thats about it and the HTCs biggest difference is in the
    stuff HTC changed, not in the difference between the base OSes.

  • Eric

    I've been hearing the 4.3 Update since spring of 2013 and it kept getting pushed back at a later date, then months and then seasons. Android and mobile carriers need to speed things up when it comes updates -- especially security updates. Android = Frag-men-ta-tion. Apple got you all beat. I'm ready to sell my brand spanking new 4 months old T-Mobile HTC One. I had a Motorola Atrix 4G that was PROMISED an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich -- waited for months then a year -- only to be disappointed and told that -- crap -- sorry users No ICS for you -- you're stuck with Gingerbread! It was my 1st Android phone and loved it (biometric fingerprint scanner -- hello iPhone 5S)! Motorola made me give it up. That's why the company is going down. And do you really think people are buying Moto X?

  • Nedim

    HTC One Developer Edition on AT&T, just checked and update is there.

  • SprintHTConeChicago

    Did the upgrade yesterday and it went smooth. There are a couple of new icons you can't delete, more bloatware I dont want but no big deal. The really big deal is it kills the battery. I mean sucks the life out of it when it just sits on the table. If I cant figure out whats running and kill it I might just go with a ROM.

    • guest

      Mine too - HTC One Battery drains in a couple of hours now - two days before!!. I think its Google Backup. Its better since I switched it off but still not brilliant. Got loads of background apps running that I don't want and can't un-install. Bit like Google taking over my life!

    • Charlie

      Same here - having to watch battery life now like I used to have to on my EVO. It was great prior to 4.3.

    • Buckeye2405

      Look @ my post buckeye2405 just from a min. ago. Should help!

  • marz

    I'm on tmobile I just got my update. The drop down has a new feature. Not much changed.

  • Buckeye2405

    I really don't care about any updates. Annoyed when I did bc it started killing my battery w/ all of those useless Google apps that you cannot delete- Annoying! I went in and disabled every single one that I do not use. I am currently @ 64% battery after being off charger for 17 hrs and 6 min. HA! Take that Google and Sprint

  • brambila

    When I update my htc one, animation to a text message is no longer displayed. if anyone has a similar problem and how to fix it? thanks

  • positiva

    I upgraded (UK) yesterday from 4.2.2 to 4.3 my battery life was before fantastic. Now 80% of battery is being used by android system!!