Verizon posted details surround an incoming update for the DROID DNA several months ago that would bring the device up to Android 4.2.2 and dress it up with Sense 5, but an OTA never came. Now that's changing, as Verizon has officially announced it and provided a detailed overview of changes owners can expect. The update will provide an experience similar to that on the HTC One, with features such as BlinkFeed, quick settings, and improved Sense apps making their way over to what was 2012's best DROID.


Sense 5 is more subdued than the older version that shipped on the DROID DNA. In addition to the aforementioned features, changes are in store for the Calendar, Gallery, People, and Smart Dialer apps as well. They are joined by a healthy slathering of bug fixes.



The update is rolling out in two separate parts. The first will install software version 2.08.605.1 710RD, which doesn't contain the exciting bits. Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 come in the second upgrade to version 3.06.605.4.

Source: Verizon, HTC

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. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Chris

    Sad to see such a good device so delayed on updates. Normally I'd jump to blame HTC but considering that the One has been so consistent on updates, we might have to blame Verizon for this one.

    Nonetheless, good to see that it's not forgotten.

    • mustbepbs

      Screw HTC and Verizon, we're on CM11 baby.

    • moelsen8

      when in doubt, blame verizon.

    • Scott

      Disproved by the Moto X update. When a manufacturer wants to update a device in a timely fashion... they will.

  • TSON1

    Wait, this actually happened? Are pigs flying?

  • Bob G

    LOl 4 months.

  • Hugh Johnson

    Just left Verizon last night, best decision of my entire life.

    • kevin

      I have a galaxy nexus that it does not even work on 4G. stuck on 4.2

    • Lee Arnold

      I love phones as much as the next guy, but really? .... best decision of your entire life? Maybe you haven't made many decisions or... maybe you're an 11 year old girl. Smh.

  • Gustavo Bruno

    Phone is updating so excited!

  • kevin

    Verizon takes months to update your phones years even

  • Carmichael Sherman

    My phone isn't downloading to 4.2.2? Any advice ???

    • bdhstl

      Mine did today. Just wait for them to push it to u.

    • A DeVine

      Don't bother.

  • Cee

    I don't like that I lost some of the nice features. Some things are better but some seem like they went backwards!

    • A DeVine

      I totally agree!

  • A DeVine

    I hate the update - ugly font, ugly new ringtones that all sound basically the same, ugly icons, all they did was change the location of functions that were already there. If the alleged fixes work, like voice mail showing up when it's supposed to, that's great but as far as I'm concerned the rest of it sucks! Can I get my old ringtones back?

    • Melly

      Personally, I need the really subtle alarms or I wake up with freaking heart palpitations. I desperately need my old alarms back. "Celedon" is the same melody as ons of my favorites, but it was so much nicer before.

    • P.Roma

      Totally agree, hate my phone now. Voicemail wasn't refreshing and found out I needed to do an update. After the update my whole phone is different and impossible to see or use correctly. how do I move my contacts to the main screen?? ARGHH

  • Rob

    I got the update and I am really disappointed. this version seems like a step back in many ways. The graphics are far worse than before. The icons looked polished but they now look like the icons on my first droid. The Home button used to bring up all of the windows, this no longer works. The ring tones as mentioned, I liked the one I had, no longer available. the text looks like crap now. Are they trying to push me into a new phone???

  • mike

    I have noticed a decreased battery life with this update. Under my normal use I used to be around 60% at the end of the day. Since the installation (6 days ago) it has been consistantly 30% at the end of the day. When idle it will be down 8% in just a few hours with no use. Pretty irritated by this. This update seems broken.

  • ohMy

    Can there be an update to undo the update..? Please?

  • A DeVine

    Try downloading Brand Phone Ringtones to get your old ringtones back and be sure to restart your phone, else you may have issues with them working properly. You might also have to assign the ringtones starting from your contact list vs assigning from the app. It took me an hour to find my old ring tones!

  • Liz

    I hate the update as well. I really want to go back. Anyone know if this is possible? Might have to find a way to dump my Droid DNA cause I hate the update that much!

  • John Freeman

    Hate this update ..so many things are wrong now with how my phone works :(

  • UNHappy

    Who Is the F*****ING Idiot that designed the Call screen? I live in AZ and use it outside in the sun a lot. Why did they make the "Call" and "end call" black so you can't see them in sunlight? Many things are now more difficult to use than before. A step backwards by the graphics designers.

  • Rabourn

    What a piece of shit this update is. HARD to read the screens. Texts take longer to send. Please post if you know how to go back to the old.

  • Rebecca

    My HTC DNA after the update now slides bottom to top or vise versa. With such a big screen I miss the motion of turning the pages side to side like a book, when looking at my apps or my book marks. The phone is HARDER TO USE AND EVEN SEE, because it is all black. THE ICONS LOOK UGLY, with no color- I am the prowd owner of a black & white calendar & a calculator! Wow, so much for personalizing anymore. The thrill of GONE! I agree with A DeVine.

  • Joel Diaz

    I updated my DNA to 4.2.2 with sense 5 and all was fine except for my battery life. Complete drain overhaul. What was worse is that, when charging, it would charge on and off. It would only charge with no problems with the verizon wall charger that it came with. This didn't help me out while driving. This lead me to take it to verizon. They saw my case and shipped me another one with at no cost. The replaced device came with 4.1.1 and happy to say I got my battery life back. I'm not thinking of updating this one.

    Sadly, the 5.2.2 update looks great and I really really liked the multitask screen a lot better than 4.1.1 but I would much rather have no batter issues.

  • Bub

    Hate the update! I lost my swype/dragon keyboard, I can no longer crop my photos,I hate the new call screen. I called Verizon and they blamed HTC. They said they could not undo the update. :-( I'll be very surprised if HTC can do anything about it.

  • nicholai42

    hate it hate hate it hate hate it hate it

  • michael

    Fuck you Verizon. You lost a costomer