It's been half a year since HTC's impressive upgrade to the Butterfly hit shelves, and in all that time it hasn't received a significant update. But if a report from well-known HTC insider LlabTooFeR is correct, the Butterfly S is in the process of being upgraded to Android 4.3 right now. It's also getting the slightly newer Sense 5.5, as seen on the HTC One Max, and decidedly not seen on updated versions of 4.3 for the original One in the United States.
According to the tipster's Twitter post and screenshot, the Butterfly S update includes additional social and global news sources and an offline reader function for HTC's Blinkfeed, a new Embedded music channel in HTC's proprietary Music app, a new My Picks page for Sense TV, and interface adjustments all over the device.
The HTC Butterfly S is not too unlike the HTC One, just with a larger screen, a slightly more powerful processor, and a micro SD card slot. With its 3200mAh battery, this is a beefier phone for people with perhaps more demanding needs than HTC's flagship phone can satisfy. It still has 2GB of RAM, the same UltraPixel camera, Beats Audio sound, and the latest version of Sense. The catch? HTC traded off the One's premium aluminum build for glossy plastic, and the company did so without making any changes to make the device more attractive. That has now changed with the reveal of the Hello Kitty edition of the HTC Butterfly S in Taiwan.