ROM maker mike1986 has shared screenshots of the upcoming version of Sense 5 that provide an in-depth look at what HTC has been up to. Sense 5 is already an attractive and relatively light UI, and version 5.5 seems to bring in changes that should address some of peoples' largest criticisms. For starters, BlinkFeed is now optional, and turning it on and off is as easy as picking a default home screen.
It's not all bad news for BlinkFeed fans, though. The news and social media aggregator now has more categories to choose from as well as a custom topics tab.
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.
While we haven't heard a peep about the Android 4.2 update rolling out to the HTC One in the US, it's old news in Europe. In fact, HTC is already rolling out the 4.2 update to last year's flagship, the HTC One X, on that side of the pond. European owners of the Tegra 3-powered handset will now get to taste Sense 5, including BlinkFeed, but they have the option to disable the latter if they're not interested. The update also brings in video highlights, music visualization with live lyrics, and more.
The 4.18.401.2 OTA comes in at just under 380MB and looks to be rolling out across most of the continent.
HTC hasn't completely forgotten its older devices as it continues talking up the HTC One. The One X+ is finally getting an update to Android 4.2.2, which is actually newer software than the current generation One in the US runs... but that's beside the point. The OTA is hitting Taiwan first, but we've already got a full system dump and a ROM based on it.
The software features are essentially the same as you'd see on other HTC devices running 4.2.2. Be aware this OTA is only compatible with the One X+ with SID HTC__621 (read: not the AT&T version). Here's HTC's official changelog:
HTC One X + Software Wireless Updates | 2.17.709.2
HTC Sense version: 5 Android version: 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Software Number: 2.17.709.2 Updated: August 8, 2013 This update includes the following new features and performance improvements:
HTC Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2 upgrade
New HTC BlinkFeed Home
New lock screen style: electronic gadgets
Added display the battery meter in the status bar options
New sleep mode switch
Notifications panel improvements
Quick Settings panel: use two-finger gestures with 12 sliding open the Notifications panel fast setting
Photo Gallery / Camera improvements
AE / AF lock: Long tap the screen shot on the screen to start the exposure / focus lock function
Video Highlights living micro film: With 12 kinds of styles of music theme, automatically edited into a stunning 30 seconds video
Music Channel: You can view the lyrics and music visualization screen * (* support content based on actual lyrics database shall prevail)
HTC Sense Input
Support more Chinese words
The system dump is available for download on this XDA thread, if you are so inclined.
HTC Sense 5 wallpapers, wallpapers, 18 gorgeous wallpapers! Who wants them? Do you want one? And you? Wallpapers for everybody!
Thanks to some quick thinking of an enterprising xda-developers forum member loan92, who used his charm and boyish good looks to distract HTC employees from his sneaky actions at an event in Italy, we have eighteen beautiful wallpapers the company bundled with the upcoming One flagship.
For your convenience, I've mirrored them to an imgur gallery where they can be viewed using the widget below. If you just want all of them, as a zip archive, proceed to our mirror or hit up the source link.
Update: After reaching out to HTC, we've confirmed that the statement on Facebook does in fact mean that the mentioned devices - the HTC One X, X+, S, and Butterfly - will be receiving Sense 5 in a future software update. Some features of Sense 5, though, will not be included, as they depend on specific hardware found in the HTC One.
There's good news out of Facebook tonight, at least if you don't intend to upgrade to HTC's latest and greatest hardware. In answer to an Israeli user's question about upgrades to the shiny new Sense 5 Android interface (seen only on the HTC One so far), the official HTC Facebook account stated that it intended to upgrade most of the company's later high-end devices, specifically the One X and X+, One S, and the Butterfly.