Sprint just surprised everyone by being the first US carrier to roll out the Android 4.3 update to the HTC One, just missing the September deadline by a hair. But not everyone owns HTC's latest flagship, so it's nice to see that the One isn't the only device having all the fun (granted, it's having most of it). The HTC Evo 4G LTE is also getting an update today, and while it may not be anything nearly as exciting as the jump to Android 4.3, it's better than nothing.
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.
Good news! 4.3 will begin to push to HTC One users on Sprint today.
— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) October 2, 2013
HTC takes the Developer Edition HTC One pretty seriously. The company has been good about pushing updates to the device, and now the full Android 4.3 ROM can be downloaded as a ZIP from the HTC Dev website. That's more service than even the Google Play Edition HTC One is getting.
Update: The Android 4.3 RUU has now been posted as well.
Verizon is the only major carrier in the US who offers the HTC One with Android 4.2, but that doesn't mean squat if you intend to flash a custom ROM on it anyway. Sense 5 is fast, attractive, and stable - but it isn't for everyone. The app drawer could use some work, and the launcher isn't exactly the easiest to customize. Besides, the available options pale in comparison to what CyanogenMod offers out of the box.
HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie got HTC One owners' hopes up a few days ago when he tweeted that the long-awaited Android 4.3 update was scheduled to roll out within the span of a week. These updates are aimed at the developer edition of the HTC One along with HTC Ones distributed by Canadian carriers. While we're still waiting on the latter, the former has arrived.
Android 4.3 update w/Sense 5 rolling out now to #HTCOne Developer Edition users.
HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie just finished saying HTC One Dev Edition owners could expect an Android 4.3 update this week, but it also looks like the update is rolling out en masse in Taiwan. The 4.3 update appears to be coming to all Ones in that market, but a rollout for other regions is still up in the air.
Good news – the latest Sense experience & Android 4.3 will push to One Dev Edition owners this week & One customers in Canada by month end.
— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) September 23, 2013
This news comes more as confirmation than as a surprise.
The HTC One is getting on toward middle age, but it's still one of the top Android devices you can buy. What's more, you can buy it for next to nothing on Sprint. Amazon previously dropped the price to $49.99, but now it's almost free at just $0.01.
As with most Sprint deals, this one is only available on new lines of service. That means new accounts, or new lines on a family plan.
Verizon may have just gotten the HTC One, but it's hard to call it a "new" phone. Other carriers have been selling the aluminum slab for a few months now. It's getting to the point where that on-contract price is downright reasonable. For example, right now the Verizon HTC One is $49.99 on both Amazon and Best Buy.
You can get this deal whether you're a new customer or you're upgrading an existing line.