TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has started rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and its Sense 5.5 custom software to its flagship HTC One smartphone.
HTC didn't deliver the updates in September as promised, but it started the rollout on Thursday to provide the HTC One with the new software features found in the HTC One Max smartphone.
Chief among these are improvements to Blinkfeed, with HTC Sense 5.5 delivering better recommendations, offline reading, side swipe for quick shortcuts and Google+, RSS and improved Instagram integration. Perhaps the most interesting feature, noted by The Verge, is that users can now choose to disable Blinkfeed altogether, rather than just switching it out as the handset's default homescreen.
HTC Sense 5.5 won't just bring improvements to Blinkfeed. HTC One owners can also expect to find improvements to the Camera and Gallery apps, added GIF support in HTC Zoe, a Do Not Disturb feature, and a new app called Scribble, which is designed for taking notes and doodling.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also add a sprinkling of changes to HTC's flagship One smartphone, including support for Bluetooth Smart accessories and multi-user support complete with restricted profiles.
The update weighs in at 675MB and is available to download over the air using a WiFi connection. HTC seemingly is rolling out the update in stages across Europe, as there are reports of it not yet appearing on UK models.
HTC has said that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.5 will be coming to its pint-sized HTC One Mini smartphone too, although it has not announced when they are likely to arrive.
HTC has yet to respond to our request for comment. µ
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