HTC has flicked the update switch once again, this time sending out the combination of Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 to its numero uno, the HTC One.
The long-awaited update to Google’s latest Android version and a brand new user interface from HTC has slowly started to appear on One handsets around the globe as of today, though One Mini and One Max owners won’t yet be upgrading.
Our SIM-free One is currently rocking Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.0, but we’re left eagerly tapping the Software updates button – no update as yet here in the UK.
Sense 5.5 brings along some improvements to BlinkFeed, a tweaked Camera app, a multitasking menu that’s easier on the eye and a better Gallery app. However, we’ve no doubt that the most welcome addition from the update for One owners, hands down, will be the option to disable BlinkFeed completely.
This new HTC feature debuted on the One and brings a scrolling magazine-style feed of news, videos and social updates which can be tailored to the user’s tastes. It takes up a whole home screen and we know that many HTC One owners try to hide it by setting a different screen as the default home screen – HTC has even admitted that 30% of One owners haven’t been making use of the feature. Once the update to Sense 5.5 has been applied there will be an option to disable BlinkFeed, which we assume will give the One a more standard Android look to its home screen layout.
The update is said to be rolling out to European HTC Ones firstly, though there’s no word on the arrival of an update for those in the US unfortunately.