Earlier this week, HTC has finally began to roll-out the long awaited Android 4.2.2 upgrade for its HTC One, which was initially shipped with Android 4.1.2 "only". Beside the operating system typical stability improvements as well as increased system speed (including faster Open GL), the upgrade also comes with a couple of bug fixes and enhancements, which contribute in most cases to HTC's Sense 5 user interface (which wasn't upgrade to Sense 5.1 as expected). However, the 4.2.2 upgrade also incorporates a bunch of Android enhancements, which were introduced by Google and HTC has only overtaken these features. This includes, for instance, MiraCast which was just introduced with Android 4.2.2.
Another 4.2.2 feature, which made it into HTC's latest One ROM, is Daydream, a kind of colorized screensaver which can be turned on when the device is either docked, charged or both. Also Android 4.2.2's native quick settings toggle is now incorporated which can be opened by sliding down from the top with two thumbs. Alternatively, it can be opened from the notification menu by tapping the squared EQS icon in the upper right corner.
The camera app got the ISO fix which allows to define the maximum ISO the photo is taken with and way more under the hood improvements to improve the images quality.
Creating an HTC Zoe Highlight video is now easier and it's possible to select the photos which should be included in the video. Furthermore, six new themes (called Atlantis, Hammerville, Gotham, Boulevard, Boardwalk, Lilyton) were added and there's a new preview for HTC Zoe Highlights. Zoe photos aren't uploaded in a bulk to Dropbox but only the main photo is now uploaded and Zoe videos can be directly send now.
HTC Blinkfeed is now also featuring Instagram photos from a user account, to be displayed together with latest news, Facebook and Twitter updates as well as apps information like calendar entries or upcoming TV shows.
TV channels within HTC TV can now be resorted and therefore better customized for the different cable and sattelite operators, TV sets and customer needs.
Home screen widgets can be displayed on the lockscreen and it's also possible now to remove all icons from the dock. Also docked apps aren't disappearing from the app drawer anymore but will stay in the menu.
The Home button can be customized to either swipe up/press and hold for Google Now or to swipe up for Google Now/press and hold for menu. And last but not least can the capacity of the battery now be displayed in percent.
Following the Taiwanese rollout last week, HTC has this week started with the European staged rollout which means that not all countries will receive the upgrade at the same time but according to our information, HTC has started in Scandinavia, even if first info rolled-in that users in Eastern Europe and France has received the upgrade as well. Nevertheless, we were told that the upgrade is planned to reach all/most European countries in July. So stay tuned and keep your battery charged!
Cheers ~ Arne