Android 4.3 Update Now Rolling out to Google Play HTC One and Galaxy S4:
This is one thing that Android really is improving on, and the addition of “Google Play Edition” devices, are just making it even better. Merely a week after the Android 4.3 update hit Nexus devices Android 4.3 is now rolling out to the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
As it was said, the update is developed and delivered by HTC and Samsung respectively but they made no modifications to anything, just modified what was needed for the Android 4.3 update to run on the device. I’m happy that everyone is sticking to their word with the Android 4.3 update as promised. As most people were scared that the statement “in a timely fashion” would be just a term used so that no specific deadline needed to be announced, and the updates would take forever because the manufacturers wouldn’t care about updating their devices to Android 4.3 Evidently Google did something right with these deals as everyone has released their Android 4.3 update very speedily.
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Both Samsung and HTC’s updates are slightly different, with the HTC One update weighing 185MB and the update for the Galaxy S4 just 150MB, obviously, both devices need different drivers and such, but it’s strange to see such a large difference. The only thing where the updates differ is that each device is getting one new feature from the Android 4.3 update each. The HTC One enabling the IR blaster and the GS4 getting Bluetooth tethering. If I have to guess, it seems that Google told HTC and Samsung that they could add just 1 feature each with every new update, without modifying anything, just adding something that doesn’t interfere with the core Google experience, as lets remember these are “Google Play Edition” devices. With the original release, the Galaxy S4 kept the lockscreen clock and Smart Cover functionality, while the HTC one kept it’s BoomSound drivers and Beats audio.
The HTC One Google Play Edition with Android 4.3 goes for $599 with 32GB of storage, whilst the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Google Play Edition is $649 for the 16GB version. Both these devices are available for purchase through the play store. As for the future, they both look right on track for the next update, there’s no reason for these devices to be abandoned now, just like the Nexus 4 I’m sure they all be getting Android 5.0 when it’s released, perhaps not as quickly as Android 4.3 though. I can’t say the same thing for the Galaxy Nexus however, unless the rumors are true and the next iteration of Android is built to run in any hardware.
If you have one of these devices, wait for the rollout to reach you, or start hitting that “Check Now” button every 5 seconds like the rest of us and hope that Android 4.3 becomes available for you very soon!