Everything you need to know about Sense 5 with Android 4.2.2

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HTC started updating the global HTC One to Android 4.2.2 back in July and they followed it up with the One X last month. Since the Verizon Wireless version of the One already has Android 4.2.2 along with Sense 5, I figured I would do a quick walkthrough with the changes.

Those of you that never received the Android 4.1.2 update (One X users) might want to check out my walkthrough of Sense 5 since most of the major changes are in that video. The 4.2.2 update is still part of Sense 5 and isn’t drastically different, but there are some notables such as changes to the Zoe file system, more options for Video Highlights, Daydream, and a pull down quick toggle settings menu. Hit the break for the complete video walkthrough.

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Samsung debuts Galaxy Golden, a gold-colored flip phone with Android 4.2

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In an effort to fill out their flip phone lineup for some reason, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Golden for Korean markets. It’s a step up from their latest flip phone, the Hennessy, and will supposedly be marketed as a premium device. The only real “premium” aspect of the Golden is that it’s, well, golden. The paint job is a champagne gold color, which definitely makes it look more expensive, but I’m not sure it hides the lackluster internals of the device. For 799,700 won (or $720) you get a dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU, two 3.7 inch 800 x 480 displays, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. At a cheaper price point, the Golden may have had a fighting chance, but in its price range it’s competing with a Galaxy S 4 type device, and a Galaxy S 4 this is not.

If you really want a flip phone, live in Korea, and don’t mind dropping some serious cash for a phone, Samsung has you covered. For the rest of us, we’ll just watch from afar.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

European HTC One X receives Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5

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HTC_One_Commercial_BlinkfeedWhile HTC One X owners in the United States keep waiting for a final update for their devices, One X users in Europe have begun receiving Android 4.2.2, as well as the latest version of Sense. The update comes in at 380MB, and brings with it features like Blinkfeed, Zeo HD video highlights, and an updated Camera app.

The European HTC One X+ is will also receive a similar update, but there’s no expected release date for that.

 

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HTC to skip Android 4.2.2 and go right to 4.3 for HTC One Dev Edition and most likely carrier versions

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The Google edition HTC One already has Android 4.3, and many unlocked HTC Ones already have Android 4.2.2 (including the upcoming Verizon version), but it looks like most HTC One owners won’t get the 4.2.2 update at all, but instead get the 4.3 update. HTC President Jason Mackenzie confirmed this regarding the HTC One Dev Edition via Twitter so we can only assume this will be the case for most carrier versions.

This is kind of good news, with some bad news thrown in. Although it’s nice to know you will get the 4.3 update, it only means a longer wait. Not only do you have to wait for HTC to get 4.3 ready for all carrier versions, you still have to wait for each carrier to go through their long and tedious approval process.

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Verizon HTC One will arrive with Android 4.2.2

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HTC_BlinkFeed_on_HTC_OneThis morning we officially learned that the HTC One will arrive for Verizon Wireless customers on August 22. Verizon spokesman Albert Aydin tweeted to inform that Verizon HTC One customers will receive Android 4.2.2 out of the box. Other US carriers’ models still have 4.1.2, which means that the Verizon version will be the only one with features like Daydreams, lock screen widgets, and Instagram video support in BlinkFeed.

Verizon’s version will match the international version which got 4.2.2 back in June. The 16 GB Verizon HTC One will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. The 32 GB version will be launched in silver on a later date, Aydin confirmed in another tweet.

Source: @VZWalbert

Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 UI rolling out to HTC One X+

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Owners of last year’s souped up HTC One X, the HTC One X+, should be on the lookout for a new update wanting to install on their devices to bring their Android version up to 4.2.2. Along with the upgraded Android version, they will also receive HTC’s Sense 5 UI. Along with the Sense 5 UI, HTC includes the BlinkFeed homescreen, the ability to create 30 second clips from gallery images, camera focus lock with a long press, some music player enhancements, and battery improvements.

The update to Android 4.2.2 means owners of the HTC One X+ will get to enjoy features like lockscreen widgets, a quick settings panel, triple-tap magnification, Gesture Mode navigation, and other performance improvements. The update clocks in at 484MB. HTC has started rolling out the update, but it is going in phases, so the notification may not have shown up on your phone yet if you own one of these devices. You can always perform a manual check by going to Settings -> About phone -> Software update or using the HTC Sync Manager on a computer.

source: VR-Zone

Thanks to ‘adjustment problems with TouchWiz’ the Samsung Galaxy S II won’t see Android 4.2 afterall

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Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.

source: connect.de
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Samsung Galaxy Note II to skip Android 4.2 update and jump to Android 4.3

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note II will apparently be skipping its update to Android 4.2.2, which, at first, sounds really, really bad for a flagship device. However, there’s a silver lining; Samsung will reportedly just skip 4.2.2 and update the device straight to Android 4.3. With Samsung’s Google Play edition Galaxy S 4, they obviously have some inside access to newer versions of Android, so this isn’t too much of a stretch to believe.

No word on the Galaxy S III, but considering its 4.2.2 update has been delayed for this long, we may see it skip straight to newer versions of Android as well.

source: Gotta Be Mobile

BLU Dash 4.5 is an Android 4.2 phone for only $139 unlocked

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blue_dashCheap smartphones are becoming more and more popular these days. Phone manufacturer BLU Products is offering their new device at an amazingly affordable $139- that’s unlocked too. The Blue Dash 4.5 for AT&T and T-Mobile is an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean device with a 1.2GHz quad-core chip from MediaTek, 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 4.5-inch 854 x 480 pixel display and 21Mbps HSPA+ support.

You can read the full press release from BLU after the break.

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HTC Butterfly gets Android 4.2.2, Sense 5

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htc-butterflyThose who wanted to take the risk and flash the latest Sense 5 to their HTC Butterfly have had that option for a while, but now HTC is finally officially providing their older phones the latest operating system. The Taiwanese HTC Droid, also known as the HTC Butterfly, can now download Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2. It’s delivered in two packages – one for prep and then one for the actual upgrade.

Earlier, HTC said that some of their features on Sense 5 would be exclusive to the HTC One, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Blinkfeed, as it’s part of the Butterfly update. The update obviously isn’t yet available for the DNA, but the way things are going, don’t be surprised if it is soon.

Source: Engadget