Will the U.S. carrier editions follow suit?
The HTC One Developer Edition — that's the developer-friendly, 64-gigabyte model sold directly by HTC — will skip Android 4.2.2 and go directly to Android 4.3, according Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales at HTC. Mackenzie was responding to questions on Twitter when he dropped that little nugget.
The reason, Mackenzie said, is that Android 4.2.2 "is [a] minor update, so [we] decided to go straight to 4.3."
Some non-U.S. versions of the HTC One have been updated to Android 4.2.2, which in addition to the core Android improvements brought new features to BlinkFeed and Video Highlights.
The next question is whether the U.S. carrier-branded versions of the HTC One — which launched earlier this year with Android 4.1.2 — will go the same route and update directly to the newest version of Android, which was released just last month. Cincinnati Bell has already said that's what will happen with its phone. And you can't help but think that if a regional operator is doing it, the majors might as well.
@jmwein we definitely care and want you to have great experience. 2.2 is minor update so decided to go straight to 4.3.— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) August 17, 2013
@jmwein because 4.3 is so close. And 2.2 offered limited customer benefit.— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) August 17, 2013