Custom music for video highlights among changes
HTC has said it intends to update U.S. versions of the HTC One to Android 4.3 by the end of September, and it looks like the company is well on its way towards doing just that. This morning a pre-release version of Android 4.3 plus HTC Sense 5 has been leaked for the international HTC One. The source of the leak, ROM-maker LlabTooFeR, has released the firmware as a custom ROM -- and says he'll release the original, untouched firmware on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. GMT.
The "Maximus HD 12" ROM is based on the unreleased firmware version 3.09.401.1, and while we're not seeing many significant changes -- it's not finalized yet, after all -- there are a couple worth mentioning. Firstly, it's now possible to use your own music for video highlight reels, and Sense will sync picture changes to the beat of the track. (This is a feature of the HTC One Mini previously absent from the full-sized version.)
We're also seeing a new Task Manager app in the app drawer, alongside a shortcut to the Data Usage pane. The Wifi Hotspot app drawer shortcut is new, too.
Additionally, we're noticing slightly smoother animations in this build, along with standard Android 4.3 features like Wifi-based location even when Wifi is turned off.
It's worth remembering that this is a pre-release build, so it's probably going to need some more time in HTC's oven before it's ready to go out over the air. And when it does, there'll probably be some more new stuff alongside the features we've spotted in this leaked build. (Specifically, we're hearing there's some new stuff for BlinkFeed coming in the next major update.)
If you want to download the pre-release ROM and try it out, you can do so -- at your own risk -- at the source link below.