HTC One begins receiving Android 4.2.2 update in Taiwan, adds lockscreen widget support and clear notification bar

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The HTC One went on sale in Canada on April 19th and its sleek aluminum exterior held a deep, dark secret: the handset shipped with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a version of Android nearly a year old at the time.

The Taiwanese OEM promised a swift update to Android 4.2.2 which, as most promises pertaining to Android updates, did not materialize. Only now are we getting any indication that the company is rolling out the new software, which brings not only a host of underlying code changes but improvements to Sense 5.0 that we didn’t see in our hands-on with the early leaked version.

Particularly interesting is the reworking of the One’s lockscreen, which now supports widgets. Stock Android 4.2 supports lockscreen widgets, but the early version we used did not, leading us to believe HTC would merely omit the excellent addition.

Also of note is a transparent notification shade, doing away with the formerly-black bar that stood permanent and dramatic at the top of the screen. Thankfully, HTC has kept the option to hold down the home button as a hardware menu key, doing away with the virtual button that still plagues so many apps.

Overall, the 465MB update looks like a keeper, and all we want to know is when it will be certified and distributed to Canadian devices. Sooner than later, we hope.

Source: Android Central