HTC One users got a bit of good news from HTC's U.S. president last week, as Jason Mackenzie announced on Twitter that the smartphones would receive an Android 4.3 update by the end of September, if there were no major bumps in the road before its release. Now we have evidence that the Android 4.3 release date is indeed on its way, as a pre-release build of the operating system update for the HTC One has leaked online.
The pre-release version of Android 4.3 also includes HTC's custom UI, Sense 5, according to screenshots of a custom ROM based on the update, made and leaked by LlabTooFeR. The source of the leak said that he would release the original version this week, on August 28, at 10 a.m. GMT, according to AndroidCentral.
The custom ROM, called "Maximus HD 12" is based on the unreleased Android 4.3 firmware version 3.09.401.1, and the ROM shows a few possible changes in Sense 5. The first is that you can choose your own music for HTC's automatic video highlight reels. The HTC One mini Auto-highlight reel feature where the pictures are synced with the beat of the music will also work with your custom tracks.
The other feature is a new shortcut to the Data Usage and Wifi Hotspot apps in the Task Manager. Android Central hinted that some new BlinkFeed features are likely to come with the new Android 4.3 release, but no specifics were given.
The Android 4.3 update is expected before the end of September for the popular and critically acclaimed HTC One. The HTC One is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, clocked to 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM. It has a Full HD 4.7-inch display, with 1080p resolution, and comes in 32GB and 64GB varieties. With the Verizon release date finally arriving, the HTC One is now available on all major U.S. carriers.