By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 25, 2013 04:44 AM EDT
Verizon customers waiting for the HTC One will apparently be able to get the smartphone with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
As it turns out, waiting for the HTC One to finally hit Verizon's network may pay off after all, if a new report proves to be accurate. The HTC One is one of the hottest, highest-end Android smartphones currently available on the market.
While the new HTC flagship is already available on other major carriers, Verizon is taking its time, testing the patience of its customers. Phandroid, however, has some good news for those waiting to grab the Verizon HTC One.
Citing an Android hacker who "regularly obtains leaked HTC software builds," the publication claims that the HTC will rock Android 4.2.2 out of the box when it makes its debut on Verizon. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is currently the latest version of Google's popular mobile operating system, as the rumored 4.3 Jelly Bean is not official just yet.
News of an HTC One with the latest version of Android straight out of the box is even better when considering Verizon's track record in terms of timely updates. Big Red is notorious for delaying updates to its devices, as the carrier often leaves its customers with whatever Android version their devices launched with. Verizon has a very rigid security process that all firmware and devices must go through, which in turn leads to such delays when it comes to both launching new devices and updating software. OEM skins, meanwhile, delay the process even further, so it's safer to get the latest software version out of the box.
The HTC One is expected to hit Verizon in August, around the same time as the Moto X will reportedly land on the carrier's network. The latter is rumored to boast the upcoming Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it's not official yet. In fact, the Verizon HTC One running Android 4.2 out of the box is not official either, so take things with a grain of salt until the carrier makes a proper announcement. August is just around the corner, so it shouldn't be long now.
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