Sprint Flash and HTC One VX receiving Jelly Bean updates while AT&T's HTC One gets 'LTE Enhancements'Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
It feels like it's been a while since we've seen the Sprint Flash in the headlines, but today the ZTE-made handset is in the news once again thanks to the arrival of a major software update. Sprint today announced that the Flash is now receiving an update that includes a bump up to Android Jelly Bean as well as a few other improvements. Sprint doesn't mention which version of Jelly Bean the Flash is getting, but Android Police claims that it's Android 4.1, which wouldn't be a surprise. The full changelog for the N9500V1.0.0B15 update:
- Google OS Upgrade to Jellybean
- Camera improvements to include blink detection, flash mode, EXIF menu & settings menu
- Power down issue relating to device inability to power back on for Jellybean
The Flash's update is said to be rolling out today, but Sprint also notes that new software may be released in stages, so don't fret too much if Saturday rolls around and no Jelly Beans have appeared on your device. Flash owners do have the option of manually checking for the update, which can be done by going into Settings > System updates > Update Firmware > Update Sprint Flash Software.
The Sprint Flash isn't the only handset that's being bumped up to Jelly Bean today, as AT&T has revealed that its HTC One VX will also be getting its own helping of Google's latest dessert. The update is actually a two-parter, with the first section weighing in at 17.7MB and the second measuring 369MB in size. Once you One VX owners sucked all those megabytes into your phone, here are the new goodies that you'll find:
- Update to Android (Jelly Bean) 4.1.2 OS
- LTE network enhancements
- Add AT&T services: Featured Apps and DriveMode
- Update Ready 2 Go to version 1.5
AT&T says that One VX owners will need to connect to Wi-Fi before attempting to install the update. Once that step is completed, users can go into Settings > AT&T software update > Check for updates to see if there's any new software awaiting them.
Rounding out this trio of updates, we've got something for all of the HTC One owners on AT&T. Yesterday PhoneDog reader Mike began receiving an update on his AT&T-branded One, and now HTC has gotten around to posting the changelog on its support site. The company says that the update will bring the AT&T One up to software version 1.26.502.15 and that it contains "AT&T LTE Enhancements." According to an AT&T A.C.E. support forums member, those "enhancements" will enable LTE bands 2 and 5 on the HTC One.
AT&T currently utilizes LTE bands 4 and 17 for its network, but we have seen several AT&T products come to market with support for LTE bands 2 and 5, such as the Lumia 1020. AT&T also recently rolled out an update to its version of the Galaxy S 4 to enable support for LTE bands 2 and 5. While AT&T doesn't really use those bands for its LTE network right now, it could eventually do so as part of its continued LTE rollout. If and when it does, Android devices like the Galaxy S 4 and One (and likely the One VX) will be ready.