The HTC Butterfly was one of the first smartphones to adopt a 1080p display, and it became pretty popular not only in the Philippines but Internationally. it got stuck with 4.1.2 however, HTC has been rolling out an update for the device as I type this article.(I believed I am the first in the Philippines as I purchased my device online and it is originally manufactured from taiwan (not Phil.)
Last night (July 9, 2013) I received an update from HTC about 1.39mb and when i read the description it is just a patched to prepare the device to a whooping 551.69mb update of jellybean 4.2.2 and sense 5.0. it took me 3 hours to completely download all the files needed and 15 minutes to restart and reboot the device on its own.
There a lot of new features added on the said updates and it entirely excite the hell of me. Let me tell you the things i like and the things i dislike on the said updates but here are the full changelogs..
Full HTC Butterfly 2.28.709.2 Update Changelog:
-Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 update
-I am more than happy to get the latest Android version as I have now the Jellybean 4.2.2 and to think, i have a better android version than HTC one which is the current HTC flagship for this year which has just the Jellybean 4.1.2.
-Sense 5.0 was great since they completely change everything from sense 4+ so it is a completely new design which i felt a little compressed and cartoon”ish”. The font was changed and also the messaging (if you want the 4+ version where there are bubbles and colors it will not be available, it has color but not the bubbles i enjoyed before) it was just a straight square which i believe is a Jellybean 4.2.2 feature. There are some changes too in the HTC sense keyboard..it looks Flat and i find it harder as compared to the old one. One thing I also noticed missing was the HTC skin, it is no longer available so you will be stuck in “blue”(i mean the highlight color) this could be better if they retained the old option from sense 4+
-another thing is the color crispness, it looks like it became dull with regard to the color of the screen..it looks like pale now although the brightness of my phone is already on its maximum.(i don’t know if it just me or its the reality)
-tabs in sense 5.0 are no longer in the bottom but its already on the top and it is already slideable..which is great!
-HTC Blink Feed integration
This is a great feature of sense 5.0 and it is so helpful but for me i wont enjoy this feature as I use 3rd launcher application ( NOVA launcher prime ) this could be better if this is just an application that you can open or maybe a widget that you can add to your home screen.
-New lock screen style: Widget
This is great if the user occasionally customize their phone but i would prefer the NO lock feature which they still have and currently using it.
-Show battery level in status bar
-Add sleep mode option in Power settings
I guess what they mean about this is just the option to turn off 3G data if the screen is ON and turn it off when the screen is off. I already have this on my juice defender or any battery saving app but it is a great bonus as you dont need to download additional app for that.
-Quick settings panel: 12 default settings by new touch gesture
Another jellybean 4.2.2 update but i like that HTC put on it since it is very classy and very minimal..it is a great shortcut for toggling your WiFi, data, Bluetooth etc..it has 12 toggles that you can customized to whichever you want.
-AE/AF lock feature: Lock Exposure/Focus at viewfinder screen
I haven’t noticed any difference on my camera or maybe i haven’t discover it yet since the update was just last night so i guess I will get back on you on this:)
-Video Highlights: 30 seconds show in 12 different themes
A phenomenal feature of the update. this is with regard to your gallery application where your phone will automatically play a slideshow without choosing any album or events. This would be great if you could turn off the video highlights as I guess it consumes more battery. (probably there is a switch off there that i haven’t discovered yet:). I also thought that this could be the HTC zoe but i was disappointed and HTC confirmed that it will just be for HTC one which is pretty fair for their flagship device.
Music channel: Virtualization with live lyrics
Haven’t tried the feature yet but this is a cool addition to the update.
To sum it all up..there is clearly no complaint about the update but some suggestions maybe considered and I hope this will not be the last update for the HTC butterfly (hoping to get the Keylime pie of course!) so KUDOS to HTC as they updated the butterfly not too late but a little bit behind (expected to be updated couple of months ago) this is based on experience as i had HTC desire HD, HTC evo 3D and HTC sensation XE where they updated it for about a year!
*this article is just my opinion and nothing to do with the majority of users.
*Tell me your opinions down below!