It's common for manufacturers to release a minor update for a brand-new device. Often, these OTA updates contain fixes for minor bugs deliver slight speed increases. However, HTC One's latest OTA update is actually quite extensive and improves the performance of the device. Among other things, HTC has fixed a bug in the camera. The result: better photos!
The notification for the update lists the following fixes:
- Optimization of system stability
- Update for location service
- HTC Zoe: Optimizing the sound quality
- Camera: Parameter optimization
- Beats Audio: Expanding the sound experience
- Further optimizations and fixes
Particularly interesting is the entry: "Camera: Perameter optimization." Much has been written about the HTC One's UltraPixel camera. Apparently, one of the reasons for the One's noisy photos was a camera bug that affected the ISO speed. The camera used a very low film speed when set to automatic.
As you can see, the camera on the HTC One now takes significantly better photos. Both of the photos here were taken using automatic mode. The first frame chose ISO 100 at f2 and a shutter speed of 1/253 seconds. After the update, the camera took the same photo with an ISO 125, shutter speed of 1/270 seconds. The difference is clear, with the right photo showing more saturation and sharpness than before. It's also possible that HTC has also made some post-processing changes that helped, as well.
The remaining improvements are less obviously important for the average user. The revised "location services" provides more accurate results for weather, although this feature was already reliable on our test model. The sound improvement for Zoe was also improved, and the new Beats Audio is perhaps slightly clearer but it's really hard to spot the difference.
The camera update, however, is great, and might even mean that some of the early sample photos taken by reviewers don't match the HTC One's capabilities.