Expect software to be certified for all four major carriers next week

HTC USA has just informed us via its Twitter account that the Android 4.4 KitKat update for U.S. carrier versions of the HTC One has "entered carrier labs for final testing." The tweet claims that we should see the updates certified by the carriers as early as next week.

Referring to HTC's infographic on the progress of updates for its devices, certification is the third of four stages involved in pushing out an OTA to phones. Once it passes this final level of testing — assuming no issues are found — phones should start receiving the update in short order after that point.

Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC Ones have had KitKat available in the U.S. since the end of November, but as we all know there's additional testing required when we're dealing with carrier-customized handsets. With its increased transparency as of late we expect to hear more on the progress next week.

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