KitKat

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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HTC Ones on US carriers are one step closer to KitKat updates

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As much as I am down on Samsung at this moment, I would be remiss if I did not say that Samsung has had the Note 3 KK update at Sprint for a few months now. The last update was about a week ago so I still expect it to drop end of the month/first of Feb

He means that Samsung has provided the update to Sprint, but they haven't pushed it yet, which indicates that the One update may linger in Sprint's hands for longer than predicted in this post.

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Correct, Samsung and Sprint have been playing volleyball with the update since mid-December. It is not released yet

Motorola is USELESS definitely group discounts or price breaks don't count.

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You dropped this: /sarcasm. I picked it up for you =) That's my good deed for the day.

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And yet, I don't see the Kit Kat update for ANY Samsung devices on ANY of the US carriers... Heck even HTC is about to beat out Samsung in the "update game" with updates for the HTC One slated to be approved by carriers sometime next week. And of course, no word from Samsung about any of this.

Yeah, apparently you are a fan of Touchwiz bloat. That's why we still have choices. I, as do many others including several AC editors, prefer Sense. To each their own.

The HTC One on Sprint received 4.3 first and it will receive 4.4 first. HTC and Sprint work well together. For some reason Samsung and Sprint don't. The only change between good and bad is the manufacturer. You figure it out.

Are you telling me you just charged up your Nexus 5 for the THIRD TIME in 24hrs???

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I have a n5, that I use ALOT, it lasts me the whole day (dalvik).

Get your facts straight.

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I'm jealous. I used mine a lot, as well. Maybe, I used it too much, lol.

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I'm confused. Where did he say that in his comment?

I'll admit, I "topped up" my Nexus 5, whenever I reached 50 percent and still had at least 4 hours left in the work day.

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You're an idiot. Nowhere besides your comment (and a "posted from my Nexus 5" signature) is a Nexus 5 even mentioned. Seriously, do you know how to read/what you're reading?

I agree with Richard Yarell, the battery life on the nexus 5 is fine and last most people all day period

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The Moto X isn't relevant to this topic. But, you knew that already.

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Also, I thought it was on Rogers (could be wrong)

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I thought it was, too. Maybe, he's referring to the KitKat update?

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I understand that for OTAs but I don't see why a company like HTC can't just release the update as something you can sideload at your own will. Isn't that how it used to be in the old Treo/WinMo days?

GSM HTC Phones have been running dev edition Kit Kat since a month after KK came out. If you're willing flash custom ROMs

Buy unlocked... I don't know about you but I never buy crappy branded carrier phones with logos. Will buy unlocked versions, Nexus, iPhones. What's common? They don't have to wait for useless carrier approval.

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Then you are stuck with AT&T or T-mobile. You cannot put an unbranded phone on Sprint. So, basically your comment is utterly useless and offtopic.

Not everyone wants to be on Sprint or Verizon. If you do then accept that there will be delays in updates.

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Could this great news about HTC's timely Android 4.4 KitKat update for U.S. carrier versions of the HTC One possibly silence the skeptics, haters, deniers, and Samsung fanboys? Hopefully a little tempering.

Good job - HTC. I'm looking forward to your announcement of the HTC One (2014) and other innovative and award winning offerings.

Exactly, they should name it the HTC Afterthought, it will seems so much like an afterthought, nobody will call it an afterthought.

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I hate to say this, but I have a feeling that HTC will forget about the One, after they release their flagship for 2014.

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I'm kinda OK with that. The One will be older than a year and half by the time the next version of android rolls around so...

LlabTooFeR also “confirms” several Android 4.4 KitKat updates including updates for the HTC Butterfly and HTC Butterfly S. Those updates should follow the HTC One, HTC One max and HTC One mini Android 4.4 KitKat updates, all of which are expected to roll out sometime between now and the middle of next month.

No, supporting a flagship phone for more than 1 year will do that. That is where HTC fails consistently.

NO?
My 22 month old Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is scheduled to receive another update shortly. I also understand the Verizon HTC Droid is also being updated.

NoNexus, you're more knowledgeable than me on this subject. Have US Carriers Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4 received updates as yet?

To what? 4.3? Yes they have. If memory serves, Sprint got it first in Novemeber

The S4 and N3 are suppsed to get 4.4.X at the same time as the One
The S3 and N2 I believe are supposed to be March-ish

I am specifically talking about the HTC One X, X+ (isnt that going to be stuck on 4.2.2?). THey are only a year old and capable. Samsung took the S2 from GingerBread to Jellybean

Didnt know the evo was gonna actually get that bump so good on them

NoNexus. As you say with MERCDROID wholeheartedly following in agreement, "updates are not all that important." So why does your comment seem like you're dissing HTC?

Perhaps you're both envious or jealous HTC is releasing timely updates.

LlabTooFeR also “confirms” several Android 4.4 KitKat updates including updates for the HTC Butterfly and HTC Butterfly S. Those updates should follow the HTC One, HTC One max and HTC One mini Android 4.4 KitKat updates, all of which are expected to roll out sometime between now and the middle of next month.

Even if it gets the update it only going to prove to some people that HTC only cares about there current flagships that fact that the one x couldn't at least get 4.3 isn't good

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When they support a phone to Android 4.1 no. My HTC Amaze, which was released with the GS2, is still stuck on ICS. Sammy released the 4.1 update earlier this year. Not new, but it brought great features.

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Can I ask, why would anyone purchase any phone from a manufacturer other than their current flagship device!? And certainly if you choose not to purchase the flagship, then you choose not to get timely updates..just my 2 cents!

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Can I ask, why would anyone purchase any phone from a manufacturer other than their current flagship device!? And certainly if you choose not to purchase the flagship, then you choose not to get timely updates..just my 2 cents!

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I'm in no rush for KK on my Note 3.I do however look forward too my Note 4 later this year running KLPie 5.0.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

L for lime.And I dont want any mess out of you tonight NoNexus.

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Hey I am fine with Lime.

As the guy below me said, Lemon is kinda a bad connotation.

I would never want to associate the word lemon with any a version of Android. Lemon is another way of saying something is broken.

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Lol, I remember hearing about that.

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I feel Google will continue to use the k.kk too me was such a small jump from jb that KLPie will be used.KLPie will be a major jump from KK.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

No. Just no. They're not re-using a letter, you already know that. And, kitkat may seem like a minor update, but it brought several under-the-hood improvements and optimizations that were well needed and wanted.

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If you say so Merc concerning the next version.As far as updates,every update brings needed/much needed tweaks.But I was just giving you my opinion and I may be wrong but I still think they'll use the k.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

You're welcome =)

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You're having a fight about the alphabet!

**Giggles**

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When you actually stop and think about it, we were! And, you know what? It's hilarious, lol.

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the point is i'll be damned if i'm going to sit around for months or even years with my thumb up my ass at the mercy of some carrier or third party manufacturer hoping and waiting and begging for an OS Update!

Or you can be very happy with what you have and not really place such a high value on incremental updates.

That's the way I feel about KK.No rush here,my Note and I are very happy too wait on its bigger brother,the Note 4 rockin 5.0 KLPie.Thats right,I'm not letting it go.Dont make me call Richard.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

and what about MAJOR updates? do you place any value on those? because you're F****D on those too.

Me no. I change phones too often.

My wife/kids/ non geek friends? They could have cared less about the jump from ICS to JB even though it had something helpful for them and their handsets (Butter)

The normal consumer really doesnt give much of a hoot.

An not I am not F'd. I may not get them in 26 minutes after announcement, but I get them.

It's a phone, lol. The novelty of each update only lasts a short while. Then, you put your phone down and life returns to normal.

That's not to say anything bad about timely updates (they're appreciated); but, after awhile, you start to not obsess over them anymore.

My Note 3 may not have kitkat, but in 6 months, I'll be moving to the Note 4 or next Nexus/Moto device.

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Many new features and Apps require the new "OS X.XX". If you are here you are an enthusiast. Enthusiasts want cutting edge software/apps/features.
That's why updates matter. Otherwise you are left holding nothing but your dick in your hands. Of course the unwashed masses don't know or care - but that's not us.

There has been NOTHING that was released for ANY version that made me say "Gosh darnit, wheres my update!?!?"

Most of the stuff that you are seeing are for the Moto X (stuff that has to be on the KK release). 99.999999% run fine on JB or even ICS

Your trying hard to make this a thing, and it is real to you dammit, but to normal people it doesnt matter.

I am a bit more than an enthusiast. Telelphony in general is part of my business, I am a geek at heart, by trade, and by necessity.

Updates are not that important.

You know what? You're absolutely right. I'm more of an enthusiast than I want to admit.

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I agree. Although that novelty (at least for me) gives me a weird high

What about anyone else?

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Yeah I get a bit of the tingles when Google announces it just because I like to see where things are going.

Updates on the phone itself are kinda meh since ICS.

Haha I do have to agree. Whenever Google releases a new version, I start mashing the update "button," like I'm a crack fiend, lol.

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I agree what's wrong with 4.2 and 4.3 now granted I think if you 4.1 or below that's a little annoying but android is android and you can still put a launcher on it and technically android is still on the ICS GUI sooo

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Nexus is pretty meh. There were a couple phones I felt beat out the Nexus experience. Not specs, but overall experience. Stock is very boring.

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Definitely true. I like my N5, but I'd rather have a Moto X. It's just that if you're buying off-contract and paying full price, it's hard to beat the Nexus line.

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Yeah, and honestly, I don't think many people would pay a premium for a Nexus device, especially if it weren't available via carrier subsidy.

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I take offense to that! I will have you know that commenting on Android blogs from a hotel bar in the middle of nowhere is incredibly cool.

This guy wins!

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Can we leave out G dam.More people use the word G dam than any other cuss word.I wished we considered what we say on these sites.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

Free speech?

Although, I think fuck, or shit, is much less offensive

So I agree/disagree.

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I gotta say none of them would be preferable even though I have dropped one or two around here.

I see no issue though with dammit (no G)

Starting to sound like the infamous isheeps

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Great news, I'm psyched! HTC has been good about updates lately, and mostly stuck to the schedule they set. I'm rooting for them to continue to innovate and succeed. Take it to Samsuck!!!

I don't need the latest. My almost 2 year old GS3 is still the greatest.

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(ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)

If I was a betting man,I'd say they'll be FIRST to the party.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

Sorry, let me clarify. If AT&T certifies the HTC One KitKat update before it certifies the One X Android 4.2/Sense 5 update, they're doing something wrong.

If you scroll down a little on HTC's Software Updates page it also looks like the 4.4 update for the Verizon Droid DNA is also in the certification phase so that should be out very soon too.