HTC One KitKat

HTC One on track to get Android 4.4 in the UK and US by end of January, Droid DNA by end of Q1

HTC has shown remarkable transparency in recent months in letting users know exactly when they can expect Android OS updates for their phones. A couple of weeks back HTC America President Jason Mackenzie revealed the company's 90-day strategy for getting KitKat onto carrier-branded handsets by the end of January, and onto unlocked/developer editions within 30 days.

Now the manufacturer has revealed a little more information update timings through its official Twitter accounts, including additional details on Android 4.3 updates and the upgrade path for Droid DNA owners. First up, HTC UK reaffirmed its commitment to begin its Android 4.4/Sense 5.5 update process by late January. (British HTC One owners started receiving their update to Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 in the past month.)

HTC USA also addressed the question of Android 4.3 and 4.4 updates for the Verizon HTC One, which yesterday received a small update to its existing 4.2-based firmware. HTC describes this as a "compatibility update," to be followed by a 4.3 OTA in December. The delay to the Android 4.3 rollout on Verizon won't affect the planned 4.4 launch on the carrier in late January, HTC's message added. There's good news for Droid DNA owners too, as HTC says it plans to update the handset to KitKat by the end of Q1 2014, "pending certification from your carrier."

Meanwhile there's no sign of the Android 4.4 update for the Google Play edition HTC One, which HTC said it had delivered to Google late last week.

Source: @HTCUSA, @HTC_UK


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HTC reveals more KitKat update details


Considering we still don't have the 4.3 update, I'll believe it when I see it. That being said, I've been on KitKat for a few days now. It's a good thing.

Interesting they mention the DROID DNA, but fail to mention the HTC EVO 4g LTE. It is certainly a newer phone than the DNA.

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The Droid DNA came out in November of last year. The EVo 4g LTE came out months before that so, no its definitely NOT newer than the Droid DNA.

Mega fail on my part. :-(

Now I can't even remember which phone I was thinking if... Do!

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No its not just look at the specs. DNA has twice the ram, s4 pro vs s4 dual core, 1080p blah blah blah

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Although the Evo LTE has an SD card, the DNA doesn't. It has a camera button, the DNA doesn't. It has a kickstand, the DNA doesn't. Has a mostly metal external case, the DNA doesn't. Much better USB placement (side) making for better docking. And it is arguably a more interesting design.

The CPU difference is negligible and they have extremely similar screens (contrast, brightness, clarity, color reproduction), although the DNA's is higher res and slightly larger. The DNA's key advantages are wireless charging and 2GB of memory.

They are both seriously nice phones. It is a shame HTC keeps "forgetting" to keep Evo LTE owners informed of the 4.3 plans that were promised....

International versions are on their own schedule based on their own carriers, though.

Remember these news come from HTC USA and not from the other worldwide divisions. So while normally the intl versions get the updates faster, we don't know exactly their schedules unless we find news about them ;)

How long will HTC keep this up? One of my concerns moving from the iPhone to my HTC one was how long they would continue to update the os, but it seems I may have been worried unnecessarily.

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funny how people are still complaining and they know they will eventually get the update. be patient

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And until then, the DNA sits at 4.1.1. End of Q1? Laughable, seeing as how Verizon told me this phone would receive every update from Google for the foreseeable future because it's "Verizon's flagship phone". I don't know who I'm more mad at, Verizon for lying to me, or myself for believing them...

I'm just waiting for that one Pro Samsung guy to come post some something in here about his Note 3...

I remember when they said the same stuff about 4.3 and September. If we get the update in this new timeframe then great, if not then whatever.

I had the Thunderbolt previously and now I have the Droid DNA. I know what it's like to wait for updates. The Thunderbolt got ICS about a month after mine broke and now having the DNA. I'm content that I at least have a somewhat relevant firmware.

your kidding right? SO far they have stuck pretty much to schedule.

Keep pushing the industry HTC, I haven't owned one in awhile but it is good to see.

I'm still not sure what this means for the DNA update to 4.3. Originally, it was slated for September, then pushed back to the end of the year. Is that upgrade still happening? Or does the 4.4 update for end of 1st quarter take its place?

Regardless, I am ditching Verizon and HTC for T-Mobile and a Nexus 5 in February. I think this combo will suit me better because I value the faster Nexus upgrade time lines more than the unfulfilled promises of faster/more reliable LTE by Verizon and missed upgrade commitments made by HTC at a fraction of each of their prices.

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OK for me who just uses my phone to read news and watch YouTube and Netflix what is the difference between 4.3 and 4.4?

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