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Samsung and HTC have just published the Android 4.4 kernel source code and framework support files for their Google Play edition devices. While the code released today, a requirement of the GPL, won't be of any use to regular users, it does mean the rollout of KitKat to both Google Play edition phones is likely a matter of days away, if that. (The previous Android 4.3 OTA followed within a day of the open-source bits being released.)

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HTC has previously stated that its code has been ready for some time, and that the public release timing was to be determined by Google.

So if you've got a Google Play edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One, now might be a good time to start checking for updates. We'll let you know as soon as the new KitKat-based firmware start rolling out.

Source: HTCDev, Samsung Open Source Release Center