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HTC One to get KitKat within 90 days in the U.S. [Updated]

Update: HTC America President Jason Mackenzie has told Engadget (opens in new tab) that the Google Play edition HTC One will be updated to Android 4.4 within 15 days, while the unlocked and developer models will see updates in 30 days.

Original post: With today's Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 announcements, a natural question to pose is when exactly the new version of Android will be headed to other devices. Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is first out the gate with an official answer for us and a commitment to a relatively speedy update path for its flagship HTC One in the U.S.

An HTC spokesperson said:

"We’re all excited about Google’s Halloween treat and plan on breaking off a piece of that Kit Kat bar for the HTC One. In North America, we’ll deliver Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One within 90 days, and the HTC One max and the HTC One mini will follow."

Elsewhere the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are due to receive updates to KitKat "in the coming weeks."

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

93 Comments
  • HTC is really bringing their A game! Posted via Android Central App
  • If HTC really was bringing their Agame then the HTC ONE MAX would be released with 4.4 Kitkat not 4.22 or 4.3. Talk is cheap Google addition Nexus devices should see it days from now. The Htc One 90 days STOP DREAMING.. Htc will not beat Samsung to 4.4 for the Htc One before the Note 3. I am glad statements are being made. Now we can see who will arrive to Kitkat 4.4 first. Note 3,
    LgG2,
    Galaxy S4,
    MotoX,
    Htc One
    Sony Ultra, The race is definitely on now. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • Dude... the HTC One already got Android 4.3 way before SGS4... I think you need to stop being a fanboy. This attack really came out of nowhere.
  • You are wrong and being a fanboi now. They are other and said it was coming, let's see ----------------------------------------------------
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  • You sir are an idiot. Posted via HTC One on their cool app
  • You're an idiot. If you think HTC had access to 4.4 in time to integrate it into the One Max, you obviously don't have a clue as to how long it takes to get a handset updated. I can guarantee you won't see 4.4 on your "pimp slapping" Note 3 till after Christmas, if only because of all the bloat Samsung is going to throw on there.
    Also, HTC has made their statement, where's Samsung's? If Samsung really is as great as you say, wouldn't they have been the first to make an announcement of an update timeline?
  • +9000 Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow what an absolutely ignorant and completely wrong comment Posted via Android Central App
  • Haha, you ever get tired of getting owned all over the internet forums? No? Ahhhhhhh, that's right... you're getting paid by Samsung for this nonsense. Posted via Android Central App
  • What?? HTC couldn't release the One Max with 4.4 because 4.4 wasn't out when the One Max debuted. Don't be an idiot.
  • Not only did HTC One beat Samsung GS4 to 4.3, HTC phones stop bullets lol. http://www.geek.com/mobile/htc-phones-officially-the-best-at-stopping-bu...
  • you sir are a DB
  • I still don't have 4.3 on my ATT one Posted via Android Central App
  • 4.3 was pushed to the att htc one
  • at this point you need to be looking at ATT not HTC for the problem. They have MORE than shown they are capable and have gotten updates to carriers FAST. In fact they are the FASTEST by a long shot at the moment. Samsung is going to come out with something later to day that says "us too" basically but wont be until well into 2014.
  • Don't be surprised if Motorola beats them to it by a good amount. Motorola actively decided to skip 4.3, and is moving straight to 4.4 for all of their 2013 devices, and are already looking into 4.4 builds for all of their 2012 devices, one of which (Razr HD Dev Edition) is already confirmed. Credit where it is due, several OEMs have really stepped up to the plate when it comes to updates.
  • Lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • Being owned by Google probably helps a bit.
  • Please count SAMSUNG out for now, not untill Galaxy S7 and Note 6 and two next versions of Android are released. I dare SAMSUNG to prove me wrong. I've owned Original Galaxy phone I9000, Original Galaxy Tab P1000, Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus P6200 and Galaxy Note 2 T889. I know their Modus Operandi.
    SAMSUNG where is your sting?
  • what are u talking about the galaxy s4 will get updated for certain Posted via Android Central App
  • I know that for sure, Soonest as Android Kit Kat becomes obsolete and another flagship phone S5 arrives. They've never been better than that.
    If you've followed Samsung variations of same device all around the world you'll understand where I was coming from, some devices with minor iterations are 2 Android versions apart, and Samsung is busy counting the number of devices shipped. Samsung is the biggest reason for the much fragmentation in the Android eco-system.
  • Wrong ----------------------------------------------------
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  • I'm not mad at HTC, just saying that based on the 4.3 rollout, I won't be seeing 4.4 in January or any time soon. Posted via Android Central App
  • use ruu to update... it got released few weeks ago
  • What's ruu? Posted via Android Central App
  • Never mind I'll post on forums Posted via Android Central App
  • why..I got same day they announced it..
    better to check with customer care.
  • Unless, of course, you're on Verizon, in which case it will be in 120 days or more....
  • Yeah right, we won't ever get it. Which why I'm on Cyanogenmod, thank the lord for developer communities
  • Sooo creative... I didn't think of that one.....smh Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't think his post was meant to be funny, nor did I sense any "normal" Verizon snark from it. Verizon could very well be the last carrier to update the One. Only time will tell. Posted via Android Central App
  • 90 days is acceptable. That hsould be the max time frame to update it.
    Now will this get Samsung off their buts and push it out for the Galaxy S4 Note 2 and so on. 4.3 is taking 6 months which is sad.
  • pull your head out man. HTC beat EVERYONE to 4.3. EVERYONE... except google. But they have updated the one quick. Might not hold true for older phones, but i think HTC has turned a new leaf!
  • One round does not make a trend. Lets see if they follow through ----------------------------------------------------
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  • This is round TWO!
    HTC is again the first to update after Google's Nexus. Way to bring your A game along with distinctive and innovative products.
  • If this is legit I'm going to be highly impressed. Posted via my SGS3 waiting on my black Nexus 5 32gb...
  • Google Edition will get it within 15 according to HTC.
  • 15......? Posted via Android Central App
  • Seconds
  • No that's not it. Its been 2 hours now... Posted via Android Central App
  • NO DONT BREAK OFF ANY OF THAT BAR I WANT ALL OF IT!!!!!! GIVE PEOPLE ALL OF KITKAT!
  • This is awesome news from Htc if they can accomplish it in this time frame I will be impressed and it will push all other OEM's to do the same . Posted via Android Central App
  • people actually bought an HTC One...
  • Might not be selling as fast cause they dont ahve the marketing budget that samsung does. But you obviously havent owned one. I have owned both s4 and one... the one is a better phone in SO MANY WAYS. This is the most ridiculous comment of the day... and there has been some REALLY ridiculous ones.
  • Why would we not? It's an excellent phone.
  • Just because you don't like it doesn't mean other people shouldn't, either. I love mine - and that's coming over from an SGS3.
  • Yeah really, wtf are you talking about? ----------------------------------------------------
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  • Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • He's gotta earn that paycheck from Samsung.
  • After 2 months HTC stated they had sold over 5 million , that's a lot of people in fact I know 5 people who have bought the HTC one and only 2 that have an s4 go figure. Posted via Android Central App
  • Which complaint do you have build quality, brand name, non removable battery, or no micro SD card slot? Posted via my SGS3 waiting on my black Nexus 5 32gb...
  • Apparently everyone who covet the Nexus 5 are now saying extra memory and swappable battery is a tired antiquated useless hackneyed complaint.
  • Yes, people did. Lots of people bought one. Its awesome device. Instead of bashing it, why don't you go try one out so you can make an informed decision and opinion about, like the people here who actually know about the device.
  • i love htc... but does anyone know what kitkat brings?
  • Well one things that HTC already does.. well in transition and looks... Google wants the notification bar to be black and gray... Not blue icons and updates .. and also not blue when u tap something to allow transition and apps to shine ... Making the UI more simple.... Seems someone at Google had been playing with an HTC one Higher pixels count on app icons less ram usage from apps ... Anyone else.... Posted via Android Central App
  • http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/index.html
  • Sweet Kit Kat of Montserrat!
  • I guess nothing for the Droid DNA :( Posted via Android Central App
  • If you haven't, you better Root and ROM. Running 4.3 now, and I'm sure we'll get CM 11, an HTC One GE 4.4 ROM, etc. really soon.
  • Apparently they've said that the Developer version and the unlocked version will have it within 30! I'll believe that when I see it, that would be a phenomenal turnaround time.
  • Ok this one I will have to see to believe ----------------------------------------------------
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  • Does anyone have a link to that wallpaper? I need it.
  • Get it here:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2490289
  • I see how you unwrapped that HTC! Give us a piece of that kit Kat !!!
  • Oh man just turned in my HTC one for note 3 Samsung better not disappoint me Posted via Android Central App
  • HTC is moving up a notch in my book, but I'll believe it when I see it.
  • ×3 for vzw timeframe Posted via Android Central App
  • My DNA is still 4.1.1...... Awesome HTC Posted via Android Central App
  • Talk to your mobile provider.
  • My DNA is still 4.1.1...... Awesome HTC Posted via Android Central App
  • @anyone with an HTC One does the bezzle on the One bother you? It looks like annoying in the pic above
  • Nah. Its fine.
  • Looking forward to getting it on the HTC One.
  • Just as long as Canada gets it sooner. Thanks :) Posted via Android Central App
  • My UK 3 branded unit is unlocked and Super CID'ed, so within a day a dev will have 'converted' a generic US ROM into an International one and ill be running it. In fact with some of the connections these guys have I wouldnt be surprised if we get it before the official rollout.
  • Don't they now better than to give an ETA. Let alone 90 days is still next year. Posted via Android Central App
  • I look forward to replacing 4.3 on my HTC One GPe with 4.4 in 15 days. Even if it's longer, it's OK. Posted from my HTC One GPe via Android Central App
  • Sweet Posted via Android Central App
  • Awesome. Posted via Android Central App
  • The international version is in plan to be updated in this 2-3 months ? Posted via Android Central App
  • So what I got from this is that 4.3 to 4.4 is not that big of an update.
  • Oh but it is, I assure you. However, this time, because of the nature of the changes, it will be much easier for the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG etc. to update their skin. A lot of the optimizations take place in places like memory management etc, on a very low level not touched much by many skin developers. Then there are the new sensors.. here there is not much code to port, because these new sensors are not (mostly) supported yet - there is nothing to port for OEMs. Changes in the launcher does do not apply to OEMs. For HTC, most of the work will include porting the IR blaster to support the new IR API in KitKat.
  • Way to go htc. Maybe you have finally learned. Now all you have to do is deliver on the promise. Posted via Android Central App
  • Fuck yeah! Posted via Android Central App
  • If they have it to the GPe One in 15 days, then that will certainly be impressive! Posted via Android Central App
  • Just bought the Nexus 5. May keep the One if this is happening soon. Posted via Android Central App
  • This is great for HTC only IF they can hold on to the promise. Things have ways of slipping away pretty easily. Especially if they involve carriers. Posted via Android Central App
  • What about Australia? We don't even have 4.3 update yet Posted via Android Central App
  • WOW Great Job HTC :)
  • DAYUM! If the One gets the update before my N4 I'll be so pissed! Coming weeks doesn't inspire confidence Posted via Android Central App
  • Nice! Oddly, I'm in no rush for Kit Kat, though. I'll have to see more, and I will likely update when it's available, but there something unappealing about Kit Kat in the images I've seen so far. And I'm using that wallpaper in the above photo, too. It looks great on the One. Posted via Android Central App, HTC One
  • I got an htc one from spain,was locked on orange network,now is unlocked,got my 4.2.2 update ,but not as yet 4.3,anyone knows when orange spain will roll out 4.3 update? Posted via Android Central App
  • so that means the carrier branded U.S. units will get Kit Kat and Sense 5.5 by the end of January? I am on AT&T and I will believe it when I see it! I had to get Android 4.3 off the HTC website I never got the update through AT&T and I waited 2 weeks after AT&T pushed it out.