Android 4.4 KitKat coming to HTC One by end of January, Droid DNA update by end of Q1 2014

November 20, 2013

vs the Moto X

HTC has really been bringing its A-game when it comes to device updates recently. Not only have they been pretty aggressive with pushing out Android 4.3 to the HTC One, HTC has also been fairly transparent about its plans for Android 4.4 KitKat. Of course, the update process hasn’t been without a few small snags.

First, the HTC One Google Play Edition has still yet to receive Android 4.4 KitKat, despite the claim by HTC that the KitKat code has already been delivered to Google. Then there’s also the Android 4.3 delay for Verizon’s HTC One.

Neither of these issues are necessarily HTC’s fault, but it would still be nice to know what’s going on. Luckily HTC’s transparency continues with a new series of tweets released today.

Although HTC has yet to give us any more details about the HTC One GPe update, they have revealed new details about when Verizon HTC One owners can expect the promised Android 4.3 update. Verizon HTC One owners should be seeing a smaller “compatibility update” sometime this week, which will be followed by Android 4.3 in December.


What does that mean for Android 4.4 on the Verizon HTC One? Actually, it won’t affect a thing. HTC says that all U.S. carriers will be receiving an Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of January 2014 — Verizon included.


For international HTC One owners, HTC UK has also chimed in stating that you can expect an Android 4.4 KitKat update to arrive to the UK sometime in January. Hopefully that means the rest of Europe isn’t too far behind.

As you can see, HTC isn’t slowing down a beat when it comes to bringing the latest version of Android to the HTC One, but what about the rest of its line-up? While we still have no word on the HTC One Mini and some of its other more recent devices, HTC USA has revealed that the Droid DNA will also be getting in on KitKat by “the end of Q1, pending certification from [Verizon].”

Of course there’s no guarantees that delays won’t happen for any of the above-mentioned updates, but still it’s nice to see HTC communicating so openly about its plans. Now here’s to hoping that everything goes according to schedule.

Comments

  • jbrandonf

    So it won’t actually hit customers at that time but the carriers? In reality we probably won’t see this until March/April..what a disappointment.

  • M3D1T8R

    So what happened to the update us DNA owners were supposed to get in “September”? Over two months later, we are still on 4.1.

    By this I can assume maybe we will get 4.4 next summer if we’re lucky. Just in time for me to upgrade to a Moto x2 hopefully.

  • Mike Mena

    so anyone out there I know what’s going on for the Droid DNA in 4.3 end of this month of January been waiting for a long timefor it it is very frustrating HTC or Verizon to approve the certification