HTC One Google Play edition KitKat update rolling out, OTA download link available

November 25, 2013
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Just hours after HTC (like Samsung) published the open source kernel and framework support files for the One Google Play edition, the OTA has begun rolling out to users.

Users on XDA-developers reported receiving the KitKat update for their HTC One Google Play edition, weighing in at 305MB. The update brings the software version to Android 4.4 KRT16S, and includes the fixes that Google applied last week to quash bugs pertaining to radio connectivity and encryption.

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An intrepid XDA user managed to capture the download link for the OTA, meaning that all users can join in the fun with just a little elbow grease. Here’s the download link:

Android 4.4 KitKat for HTC One Google Play edition

Once you download the 305MB file, you can sideload it using ADB, following our guide here. You can also download the file directly to your phone and update it using the “Update from phone storage” option.

As expected, the KitKat update for the HTC One Google Play edition does not bring the Google Experience Launcher from the Nexus 5. If you really must have it though, you can sideload the .apk file or use Nova or another launcher that mimics the functionality of GEL.

We expect to hear reports about the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 GPe very soon, so stay tuned.

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