U.S. HTC One handsets to receive KitKat in 90 days or less, carriers included

by: Andrew GrushOctober 31, 2013


Android 4.4 KitKat is almost here, at least for Nexus owners. For the rest of the Android world, the wait is generally much longer. On Motorola’s part, they’ve already began teasing that they will soon unveil their KitKat plans. How about the other manufacturers, any word? Actually, HTC isn’t just hinting at its KitKat plans, they’ve pretty much fully disclosed them – at least for the HTC One.

In an interview with Engadget, HTC’s Jason Mackenzie revealed that they aren’t beating around the bush with Android 4.4 KitKat. The goal is to first push the update to the HTC One Google Play Edition within the next 15 days. After that, the unlocked and developer editions of the HTC One should see an update within 30 days. As for U.S. Carrier variants of the One? While delays can obviously happen, the goal is to push out the update to all carriers within 90 days or less.

HTC isn't just hinting at its KitKat plans, they've pretty much fully disclosed them – at least for the HTC One.

That’s nothing short of amazing, at least if they are actually able to pull it off. To HTC’s credit, they have been extremely good about updates as of late. While they did run into a few snags with getting out Android 4.3, they still managed to stay fairly close to their promised deadlines.

You might notice that we’ve haven’t mentioned any other HTC handset. Unfortunately, things start to get a bit fuzzier here. Apparently HTC is still working on their rollout plans for devices like the HTC One Max and One Mini. Mackenzie says that they will issue a statement concerning the Android 4.4 upgrade for these devices in the near future.

As for the HTC One devices outside of the United States? While Jason Mackenzie only spoke on HTC America’s plans, if they can really get Android 4.4 KitKat on all U.S. carrier devices within 90 days, it seems likely that they should be able to push things out at a similar rate globally – though keep in mind that’s yet to be confirmed.

We applaud HTC for being so upfront with their KitKat plans, now here’s to hoping that everything goes according to plan. What do you think of HTC and they way they’ve recently been handling their devices, impressed or not?

  • Dee Lee

    I’m not counting on it release HTC One google edition KitKat in 15 days and I don’t want any BS leaks rumors either.

  • Charles Chambers

    I’m glad they recognize it is important and are making it a priority.

  • Alu Zeros

    Glad to see making more of an effort to make a timely updates. Would be nice if Google just had a default skin and had third party to skin themes over it, so every phone is automatically updated to the latest version, but this is probably the next best thing

  • KitKatBar

    looks like HTC is working hard not to become a DEAD company too bad they FLOP and FUK up with the one MAX

  • Aashish Talhar

    Not working on Xperia S… Help….

  • TechDevil

    I’ve heard this before. “Look, we’re giving you the newest version of the OS within a short time period!” But then time goes by, and long after, they state sentences such as “We never promised anything!”.

    Not saying that’s going to happen now, I’m just saying I wouldn’t have a surprised face if it happens like that.

  • shadeygardener

    They want to get 4.3 out to all users of HTC 1 first before 4.4 joke

  • Cal Rankin

    HTC is really spoiling One customers. getting 4.3 AND 4.4 out this quick is very great for this company. Proof that they still love their customers!!!

  • Ahmed

    Impressed? Not at all. HTC should’ve noticed by now that HTC One owners exist outside US too. I’m still waiting for 4.3 update on my One.

  • Farhat Ahmed Rifat

    Can I update my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from 4.2.1 to Android 4.4 KitKat?

    • Brett

      Samsung hasn’t said when they will be updating their devices. I imagine the Note 2 is on the list….but I would expect to wait several months.


    Its bullshit …HTC is only releasing the 4.4kn the one.what about urge other handsets.I have a desire x and have not even got 4.2 update .HTC needs to give us a solution.they can’t just give good and faster updates to high end models

    • Jayfeather787

      Yeah, I have a sensation, and not even a 4.1 update.
      I’m running Carbon ROM 4.3 though :)

  • Muhammad

    who to update my (htc one evo ult 4g) this mobile is made of taiwan plz help me