Verizon HTC One KitKat update has been approved, should arrive “shortly” [Update: rolling out now]

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 6, 2014


Last week HTC’s Jason Mackenzie released a statement on HTC’s website, revealing that carrier-branded HTC One handsets in North America would be missing their  self-imposed deadline, though not by much.

Since then, we’ve not only seen KitKat reach carrier-branded HTC One handsets in Canada, but Sprint customers who initiate the request manually have also gotten their hands on the update. Now it looks like its almost Verizon’s turn for the update.

According to Mo Versi, HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management, Verizon users will see the update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5 “shortly”.  While he doesn’t get any more specific than that, Versi does mention that the update has passed technical approval, which is the final stage involved before an OTA goes live.

In other words, unless AT&T and T-Mobile make their move very quickly, it looks like Verizon will be one of the first carriers to bring KitKat to the HTC One.

So what kind of changes can we expect with the update? While the most obvious change is Android 4.4.2 and all the goodies that come with KitKat, there’s also some HTC-Specific changes. While we don’t have a full change-log just yet, we know that changes have been made to BlinkFeed and that there are general improvements for the camera, gallery and more. We also expect some minor cosmetic changes with Sense 5.5.

Although we’ve yet to hear any reports from Verizon owners that have received the update just yet, hopefully the wait is a short one.

UPDATE: Verizon has now uploaded a document that details what to expect from the update. This is a sign that the OTA rollout should begin very soon.

UPDATE 2: That didn’t take long, we have already heard at least a few reports suggesting that the update has started rolling out. So how about it, has your Verizon HTC One made the jump to KitKat yet? Let us know in the comments below!


  • Jayfeather787

    How does Sense 5.5. look? Can we disable blinkfeed yet?

    • CowboyRon

      Yes you can disable BlinkFeed. The only problem is I have gotten to where I like it.

      • Jayfeather787

        I like Blinkfeed too. I was just asking if we can disable it. In the past we couldnt. Although I like it, I like having preference.

        • Amine Elouakil

          You can diasable it on sense 5.5 and this was available since the 4.3 update + Sense 5.5 (outside NA)

          • Jayfeather787

            ok thanks

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    The Kitkat update frees up about 200 mb of ram. Battery life hasn’t improve that I’ve noticed. Battery life for the one overall seems to have decreased significantly, but this was before the update. I used to get nearly twenty hours on one charge of moderate use, now I barely get eleven.

  • Jon

    When I try to use the phone icon it says app not installed.

    • Jase

      Boo!…I hope that doesn’t happen to me…

  • Nevets

    Verizon letting you download the update now!

  • Timothy D Moses

    Wha about the DNA by HTC when r they gona roll itz kitkat update