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

Taking to Twitter, HTC has now clarified a few details regarding its plans for Android 4.4 KitKat. The company hopes to get KitKat out to the One by the end of January, with the Droid DNA following sometime in Q1 2014.
November 20, 2013
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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.

Delivering 4.3 on VZW will be a two step process. First update for compatibility happening this week, followed by Android OS update in Dec
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) November 20, 2013

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.

HTC One VZW customers: delay with 4.3 update does not impact delivery of 4.4 by end of January – still on track.
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) November 20, 2013

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.