HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat was originally promised to reach all users in North America within 3 months of Google’s latest OS’ release and it seems HTC is dead serious about honoring that deadline. Owners of the unlocked and developer edition HTC One are now reporting an OTA update that contains nothing less than Sense 5.5 and Android 4.4 KitKat.
HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat OTA Update to be Rolled out Regionally
As it is with OTA updates, this HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update will also be rolled out to users on a regional basis. Granted, Motorola has already gained the title of the first OEM (mind you, they did it even before the Nexus bros) to update its flagship to KitKat, that just doesn’t mean that HTC updating the HTC One is a feat that could be ignored.
In fact, considering HTC’s past reputation of simply abandoning their barely 1-year-old phones, it is an even greater achievement for them to update their flagship before everybody else (quick everyone, point your fingers towards the Koreans).
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) November 29, 2013
Apart from the general goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, this update does not seem to be bring any ground breaking features with itself. However, some early users have reported about increased responsiveness, improved stability and a slight increase in the performance. This update also brings HTC Sense of the HTC One to version 5.5, which is a minor improvement to the previous version of Sense UI at its best.
As for the carrier variants of the HTC One, HTC is yet to confirm a specific release date. However, considering that they have the KitKat update already rolling out to the unlocked and developer editions of the One, we don’t think it would be too long before all the HTC One’s in North America are actually running Android KitKat. After all, how much time could HTC possibly take to tailor the update according to every carrier’s demands.
Whatever the case might be, we must really hand it to HTC for standing by their word and actually delivering the Android 4.4 KitKat update to HTC One users, well before the deadline.