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Kit Kat Update for North American HTC One Should Arrive by End of January

HTC claimed back when Kit Kat was first announced that the update would make its way to One devices on U.S. carriers within 90 days. To clarify the timeline, they have reiterated that Android 4.4 should be running on all North American One devices by the end of January – right on the end of that 90 days.

And for any DROID DNA owners, don’t worry, HTC swears they haven’t forgotten about you. HTC states that the DNA should receive Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 within the first quarter of 2014. Not too long of a wait, given that they have to go through Verizon’s update certification process.

HTC One owners, hang in there.


Via: Engadget | @HTCUSA

  • Blake

    For them using unlocked att gs4 on tmobile well get it on.

  • Arcendus

    It’s quite entertaining that we’ve all been misled and betrayed so often as to see “good news” not as that, but to work on the assumption (more than that, really) that nothing ever changes.

  • Michael

    So the S4 4.3 update was suspended by ATT and other carriers a few days ago. The One got 4.3 carrier update almost 6 weeks earlier. While HTC’s historical track record with updates is spotty their recent history shows a change and willingness to push them out in a more timely manner. HTC> Samsung!

  • Mitchman

    Why you don’t buy HTC on Verizon:

    HTC Thunderbolt launched with Froyo in 3/2011
    Upgraded to Gingerbread 9/2011
    ICS released in 10/2011
    Thunderbolt ICS upgrade 2/2013

    HTC Droid Incredible 2 launched 5/11 with Gingerbread
    Did it even get an ICS update yet?

    HTC Rezound launched with Gingerbread 11/11
    Upgraded to ICS 8/12

    Droid Incredible 4G LTE launched with ICS 5/12
    Did it even get Jellybean yet?

    Droid DNA launched 11/12 with 4.1 Jellybean
    Did it even get 4.3 yet or 4.22?

    • hkklife

      The Inc2 was promised ICS numerous times but it never received it. The HTC Rhyme was also promised ICS but never got it. The DNA, as far as I have heard, Is still stuck on 4.1.1 despite VZW promising it was getting 4.1.2 in the last update. The Rezound got ICS but tragically was then abandoned.

  • Vermin_Cain

    And I am still waiting on Kit Kat on my Nexus 7.

  • Nate Loos

    And here I sit with my HTC One X still on 4.1…
    I hate AT&T

  • Jeremy Wray

    Doesn’t HTC always make these deadlines that they never meet?


    notice they didn’t specify a year….? January of what year???? ha!

  • Smeckle

    Still better than LG’s estimate — oh, wait. There is none. I keep bugging their Twitter account asking about it but of course no response.

  • Dave

    Your forgot to add the asterisk for Verizon.

  • fauxshizzl

    Still waiting on that update promised for sure by the end of August for the DNA..

  • joejoe5709

    Hoping LG is within a similar timeframe.

  • jimbob

    So, apparently this will be out before my Nexus 7 (2012) actually gets Kit Kat OTA?

    • David Henry

      I was about to say the same for that and my Nexus 4….beat me to it

  • David Rodriguez

    Can’t wait to see how Verizon drops the ballon on this one like the 4.3 update. =/

  • ToddAwesome

    By the way, does “come to devices” mean that Verizon will get it on 1/31 and THEN test it for 4-6 weeks?

  • Hunter

    I think we should be optimistic about Verizon getting the updates out quickly after seeing the Moto X and KitKat.

    • ToddAwesome

      I’ll be optimistic about this AFTER they actually do it. The Thunderbolt has sullied me, perhaps permanently.

    • jimbob

      Not only that, but look at the GS4 and some other recent phones. Verizon is actually beating the other carriers at updates. Must have been some huge push to make the update process faster at Big Red. I still hate them, but gotta give credit where its due.

    • Kyle Miller

      When VZW is in bed with Motorola, results come a little quicker 😉

      • joejoe5709

        It’s really the trifecta. Their relationship with Google. Their relationship with VZW. And Moto’s relatively stock Android. No wonder they were first.

    • Eric R.

      The DNA os still on 4.1 so no. That was all Motorola and that’s why I’m considering the MotoX2 as my next device

  • jmasterj

    What happened to 4.3 by September? They gave up?

    • Justin Brock

      Except for VZW, all NA carrier-spec HTC One’s have 4.3. Verizon customers get it next month.

      • Adrynalyne

        next month or so.

  • Ben

    Sorry guys, I gave up HTC when they decided to abandon the One S. It sat for so long on ICS while everyone else had 4.1.x or 4.2.x, and by the time it got 4.1.x on T-Mobile it was so buggy that the battery drained all the time. Now that they’re supporting a phone with timely updates it’s too late for me.

    • PhoenixPath

      Samsung has done the same, as has LG, as has…everyone.

      Good luck finding the perfect OEM. 🙂

      • Ej McCarty

        hello moto.

        • PhoenixPath

          Yep. Them too.

          • Justin W

            Agreed. Based off of current trends/announcements, I’d rather go with Moto and HTC over LG, Samsung, etc. etc.

        • Ben

          They’ve really caught my eye. I have another 20 months (sigh) with my SGS4 unless I decide to sell it and buy at full price, so I’ll be watching them.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Sorry. HTC already screwed themselves by anncouncing it that late.

    Their profits are still low despite the One selling decent.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I’ve had it for a few weeks on my N5

    • ainen

      You’ve had Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 on your N5 for a few weeks? I think you’re doing something wrong…

      • Adrynalyne

        ..or something right. I want to know how he got Sense 5.5 on there. I am impressed.

    • joejoe5709

      Uhhhh… ok. Good for you. The N5 is the phone release with 4.4. Moto X users have far more to rejoice and brag about.

  • Thomas

    I think HTC will be bankrupt by January.

    • Ej McCarty


      • Adrynalyne

        Because less competition is always a good idea.

        • Ej McCarty

          I wouldn’t even call them competition at this point. They’re the fat kid in gym class. They’re barely making it and everyone is laughing at them

          • Adrynalyne

            The less companies that oppose Samsung, the less motivated Samsung will be to innovate. Even a little bit helps.

          • BSweetness

            I’m a Samsung fan (the Note series in particular), and I agree 100%. Competition is a great thing in great part because it helps to drive innovation.

          • TylerCameron

            HTC makes the best phones, but they don’t know how to market.

          • Arcendus

            Despite what his highness thinks of them, they remain what they are: competitors.

  • schwartzman93

    My “crappy and midrange” moto x laughs at this.

    • azndan4


      • Justin W

        Well, he’s right…. It’s not a low-end phone, regardless of what specs it has.

  • JBartcaps


    Sent from my Moto X

    • EC8CH

      no more comments… this guy wins

    • Jeremy Gentry

      at least they announced something….samsung is late to the party apparently 😛

      • Anon

        Yes but HTC has announced updates many times. Whether or not they deliver them timely is another story…

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          When have they not delivered timely this year outside of Verizon making them?

      • samari711

        They only missed their Thunderbolt ICS announced date by like 8 months. Never buying an HTC phone again

        • ToddAwesome

          ^ This

        • Jeremy Gentry

          i hear you!!! i was in the same boat! after the thunderbolt i have never even considered another htc phone

        • David Henry

          Absolutely agree. I hold little faith in the results of their announcements…

        • Was it really ONLY 8 months? Felt like eternity :O

        • Justin W

          Just going to point out that both Moto and HTC are out, since both had problems with updating past devices. In the US, that leaves Samsung for flagship devices, and their update history has been… flawed as well. Not to mention Touchwiz…

          IMO, I’d rather go with Motorola and HTC (take their current update cycles now – Moto X with 4.4 in less than a month, HTC announcing carrier’s versions of their Flagships to be updated within 90 days) than Samsung, especially after having experienced TouchWiz UX firsthand – it’s disgusting. Also, we have no word from Samsung on their 4.4 update or when it will be ready/what devices it will hit. Why would you consider them if going solely on updates?

      • Yazid.

        Aha right dude. Samsung is such a joke.