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HTC One Google Play Edition Gets Android 4.4 Kit Kat, Galaxy S4 GPE Shouldn’t be Far Behind

When Google announced their two Google Play Edition devices, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, they told us to expect timely updates. People questioned them because the updates potentially needed an extra set of eyes or two before being released, but Google said to us directly that they would be working “very closely” with both HTC and Samsung to make things happen. So far, they have delivered on that promise. Android 4.3 showed up within a week of being announced. Today, we’re less than a month out from the unveiling of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and the HTC One GPE is already seeing the update. 

If you want to sideload the file, you can grab it here as a direct link from Google. A guide on using the “adb sideload” command can be found here.

Also worth noting, is the release of kernel source files for not only the HTC One GPE, but the Galaxy S4 GPE as sell.

Kernel Source:  HTC One | Galaxy S4
Via:  XDA
Cheers Jigga_Z, Shawn and Darshan!
  • Rick Lopez

    Congrats on the site overall it looks great!!! Any chance you could post a screen shot of what DL looked like back in the day when it first launched. I think it would be cool to see how far you all have come!

    I have been coming to this site daily since my OG Droid days.


    Thanks again!

  • PhoenixPath

    Sideload wasn’t available on my 4.3 GPe, but loading it from the phone storage was not an issue at all from stock recovery in case anyone else is having issues finding the adb option.

    (and ffs, guys, this is a topic on 4.4 for the HTC one…not the site update. STFU about it already… jeebus…/rant off)

  • Dominick White

    I have to say I love the new look

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Loving the new responsive layout. Nice work.

  • LionStone

    This is ridiculous in landscape… lol! Persistent bar still there…no bueno, oh well… maybe the next redesign that can ax it.

  • Drummer62

    The mobile site looks great, the PC version not so much. Way to Large!

  • moelsen8

    don’t like the update. could live with it but some things need to be tweaked.

  • MichaelFranz

    DL – the follow us links on the main page are screwy. FB is the only correct one i think. Everything else is off. the twiiter icon for instance says G+ when you hover over it.

    And screw haters i like the site. Everyone is afraid of change and will welcome it after a while.
    To me its just like playing a new map in call of duty or battlefield. you have no friggin idea where you are but after a few times through it, you’ll get it.

    • jimt

      The links are fine on my pc. Is your pc 4 x 3 format?

    • Weber

      I like the analogy.

  • John

    Cntrl + 0 !!! It’s not working.

    Come on DL, it’s a bit over magnified.

  • jimt

    Looks fine to me on PC and I can zoom out on the PC by pinching the touch pad, but why? Big is nice. I like it.

  • Mike

    New website on my phone looks great! Love it. I think it looks fine on the pc as well.

  • Blah blah blah

    I thought the topic was GPE devices…not the cost of pampers and tissues.

  • John Galt


  • jimt

    Still no N7 2012 kit kat love. What up Google?

    • pball_inuyasha

      Side load it. It’s quite easy if you can follow directions and hold down two of the three buttons on your tablet at once. I got tired of waiting and had it done in less than 30 minutes, which includes redoing drivers on my pc.

  • onDroid

    What’s with the site redesign? I hate change!

    • linan

      Are an apple fan?

      • onDroid

        Hey, there’s no need for insults.

  • RavnosCC

    Can you please make the website designed for the PC again please??? I hate this new layout, or at least give us a choice between PC/Phone 🙁

    • Big_EZ

      This isn’t phone friendly either. I use only my phone for browsing and it’s now very difficult to view this site.

      • JBartcaps

        Yes it is

        • Big_EZ

          Yes it is phone friendly, or yes it is difficult to view?

          • JBartcaps

            It’s phone friendly

    • palomosan

      Just zoom out on your browser.

  • Josh C

    Please please please zoom the new site out.

    • palomosan

      You can do that yourself.

      • Josh C

        Every time i visit the site? No thanks.

        • JBartcaps

          Chrome saves the zoom percentage

          • Josh C

            This is something I should have known…thanks!

    • JBartcaps

      I’m sorry but all guys sound like the Youtube brats, just saying

  • Website is nice, but, can you guys fix the links for “Follow Us” in the homepage to their respective icons?

  • Bob

    I typed in droid-life.com but I ended up at bgr.com????

    • moelsen8

      this. seriously the first thing i thought of when i saw the new site.

    • lmao

  • Dean

    New website looks awesome. Way to go DL team.

  • Greg

    I love the updated site. Thanks for the refreshed look, huge improvement!

    • Collin Chapin

      Really?!?!! It’s like I set my browser on 200% mode.


      • jeesung

        not a fan

      • Greg

        Yeah it is awesome. It fits what ever size your browser window is. I normally have my browser on half of my 27″ screen and it scales great.

      • Nexus_FrEak

        Colors are awesome! Maybe zoom out a bit tho lol

      • Big_EZ

        I hate it. It’s almost impossible to use with my browser. I had to change settings just to be able to see most of it. A lot of sites seem to be doing something similar, for this reason there are a lot of sites I no longer visit. It sucks that I may have to quit reading Droid-Life.

        • J Davis

          What browser are you using Netscape? While it is a little large it isn’t so bad that I would stop visiting the site. Looks great on my Note II btw..

          • Big_EZ

            Dolphin on a Note 2. I’ve tried other browsers and it’s just as bad. It’s basically forced mobile, which I hate. Pictures aren’t viewable, they are so far zoomed in that I can only see a portion of a pic at a time.

          • Big_EZ

            I just changed zoom to 50% (75% would be perfect if it was available) and it’s a nice size now, but the pics are still to big.

          • J Davis

            Just fool around with the settings you will find the right match for you.. I like it better at 90%, lower than that and it becomes harder for me to read the text.

      • +1

        It’s fine for a mobile site, but I’m really not a fan of how large everything is.

      • Milind Shah

        looks great with zoom at 90%

        • normmcgarry

          Yep. That’s what I did. I’m a fan with it at 90% haha.

          • Milind Shah

            yup! although i do have trouble in reading the comments now xD

          • BaconEater

            When they demoed this to whoever for ideas/suggestions before going live, how the hell did one of them not say “it’s a bit large”?!?

          • normmcgarry

            The only thing I can think of is that it was demo’ed and built on a super high-resolution ultrabook where everything looks miniature.

        • RedXander

          I’d like a little past 90% but it messes up the logo.

      • Zoom at 90% is the perfect size. Otherwise, it feels like, “Bam! DL in yo face sucka!”

        • Adrynalyne

          That might be the point :p

      • anezarati

        i think it would be an easy fix…just bump the font size down a notch on everything.

      • Collin Chapin

        Just thought i’d reply to myself and say that whatever you guys did, it’s much better now.

        I am now a fan.

        Good job ;P

    • Lucky Armpit

      Agreed, refreshed look is great! Thanks!

    • Futbolrunner

      I like the new site guys. One recommendation, I would keep your signature “Droid-Life” logo as the banner at the very top of every page. The regular font you have there looks too plain. In my opinion keeping the signature logo gives a sense of brand recognition someone can associates a name with their picture.

  • d-rock

    We’ve all heard that HTC submitted their 4.4 ROM before N7/N4/N10 even released, but haven’t heard anything on the Samsung submission? Good for HTC though and now their stock ROMs need to be updated.

    • hkklife

      I wonder if Samsung is trying to do anything to address the broken (barely functional before) microSD support that came about from the 4.3 update? They should have really not been so cheap and just used a 32GB GS4 as the basis of the GPE version.

    • Samsung’s update is ready to go too. It’s I9505GUEUBMKG. The kernel source is already released. Samsung just doesn’t communicate every time they change a line of code like HTC has been doing lately.

      • PhoenixPath

        “Samsung just doesn’t communicate every time they change a line of code like HTC has been doing lately.”

        Interesting. Where can I find said tweets from HTC? I’d love to keep up on what changes they are making. …/s

        • Seriously, though, I’m really of the opinion that HTC shouldn’t be doing what they’re doing with regards to communications for two reasons:

          1. All it does is feed the egos of overzealous power users.
          2. It sets HTC up for broken promises, which are far worse than no communication at all. Considering the struggles HTC has been having in the market, broken promises can be another nail in the coffin. A promise can’t be broken if one was never made to begin with.

          I’m sure most people on Android blogs would disagree with me, and that’s fine. But in the end, I think a lot of business people would agree that sometimes completely, open communication with customers isn’t good for either the business or the customer. There are some things customers just don’t need to worry about. Update progress and timelines is definitely one of them IMO.

          • PhoenixPath

            Seriously though, those two “reasons” restated:

            1.) Informs the users. No-one is left wondering. (except those who expect failure, and really…who likes those negative losers anyway, right?)
            2.) Gives HTC something they know they have to stick to or get flamed for missing. (Incentive/motivation….good things)

            “I’m sure most people on Android blogs would disagree with me”

            Heh, ya got that part right. 🙂

            I agree that customers don’t need to “know” everything. But I think you are confusing “worry” with “anticipate”. Competition (and their customers) might worry about the results of such statements made by HTC. The customers anticipate the results.

      • d-rock

        And you’re right…releases tomorrow I think I saw 😀