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HTC One on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile Hits “Certification” Stage for Kit Kat Update

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According to HTC’s roadmap for software updates, the Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” update for the One on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile has now reached what they have dubbed the “certification” stage. In other words, we are getting closer to a release now that HTC is giving this initial build a last look before carriers take a crack at it. 

If you recall, HTC detailed how software updates work through a fancy infographic back in December. The “certification” stage starts out with final internal testing by HTC before they submit each build to individual carriers. Carriers then take their time testing, looking for critical bugs. If bugs are encountered, a new build which incorporates the fixes is then created and re-submitted.

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Once all critical bugs are ironed out, regulatory, industry, and Google testing/certification is given, which then leads to a “technical acceptance” for HTC from the carrier. Google then issues a technical acceptance of its own.

Finally, the update is prepared for an over-the-air (OTA) release.

On a related note, the DROID DNA is also now listed as being at the “certification” level.

We’re getting closer!

Via:  HTC
  • Dave12308

    I just checked, the DNA is in “Integration”, not “Certification”. So still a ways to go.

  • fritzo2162

    This story can’t be, because according to the HTC haters, HTC doesn’t update their products.

  • Chris

    And people say HTC never updates their phones…

  • Chris

    Because of htcs past.

    • David Blackwell

      I agree with that Chris. If they handled there business from the beginning with updates maybe they wouldn’t be in financial woes. But I can’t do without sense. Started out on 3.6. One thing I miss is the scenes on the former versions. And all this crap about translucent status bars HTC had them since 2011 kitkat didn’t start that. HTC did!!

      • Chris

        HTC Sense did get really bloated. 3.6 was nice but really bad. I’m happy with Sense 4+ at the moment.

        people rag on Sense but not so much on touch wiz? Stock isn’t great

  • joejoe5709

    Nexus family – Done with the exception of the EOL GNex.
    Motorola – Fastest OEM to Kit Kat.
    Samsung – Note 3 rolling out Kit Kat
    HTC – The news above
    LG – No news whatsoever except the Korean G2 has Kit Kat

    Let’s go LG!!

    • chjapa

      Regardless the G2 specs for the price are TASTY!!!!!!

      • Nikuliai

        it’s actually sad to see that LG is not having sucess considering how are they doing in general, I guess things would be different if they didn’t went for the shotgun approce on the UI which is freaking fugly :B

  • Pedro

    An update so good, it turns your phone into gold!

  • AbbyZFresh

    From a Nexus 5/Moto X user: *snooze*

    • Tim242

      Bad cameras make you snooze, eh?

      • Philip J. Fry

        There is nothing “bad” about the N5 camera. It takes good enough picture for a cell phone.

        • Tim242

          Good enough is not good enough. People no longer buy digital cameras, since phone cameras have come so far. You are just being an apologist for a sub par camera.

        • Nikuliai

          dude the cameras aren’t good enough, they are “meh”, we only have 4 companies that make decent cameras right now imo (Samsung, Apple, Sony and LG), but sadly I don’t care about anything else on their package, so I got a Moto X, that being said, even tho I’m not a camera guy I know the camera kind of sucks… it’s not THAT bad, but it’s still washed out and has a poor performance when not on ideal conditions, on a good day the photos are just AMAZING, but you go to a party and many times you get just crappy photos, to me that is THE downside of the Moto X, and even if the Nexus 5 improved a lot on 4.4.2, they’re on the same boat :P

          • Philip J. Fry

            They might not good enough for some, but it’s good enough ME.

          • Nikuliai

            yeah but that’s a diferent statement, it doesn’t take good enough pictures for a cell phone, it takes good enough pictures for what you think a cellphone should take, on that same matter I can state it doesn’t take good enough pictures for what I think a cellphone should take and it certainly isn’t on par with the other brands (except HTC maybe)…

            PS: don’t try to defend something that can’t be defended, the camera isn’t good, I still think the Moto X is the best phone in the market right now, and the Nexus 5 is really close, but I loved the innovation Motorola did, but even tho I love those phones (yeah, both), our cameras are slightly better than S2 cámera (and yeah, I did try it, it was the first thing I did when I got the phone since the camera had that many bad reviews), and in some particular cases even the S2 is better

          • David Blackwell

            Actually the pictures are great in lowlight & decent on the whole. What sucks about the camera is that it can’t zoom in to well. The picture gets to damn grainy. But the optical image stabilization is very nice. No cell phone is perfect. None of us are either. Everyone have a goodnight. Even the ignorant ones. Lol!!

          • Nikuliai

            Did they fix the lowlight? last time I checked was pretty much average/bad, that’s nice to know. On the Moto X right now (In my opinion, people may think otherwise), it takes excelent photos on decent light but crappy ones on lowlight, it tries to compensate too much, it gets the job done, but if there is something like a white part vs a dark backgroung the photo is messed up, but I guess that’s software related.

            Anyway, the zoom thing is pretty much normal to me (the Nokia 1020 is the exception here), the “grainy” stuff is always there, but if you happen to focus the photo it really gets messier. On the other hand the N5 OIS is pretty good, in fact makes it really nice to make videos.

            Have a good night

          • David Blackwell

            Actually I never had a purple or red camera issue. And my lowlight pictures have been great. I can’t speak for the masses though. I also see that very ignorant people are joining this conversation. Glad you’re not one of them. Enjoy your phone and 2014!!

          • Philip J. Fry

            Don’t try to defend something that can’t be defended, the camera isn’t good.

          • Nikuliai

            hahaha butthurt much?, you’re right tho, the camera isn’t good. I actually said the same thing than in the other posts.

            -bad light = bad life
            -zoom quality sucks, but it also does in almost any other brand (except the ones I named before)
            -the quality of the sensor is not good at all (but you can expect that on a camera this compact, which was avoided with nokia on the 1020 with the huge camera)

            overall gets the job done, but it’s not really good (which is why anyone I know that cares about the quality of the photos gets a DSLR –> kinda sucks)

          • Philip J. Fry

            there’s no butthurt here. Just using on you what you used on me. It’s all a matter of opinion. What works for me might not work for you and visa versa. Yea, I wish they could make the cameras better, but I will live with it because it suits my needs just fine.

          • Nikuliai

            I will live with it too, cuz cameras aren’t a big deal to me (which is why I got a Moto X, the “worst” feature is the one I care less about), but a lot of people do care, in fact I think almost 90% of the people which saw my cellphone ask me about the camera, and I don’t feel like saying it’s a good camera cuz it’s not, I don’t personally mind it, but it’s a top reason for many people (and between other things, why I think samsung is still owning the market, considering TW sucks and they use the shotgun approach on features)

            But don’t mind me, I’m just a sick bastard who likes to check every feature and see if it’s actually implemented on a good way, which again, is why I’m not buying anything from Samsung again rofl, except maybe tv’s

          • Philip J. Fry

            I hear ya. The galaxy note 2 was my last samsung device until / if they change what they’re doing with devices. I just can’t stand touchwizz anymore, it’s like disease that won’t go away.

          • Chris

            The world doesn’t revolve around you.

        • Chris

          When other phones take better pictures then something is up.

      • Diablo81588

        Flimsy cheap plastic with an iPhone home button and a lagfest UI certainly does.

        • Tim242

          All of those phones use the same plastic…and Android as a whole lags.

          • Diablo81588

            You need to get away from Samsung then. My moto x is smooth as butter. Stock android doesn’t lag. And there is a huge difference in build quality between my phone and my girlfriends s4. Slimy gross plastic..

          • Tim242

            That is just glossy vs matte. The plastic is the same. The way it feels is opinion.

          • Diablo81588

            The point is it feels cheap, opinion or not.

          • Tim242

            All plastic feels cheap. But, it is durable. Saying the plastic of your phone is better than the plastic on mine is just plain silly. You may prefer the feel of one over the other, but cheap plastic is cheap plastic.

          • Diablo81588

            I disagree. The Kevlar coating makes it feel premium.

          • Tim242

            Durability tests have nothing to do with the plastic. It’s the glass that breaks. There is no kevlar on the moto x. You silly fanboy.

          • Diablo81588

            It is Kevlar composite.. The only ones that aren’t are the moto maker colors.

          • Tim242

            No it is not. Kevlar is only present on Verizon’s Droid models. And guess what? Reviewers say that feels cheap as well.

          • Diablo81588

            Guess I’m supposed to take your word for it? It feels the exact same as my RAZR maxx.

          • Tim242

            Or you could Google it. Moto reps say no kevlar. It feels like soft touch plastic, which is what it is.

          • Nikuliai

            meeeh, if you actually see durability test you see they aren’t the same AT ALL, first thing that came to mind is this
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLuwkrbhmYU

            on that matter is not opinion at all, the quality is not the same, the feel is personal tho

          • Tim242

            Tell me something. In a durability test, what breaks? Is it the plastic OR THE GLASS SCREEN?

          • Nikuliai

            just watch the video, the screen breaks on the 5C, but on the S4 the phone basically breaks cuz of the crappy plastic structure

          • Tim242

            The S4 has a metal frame that encases the display. Trust me, it static shocks me on my couch.

        • David Blackwell

          Go Diablo. I Gotya back. And a black HTC one!!

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    very happy that the DNA got 4.2.2 a little bit ago. played with it for a while. then while using Glass, my battery suffered hard. luckily, the amazon glitch gave me a G2 with a better battery. love both phones but using the G2 now. will for sure switch back to the DNA to play with this for a while once it is released.

  • Justin Jordan

    I just hope that it fixes the battery drain problem that I’ve had since I upgraded to 4.3 Battery life was pretty much cut in half and now it has problems reading how much percentage I actually have left.

    • steve30x

      I hope HTC fixed that issue as well, I noticed coming home after a twelve hour shift with moderate use and auto brightness, synced my battery would be at 25% to 28% and now with 4.3 its under 8% or less 0_0

  • Hunter

    slightly regretting getting the verizon htc one over the moto x

  • punkroyale

    Wait, people use the HTC One?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Stop talking to yourself

      • punkroyale

        He he.

    • Chris

      They won’t be selling them if no one used them.

      • David Blackwell

        Don’t worry Chris deep down inside they’re haters and envy is an emotional problem. Lol.

        • Philip J. Fry

          Haters of what?

          • David Blackwell

            Phillip I’m talking about all the HTC one haters. I love mine I think it’s a very nice phone yet I also see it’s the most hated phone by anyone who doesn’t own one. Just facts

          • Chris

            I own the EVO LTE. Is it perfect it? Nope. Is any device perfect? No way.

            I thought about getting the HTC one, but my upgrade is next month and i’m just gonna wait for the new HTC phone to come out and use my upgrade on that.

          • David Blackwell

            Yeah the HTC 2 is gonna be a monster. The Evo lte is getting 4.3 next month. It’s always been a galaxy 3 killer just as my one is a galaxy 4 killer. That Evo lte will really be better with 4.3 & sense 5 plus if you’re in an area that gets sprints new lte network all the better. It’s blazing.

          • Philip J. Fry

            O, ok, must’ve skipped over that.

          • Chris

            I guess reading isn’t your strongest suit.

          • Philip J. Fry

            I guess being retarded is your strong suit.

        • Chris

          Theres dislike and theres hate. The haters will show it,,,

          • David Blackwell

            As I’ve already stated it’s an emotional problem. Lol. Have a goodnight Chris

  • nick rigsby

    Yeahhh. Good thing I still haven’t got my 4.3 update. I’ve tried every trick in the book. Verozons twitter was less than supportive.. they sated a rollout could take up to three months after the first update is made available to the masses

    • David Blackwell

      Wow I feel for you that sucks. I got mine on Sprint first. October 2nd.

  • schwartzman93

    My moto x laughs at this

    • Robert Boluyt

      My One’s quad core CPU and 1080p display laughs at your dual core and 720p Moto X.

      • John Legere

        Everyone’s laughing at you’re huge bezels

      • schwartzman93

        Lol when will people realize that specs don’t matter. I admit that a better display might be nice…but the dual core does perfectly fine and in my opinion, because of stock android, my phone runs smoother than the One. Also I have superb battery life and more convenient navigation. The fact that the one only has two navigation buttons is one of the main reasons I didn’t buy it.

        • David Blackwell

          Nothing runs smoother than the one.

          • John Legere

            Ignorance is bliss

          • David Blackwell

            I’m not reading the whole thread John & I’m far from ignorant. What phone do you own? It seems like everyone hates the HTC one. I love mine.

        • David Blackwell

          Once you own it Swartz it’s simple to use. You don’t really need 3 buttons. And don’t worry about me arguing. We all have great phones. I came from an Evo 3d. Nice phone on WiFi. And wimax if you could find it. I’m very pleased with my HTC one. I live in south Jersey. I’m on Sprint and my lte speeds are terrific. Faster than Verizon and Att. And it’s not officially deployed yet. Can’t ask for any more.

      • Tim242

        Both have awful cameras.

        • LTEasy

          G2 laughs at all of yall lol battery life matters.

          • Tim242

            I’m glad you are happy with it. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after you touch the cord. It is loaded with lead.

          • John Legere

            Lead never killed nobody

          • Tim242

            It actually has. It causes birth defects and cancer.

          • John Legere

            I ain’t having kids. And cancer? Yolo

          • Tim242

            I guess you are a chain smoker as well.

          • John Legere

            Only the trees

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        My S-Off bootloader unlocked CM11 Verizon HTC One is laughing right along with you.

      • Chris

        I have an S4 and my friend has a Moto X. There is barely any difference in speed from each phone. Stop with the dumb spec wars. The 720p display is not as good as the 1080p by any means, but the cores make no difference.

  • Cael

    Hmmm so the carriers are going to give it the OK in 8 days? Obviously gonna miss that end of January deadline. /s?

    • David Blackwell

      Not Sprint, they always, well not exactly. But 90% of the time push out the os updates first.

  • chjapa

    I love how my DNA is an afterthought. Lol.

    • Alan Burnstine

      Given HTC’s financial problems, I am just happy my DNA is included. If it wasn’t, this would be my last HTC, as much as I love it.

      • hkklife

        Same here….I am STUNNED that the DNA wasn’t simply abandoned and left on 4.1.2 or whatever it launched with. 4.3 would have been a nice enough treat but 4.4 is really a nice surprise. My wife loves her DNA To death so this update will hopefully extend its longevity a good bit. I just hope they can address the annoying battery drain that came along with the last update and Sense 5.

        • chjapa

          Glad I’m not the only one that noticed the battery drain.

          • hkklife

            Doing a hard reset helped a *little* but it still drains quite a bit when in standby and everything turned off and/or disabled.

      • chjapa

        The first update came more quickly then anticipated. I like the phone as well,but would go with the Nexus 5 right now. Wireless charging now a must have for me.

        • Alan Burnstine

          Yup. Wireless charging is why I didn’t get the ONE or Moto X. It is a must have.

        • Nikuliai

          don’t take this the wrong way (I honestly don’t get it) but what’s so special about wireless charging?, isn’t it just the same as normal charging? (if you wanna use the cellphone you must carry the charger around), for me it’s just a huge charging slot… I don’t really get it (never used it tho, maybe cuz I’m not really that turned on with the concept)

          • chjapa

            I have a Nokia charger at home and when I lay the phone on it, it charges, no plugs required. As far as carrying a charger around, you could have one on a desk at your job and lay it down there as well. I do wish they would start selling car wireless chargers ,for the ultimate in Bluetooth connected convenience.

          • Nikuliai

            that part I know (the lay the phone on it), but I usually charge when I’m on the bed (and I use my smartphone as a computer remote every single day), so I need to move the phone, so to me (from what I get from your description and what I knew) it would be the same (that’s what I mean by carring the charger around, I use a simple data cable on my work), but maybe a little bit more comfortable since I wouldn’t need to be “plugged” but I would need to move twice the weight since I would have to literally move the charger body aswell.

            Anyway, I think the wireless charging is an interesting idea, it’s just not useful to me, maybe it would on a car, but right now you can’t drive to work on my city -too slow, too many cars and not so many parking lots- so I don’t use that either rofl.

            PS: since you use a Nokia Wireless Charger take a look at this
            http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-CR-200-Wireless-Car-Charger/dp/B00BRPSOE6
            it’s expensive tho

          • chjapa

            That’s sweet thanks,but too much $$$ for me right now. I got the Nokia for $25. You ever get one you will understand. You can still plug it in obviously but it is a convenience you will like I would be willing to bet anything.

          • Nikuliai

            You can always buy a Toyota Avalon (with integrated wireless charging) rofl.

            I get that the wireless charging is a pretty neat function to almost everyone, but on my case since I use the phone in bed while charging and basically only charge it while on bed, it’s not really a convenience. I still think the Wireless Charging system will be the normal thing soon, it’s just that it’s not a piece of tech I get direct benefits because of my particular situation, it’s pretty neat tho

    • OregonDawg

      HTC said it was a mistake…the DNA is not in certification, but still back at integration. They are still saying end of 1st quarter for the DNA.

      • OregonDawg

        Here is what was said…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Got pretty excited when I read the headline at first thinking it was some kind of certification for the M8 LOL….We need more rumors for new phones. MWC is right around the corner.

  • John Legere

    Certification……6 mos later with My Verizon, NFL Mobile, Verizon camera watermark, Verizon Beats, etc.

  • Joshua Fowler

    My Moto X has had KitKat for longer than I can recall. I’ve had Kitkat for so long I’ve forgotten that I have KitKat.

    • dreadfall

      lol love my X too

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        I fucked your buddy’s step mother !

    • Nikuliai

      yeah, only one problem here, we have 4.4, we’re still missing 4.4.2 which fixes some bugs and camera stuff, and we all know all camera improvements are good (the Moto X is a neat phone, I love it, I do wonder tho if Moto is going to push 4.4.2 or leave it on 4.4)

      • sirmipsalot

        Totally agree. The Exchange client bug is a killer – it’s completely useless with my business email & calendar. I’m not one to harp on minor dot releases in most cases, but there is huge functionality missing from 4.4.

        • Nikuliai

          Yup, it’s irrelevant for many people, but for people that uses Exchange it’s a total pain in the ass (I fortunatelly don’t need it, I can manage all my corporate mails with Gmail or Outlook), but it’s something they should fix fast since usually the people that uses exchange are working (corporate email) so they have money to buy stuff, ergo the bug is something to consider, since right now I think the only device with 4.4 is the Moto X (Note 3, Moto G have 4.4.2 and so do the GPE), dunno about the One tho, maybe they are doing 4.4 too but I doubt it

          (Again, I look forward to the downvotes, I love my Moto X, but let’s not be blind people)

      • David Blackwell

        They’ll push it they have the Google Android squad on their team.

        • Nikuliai

          yeah, they most likely will push it, but the thing is they should rush this (since it’s their flagship phone and the new meta is to have fast updates).

          On a side note, Motorola SAYS that the Google Android team is not there at all, they have their own people working on Android (to change the UI to mostly stock and focus on performance and stuff) but they -or at least Woodside- say that Google only gives them monetary freedom (but again, they should say that either way to avoid Google the OEM’s hate <– failed on it with the Moto G ROFL)

          • David Blackwell

            Nil I like conversing with intelligent people like yourself. You do your research like me. Have a goodnight. Best of luck with your update. Goodnight.

      • C-Law

        Good news! Several Moto X’s have received 4.4.2 so it’s coming soon. P3Droid confirmed on Twitter that he has it, one other verizon user on xda received it, and a Sprint user on reddit/r/motox got it as well.

        • Nikuliai

          Really? that’s awesome! :) gonna check it out

      • Weber

        I realize this is old, but how would the jump to 4.4.2 have any affect on the Moto X Camera if the camera is its own app in the play store?

        • Nikuliai

          there were some camera bugfixes and speed improvements in 4.4.2 cuz the 4.4 version of android had those problems, but yeah you’re right, they most likely fixed it with the Google Play app since it’s not on the official changelog

  • AbbyZFresh

    3 months late HTC. What happened?

    • ReturnOfTheMack
    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      -_- who has Kitkatt updates for last year phones out now except Motorola(Google)

      • David Blackwell

        That’s because they’re owned by Google also have almost stock Android UI!!

        • Nikuliai

          well… not really, they have almost stock android and google released their Platform Developer Kit tools, that’s why the companies are taking 2-4 months in releasing kitkat for their phones where otherwise we would had been waiting for 6 months each (and they upgrade like 4 phones per company)

          • David Blackwell

            Good work man

    • richkoos

      Didn’t they say that they would deliver kit kat 90 days after it was released? They’re right on schedule actually, unless it is tested by verizon and sent back for months.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      3 months late? They released Kit Kat for the Dev, Unlocked and Google Play Editions in November. They always said that January/February was the aim for carrier versions.

      • Cael

        they said end of January. January/Feb was for the max & mini

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          Well, it’s still end of January…although I doubt carriers will be on the ball about certifying and sending out OTAs. They almost never are.