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Android 4.4 Kit Kat Update for Verizon HTC One Incoming

HTC One owners on Verizon, rejoice! HTC executive Mohammed Versi just confirmed through Twitter that the Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Sense 5.5 update has received technical approval from Verizon, which means the OTA is imminent.

Unsurprisingly, Verizon isn’t the first carrier to certify the Kit Kat firmware on its variant of the HTC One; the update for Sprint owners began rolling out last weekend. The carrier appears to have bested AT&T and T-Mobile, though, so I guess you could consider that an improvement. 

The OTA will probably roll out gradually, so no need to worry if you don’t receive a notification right away. That said, when Verizon officially announces the OTA, manually checking for updates in the settings menu (About > Software updates > Check now) may expedite the process.

Via: Mohammed Versi (Twitter)
  • HeatFan786

    C’mon T-Mobile….

  • ndear

    I don’t like the update or don’t u derstand it. My battery is draining,I don’t get notification light any more and my droid emoticons are gone to name a few. Also the top bar of my phone where the time is is now black and white instead of in color.

  • jay

    HAHA .. mine is updating right now. HTC one for the win!

  • Alissa Willumitis

    Just checked for updates on my Verizon HTC One, and Kit Kat is here! Downloading now!

  • Brenda Dines

    Any news on when Tmobile will do their updates for the HTC one to kit kat?

  • Guest

    What about t-mobile HTC ones? Any news when there update will be?

  • Luis

    On Sprint and still haven’t gotten the 4.4 update :/

    • Luis

      nvm just got the update lmao

      • Mike

        Note 3 already has kit Kat I’m getting note 3, and I’m not liking htc anymore bad business practices and subpar devices

  • RustyTechGuy

    Already got the update it downloaded last night that was fast. For once I am glad I am on Verizon and own and HTC phone my old Samsung took forever to get updates.

  • Element01

    Any chance we could get some news of when the OTA will be available for the rest of the globe!?!…every f*cking time I google ‘HTC One Kitkat news’ its all about the US, no wonder HTC is battling, shine up and give some love to the rest of us you bunch of knob ends!

  • Will Plourde

    I just got the update on my Verizon HTC One. Very smooth and responsive!

  • nick rigsby

    I’ve yet to get my 4.3 update … The Verizon tech support Twitter was less than helpful. I went all the way to a factory reset

  • dexy

    S5 will smoke them all 🙂

  • dexy

    looks like samsung has added camera button to S5 🙂

  • Michael Francis Werling

    They said on October 31st that Kit Kat would arrive in 90 days for carrier versions…They started pushing it out on Sprint over the weekend on day 93. Thats pretty good!

  • Tyler Casilio

    Is this real life?

  • WK

    wow. didn’t see this one coming. please let this happen for the G2 also.

  • Tim Buchanan

    Will this allow us to begin using Wallet’s “tap to pay” feature?

  • joejoe5709

    Congrats! That’s pretty speedy for HTC and that’s comparatively quick for Verizon as a whole. Just me or does Verizon seem to have stepped up their update speed?

    Alrighty LG… I’m starting to get a little antsy. All the others are rolling out updates and we still don’t have anything solid.

  • Matt Gondek

    I’ll believe it once I get it, until then I’ll sitting here mashing “Check New” like it owes me money

    • Mark2134

      Heh this made me chuckle. 🙂

      • Matt Gondek

        A wise man once said: “Good things come to those who mash”

        • John Legere

          30 minutes? You silly Verizon

        • Douglas Lewis

          Downloading mine now, too. Unfortunately, I don’t have a power cable in my truck, so I’m stuck plugged in at work while everyone else got to go home because we closed for the snow. At least Portland is pretty all covered in white.

  • Michael swaim

    Come on DNA, you should be next to see the update 🙂

  • kdub

    Wtf Samsung ! HTC One getting kitkat before the S4 come on !

    • John Legere

      Samsung = long time
      I mean. The Note 2 just got 4.3 a few months ago

    • Cesar

      How is this a surprise? This is Samsung, after all.

      • Gary Graf

        Samsung is usually faster than HTC. That’s why.

        • Blue Sun

          Its a lot easier when you need to create 1 upgrade vs. Samsung’s 20 upgrades.

  • hkklife

    Any word yet on the Droid DNA yet?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Damn, forgot all about that phone.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Im sure youre not the only one. VZW & HTC did too

    • Cael

      Yeah, this is the year it completely dies.
      So sad 🙁

    • D.B.Evans

      HTC still showing it at the Integration stage, hasn’t made it to Verizon for certification yet. http://www.htc.com/us/go/htc-software-updates/

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Would be happy right now if I hadn’t sold it lol, and went prepaid.

  • mlee19841

    humm. how does this affect one that is rooted with s-off running 4.3??

    • Rob

      Unlocked bootloader? Won’t get updated from VZW I believe. Someone chime in if I’m wrong.

  • KG

    HTC phone getting the update before my Note 3 🙁 not cool

  • James Geist

    Up for upgrade on Verizon and looking to keep the budget down by picking up a “last Gen” phone. Going back and forth between the LG G2 and the HTC One. Does this tip the scales towards the One at all?

    • KingofPing

      Wait until March. 🙂

      (I know, I know…those upgrades seem to burn like hell until you use ’em, don’t they?)

      • James Geist

        It’s more of a cost saving measure. I don’t care to have the absolute latest and greatest, when I can pick something up for 50 bucks instead of 200+. Not to mention that devices like the G2 and One have already been test driven and have a great track record. I’m sure the S5 and the M8 will be good, but you never know when you’ll land a turd that didn’t really stand up like the original Nexus.

        • KingofPing

          Too bad T-Mo probably doesn’t have the coverage you need otherwise I’d suggest moving over to ’em. Reasonable (to zero) down payments on devices and decently low payments.

          Paid $99 for my One on launch and pay $20 a month. I’ll probably pay the same or less for the M8 when it hits.

          I do understand the whole “tried and tested” perspective you have going on here, though. Been burned a few times myself. Honestly concerned about using my early upgrade for the M8 as it means I’d have to give up my One. It’s the first device I’ve owned that I actually really like…especially a year later.

          (hint, hint…I still like the One. Get it…..get it now…)

          Was that too subtle? 😉

    • Ajmobileguru

      Oh well! G2 a “last gen” phone! 🙁

      • James Geist

        I just mean that I can get it dirt cheap from Verizon on upgrade (50 bucks) versus getting one of the new beasts that gets unleashed this year. I fully expect the G2 to stand up over the next few years if I choose it.

        • Luis

          Go for the G2. Fantastic phone. With those specs and camera it’ll last you years.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Quite frankly if you’re going to actually upgrade and pay a subsidized price might as well wait for the new models.

      • James Geist

        Paying $50 for a phone that already has acclaim and a good track record (G2/One) or spending $199+ for one of the newbies that has a chance of being a trainwreck like many of the devices in the last 2 years. I’d rather save the money and go with the safe choice.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          You’ll be paying a lot less than $199 couple months after they release from places like Amazon, on contract.

    • Ryan

      No. Imo the G2 has better battery life, camera, on screen buttons, better screen. So all aroumd better device.

    • joejoe5709

      No. The G2 should have the update soon.

      The HTC One has some incredible speakers. a fantastic screen and unmatched build quality. But the G2 has a significantly larger screen (while remaining exactly the same size overall) with onscreen buttons, a MUCH larger battery, a better camera, and a better processor that is much more future proof.

      Just remember – software can be changed, but hardware is forever. Get the G2. If you do choose to get the HTC One, wait a month or so for its successor to come out because prices will soon drop.

      • James Geist

        Appreciate the thoughts.

    • Rob

      G2. Snapdragon 800 vs 600, better camera (has optical image stabilization), and larger battery. No brainer to me. The only thing the One has going for it is boomsound. Only thing that sucks is G2 is on 4.2.2 but I think it’s supposed to get 4.4 by the end of March.

      • HeatFan786

        Both have OIS. The only thing is that HTC’s device is a low light sensor and nothing more. HTC has a better design too. The software looks nice as well.

    • hkklife

      I would absolutely get the G2 all day long over the One. All the One has going for it is Boomsound, better build quality and Sense over LG’s messy skin. Heck, just the Snapdragon 800 and bigger battery would seal the deal for the G2 for me, so the better camera and much larger screen are just icing on the cake.

    • Disqus_n00b

      I wouldn’t upgrade at all. $99 instead of $199 looks nice, but remember the 2-years worth of device subsidies you are paying – about $580 for current gen and $680 for next gen is what you are really paying for the device. Break the contract cycle!

  • rdrizzle

    I dont believe it. I still hate Verizon and the how they treated stranded customers in the Atlanta snowmageddon.

    • Scott

      Were they supposed to come pick you up or something?

    • Josh Holtrust

      Stupid comment. What were the supposed to do. As Scott said, were they supposed to come pick you up and take you home? It was unexpected, their network got overloaded. Sh*t happens, are you dead? No. Take responsibility for yourself, don’t blame others.

      • rdrizzle

        Network failing when my friends on T-Mobile were doing fine is unacceptable. I pay significantly more for service than others on “inferior” networks. I should reasonably expect my service to work during 2 inches of snow. Furthermore, them not acknowledging the mishap with some form of credit is salt on the wound. So, if you don’t mind such things from a service provider that you pay, then that’s your issue. I expect much more for the price I pay to be with this carrier.

        Oh and your comment was “stupid” for thinking I thought that Verizon was responsible for me being stuck on the road and that I should be happy because I’m didn’t die last week. Clearly not the issue.

        • PoisonApple31

          So every time there is 2 inches of snow in a big city Verizon should bring in COWs to make sure they have enough capacity? Verizon should forecast poor planning in Atlanta? Two inches of snow, what a joke.

        • Josh Holtrust

          I didn’t say Verizon was responsible for you being stuck. But, if that’s how you feel, then… good for you.

  • PoisonApple31

    I’m impressed – maybe I’ll consider the M8 this time around.

    • Blue Sun

      Personally, I’m going to wait & see if this was a fluke or the beginning of a trend. HTC has had a horrible track record of slow updates (except this one), & cutting off support for devices that are less than 18 months old.

      • PoisonApple31

        It screams fluke to me (I’m on Verizon), but perhaps HTC is coming around. Maybe 3 years is the appropriate amount of time to avoid HTC and reconsider it.

        • Blue Sun

          I’ll probably do the same. The other things concerns me is how short they’ve supported devices before claiming end of life.

  • Philip J. Fry

    It’s about damn time, Verizon. So glad I don’t have to deal with this anymore.

    • KingofPing

      …some people simply cannot be pleased.

      • Philip J. Fry

        Pleased? Is it so much to ask to try to keep up with the other carriers?

        • KingofPing

          By other carriers…you mean Sprint, of course.

          …since they are the only other carrier in the US to release 4.4.2 for the HTC One?

          Like I said…

          • Philip J. Fry

            Lol well they got it out, didn’t they? It’s not rocket science pushing out updates.

          • KingofPing

            …like I said.

            (They not only kept up with “other carriers”, they beat two of them.)

          • Tim242

            Why must you argue with so many people?

          • Philip J. Fry

            Because everybody is allowed to have an opinion?

          • Tim242

            Yes, and you stated it. There’s no reason to argue back and forth trying to force your opinion on someone else. Verizon used to be horrible with updates. They are changing that. That is fact, not opinion.

          • bholt6

            I believe the point he was trying to make is that historically Verizon hasn’t kept up with the other carriers. For instance, the 4.3 update.

          • KingofPing

            History is great (and I’m no fan of VZW); but there is nothing in his comment suggesting that he’s doing anything but complaining about how “late” this update is.

            Verizon has indeed historically sucked with updates. I don’t think there’s a person on Earth who would argue that point.

            They did good this time. (Better than my carrier and better than ATT)

          • Philip J. Fry

            Yea, this time and for the moto x. That’s about it.

          • KingofPing

            Yes. That’s it. Exactly. They did good this time. Thank you.

            Have a great day, man.

          • Blue Sun

            Has Verizon’s history with updates has slipped your mind?

          • KingofPing


            Wow. Try and give ’em credit for doing well *once* and the whole mountain of hate comes down on ya.

            FFS, guys. Yeah; they have sucked at updates for a very long time. This ain’t news to anyone. /smh

          • Tim242

            Has their recent updates slipped yours?

          • Blue Sun

            Their recent history is still pretty checkered. Nexus 7 (2013) LTE anyone?

          • Tim242

            I wasn’t aware Verizon was responsible for updating Google’s tablet.

    • Rob

      I would be pretty annoyed too. It came with 4.2x right? Released AFTER the S4 (which I think was on 4.3, right?), so in my head I’m thinking they better get on it to update it to 4.4 as fast as they can. The jump from 4.2 to 4.3 or 4.4 is a bigger deal than 4.3 to 4.4 IMO.

      Now if only LG would get the G2 on Verizon to 4.4…

      • Gr8Ray

        S4 launched with 4.2.2, updated to 4.3 in November.