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HTC DROID DNA Update Approved, Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 Inbound

Owners of the DROID DNA on Verizon can breathe a sigh of relief, as HTC reports that they have finally received approval for an Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 update to be pushed to the device.

Since the last update to the device was Android 4.2.2, the bump up to Kit Kat should bring new life to the aging DNA, a device that sports a modest 5″ 1080p display and Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. 

DNA owners hoping to see Sense 6 may be in for a bit of a disappointment, as HTC has yet to announce any type of update to its newest skin version for the phone. However, we think it’s fortunate the DNA is even seeing Android 4.4.2, so owners should probably be thankful regardless of getting the newest version of Sense or not.

HTC states that the update should begin to hit devices on April 24.


Via: @moversi
  • Frnk Jones

    KitKat just ruin my DNA.can’t make or receive calls, navigation app gone, foxfi is doa.

  • I’m stil really pissed that the update before this during the winter ruined my group messages. I can SEND a group message but I can only Receive individual messages….I live in a house w/ 6 other girls besides myself. Obviously girls text a lot, and we have multiple group chats within the house itself, so you can see how irritating that can get when you have no idea who you can respond to & who you can’t

    also, it’s just stupid not having messages being linear because the texts all come in at once

  • Anthony Johnson

    I already
    updated my HTC DNA to newly available Android 4.4 KitKat version. It feels like
    a new phone in my hand. I don’t look like 4.2.2 Jelly Bean according to me. After
    taking little long time to update the new version of Android, I am just
    charging it on qi charger . Once it fully get charged, I will explore more
    features on this new version.

  • weres the look

    waste of time and money for everyone its not kit kat

  • dont c it

    looks more like 4.4.2 jelly bean

  • dna

    I updated to kit kat on my droid dna and nothing changed but it say 4.4.2 on the software and that’s about it

  • Truth

    DNA Needed this Update more than any other phone. It didnt even have 4.3 and its a 1080p screen quad core with Adreno 320 graphics. So thank you HTC!! It still can compete with the newest phones out today for sure.

  • Nick Brigidi

    i just got the notification to do it ill be doing it when i get home

  • Joe Giannetti

    I cannot believe they would update this old phone before the galaxy s4…

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  • uncleskab

    Getting my update right now

  • Ruben Sanchez

    Download available now, manually went to settings to check and downloading it now!!!

  • Spider210

    The update log which contains the fixes specifically states blocks rumrunner security off….

  • FYLegend21

    And what about the original Butterfly and Butterfly s? I bought the Butterfly s in Taiwan because it was a carrier-unlocked device and SHOULD get faster updates. However, the update was rolled out for the LTE versions from Hong Kong etc. over a month ago. They’re focusing on the One series that they seem to leave the Butterfly series a tad bit behind, even though they are higher end devices. Otherwise, it might be they’re being a bit more cautious. The 4.4 update on the Butterfly s is said to have significant battery drain due to a bug with Google Location Services (it cannot be turned off).

    The DNA is great overall, but Verizon ruined it when they decided to remove the microSD slot. The Butterfly sold very well in Asia why not bring it to North America and Europe in its original form?

  • Derek Driver

    I’ll be stoked when it happens!

  • LionStone

    Oh yea! Awesome!

  • raj

    what about the international version aka HTC BUTTERFLY. Company is still keeping it a secret when it comes to kitkat update.

  • pat kerby

    I am not sure this update will be a good thing, since when I got 4.4.2 for my HTC One my Netflix stopped syncing with my HDMI Media Link that HTC makes us use to link it to our tv’s, Netflix claims it’s my HTC One, Verizon can’t figure out why it won’t work anymore, I am on my 3rd HTC One and regret giving my wife my Droid DNA…….I loved that phone!

    • LionStone

      Just get a Chromecast

  • chris125

    I think this will be a great update it for it to end on, and if nothing else will get access to all of the latest and greatest google apps not to mention the added TRIM support to keep it chugging along for awhile yet.

  • Justin

    Kellen, Tim, Eric, somebody…. Come to the rescue of us little people on Verizon who own a S4 or Note 3 lol. But seriously, you guys have any contacts or know anyone you guys can talk to, to get some kind of info on this ridiculous situation we are in? Can you guys be like the 3tv news station we have here in Arizona (3 on your side) and be DL on your side and speak for us little people and pull some strings and see what the hold up is by contacting some Verizon PR employee or their software engineers by chance??

    • hkklife

      Install the new Verizon Note 3 KK leak. For whatever reason, everybody wants to pretend that it doesn’t exist. But it does, it seems to be very stable and it’s even been rooted! In all honesty, it might even be a leak of the final OTA release.

      • Justin

        Oh I know the leak exists, I haven’t installed it but on xda everyone said it’s great. I’d just like to see it OTA. I’d imagine Verizon has had it since before the build date of the leaked NC2 build of March 13th, which is 6 weeks or more. Why the hold up? Just because of the S5? Why did other carriers release it then? It’s ridiculous.

  • yungqb7

    This phone is going to get the KitKat treatment before the Galaxy S4, simply amazing.

  • Justin

    Wow Verizon is ridiculous. I know they are bad about updates but this is becoming comical. The Note 3 Neo has KitKat now, just got it then other day all other carriers have had it for 3 weeks and much longer now, the S4 active has it (but now an OTA delay) and a few Note 3s have already gotten 2nd updates after receiving KitKat, like sprint adding wifi calling a few weeks after the Note 3 KitKat update. Verizon pull your head outta your rear and get those Galaxy devices on KitKat!!

    • holdthiscat

      You’re blaming Verizon for something that isn’t their fault. It’s Samsung. You may notice how much quicker HTC updates have been lately. That is because of changes HTC has made, not Verizon.

      • DainLaguna

        That doesn’t explain why other Samsung devices on other carriers have had ota’s already pushed

        • holdthiscat

          Other devices on other carriers have different firmware than the Note 3 on Verizon will. That’s because they are different. So you’re right…this does not explain why other devices got other firmware on other carriers. But, then again, that’s not what I set out to explain. Sounds like Verizon is just having problems with this specific firmware for this specific device. That would be a Samsung problem, not a Verizon one.

      • Justin

        How is it samsungs fault? Do you not realize they have 4.4.2 out for the international models, and us models? And have for quite some while? Let’s see…. Poland got it back in… Mid January I believe? Then more followed in late January and February. Then US carriers got it mid February (sprint and us cellular) not to mention AT&T had it back in January (as it was leaked out), T-Mobile pushed it out in early March, AT&T pushed out their KitKat update late March. The Galaxy Note 3 NEO just got it yesterday I believe it was and that’s the “cheap” version of it. Canada has gotten their Note 3 KitKat updates as well as Europe. So why is it that Verizon…. The leak if you have not seen has a build date of March 13th, still has not been pushed out? In just a few days that’ll be 6 weeks. So why would it not be Verizon’s fault? We all know Verizon likes to add bloat, so it’s Verizon not pushing it out my friend. Samsung has clearly done their job getting it to carriers. You might want to look at the leaked KitKat photo I have attached. The only reason HTC is getting updates out is because they have like…. 3 main phones they care about and their company is financially not doing so well, so they want to build up their customer base. Samsung has multiple high end phones to worry about and I applaud them for getting KitKat out way back in January. I just wish Verizon was a bit more thoughtful about giving phones like the S4 and the Note 3 KitKat in a somewhat timely manner.

        • holdthiscat

          You clearly have no idea how the update process works. Verizon’s certification process is the most rigorous by far. Software being delivered to a carrier does not guarantee that it will pass certification. Often times software has to be tweeked by the manufacturer in order to pass. This happened with the 4.3 update on the Verizon HTC One.

  • Jonik Cannon

    aint this some ish, i upgraded to a Note 3 bc i felt that i would get kit kat before my dna(and a bunch of other reasons) and then what, some butt hole steals my dna just before the update.

  • Alan Burnstine

    Although I have upgraded to a ONE (M8), this is still great news. I am hanging onto my DNA in case anything happens to my One since it is still a great phone (and I do miss the wireless charging, although I don’t miss being limited to just 16 gig of memory).

    • hldc1

      I second the comment on wireless charging. I also went from the DNA to the One (M8). It was nice just being able to throw my phone onto any one of the wireless chargers I bought. I had one next to my chair in the family room, one on the kitchen counter, one on my piano, one on my nightstand, and one on my desk at work.

  • Russell

    Really VZW!?!?!?! Where is the update for the note 3!!!!???? You’re killing me verizon!

    • Pdewet

      No kidding, this is a joke. The DNA before the Note 3, really? (scanning my surroundings for cameras because we have to be on some prank show)

      • Justin

        March 13th…. What….. 6 weeks ago now? Gooooooooooooodddddd Lord! This Note 3 KitKat update is being put on a Verizon pedestal! Push it for god sakes!

      • Justin

        Wasn’t the DNA released late 2011? The Note 3 was released late 2013…. Still doesn’t have KitKat…. But Verizon has had the KitKat build for quite some time for it…. But hey!! Let’s give it to the DNA! Super.

  • Michael Chediak

    I love my DNA, one of the best phones that I have ever used, just wish it had 32GB of storage…extremely happy to be getting this update.
    I thought that 4.2.2 would be the last one. I had been contemplating using my upgrade but now probably not….at least until the G3 comes out, then maybe.

  • rdoib

    Shame it only comes with 16 GB, it was otherwise a device ahead of it times and can still compete with the best.

  • Silky Johnson

    honestly the camera alone would still make me want this over the m8. I do a lot of cropping and editing

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Cropping and editing? So what phone do you use now to edit photos?

    • Hershel

      zoom zoom zoom

  • Shadowstare

    The DNA might have been the best phone of its generation of phones. Definitely the best “droid” branded phone in recent memory. I love my DNA, and have been happy with my purchase ever since. HTC continuing to upgrade it to the latest version has been the cherry on top. Whenever I get my next phone, HTC and their customer care will play a big factor

    • James_75

      I had a DNA and now have the Droid Maxx. I’m going to be 42.2 kinds of pissed off if the DNA gets the .2 update before the MAXX!!!

      The DNA was a good phone but I seem to like the Maxx’s battery life and UI better.

      • Guest

        Seething me would agree
        My Droid MAXX hasn’t been quite the same in the battery life dept since the 4.4 update
        I ain’t even complaining about the Google Wallet support though, that’s been nice to have

      • Michael Luscher

        I know right?
        My Droid MAXX hasn’t been quite the same in the battery life area since the 4.4 update
        Though I ain’t even complaining about the Google Wallet support, that’s been nice to have

    • George Davis

      The DNA was a nice phone but the Droid Maxx is the best Droid branded phone since the OG Droid IMO.

  • Aaron

    Wow…..I’m happy for you guys, I really am, but Damn verizon. What the HELL is the hold up for the Note 3? I thought (I know I thought) that the note 3 would get somewhat timely updates, But Damn, the DNA gets KK before the note 3? This is getting retarded.

  • Cesar

    Welcome to the KitKat Club, DNA owners!

  • jboogie1289

    Well I be dammned!! (Drops the mic). C’mon Vzw with the update for the Note 3!!!

  • Peter Larson

    Great phone, I loved mine until the screen was smashed into a fine powder when i dropped it about 3 feet on to carpet. I dropped it so many times with no problems, but when it finally failed it was catastrophic. Besides that, I loved the phone. There were things about the HTC One that i wished were more like the DNA.

  • Rashad

    Would this phone have the same camera software as the M8?

    • powdereddonuts

      I just updated and it looks like it has pretty much some of the same functionality as the camera on my One Max. Wasn’t able to do zoe’s before.

  • Hershel

    this has to be a joke. Verizon updating a phone?

    • But, your head. It’s gone. How is this possible? 🙁

  • I’m happy. 🙂 I agree with Ace, one of the best phones out there. I love mine.

  • ace

    The dna is still one of fastest phones out there. It was ahead of its time in my opinion. Still a great little phone. Good to know it’s still getting love.

    • James Walker

      Agreed!!! Its hard to justify a new phone to your wife when the DNA is still so good!

      My only concern is that 4.4.2 will probably break functionality for FoxFi….. So ill probably hold off till i hear the final word.

      • deskjob

        Yep 4.4.2 will definitely break wifi tethering through FoxFi. USB/bluetooth still works though. This is the only reason I haven’t updated my devices to 4.4.2.

        Still, a good problem to have though!

        • Andrew No

          I updated this morning. Good news! On my DNA the paid version works. I haven’t tested the free one

          • deskjob

            Wow really? That’s great news! Just to be sure, you tested the wifi tethering function of Foxfi with 4.4.2 correct? Reason I ask is because USB/Bluetooth will work regardless, but I prefer to use wifi tethering

      • Dominick White

        You are so very right, only reason I can’t wait for a upgrade in November is because I want a phone with a bigger battery (11-12 hours battery life is good, but I want more) and also cause i broke my charging port. Thank the Gods for wireless charging

      • Kyle

        I use this for Wifi Tethering…hope it makes it through the update: https://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/

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      • JoshGroff

        It has a quad core snapD, a FHD screen, and 2GB of the ramz. Not much it can’t handle there kiddo. They certainly were top of the line specs when it was launched, and can hold their own against the superphones of today seeing as not much has changed in the way of apps.

    • AlphaNoble

      This is only true because of how slowly phones have evolved in recent years. You can basically say this about any high end device from the last 2 years.

  • T4rd

    Still waiting for the JB update for the Rezound. =p

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      dont hold your breath

      • T4rd

        Hah, yeah, I moved on a long time ago. But the Rezound is the reason why I didn’t consider the DNA. Carrier exclusives need to DIAF.

  • AtanRaca

    And the S4 and Note 3 sit on 4.3

    • Jacob Mustin

      nobodys fault but verizon. other s4s have had it since feb, if im not mistaken

      • 213ninja

        stable? no major kinks/bugs?

    • T4rd

      I’m thinking maybe due to that 4.4.2 battery drain/camera bug that affected the Nexus 5 and Moto X. Not sure if the other GS4/N3 variants have experienced it on the Kitkat update though.

      • The Narrator

        My G2 is perfect on 4.4.2

    • Josh P.

      Both have next to official Leaks. Both have methods to Update and Keep Root. Both can be downgraded to 4.3 to update officially if need be. Both running very very smoothly with FULL sd card access. Not much to complain about at this point. Just waiting on the awesome dev community to put stuff together for custom roms. Verizon can take their sweet time at this point.

      • 213ninja

        not everyone roots/roms. and of those who do, not all of them are down with Kingo……….

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