In the past few days, we’ve seen a number of new HTC Android 4.4 KitKat update details emerge, teasing users with everything from Android 4.4.2 KitKat update releases to release windows for carriers. Here, we take a look at five of the latest details surrounding HTC’s Android 4.4 KitKat update plans for users around the world.
All year, HTC has done a standup job relaying information about its key Android software updates. This new policy is and was a complete reversal from HTC’s previous stance which saw the company remain silent and vague about updates for its key devices. So, it came as no surprise that HTC was on the front lines of the Android 4.4 KitKat update and its release.
Shortly after Google made Android 4.4 KitKat official, again, HTC announced an ambitious plan to upgrade several of its devices within a short amount of time. For HTC One Google Edition users, it was within 15 days. For HTC One Developer Edition and unlocked HTC One users, it was a 30 day window for Android 4.4 KitKat. For regular old HTC One users in the United States, HTC promised an update by the end of January. So far, the company has been able to stick to its word.
Of course, the HTC One wasn’t the only device that saw an Android 4.4 KitKat confirmation. We’ve also seen HTC announce updates for the HTC One Max, HTC One mini and the Droid DNA. The company says that the Droid DNA Android 4.4 KitKat update should come in the first quarter of the year, meaning January, February or March, but other time frames haven’t been announced.
Over the last few days, we’ve unearthed some new Android 4.4 KitKat details, both good and bad, for owners of these other non-HTC One devices. And it’s these new details should help to paint a better picture of HTC’s Android 4.4 KitKat update plans.
HTC One Google Play Edition
Originally, it looked like the HTC One Google Play Edition was set to get Android 4.4.1 KitKat in the short term. However, yesterday, a noted HTC leakster blew those plans apart.
And It looks like One GE will get 4.4.2 instead of 4.4.1…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) December 9, 2013
LlabTooFeR, who is generally familiar with software information inside HTC, claims that the HTC One GE will not be getting Android 4.4.1 KitKat but it will be getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat instead, the same update that started rolling out to Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 users yesterday.
HTC hasn’t confirmed this yet but given that Android 4.4.2 is now live, there is a very good chance that we’ll see Google and HTC skip over Android 4.4.1 KitKat for the latest version.
HTC One Google Play Edition users will likely encounter bug fixes and quite possibly some enhancements but nothing as major as say an Android 4.4 KitKat or Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
The regular old HTC One with Sense still hasn’t been upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, rumors suggested it could see the update before Christmas and we’ve seen HTC confirm the software for arrival in the United States by the end of January. According to LlabTooFeR, it will be getting Android 4.4 in the future but it’s likely going to be Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
HTC One with Sense (International device) might expect Android 4.4.2 update based on build KOT49G…instead of 4.4 based on KRT16S…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) December 9, 2013
He claims that like the HTC One Google Play Edition, the regular old HTC One will be upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat as well. He doesn’t outline any time frame for the update or whether the change has pushed back the timing of the software but it does look like the HTC One will be getting the latest version of Google’s brand new software.
HTC One mini
When HTC announced the HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update, it also announced updates for the HTC One Max and HTC One mini, updates that it said would roll out after the company pushed out the HTC One update. Unfortunately, the company did not provide any kind of timing for these users. Well, it appears that HTC One mini owners, at the very least, now have a vague window to look at.
Thanks to Canadian carrier Rogers, we now know that at least one carrier plans to push the HTC One mini Android 4.4 KitKat update out in late February. No specific date is given. It’s not clear where on the curve Canada will lie when it comes to the HTC One mini update but we imagine that unlocked and international variants will get the software first which means before late February.
HTC Butterfly S
When HTC announced that the Droid DNA would be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update, we assumed that the company would be upgrading its Butterfly lineup with the latest software. The Droid DNA is based on the HTC Butterfly, a device that was recently joined by another model called the HTC Butterfly S, the HTC Butterfly’s true successor.
That seems to have been confirmed by documentation sent in by a reader (Thanks, Zack!) from Singapore. An official response from HTC points to a “high chance” of an HTC Butterfly S Android 4.4 KitKat update. We don’t see anything about the original HTC Butterfly here but we imagine that both devices will be getting the update at some point.
HTC One X
We’ve reported on the chances of the HTC One X Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and or Android 4.4 KitKat updates numerous times and unfortunately, the news hasn’t been good. That hasn’t changed today as HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management Mo Versi has essentially killed the chances of an HTC One X Android 4.4 KitKat update.
@maksimilian1 No plans for 4.4 at this time. If anything changes, I will update you. Thanks.
— Mo (@moversi) December 10, 2013
We’ve heard rumors but Versi says, officially, that the company has no plans to upgrade the HTC One X to Android 4.4. This all but confirms that the HTC One X will remain on Android 4.2 and Sense 5.