HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat Update Release Narrows for U.S.

The HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update is still missing for AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States though it looks like one of these missing Android 4.4 KitKat updates will be rolling out sometime in the early part of this week while the other could roll out at some point within the next two weeks.

Last month, HTC was forced to acknowledge that it would not meet its self imposed HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update deadline in the United States. While the company promised to push out all four major HTC One updates by the end of January, only the Sprint HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update made it out within the company’s release window. The Verizon HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update rolled out a few days late in February. This, obviously, has left AT&T and T-Mobile HTC One users looking for answers.

Fortunately, HTC is supplying those answers. Thanks to Mo Versi, the company’s Director of Product Management, we now have a much more detailed outlook on the HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update release in the United States.

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According to recent comments from Versi, the AT&T HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update should be certified within two weeks. This means that a roll out should arrive within two weeks and quite possibly, before the end of the month. HTC originally said that all four of these updates would be out within one to two weeks but it’s clear that that isn’t going to happen.

He also has elaborated on timing for the T-Mobile HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update. That update was pegged for last week though it now appears that the company is targeting the early part of this week. Versi says it’s in the last stages of the certification process. Despite the lack of a concrete release date, it’s clear that the T-Mobile HTC One Android 4.4 update’s release is imminent.

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Once these two updates do roll out, they will bring not only Android 4.4 KitKat to users, but the new Sense 5.5 update as well. Sense 5.5 is an incremental update to Sense 5, the software that emerged with last year’s HTC One, and it brings enhancements for HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe.

Up next for the HTC One is thought to be the new Sense 6 update, an update that is rumored to be coming on board the HTC M8, the rumored successor to the HTC One. The HTC M8 launch is pegged for February or March though a specific date still hasn’t been nailed down.

  

Comments

  1. Bill Jones says

    I’d love to know more about this certification cycle – Is the problem that AT&T has more unremovable bloat-ware that needs special care? Is the problem that AT&T has higher acceptance standards than other carriers? Is the problem that there is some difference in hardware or chipset for AT&T’s network that causes more certification work? Is the carrier part of the certification cycle… does the hardware vendor wait on the carrier for certification results? Or is AT&T certification just more difficult?
    I’m inclined to be critical of AT&T (because they are a faceless enormity that sucks money out of my wallet) but I’m not getting enough detail here to know if I should be upset with them in this instance. I do wish I had Sense 5.5 on my AT&T HTC One, and I don’t want to carry on a customer relationship with an inept organization. I wish I understood better what the situation was.

  2. ddroid45 says

    I totally agree, especially given how Verizon beat att to an update for 4.4 and had trouble getting 4.3 out the door. ATT just BS’ing

  3. Steve Ronayne says

    Being an engineer myself and working on a system, can’t say what, that is so much more complex than a cell phone, we can go through testing in two weeks. I cannot fathom a cell phone being that complex that it takes more than a month to certifiy. Being technical or documentation, we do it all within that two weeks, why AT&T can’t do it is beyond me. You notice that there are no real answers. Not one valid explanation. Maybe AT&T wants to prove to HTC who’s boss by delaying this so HTC can’t say they accomplished something. I know that’s a conspiracy theory, but no other reasonable explanation has surfaced.

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