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HTC Android 4.4 KitKat Update Prospects Look Bleak



Earlier this month, Google announced that it would be releasing an Android 4.4 KitKat update to Android users at some point in the future, an update that will replace Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The company still hasn’t announced Android KitKat features or a release date but already, we’re hearing about some devices, HTC devices in particular, that may or may not be getting the upgrade to Google’s new software.

In an effort to take some of the attention away from Apple and iOS 7, Google announced a brand new Android update dubbed Android 4.4 KitKat which will be released in partnership with Nestle, the maker of the KitKat bar. Google has not revealed any Android 4.4 features just yet nor has it said when the software will be made available. However, rumors suggest that we could be close to those answers.

Read: Android 4.4 KitKat Update Release Tipped for October.

Android 4.4 KitKat will apparently be coming in October.

Android 4.4 KitKat will apparently be coming in October.

Rumors suggest that the Android 4.4 KitKat update is close with whispers pointing to an October unveiling alongside the Nexus 5 and a new Nexus 10 from Asus. Specifically, October 14th has been mentioned as a possible date, a date that is one day ahead of Apple’s rumored iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 launch event.

While the specific date is still a bit up in the air, October seems likely for Android 4.4 KitKat, now that the Nexus 4 has been discontinued and given that we’ve seen an increasing number of Nexus-related leaks.

Ahead of its arrival, we’re hearing about which devices will be getting Android 4.4. Pantech recently confirmed Android 4.4 KitKat for its Vega Iron smartphone and we’ve also seen evidence of an Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.

Today, we’re hearing some chatter about Android 4.4 KitKat updates for HTC devices with noted insider LLabTooFeR delivering both good and bad news to owners of HTC smartphones.

According to him, several HTC devices that arrived in 2012, a list that includes the HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC One S and others, won’t get Android 4.4 KitKat updates. He claims that the only devices that may get Android 4.4 KitKat are the Droid DNA and the HTC Butterfly. And he isn’t even sure about that.

HTC is not known for its lengthy software support so it wouldn’t be surprising to see its aging phones left out of the Android 4.4 KitKat fun. However, owners should treat this as rumor at this point as Android 4.4 KitKat is still unannounced and relatively unknown.

Android 4.4 rumors suggest that it could bring updates for older devices, fragmentation changes including screen resizing, Miracast updates, color changes and new notification widgets. And it’s that first part, that updates for older devices part, that provides a bit of hope for owners of last year’s devices. At this point though, things are looking grim.



  1. [anonymous]

    09/20/2013 at 1:16 pm

    It’s going to be while before I eat KitKats again.

  2. Kevin Smart

    09/20/2013 at 3:51 pm

    HTC’s lack of support has lost me as a customer. Former owner of: EVO, EVO 3D, EVO Design.

    I now use the Nexus because I want the latest tasty treat!

  3. K White

    09/20/2013 at 4:15 pm

    What are the chances that a non-Google Play edition HTC One (M7) will get the KitKat update? I’m still waiting on the Android 4.2 update, by the way, so I’m thinking another update soon after that one finally arrives in my region sounds unlikely.

    • K White

      09/20/2013 at 4:19 pm


    • VicVicVic

      09/20/2013 at 11:31 pm

      I am positive the HTC One will get KitKat, but it likely won’t be until mid-2014 or so.

  4. miles099

    09/20/2013 at 7:31 pm

    Omg! The 14th is my birthday!

  5. Jimbo99

    09/20/2013 at 10:16 pm

    Seeing how the HTC One is about 5 months old, how tired can I be of using it with the software it came with ? The One Mini is about a month old if that and how tired can a user be with it ? Chasing new Android versions breaks apps too. That’s the nature of Linux in general I look forward to the next updated OS and it should happen, but if it doesn’t, maybe I ride out the contract I sign and get the next version of the One with updated hardware specs then and so I used Jelly Bean 4.1 for a couple of years. Long term stability is good sometimes. I have enough things to update as it is. The other day at the office everyone updated to ios 7 on their iPhones, but what good is that ? Nobody had fingerprint technology and they certainly don’t have an A7 cpu in their phone, or even 2 GB of memory. Without moving to the next iPhone 5s, they got a crippled ios 7 ? Getting something for the sake of getting something only makes sense if it really has a tangible and meaningful upgrade value. a new skin is just another waste of time & effort to learn features that may already exist and are perfectly functional in the existing software ? I use quite a few apps, I’ll spend weeks & months trying to figure out whether one is broken or improved. Just have better use of my free time than to figure out what I already learned how to do.

  6. Ivan Ramirez Arellano

    09/20/2013 at 11:34 pm

    It’s wrong to leave HTC behind. Some people who have HTC phones would love the update also. It’s like saying we going to give you a kitkat but a kitkat dat didnt come with a wrapper. Don’t leave HTC behind completely let everyone get it. Be fair.

  7. Sonia sharma

    09/21/2013 at 11:06 am

    I also have a HTC handset and i hope we also don”t miss this Update.


    05/01/2014 at 9:47 pm

    I hope my galaxy ace will get KitKat Update too..
    but i also have galaxy s4 in my pocket.. :D

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