Earlier this week HTC announced on Twitter that more users of the popular HTC One M8 could expect the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to arrive soon, and the next day it arrived for those on T-Mobile. Today though, more HTC One M8 users can expect the same to start arriving.
Starting last month the HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update arrived for most users in the United States and around the globe, but now the missing HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is rolling out to multiple carriers. Along with it comes the new HTC Eye software experience and improved camera features.
While many manufacturers have been busy pushing Android 4.4.4 KitKat to devices, HTC opted to add some of those improvements to Android 4.4.3, with no word on an update to 4.4.4 KitKat. Then rumors started swirling last month that they’d change their minds and would send it out shortly, and that’s what happened. Verizon Wireless users started getting the new software as of late last night.
As of yesterday Verizon Wireless and HTC started rolling out a new firmware update for the HTC One M8 that brings tons of changes, improvements, security fixes and more. Users on Verizon Wireless sent in a few tips last night that it had arrived, right on time after the confirmation on Twitter, but most owners can expect to see it today, or by the end of the week.
The HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update arriving today isn’t just a bump to the latest version of Android, as it also has an entire camera software suite full of new features called the HTC Eye Experience. Odd name aside, HTC announced a slew of impressive (and some gimmicky) new features earlier this month, and you’ll be able to enjoy them today.
While getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat is a great update, and something many users should be excited about, it’s the new HTC Eye Experience that has the most to offer. It won’t give you more pixels, but it does have a lot to offer.
So what else is new aside from Android 4.4.4 KitKat? As mentioned above, the entire Eye experience is coming to your smartphone. While Verizon likely has a few additional changes or tweaks for its version, the same new features found on the T-Mobile Eye update will arrive for those on Verizon.
Some of the new features include facial tracking, photo booth where you can merge four photos into a single shot for the best image, voice selfies with a countdown timer (yes, because everyone needs more duck faces) face fusion, as well as the new split camera which lets you capture images or video from both the front and rear cameras simultaneously.
Of course the facial tracking and split camera features sound best, as being able to merge faces with face fusion may be more of a gimmick than anything else.
This is currently rolling out for the T-Mobile HTC One M8, and the Verizon Wireless HTC One M8, and other devices and carriers will be delivering the same update in the near future. The changelog states this comes in roughly a little over 210MB in size, so it shouldn’t take long but you may want to use WiFi and save that precious mobile data if you’re on a low data plan.
HTC has promised this update for multiple devices and for all carriers in the United States. Stay tuned as we’ll have more details regarding the update, and more carrier rollouts soon.