HTC to Roll Out Android KitKat Update Towards End Jan, 2014
HTC users in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa would get their update to Android 4.4 KitKat version starting end of January 2014. This has been officially confirmed by HTC, making them the first among the frontline companies to actually come up with concrete plans to upgrade to Android KitKat. HTC has also announced the models that would be covered under this update scheme. These would be the HTC One, HTC One Max and HTC One Mini. While HTC users would get their updates in Jan next, those who have picked up their sets from Google Play store, would have their updates earlier.
Come mid November, users of the Google Play Edition of the HTC One should be getting their update. That would also be when Samsung Galaxy S4, the Google Play Edition also gets their KitKat update. There is however other methods for getting the update earlier. That of course needs individual updates to be executed and little bit of tech knowledge. Articles on how the same could be updated on the Nexus 5 have been available and that is the same way that other sets could also be updated.
A press release from HTC mentions about the Android 4.4 roll out across EMEA with Sense 5.5 from end January of next year. The Press release also mentions about mid November dates for the update for the Google Play Editions.
The HTC One Mini and HTC One Max however has not been mentioned in the Press release possibly as these are yet to make their mark in the market as yet. We can expect that sooner or later these two models would also get their Android 4.4 KitKat update.
The Droid DNA is another device that would be provided with the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. The smartphone is yet to receive Android 4.2 or Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade, which HTC hopes to release before the end of the year. And upgrade to Android KitKat just a month later seems unlikely for the Droid DNA that has already been in the market for about a year now.