After the Android 4.4 KitKat update has been pushed to the WiFi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets and the factory images for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 WiFi+cellular, and Nexus 10 have been released, now it’s time for the Google Play Edition smartphones to get the latest Android firmware.
While there’s no word on when the Android 4.4 KitKat update will be rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE, it looks like the update for the HTC One GPE will be coming soon. On October 31st, when Android 4.4 was announced, the Taiwanese company’s officials said that KitKat will arrive on the US HTC One variants in less than 90 days, while the Google Play Edition will get it in around 15 days.
Exactly 15 days after the Android 4.4 announcement, HTC USA used Twitter to announce that they’ve “delivered KitKat code to Google for HTC One GPE. Timing of push via PlayStore to be determined by Google.” This means that HTC’s work is now done and that the Android 4.4 roll out time for HTC One GPE is now entirely Google’s decision.
Anyway, you shouldn’t expect it to roll out right away, but we might actually see it hitting the first devices in the next days/weeks.
As a refresher, the HTC One Google Play Edition brings a full HD 4.7-inch Super LCD3 display with 1080 x 1920 resolution and a pixel density of 469 ppi, quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB built-in storage, 4 MP camera with UltraPixel technology, OIS, and 1080p@30 fps video recording, 2,300 mAh battery and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone, including 4G LTE, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
It’s nice to hear that HTC One Google Edition will get Android 4.4 OTA about the same time as the Nexus 4 and I guess it’s safe to assume that KitKat for Sense HTC One units will indeed arrive by February 2014, just like the Taiwanese phone maker promised.