What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn’t the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. Now the question in everybody‘s mind undoubtedly turns to when their device will get the update. Luckily, we now know the roadmap for certain key devices.
Nexus Lineup: Very soon
The current Nexus devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10) will receive an update to 4.4 KitKat “in the coming weeks.” At that point, the factory images and proprietary binaries for these devices will also be made available.
Unfortunately, however, the Android 4.4 goods will not be spread to the Galaxy Nexus. At this point, we theorize that this has to do with TI’s exit from the mobile SoC market. Thus, it is not in their best interest to produce driver binaries for the latest version of Android. However, given the open nature in the OMAP4, I wouldn’t count the device out in terms of aftermarket support just yet.
HTC One: Very soon for Google Play edition, 90 days for carrier variants
The HTC One will see an expedient update as well. Engadget spoke with Jason Mackenzie (president of HTC America), who stated that the OS update would be coming to the Google Play edition within 15 days and to the North American carrier variants within 90 days. The carrier variants will retain their Sense 5.5 skin as expected.
Samsung: Very soon for Google Play edition, unknown for other versions
So far, little is known regarding Samsung’s plans to update its recent devices to KitKat. However, we do know that the Google Play edition of the S4 will receive its update “in the coming weeks,” as stated by Sundar Pichai. That said, we couldn’t imagine Samsung falling too far behind HTC in this regard, so it’s reasonably safe to assume that updates will be made available for all of Samsung’s recent devices in the coming few months.
Motorola: At least it’s coming!
Finally, Motorola has plans to update the Moto X, as well as its latest Droid devices (Mini, Maxx, Ultra) to KitKat. There is no timeline as of yet, but at least the update is coming. Unfortunately, it looks like older Motorola devices other than the developer edition of the Razr HD are out of luck. You can check your own device’s update status on Motorola’s update portal.
While they may take some time to make it to your phone, the Android 4.4 goods are here. By hook or by crook, we’ll see Android 4.4 on most (if not all) modern devices. Heck, I’m personally waiting to see 4.4 on the legendary HTC HD2.
Did you already purchase a Nexus 5 to be first in line for the KitKat goods, or are you waiting for the OS to be made available on your existing hardware? Let us know in the comments below!_________
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