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HTC One Developer and Unlocked Models Now Receiving Android 4.4 KitKat!
Although it may seem like only yesterday, Android 4.4 KitKat was officially launched an entire month ago, alongside the release of the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5. Since then, we’ve seen copious amounts of work to bring these KitKat goodies over to older devices. Most of this effort has come in the form of unofficial ports, but the new Google-owned Motorola shocked us all by delivering Android 4.4 to the Moto X in record time, beating out both Google Play edition devices in the process.
Motorola’s fast turnaround time is certainly quite an impressive feat, and one that bodes well for the future of the company. That said, we shouldn’t expect much different from a Google subsidiary. Furthermore, the Moto X is pretty much as close to vanilla Android as you can get in a phone nowadays, outside of the Nexus lineup and Google Play edition devices.
Now, HTC is leading the pack with its Android 4.4 rollout for the HTC One. The update is now being rolled out to all developer edition devices, as well as unlocked units not purchased from carriers. While this says nothing about carrier-branded devices, we can’t imagine that carriers will enjoy the bad publicity of lagging far behind the unlocked variants.
Naturally, this update to KitKat also features HTC Sense 5.5. This comes as the first official Android 4.4 update to any truly OEM-skinned device, demonstrating that OEM customizations do not necessarily have to result in Android firmware update delays.
Readers, what are your thoughts on HTC’s impressive update turnaround time? Let us know in the comments below!
Good work, HTC. We hope other manufacturers can follow in your footsteps.
[Source: HTC Twitter Account]
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