Android 4.4 KitKat may be almost a month old by this point, but when we’re talking about making updates available to existing smartphones, that’s practically still in its infancy. We’ve seen early progress from a number of manufacturers, a list that includes HTC. The company laid out a very regimented schedule for the update’s distribution, first hitting the Google Play Edition of the phone, then unlocked and Developer Edition models, and finally carrier variants. We’ve already seen that GPE update go out, and HTC had told us to expect the unlocked/dev update by the end of November. With just a day to go, HTC has made good on its word, announcing distribution of that update.
Granted, HTC didn’t quite meet its deadline for when to get that GPE update out (though it did get it to Google on time), but seeing this update land right on schedule fills us with new confidence that the HTC will be able to follow-through with its goal to have Android 4.4 available for One owners everywhere by the end of January.
Beyond just Android 4.4, the update also brings the One the updated Sense 5.5.