Despite efforts, HTC will miss US One KitKat update 90-day schedule

Back at the start of November, immediately following the launch of the Nexus 5 and introduction of Android 4.4 KitKat, HTC announced its own plans for KitKat update distribution. For the flagship HTC One, the company laid out the order the update would hit certain variants: GPe first, then developer edition, then unlocked, and finally hitting the phones in the hands of US carrier-affiliated users within 90 days… which we’re coming right up against. Unfortunately, HTC isn’t quite going to make that deadline, as it explains in a statement today.

Don’t get us wrong; HTC has done pretty well by the One and KitKat, and after hitting those earlier targets, we learned a few days back that the update is in the hands of US carriers, awaiting their certification. Apparently HTC was being cautiously optimistic, holding out hope that approval might come swiftly, but today HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie informs users that the company has learned that it’s just not going to happen; those KitKat updates are coming, but hope of hitting the 90-day mark is gone.

Mackenzie reports that the way things are looking now, US carrier updates should start going out in just another week or two.

Source: HTC

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