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Google Play edition HTC One now getting Android 4.4 KitKat OTA

Google Play edition HTC One now getting Android 4.4 KitKat OTA
HTC's ambition to get its North American fans rolling on Android 4.4 KitKat a.s.a.p. is still a work in progress, but the Google Play edition of the company's One flagship is altogether skipping the queue. And deservedly so.

Google Play edition HTC One owners have started receiving the new 300MB KitKat update over-the-air according to multiple sources, proving that investing into the stock Android experience has its perks. It's worth pointing out that, much alike other devices that have already made the jump to KitKat, the update doesn't bring the all-new Google Experience Launcher, meaning that no dedicated page has been ordained for Google Now.

In case you're a little dim on the details, a Google Play edition smartphone is a fairly new term, which simply signifies the fact that a certain flagship (for now) is being sold directly by Google, unlocked and contract-free. Perhaps more importantly, however -- these devices come running completely stock Android, just the way Google intended it.

via: Android Authority

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posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:08

1. Rocksteady (Posts: 183; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


and my Nexus 4 is still running 4.3, no OTA update till now.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:16

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6663; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You could have backed up everything on your phone, install the update yourself and have 4.4 on your phone for a week now.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:41

7. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 563; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


doesnt release at the same time in all regions.. Have patience

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:23 1

13. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


good job HTC loving the new HTC they are the best at updates better than nexus.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 20:06

17. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


This HTC One(GE) update , will make 5 people very happy. Right?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:20

3. bagou01 (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)


Same here, nexus4 and still no 4.4 ....
I hate apple, but they must be having such a great time right now seing google do so much sh.t with their upgrade ...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:38

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6663; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment #2. All of that takes less than 30 minutes.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 09:52 1

9. bagou01 (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)


i shouldn't have to do anyting manually, otherwise i'd just install cyanogen. we're talking OTA here dude, stop coming with the manual install !

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:35

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6663; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If you really wanted the update, you would have done it yourself. Don't complain like a little kid because it isn't going to push the update out any faster.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 20:10

18. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


You do realize that mostly geeks are buying Nexus and GE devices? Don't you?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:33

4. mike2959 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Kit Kat is supposed to be able to operate on Phone's with a mere 512K Ram. So why wouldn't Google push it to every Google device?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:38 4

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6663; Member since: 14 May 2012)


1. OEMs
2. Carriers (US)

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 14:53

15. mike2959 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-KitKat-to-run-comfortably-on-512MB-RAM-devices-heres-how_id49099

My point though was the Nexus phones. Not OEM, nothing to do with carriers. The Nexus One is not even 4 years, the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus isn't even 2.5 years and it's stopped OFFICIALLY updating more than 9 updates ago! If KITKAT can run comfortably on 512K phones, ...well then why not their own phones?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 17:36 1

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6663; Member since: 14 May 2012)


TI dropped out of the mobile chip industry. Google can push 4.4 to the GN, but they would have to pay to do all the work. Older chipsets don't support later Android builds, which is why they can not be updated.

Google releases 4.4 to OEMs, which they decide which device receives it and which doesn't. They then add their own UI to it. Once they're finished, they release the update to US carriers (or nationally if it's an international model) who have to do 'testing.'

It's not as simple as you think it is.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:43

8. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 563; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


The updates dont come from Google.. They come from OEMs/Carriers...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:21 3

11. av911 (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


"Kit Kat is supposed to be able to operate on Phone's with a mere 512K Ram. So why wouldn't Google push it to every Google device?"

Pretty sure it's not 512K.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:10 1

10. md227a (Posts: 113; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Happy for the HTC guys, what about the S4 play edition. Where's that update, dropping the ball Samsung.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 14:15

14. Mr.Statue (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Still haven't gotten my update for nexus 7 (2013)

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 21:40

19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Without the new launcher that only the Nexus 5 has, it doesn't really add any value so IDC bout kit Kat that much.

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