HTC One (M8) receives Android 4.4.4 KitKat and HTC's EYE Еxperience novel camera features

HTC One (M8) receives Android 4.4.4 KitKat and HTC's EYE Еxperience novel camera features
Yesterday, HTC unveiled its newest smartphone yesterday, the selfie-centric HTC Desire EYE with the gigantic 13MP front snapper, the unorthodox HTC RE handheld camera, and the HTC EYE Experience software. The latter, in particular, will bring a bevy of novel camera features to a slew of HTC devices, namely the HTC One, One (E8), One mini, One mini 2, One max, Desire 816, Desire 820, and Butterfly 2. Of course, the HTC One (M8) flagship also got an invitation to the party. HTC initially said that said update will roll out sometime in the following months, but it seems that the One (M8) is already receiving it in certain regions.

The HTC EYE Experience arrives hand in hand with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the most recent version of Google's mobile platform. The latter brings about a lot of performance updates and improvements, but frankly said, HTC's new camera software is a lot more interesting. It flaunts a number of the new features that adorn the HTC Desire EYE -  Face Tracking, which allows the front-facing camera of the One (M8) to track the faces of up to 4 people and keep them in focus; Split Capture, a feature that makes use of both the front and the rear cameras and combines the resulting image into a handy collage; and Face Fusion, a feature that allows you to make a mashup between your selfie and another portrait image.

The update weighs in at 252 MB and is rolling over-the-air and is already rolling out in certain regions. We don't know if this is a partial test release or just the beginning of a global rollout, so we can say how long you'll have to wait before Android 4.4.4 with HTC EYE Experience lands on your HTC One (M8). 

Don't forget to check out our hands-on of the HTC Desire EYE and the camera comparison between the selfie-potent device and the HTC One (M8) champion!

Thanks for the tip, Anurag!


source: GizmoBolt

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

HTC is the best Android manufacturer, they have best UI Skin which is fast, smooth, elegant and gets updates very fast. I hope Samsung leaves their TW and move on.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsung won't leave Touchwiz, it's like their energy and blood. No manufacturers will leave their own UI. But I hope they will redesign the UI more, even LG's G UI looks more better and mature than Touchwiz.

12. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Sohai la! I had LG G2 and I can say LG's UI is highly inspired by TW (I'm not saying copying because I think every manufacture do the same thing) and one of the worst Android skin!

13. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I like UI on my G2, but I don't like that LG is slow with updates. -_-

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Wow, here I was thinking they skipped 4.4.4 after they said that after 4.4.3 it's next update will be at android l. Great job on the updates htc!

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i read somewhere that htc changed their update plan and decided to release kitkat 4.4.4 for some of their flagship and non flagships devices..one of the reason why they release the 4.4.4 is the inclusion of this HTC Eye Experience...

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Good news! But I wonder will they update the Desire series phones? HTC promised that their phones will receive 2 years of software updates since launch.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I think they'll support both the desire 816 and 820 for now, as for the updates to take as far as 2 years, I wouldn't be too sure about that

8. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I wouldn't rely on that. Even the Nexus phones get one and a half years of support.

14. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

HTC promised 2 years of software updates only for their one, one max & one mini. I read that on their website.

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

now i started to check my phones software update every hour..hoping i have already ths update...sigh....cant wait....

9. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

does the htc one m8 front camera has auto focus.

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It doesn't. Fixed focus.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yeah start rolling out this baby!!

15. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

best manufacture for android htc best and fastest ui and super beauty phone and now camera fix after all

16. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No update here on Verizon in the U.S., as expected.

17. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Pan 360 is one of the best feature of HTC(besides sense). I've never seen such a great 360 pic from any other phone or app. That is one reason I hate to change Roms to aosp,cyanogen etc.

18. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

thank you htc thank you i love m8 now it,s better

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