KitKat coming to the HTC DROID DNA on Thursday

KitKat coming to the HTC DROID DNA on Thursday
If you've never had the HTC DROID DNA in your hand, you might be surprised if you ever get a chance to hold it. Now about 18 months old, it is a solidly built handset that just feels great in the hand. And while it has an older generation of Qualcomm silicon under the hood, it is still a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM inside. And oh that Super LCD 3 display! The first smartphone to feature the combination of a 5 inch screen and a 1080 x 1920 resolution display, that 441ppi screen remains spectacular to look at. Sure, the battery life is not what the youngsters can get these days, but the camera app is still quick to open.

What brings up the DROID DNA is a tweet from @moversi, who works as the Executive Director, Product Management for HTC in Bellevue (no wise guy, that is Bellevue in Washington state. It is not the Bellevue facility in New York City). The tweet states that the HTC DROID DNA will start to receive Android 4.4.2 this Thursday. That is no surprise, since earlier this year, we had told DROID DNA owners to expect the chocolatey update to arrive eventually.

The HTC DROID DNA is a Verizon exclusive, and the phone is jumping from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4.2. Of course, the update will be sent out on a staggered basis. This means that if you don't receive it on Thursday, there is no need to panic, tweet Jason Mckenzie or call the National Guard. The update, which includes Sense 5.5, will arrive. And if you're impatient, you call always head into the settings mode and try to coax it out manually.

source: @moversi via AndroidCentral

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1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh my God Verizon why

2. gregwlsn

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Ugh. I sold my DNA and bought the Note 3 because I thought the DNA would never get updates. I really liked that phone in spite of the battery life.

3. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Same here. I loved my DNA. But got a Note 3 and I'm extremely happy with it as well especially since I've gotten my removable storage back. I was rooted though so I regularly got 2-2.5 days out of it.

4. stix11us

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

(Hi-5ing self) Yes!

5. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The does Verizon Note 3 have 4.4.2? Just asking..

6. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I would still have the DNA if it wasn't for the terrible battery life. KitKat will most likely drain the battery even faster.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

With Android, in most cases, battery life can be improved by tweaking the kernel, among other things...

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

and changing voltage settings and battery run partition

9. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

FINALLY!!! My years of sticking with HTC starting with the DInc, DInc2, & finally the DNA have paid off.

10. mattmasi303

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

I still have a my dna the battery life isn't much worse then my GS4 .. The kitkat update mite make it better. Can't wait

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I used the DNA for about a week. Nice screen, and lightning fast processor. The only gripe I had with it was the power button on top. I had to slide the phone down in my hand, push the power button, and slide the phone back up if I wanted to use the device one handed. I'm glad HTC is keeping this phone updated. No reason not to, since this is the same SOC found in the Nexus 4.

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Nice update, phone is running relatively fine and smoothly. The small upgrades to the UI are pretty good but honestly I would hope that these phone would come with two choices of OS, the usual bloatware crap and the vanilla android. My goodness Verizon has bloatware and redundant apps on the safe phone, I have two NFL mobile apps of which I use neither. Added a quick shortcut on the lock screen to the calculator, not sure if that is customizable to use something else. The battery seems to perform just about the same so far. My phone looks brand new but I hate this sealed battery business but the update to Kit Kat was a surprise to me as everything is held up by carrier crap this is no different. I'm nearing the end of my connection to VZW and I will probably be looking for a pure google phone or a fully rooted S5 as I can't stand touchwiz running things. I bought the S5 for the GF and I like it but I hate Touchwiz and the odd way it attempts to rope you into location services, is very heavy handed and very non-google like if you ask me.

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