HTC and Motorola announce Android 4.4 KitKat updates for existing devices

HTC and Motorola announce Android 4.4 KitKat updates for existing devices

Summary: Google revealed Android 4.4 KitKat details yesterday, along with the Nexus 5. HTC and Motorola were quick to inform consumers they will be providing updates for their smartphones very soon.

HTC and Motorola announce Android 4.4 KitKat updates for existing devices
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One of the frustrations with Android is the lack of updates for existing devices when a new OS update is announced. It looks like HTC and Motorola are working to eliminate that frustration with announcements that their latest products will be updated soon.

As a major fan of the HTC One, I was particularly pleased to hear that Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, confirmed the One would get the update within 15 to 90 days.

The Google Play Edition should see Android 4.4 within 15 days, the unlocked model and Developer Edition within 30 days, and the carrier variants within 90 days.

The fact that the One will indeed be getting the 4.4 update, just after the 4.3 update, means my One will not be going anywhere even if I end up keeping the Nexus 5 I just ordered.

Motorola also revealed that the Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will all be getting Android 4.4. There was no time frame reported for these updates.

Many older devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, will not be upgraded to Android 4.4. It is difficult for Google and manufacturers to upgrade these older devices when internals are outdated while it is much easier for Apple to provide updates when they control the entire hardware and software environment.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, HTC, Smartphones

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  • This is why

    I dropped Sammy and went back to HTC (Had a Nexus One). They make fantastic hardware! It's always beautifully built and holds up well. I used my N1 until I purchased a Galaxy Note. Way past when it was getting updates. I still have it too!

    HTC should have the biggest market share, they make better hardware than the rest of the field.
  • I agree!

    I liked my HTC Inspire 4G, I really liked my HTC One X, and I really, REALLY like my HTC One! Samsung lost me when the Cingular flip-phone they made had all sorts of proprietary fittings for power and headset access, and the weirdest, most non-intuitive user interface then available. I almost went back to them for the Galaxy 3, but TouchWiz was something I just couldn't get past. Sense is less intrusive to me.

    Build quality was excellent on the Inspire and the One X, but the HTC One's design and build quality is in a class by itself. I know a lot of Apple aficionados that are snobbish about those issues, and they are quick to put down the Samsung line...but all of those folks look at the HTC One, and they say, "Well, it's beautiful and it's solid, but it's still Android." That's as close to praise from those people as you're probably going to get. Glad I made the best decision FOR ME. YMMV, of course.
  • HTC Droid Razr

    Any word on whether the HTC Droid Razr will get 4.4?