HTC hasn't been sitting on its hands lately. The company announced when KitKat was unveiled that all HTC One variants in the US would receive the latest version within 90 days. In the case of the Google Play Edition, the update would come in just 15. Here we are at day 15, and HTC has publically stated that KitKat's arrival time is entirely in Google's hands now. According to a tweet sent out earlier today, everything is done on their end.

We don't know when the update will start rolling out, but assuming it comes out in a matter of days, that means the Google Play Edition HTC One will have received the latest version of Android not too far behind the Nexus 4. For a non-Nexus device, that's not bad at all. Anyone who nervously bought an HTC One from the Play Store wondering if they would actually receive speedy updates can breathe a little easier. And at this rate, it looks like a pretty solid bet that owners of the Sense version will see KitKat before February.

Source: Twitter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Michael Romano

    Still waiting on my Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi OTA Kit-Kate update...

    • JordanMcRae

      Sideload. It's really easy

      • Matthew Fry

        Unless of course you've loaded a custom recovery/rooted. Then it might bootloop. At least it did on my N10. It was easy to load 4.3 back on and update via stock recovery but not with my data.

        • Ivan Feign

          Could have been avoided if you'd pushed the system.img and boot.img with fastboot, then flash the latest SuperSU

          • Matthew Fry

            Good to know. I did the latter, but not the former 2.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yup. Still waiting on my Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi OTA KitKat update.

      Hopefully, I'll have it before the end of the weekend. *Spams Check For Update Button.*

      • TylerChappell

        Learn to adb sideload dat crap. It's easy, I promise.

        • Simon Belmont

          For your information. I know how (I've been using Android since 2009) and I've done it plenty of times on various devices over the years (last one was my Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.3 a couple months ago).

          I just lack the time lately to do it (long hours working). It's less labor intensive to just let the darned OTA download and install without my interaction, but if it's not being pushed, it doesn't happen. Catch my drift? Good.

          • Qassim Farid

            It wouldn't take much longer to do it than it took you to write that comment.

          • Simon Belmont

            Probably not. And yet here we are. ;)

            I have higher priorities. Waiting for Google to push an update days after its announcements isn't high on the list and neither is using my valuable time sideloading via ADB. Yes. It's my own choice and I'm dealing with. :)

          • TylerChappell

            Lol wow, way to overreact, Someone had their panties in a wad this morning. You lack the mere minutes it takes to do it? All that time you spend spamming your check for update button, you could have had the update installed days in advance.

          • Simon Belmont

            I'm sorry. It wasn't meant to come off as being critical or overreacting, but it obviously did. It was supposed to be a tongue in cheek reply. Whoops.

            But yeah, I honestly don't have a lot of time to go through the motions of plugging into a computer and downloading the update and sending the commands these days. My work doesn't allow for it (I'm posting all of this from my phone). It's just my situation, which I hope you can understand. And by spamming my check update button, I really meant I've checked at most about once a day.

          • TylerChappell

            You still took my original comment a bit too seriously, but it's ok, you're forgiven. lol =]

    • Roi Katz

      Yeah me too, taking too damn long

  • gtg465x

    Google, we all know you have our KitKat now. GIMME A BREAK AND PUSH IT OUT!

  • ewds

    I wish google bought HTC instead of Motorola

    This company is impressive and worth billions of dollars.

    • Darkbotic

      They should buy it and merge them.

    • Bruno

      No, HTC sucks, I own a HTC One and i'll trade it for anything at anytime, doesn't work as good as other devices i have tried from LG and Sony.
      Also, Motorola has more patent than HTC, Motorola invented the first finger print for smartphones...
      They also had Motorola Solution which was helping their public brand...

      • Adam Dominiak

        Nigga you what? My HTC one just flows.

      • z0phi3l

        Not sure what YOU are doing wrong, but I selected a One after trying out the competition and the One won hands down, AND it has better sound to boot

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I selected the one cuz it was free haha

      • Lucas Panoulias

        Love the HTC One. Sense wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but I picked it so I could have an amazing device with a stock experience. I've converted it to a Google Edition and it's everything I want in a phone. Would I prefer a Nexus 5 now? Probably, it's slightly faster and I will get updates a week or two earlier but in all honesty I can't see myself parting with the One for quite some time. I've upgraded my phone every year/multiple times a year for the last few and this is the first time I haven't wanted something new in awhile.

      • http://brainchamber.com/ Michael Hannigan

        I will trade with you for a moto flip phone T-Mobile. SIM card included. If you aren't just all talk let me know and I will tell you where to ship it.

      • Ahmed Haji

        are you one of people who samsung pays them to write bad reviews about HTC One ?
        Please be aware that they got caught and will not pay you anymore ..

    • Samvith V Rao

      They bought Motorola for its patents, not because it was impressive.

  • Mystery Man

    Meanwhile Samsung has said nothing....

    • Thomas’

      They were quite fast for the 4.3 update though, so maybe their update has already reached Google.

    • Alberto

      just because htc said on twitter does not mean samsung has not done it already. Htc put on twitter so people wont keep asking .

      • Matthew Fry

        But that's kind of the point.

        • Chris

          I don't own an HTC device anymore, but I when I did... It was an awful experience. No updates, no communication, etc...

          All I have to say, is that the direction they are heading now makes me want to go back to an HTC device.

  • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

    Now if my DNA will get an update.

    • Gabernasher

      lol. Old Verizon phone? You expect an update? Are you ignorant or...

      • HebeGuess

        "no. Sorry for the delay. DNA will get new Sense experiences plus 4.2.2 before end of the year." @JasonMacHTC (October 3, 2013)


      • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

        No. I just want them to update it like they have said they would.

        • danishdhanshe

          Forget it

    • shonangreg

      You need to separate your DNA into two strands and then recombine it with another, not closely related DNA strand. Their is your update, hopefully a bit improved at birth, but also further improvable in firmware and software for the first decade and a half or two ;-)

  • jm9843

    "assuming it comes out in a matter of days, that means the Google Play Edition HTC One will have received the latest version of Android not too far behind the Nexus 4"

    Did I miss the Nexus 4 OTA? Yes, I know about the recovery images but that doesn't count if it requires a data wipe to have a good flash.

    • Ivan Feign

      Download the update, push system.img and boot.img via fastboot. Keep your data.

      • Darkbotic

        You need an unlocked bootloader to do this...

        • Spoot

          If you don't have an unlocked bootloader, then there's no way you'd have any problems sideloading the update in the normal way.

          • Oink

            Wrong! You can sideload wicht locked bootloader, but only the official OTA.zip. i hate people sharing wrong informations ....

          • Spoot

            I dont know which part of my comment suggested to you that I thought that you can't sideload with an unlocked bootloader. Try reading it again.

  • JordanMcRae

    Odd that they say it will be pushed out from the Play Store...

  • Ben Baranovsky

    Why wouldn't it start to roll out today?

    • gtg465x

      Why didn't the Nexus 4 OTA start to push out yet? Obviously it is ready as well because the factory images are out. No one knows why Google does or doesn't do some things.

      • Ben Baranovsky

        Fair enough. Luckily I think that HTC making the announcement that the code is done and putting it on Google will help to speed things up.

        • Micheal White

          I was totally waiting for it and checked for the update. NOPE. Ok well I'll keep waiting. I ran an AOSP build from Rootzwiki from birdman but it just wasn't stable enough. HTC has managed to win a customer over based on their service for this device though. I've never had as much fun fiddling around with a phone and simply RUU'ing and trying again. I learned how to unlock the bootloader, Root, navigate Xda-developers, install custom recoveries, install various stock, custom and AOSP Roms, and test/beta apps out the yingyang. I learned something while I enjoyed a product so Kudos to HTC.
          I was not payed to write any of this LMAO.

      • fabulosospucas

        Google works in mysterious ways.

    • drayon

      No one in their right mind would push out an update before the weekend.

    • Crispin Swickard

      They may have submitted their updated drivers, and such to google, but google would still have to build the ota/factory image, and most likely test it themselves to insure that things are in working order. Similar to what the carriers would want to do, but of course Google will handle things much quicker. ;)

  • esper256

    I suspect there's a bit of miscommunication here. I imagine it's Google that writes most of the code for the software releases on GPE devices. HTC probably just provided some updated drivers for things where the HAL has changed (such as camera drivers etc). Not a matter of, HTC made the ROM and Google is just sitting on releasing it.

    • Matthew Fry

      No different than LG/Samsung/Asus on the various Nexus devices though.

    • Mantas

      GPE devices are totally up to HTC and Samsung.

  • Toss3

    No word from Samsung.. *sigh* Guess they only care about the gimped touchwiz version and have forgotten all about the GE.

  • memememememe

    They also said that the Dev and Unlocked will get 4.4 in the end of November.

  • bat0nas

    Best wishes to all KitKat users from a sad very happy Galaxy Nexus owner (who apparently will never get KitKat)...

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    One HTC handset is actually my favorite. It has always captured my heart, regardless of configuration, design or any else

  • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

    While I'm sitting here waiting for my nexus 4 ota and no thank you I don't want to sideload it, I mean why did they release the factory image but not the ota it really pisses me !!! I'm mad Google :P

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Load the factory image....done

  • saltyzip

    After sideloading the Nexus 7 2013 OTA Kitkat, I can wait a bit longer for the Nexus 4 OTA, as it was a case of spot the difference in functionality on my 7 when one uses a custom launcher.

  • http://www.parafriv.net/ Para Friv

    It seems that the development of technology has always created things as miracles thna this period, each new day to add modifications, changes. More and more new features are detected and always make things interesting surprises.

  • http://www.avionicsideas.blogspot.com/ Kamran Zia

    This is really an awesome News ANdroid 4.4 kitkat on HTC One will rock it. But with wireless speakers it gonna add more fun http://www.mobileosworld.com/2013/11/top-10-wireless-speakers.html

  • frhow

    A week and still nothing from Google, come on Google release it already!!!

  • Nicklas

    What if google delays it purposely to prioritize the Nexus?