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Last Updated: December 9th, 2013

If you're the owner of an unlocked US HTC One or HTC One Developer Edition, get ready for some KitKat: HTC's US Twitter account just let slip the news that an Android 4.4 OTA update is headed your way starting today.

While the rollout will probably be staggered in groups over the coming days, this is yet another incredibly quick OEM turnaround on Android 4.4. Though Motorola has achieved the arguably more impressive feat of getting KitKat on a Verizon device before even Google had managed to get it on its Google Play Experience handsets, we had generally assumed this was going to be an anomaly in the move to 4.4 while other handset makers lagged behind in the traditional fashion. Perhaps that won't be the case after all.

The HTC One is available on all four major US carriers, though HTC has yet to comment on when owners of those phones will be getting their respective updates. No word at this point on just what the OTA brings in terms of changes to HTC's Sense UI layer, either, which is really the impressive part of this announcement. Typically, such a heavy skin requires more time before an OS update arrives, often months after Google has announced it. Perhaps, then, the changes to Sense are only those that were strictly necessary to ensure proper compatibility with Android 4.4.

Either way, good news for a few lucky One owners.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Wow. I could get used to this.

  • wiz

    Great job from Motorola and HTC.

    On the other hand, lets wait some months for Samsung and LG to figure this out

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      Well, I usually won't say good things about Samsung, but the 4.3 update to the S4 actually did not take that long. Of course, that's probably because they have their own evil reason to release the 4.3 update quickly -- the Galaxy Gear requires it.

  • usaff22

    Amazing. Even though they denied my One S a 4.2 Sense 5 OTA (the ROM was leaked and works fine) I am starting to gain faith in them again.

  • Aooga

    Wow. Good job HTC.

  • blitz4075

    Damn. I am impressed. And here I've been the past couple days contemplating the nexus 5. Now I think I'll just wait on HTC One v2.0. Just hope they can include a big battery in a small frame similar to the Motorola Razr Maxx HD.

  • godutch

    LlabTooFeR, creator of the maximus HD Roms already has had his hands on the update and said there were no changes from sense 5.5

    • PhoenixPath

      He's got it, mike1986(ARHD) has it, baadnewz(InsertCoin) has it....

      None will release until the ota spreads so they don't burn their source,

      Should be some god times ahead!

  • MrJigolo

    I just got the OTA on my Nexus 10 a week ago. *NEXUS 10*. **NEXUS**

    Props to HTC. My next phone just might be the HTC One (2?) if they can keep this up.

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      My 2012 Nexus 7 got the OTA update LAST NIGHT!

  • anima

    dont shay shit wiz samsung was the first non nexus to introduce android 4.2.2 on S4 and 4.3 on Note 3

    • gtg465x

      It's one thing to ship a phone with the newest version of Android. It's a whole 'nother thing to update an already released phone to the latest version of Android.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    You can't really compare Motorola being quicker to HTC... they didn't have to apply their skin to it, their job was 110% easier.

  • Simon Belmont

    Not to minimize the monumental effort of getting Android 4.4 to the Moto X so fast, but this is hugely impressive. HTC's Sense skin is much more involved than the Moto X's (Moto X is ALMOST stock) and that they're rolling Android 4.4 this fast is insanely great.

    So yeah, outstanding job, HTC (if this is true). Keep up the good work.

    • Ismail Akram

      I got on my HTC one developer edition.

  • PhoenixPath

    "though HTC has yet to comment on when owners of those phones will be getting their respective updates."

    The commitment was made the day KitKat was relaxed: US Carrier models by January (could mean mid to late).

  • Greg Neal

    I really hope they post the RUU at htcdev.com soon.

  • Mohaymen

    I am going to Sell my Samsung Galaxy S4 and Buy HTC Once and will never go Back to Samsung Again!!! First of all at least 30% of all Galaxy S4 were defective. Second of all Android 4.3 is still not available in most Countries. Who knows when are they gonna release 4.4 KitKat. Samsung got lazy. They picked quantity over quality!!!! It was a bad decision to pick Samsung Galaxy S4. I work in a Telecommunication company and from now on I will never suggest anyone to purchase samsung devices!!!!

    • Mkvarner

      I bet you dont sell a lot if you are such a hater. 90% of all customers most likely don't care about what Android version they have.

  • Toss3

    HTC is on a roll! Now they should also show support for their older devices.

  • Albin Hermansson
  • Da_James

    Has anyone with the 4.4/sense tried enabling ART witht that build.prop setting?

    persist.sys.dalvik.vm.lib=libdvm.so

    Or is the lib just not here?

    Thanks!

  • MattPM

    I unlocked the bootloader and rooted my att HTC one. Does that mean I can get the update?

  • ak

    HTC was being pilloried for not upgrading their flagship US Unlocked device which was stuck with Android 4.1 till September - now we have 2 upgrades to 4.3 and 4.4 - great job..