Here's a refreshing change of pace for Android users eager to get their over-the-air updates. According to this Sprint support page, the Android 4.4 update for the HTC One is available for customers right now. But strangely, it's not going out in the usual method - users will need to initiate a manual update request in order to pull it down. If you're an Android regular, you know how this goes: check the About Phone section of the Settings menu to see if there's an update available. It's the Android version of the F5 key.

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Sprint says that everyone else will start getting the One's 4.4 update starting on February 11th, whether they ask for it or not. I love this approach: normally carriers send out the update in specified waves of customers, so a savvy Android user who's been waiting months to try the latest version of the software might have to wait behind thousands of people who couldn't care less. This way those who are excited for the update (probably a minority of overall customers) can get it right away, and more typical users will get it soon enough. All that being said, it looks like the update isn't actually rolling out right this minute - some XDA members seem to think it could be tomorrow until the download files actually become available. 

The software update (4.06.651.4) includes KitKat and version 5.5 of HTC's Sense skin with various UI tweaks and small feature adds, but beyond that Sprint isn't saying much. If indeed the update is available now or in the very near future, Sprint would be the first American carrier to get the phone on the latest version of Android. One owners, drop us a line in the comments if you've managed to get the update installed.

Source: Sprint Community

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • remister

    T-mobile version next please :)

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. The 4 people that downvoted this comment are probably Verizon customers. ;)

      You'll get it next, Verizon folks. NEXT YEAR (just kidding). :P

      • scinmlb

        I have Verizon, and an HTC One. Just got (4.4.3) update @ 5 am YESTERDAY morning thank you. You idiots on here are either to stupid to realise that the new update is (4.4.3) or, oh wait thats right.. My bad. I forgot your not with VERIZON!! Your behind the times and your provider just dont give a damn. ROFLMAO.

        • Safet Omerbasic

          I have Verizon and only got 4.4.2 wtf

    • KingofPing

      Heard rumor on XDA that some folks are already getting it.

      Here's hoping we start seeing it soon. :)

  • OrangeC4

    Nope. Just tried and no luck.

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Maybe they are just trolling with you guys. The real deal only comes by from 2/11/14. If only that date were written in DD/MM/YY. The rant then, wow!

  • The Truth

    Tried several times over the past 2 hrs. "No update available"

  • Weee

    No update available so far

  • Brandon Williams

    Nope nothing yet.... But I will try in a few hours out before bed. I'm excited to see when it shall be available!! 😀

  • Gator352

    My daughter has the ONE on Sprint and no luck here in Central Florida either. But one thing though....it's 4.4. Not 4.4.2.

    • https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man ☢ Nevada Smith ☢

      Soooooo wrong you are!

      • Gator352

        Yup! You be correct!! My daughter got it today and it's 4.4.2! :)

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    No such luck.....I've come this far *melodrama overload*

  • 808Bill

    Sprint has posted that the update is on hold. Rumor is that it is awaiting certification by Google, which should take 24 hours. Sit tight, it will probably be out this weekend.

  • lalit

    What about 4.4 update in india for htc one

  • Fudd

    Downloading now. :-)

  • Texasfun

    Its ready!! Currently downloading!!!!

  • edwin joseph

    Sweet I'm downloading now. Been waiting for this been at this all night kit kat baby

  • Manny

    Tried as soon as I heard the news but no luck. Waited until the following day, tried once first thing in the morning and WHAMMY! Downloading 4.4.2 NOW! :D

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Lol, they couldn't even bring 4.4.2, hahaha, Nexus FTW

    • BlackAce15

      It is 4.4.2

  • Simon Belmont

    Congratulations to the Sprint folks. Hoping to see my wife's T-Mobile HTC One updated shortly as well.

    Perhaps by mid-February (or sooner, hopefully). We shall see.

  • Lee

    Just downloaded the update! Installing now.

    • Lee

      Installed, version 4.4.2

      • BlackAce15

        Are you on Sprint?

  • HDD

    Just got it.

  • Weeeee


  • Siva

    worked for me :)

  • gpzy

    Got it 6am PST It's All Good...

  • Kevin Kohrman

    This is why I love Sprint!! Other carriers are always behind.

    • Kevin Kohrman

      Downloading Now over Wi-Fi- Atlanta,GA

    • cash360

      You're f... joking, right? They have to be the last carrier to update the phones, they get the worst possible shells they can, 16 gb models of everything and charge the current customers more to upgrade than a new customer to switch to their service.
      I knew you were joking!

  • Kevin Trammell

    Got the update on my Sprint HTC one at 9 am this morning here in Florida

  • Kevin Trammell

    Although not much has changed just minor tweaks

  • iconwodan

    Just finishing updating it right now.

  • Melissa Peterson

    Just checked this morning and got the update. It is 4.4.2 and has Sense 5.5.

  • Ailise

    I'm from Sweden, just tried software update on my HTC One and it's downloading Android 4.4.2 and my software update has number: 4.19.401.8 (308.24 MB)
    Yayaya!!! o/

  • http://gplus.to/TyrantZombie TyrantZombie

    Yep its out now.

  • Mike Bonem

    Anyone else have a problem with always having the lock screen there even though you don't want it?

    • Mailbox

      Same here. I can't figure out how to disable it.

    • Mailbox

      Disable the 3rd party lockscreen and then re-enable it. It worked with my Espier lockscreen

      • Steve Monroe

        This seems to be the only way around it. I downloaded a 3rd party lock screen, made it my default lock screen, then disabled it.

  • ghostinrags

    I got it. Sped things up a ton. Battery saver is no longer a speed bump. Very nice.

  • ghostinrags

    Northern Indiana, BTW.

  • dk

    Just installed new blink and Google app not done exploring
    Sprint wa.

  • http://twitter.com/7Syon Eclectech

    I am loving Kit Kat on my HTC One, on Sprint!

  • jim

    Just got it last night. 2/2/14

  • Mario

    Got the update this morning. two things:
    I had the purple camera haze issue before the update, and it could by my imagination, but it seems like the issue is improved. Before when I would place my phone on a desk camera side down, and open the camera, the screen just stayed purple or flashed between different shades of purple Now, it starts purple and then flashes to almost completely black. Anyone know if they attempted a fix with this update?
    Also, anyone know where the settings for lock screen widgets are? Can't seem to find it anymore.

    • Melissa Peterson

      They changed how lock screen widgets work, it's no longer in the settings. From the lock screenscreen, you need to place your finger under the notification bar and slide left. That will show the widget. They also updated it so you're not limited to just the one anymore either.

      • Mario

        Look at that! Thanks for the info!

        • Melissa Peterson

          You're welcome :-)

      • Stuart Moroz

        However, you can't actually have lock screen widgets on the actual lock screen. You have to unhide them each time you wake your phone. They don't stay on the lock screen as they always have in the past. So making them useless as why would I swipe left to see a lock screen widget, might as well swipe up to see my main home screen widget. Sucks, hope they fix this.

  • Vladimir

    I got the update but now the phone won't connect to my Wi-Fi, I get "Authentication error" Sprint in Kalifornia