The Droid DNA was the last device of its generation before HTC shook things up with the One (M7) in 2013. Also known as the Butterfly, the DNA launched with Android 4.1 and was later updated to 4.2. Owners have been clamoring for a taste of that sweet KitKat, and now it's almost here – HTC is starting the OTA push on April 24th.

HTC Executive Product Manager @moversi confirms on Twitter that the update has technical approval, meaning Verizon has finished its testing and is satisfied nothing is seriously broken. Since this is still Sense 5.5, the DNA won't be getting the exact same software we see on the One M8. It'll be more like the KitKat builds that came to the M7 last year. Hey, it's better than nothing, right?

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Bilal Mahmood

    even though i don't own the dna about time HTC!

  • mustbepbs

    Wow they actually made on their promise way back in September. It's just a shame it took this long.

    • David Dudovitz

      The promise in September was for Jelly Bean 4.2.2, which was delivered in December. This update is for KitKat 4.4.2, which didn't even exist in September and was promised in Jan for the end of March, which means it's about half a month late.

      • Mark Washington

        Nice comeback

      • TylerChappell

        Just as with the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, HTC has shown us that they love being fashionably late. But apparently Samsung likes to be even more fashionable...

  • BetterWithRoot

    As an owner of the Droid DNA, this makes me happy. I have yet to find a reason to upgrade. It has a full HD screen, and I have yet to find an application that has yet to run. Not to mention, it'll be running (officially) the latest version of Android. The battery hasn't crapped out on me yet, as i write this my battery is at 75%. I have tethered for a little bit and surfed a bit. Granted, it's nothing too fancy or battery strenuous...but at least I am still above 50% after being unplugged for ~7 hours now.

    • Bruce

      Such bad battery but

  • Cody Shiranai

    Wow... the S4 is barely getting Kit Kit and I have no hope for the S3 or Note 2 to get it but HTC is getting it on the DNA? wow... Samsung really needs to up their game, they're getting lazy. Of course, HTC is in a state of desperation... so why wouldn't they do this?

  • TylerChappell

    22 days after my birthday....I'll take it.

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  • patrick

    The fact that the DNA is getting Kitkat before the S4 is just sad. There is rumor that Kitkat will release for S4 on May 2, but who knows how legit that is

  • Woe, Is [S]unjay

    What about Sense 6?

  • VEGIT8

    OMG!!! It's loading now! Thank you HTC. I thought about uprading but why bother? With Kitkat I can wait for the new Nexus in comfort and style before considering the upgrade question.

  • Phil

    won't matter smashing my dna for oneplus one campaign.