Google Pushing Out Android 4.4.2 OTA Update For HTC One Google Play Edition


Yesterday, just 6 days after Google started rolling out the latest build of Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean to all its Nexus devices, the team at Mountain View began to push out the exact same upgrade for the Google Play Edition of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the HTC One.

In terms of specifications, the HTC One GPE is identical to its stock One counterpart, packing a gorgeous 4.7-inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, an ultra-responsive Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear-facing camera and a slightly disappointing 2,300 mAh non-removable battery.

However, the two handsets do differ by way of software. The standard One ships running 4.3 Jelly Bean skinned with the latest version of HTC’s Sense 5.5 user interface. Whereas, the Google Play Edition will now ship running “Vanilla” 4.4.2 KitKat — which we believe provides the smoothest and most native Android experience on the market to date.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat brings a completely redesigned multitasking system which optimizes memory usage in every major component, “meaning users can run more of their favourite apps and switch between them faster than ever.”

In addition, Google has also bundled some very important bug fixes in the 4.4.2 upgrade. The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Enhancements/Fixes
  • Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
  • Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
  • Various additional software fixes
  • Security enhancements

If you own a Google Play Edition HTC One and have not received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade.