Some U.S. Carrier-Branded HTC Ones Should Receive KitKat Updates Next Week


In a tweet published earlier today, HTC U.S.A revealed that the much-anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat update for all Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile branded handsets of its flagship smartphone, the One, has just entered carrier labs for final testing, and we should be seeing certification as early as next week (certification is the third of four necessary stages involved in pushing out an OTA). So, hopefully, presuming no problems are detected, we only have a couple more days until the over-the-air upgrade starts arriving on our devices.

In terms of functionality, this hefty update will transport the latest build of 4.4.2 KitKat, in addition to the usual set of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations. According to Google, Android 4.4.2 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.”

The One was released back in March, 2013, and remains one of the most impressive Android-powered devices on the market, packing a gorgeous 4.7-inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, a beefy 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, An Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of internal storage, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear-facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery.

As this version of the update has not yet started rolling out, we have no official changelog for it, but recent rumors and previous upgrades suggest that this carrier-branded OTA will include the following features, fixes and optimizations:

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

Be sure to check back soon as we’ll let you know the second the over-the-air update starts rolling out.