HTC promises Android 4.4 KitKat update within 90 days

HTC America executive says the latest version of Android will be available for the HTC One by February.

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HTC plans to aggressively push out Android 4.4 KitKat to the HTC One, the company said Thursday.

In an interview with Engadget, HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said the latest version of Android will be available to all HTC One phones in North America, including all carrier variants, in 90 days or less. An HTC spokesperson confirmed this to our sister site CNET UK, adding that an update for the HTC One Max and the HTC One Mini will follow.

"We're all excited about Google's Halloween treat and plan on breaking off a piece of that Kit Kat bar for the HTC One," Jeff Gordon, HTC's senior global online communications manager, said in a statement to CNET UK. "In North America, we'll deliver Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One within 90 days, and the HTC One Max and the HTC One Mini will follow."

Mackenzie also told Engadget that the Google Play edition of the phone will see the update within the next 15 days and that developer and unlocked versions will get it within 30 days.

Google unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system along with the long-awaited Nexus 5 on Thursday. Android 4.4 has a lower memory requirement, meaning it can run on low- and high-end phones. It's a move by Google to decrease fragmentation and make sure there's a more consistent experience across the wide array of Android smartphones.

Google said Android 4.4 KitKat will come to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks. Motorola's Web site said the newest version of Android will also be coming to the Moto X as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini, but the site did not specify when the update will be available.

Updated at 7:12 p.m. PT: Adds information from Motorola.

 

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