It’s been less than a month since Android 4.4 hit the scene, and the new OS is just barely making its presence known across the Android landscape. Come early next year, however, a full-blown onslaught will begin, with HTC on Wednesday confirming that the newest iteration will hit its famous One handset by the end of January. Meanwhile, the Taiwanese company’s Droid DNA, also on Verizon, will get the same update at the end of Q1 2014.
The process will actually be a two-part upgrade, with owners first getting a preparatory update to Android 4.3, and then the big update later in January to Android 4.4 KitKat; the first update is currently on schedule to begin rolling out in December barring any setbacks. Many fans were concerned that an Android 4.3 delay would affect the arrival of Android 4.4, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. When Android 4.4 does hit, HTC fans will be treated to the newest additions in KitKat, such as the advanced dialer and voice commands, along with Sense 5.5.
Last month, HTC quickly pledged to bring the Android 4.4 update to its One handset within 90 days, and it appears the company is doing its best to make good on that promise. Of course, in order to reach every HTC One handset across the big four U.S. wireless carriers, the update will need approval before it can go out over the air. With a few months to go, hopefully HTC doesn’t run into unforeseen issues before officially rolling the update out. Until then, those with the Google Play addition of the HTC One should be getting the latest version of Android any day now.