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Will your HTC handset be updated to Android 4.4? Here’s what we think

Will your HTC handset be updated to Android 4.4? Here’s what we think

Android 4.4 has been around for only a few months, but HTC is already off to a good start, releasing Android 4.4 builds for the HTC one Google Play Edition and the unlocked/developer HTC One here in the US.  HTC has also posted its own Android 4.4 update page which highlights the update process and lists the update status for a select number of devices. Unfortunately, HTC has not released a comprehensive list phones which will be updated to Android 4.4, so we thought we’d get our hands dirty and put together our own list.

Any device capable of running android 4.2 or 4.3 should also be able to handle Android 4.4 quite easily. In fact, Google’s goal with Android 4.4 was to create on operating system that’s capable of running smoothly on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. Based on these facts, all HTC devices running Android 4.2 or 4.3 should be updated to Android 4.4. Unfortunately, things aren’t always that simple.  Even 2012′s flagship HTC One X will not be updated beyond Android 4.2.2.

HTC phones that should get the Android 4.4 update

If you’ve purchased a new high-end HTC phone within the past twelve months, chances are that your phone will be updated to Android 4.4.  The first phone to receive the Android 4.4 update was the HTC One Google Play Edition, followed by the HTC One Developer Edition and HTC One Unlocked. Next on the list are U.S. carrier branded versions of the HTC One which are expected to receive the update by the end of January with the update unlocked and carrier specific versions of the phone trickling out around the same time.

The only other devices to officially make HTC’s Android 4.4 update list are the HTC Droid DNA and the HTC Desire 601. The HTC Droid DNA and HTC Desire 601 are both sitting in the Integration stage currently, but HTC has announced that Droid DNA owners will receive the KitKat update before the end of Q1 2014.

HTC phones that won’t get the Android 4.4 update

Last time around, we assumed that all HTC phones running on Qualcomm S4 processors would not get updates to Android 4.2. This time, we are not comfortable making such a broad statement based on hardware alone. When it comes to the Android 4.4 update, a handset’s life cycle appears to be the deciding factor which dictates which devices will get a taste of KitKat. Besides the HTC Butterfly and a few of its variants, we have a feeling that HTC will only be updating devices released in 2013 to Android 4.4 and above.

This was made clear just recently when HTC announced that the flagship HTC One X and HTC One X+ will not be updated beyond Android 4.2.2. Our contact at HTC has told us that those devices will be stranded on an older version of Android due to “lifecycle timing, not technical limitation.” This point is highlighted by the fact that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will soon be updated to Android 4.3 simply because Sprint chose to skip the Android 4.2 update.

Check out list below to see if your phone will make the cut and be updated to Android 4.4. Again, we’d like to remind you that this information is based on our knowledge of HTC phones and how HTC has updated their handsets in the past.  HTC has already begun its the roll-out of  Android 4.4 to the HTC One, but most devices will not get a taste of the latest KitKat build until  Q2 of 2014. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any new details that come our way. What are your predictions? Will your HTC phone be getting Android 4.4?

HTC Android 4.4 update news

 

HTC phones likely to get Android 4.4
HTC phones that won’t get Android 4.4
  • HTC Butterfly
  • HTC Butterfly S
  • HTC J Butterfly
  • HTC Desire (Virgin Mobile)
  • HTC Desire 300
  • HTC Desire 500
  • HTC Desire 600
  • HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM
  • HTC Desire 601
  • HTC Desire 606w
  • HTC Desire 608t
  • HTC Desire 700
  • HTC Desire 700 Dual SIM
  • HTC DROID DNA
  • HTC One
    • HTC One Developer Edition
    • HTC One Google Play edition
    • HTC One Dual SIM
    • HTC One Developer Edition
    • HTC One Unlocked (US)
    • HTC One Unlocked (Global)
    • HTC One Carrier (US/Global)
    • HTC J One
  • HTC One mini
  • HTC One max
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Aria
  • HTC ChaCha
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Desire 200
  • HTC Desire C
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire SV
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Desire V
  • HTC Desire VT
  • HTC Desire VC
  • HTC Desire X
  • HTC Desire Z
  • HTC DROID Eris
  • HTC DROID Incredible
  • HTC DROID Incredible 2
  • HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE
  • HTC E1
  • HTC First
  • HTC J
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G
  • HTC EVO V
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC Explorer
  • HTC G1 (Dream)
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Hero (Sprint)
  • HTC Hero S
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Legend
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC myTouch 3G
  • HTC myTouch 3G Slide
  • HTC myTouch 4G
  • HTC myTouch 4G Slide
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One SV
  • HTC One V
  • HTC One VX
  • HTC One XC
  • HTC One XT
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
  • HTC One X (Snapdragon S4)
  • HTC One X+
  • HTC One XL
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Salsa
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Status
  • HTC T-Mobile G2
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Wildfire S

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.

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  • Mikayah

    Question: Will HTC’s Spice Mi-502′s & Spice Mi-504′s be updated to kitkat 4.4?

  • Vladimir

    Thanks for the info a lot.
    Thought i don’t get, why no update for Desire 200, if it’s a model of 3rd quarter of 2013 and it really needs (512RAM) it.

  • General

    Please can you tell me how to update my HTC Desire 600 To Android 4.4 (KitKat)??

  • unknown

    When can I update to 4.4 for htc desire 600

  • unknown

    When will I get an update to 4.4 for htc desire 600

  • Div

    When can I update to 4.4 for HTC desire 300??

  • haval

    when will htc desire 600 get update

  • khimil

    I have a desire 500 and it still runs 4.1.2…… I would be glad if even 4.2.2 pops up on my screen xD ….:(

  • Mohan Sagar Killamsetty

    When will I get an update to 4.4 for htc desire 500

  • bilal

    When will I get an update to 4.4 for htc desire 600