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Jan 302014


It’s either the Android development team is cooking up new Android versions too fast, or HTC is just slow in catching up. Just this week, HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie publicly acknowledged the inevitability of the company’s breaking its promise to serve Android 4.4 KitKat to HTC One users across the U.S. and Canada regardless of carrier “within 90 days of Google’s official release of the software.”

The apologetic Mackenzie admitted to the delay through a letter posted this week on the HTC official website. He told HTC One users that the company launched a software update information page on the HTC website as part of the company’s efforts to be transparent.

Mackenzie, however, was optimistic that the delay won’t take more than two weeks. HTC One users in the U.S. and Canada should be receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades in less than half a month.

The delay apparently applies only to U.S. and Canada customers, as according to HTC’s software update information page, the Android 4.4 KitKat firmware upgrade packages for the unlocked HTC One, the HTC One Developer Edition, and the HTC One Google Edition have already been pushed out to end users.

The upgrades for AT&T HTC One, Sprint HTC One, T-Mobile HTC One, and Verizon HTC One are still stalling at the certification phase of the software upgrade process.

Still in the integration phase is the Android 4.4 KitKat software upgrade for the AT&T HTC One mini, Sprint HTC One max, and Verizon HTC One max.

The announcement from HTC gave no indication as to whether the upcoming software upgrades for the HTC One will be just Android 4.4 KitKat or the more recent Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

So far, only Motorola Mobility has started pushing out the latest Android version (Android 4.4.2 Kitkat) to its Android phones. The Canadian variant of the Motorola Moto X, for instance, started receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat upgrades this week. Android 4.4.2 Kitkat upgrades also started rolling out in stages this week to the Boost Mobile Motorola Moto G, while the Indian variant of the Moto G weaves its way towards Asia.

Sources: HTC USA; HTC USA Software Updates

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