HTC One Google Play Edition devices begin receiving an over the air update to Android 4.4

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 25 Nov 2013

Reports are coming in from HTC One Google Play Edition owners that they’ve begun receiving a 320 megabyte over the air update to Android 4.4 KitKat. While there are no screenshots to confirm this, the source is Android Central, and the guys even have a link to Google’s servers where the update is being hosted.

Own a One, but don’t own a Google Play Edition One? Don’t worry, there will probably be a custom ROM on the internet within 24 hours waiting for you to download, but I suggest you remain patient, because HTC has already said that they plan on pushing out KitKat to the Sense-packed One in late January.

What exactly is so special about KitKat? Nothing, really. All the interesting parts in KitKat are actually specific to the Nexus 5, which uses a new home screen launcher that passively listens to you and waits for commands. I know that kind of sounds like the Moto X, but the Moto X actually listens to you even when the screen is off, whereas the Nexus 5 requires you have the screen on and your home screen is in the foreground.

When will the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition get its respective update? If I had to make a guess, I’d say a week. Two weeks maximum. It’s already been confirmed that Samsung’s code has been given to Google, now it’s just Google’s responsibility to package it up and push out the update.