There was a huge debate on whether the Google Play edition phones, like the HTC One GPe and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe, would get updates as fast as Nexus devices. We knew that manufacturers would be handling the updates, but some people held out hope that the process would be near instant. However, it just didn’t work out that way. Once the 4.3 update started rolling out to Nexus devices, there was no word about the GPe devices except “soon.”
However, we’ve had a few advances that prove the updates are, in fact, coming. The Galaxy S 4 GPe had a 4.3 firmware leak quite a while ago, so it must be very close to ready. And today, HTC has posted the full Android 4.3 kernel source for the One GPe. If that doesn’t mean that the update is very close, we don’t know what does.
Hit the source link to download the kernel source and framework files to mess around before the full update starts rolling out. And get excited, because Android 4.3 packs a few good changes that are sure to improve your device. Plus, you’re still getting it earlier than any other device that isn’t a Nexus! Google Play edition owners, are you unhappy with how long the update is taking, or is it acceptable?