Nov 15 AT 5:01 PM Dima Aryeh 17 Comments

HTC sends off KitKat build for the One Google Play edition to Google, should come out soon

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The Google Play edition phones, namely the HTC One GPe and Galaxy S4 GPe, are basically the standard consumer phones with stock Android instead of a manufacturer skin. They were expected to get updates slower than Nexus devices, but quicker than any other phone. So when Google announced the KitKat update rolling out to the Nexus 7 2012 and 2013, we knew that the Google Play edition phones would have to wait.

However, HTC seems to be on top of the game here, as it has finished the KitKat update code for the HTC One Google Play edition and has sent it off to Google. Their promise of the GPe device getting KitKat in 15 days or less seems to be spot on, which is fantastic.

But how funny is it that the One GPe might get the KitKat update before the Nexus 4? And even if it doesn’t, it’ll be close. I’d be embarrassed if I was Google. Is it another issue with Qualcomm, or is it just laziness or disorganization on Google’s part?

The update should roll out really soon. There is no timeframe from Google, but it shouldn’t take very long. The code is done, after all. How many of you own an HTC One Google Play edition? Are you excited that HTC managed to get the update finished so fast? Leave a comment!

Source: @HTCUSA

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • la grece

    didnt know htc was still alive…thought it was check and checkM8 for htc already

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  • Bpear96

    Nexus 4 already has Kit Kat update. At least by Factory Image. IDK about OTA update though..

    • Arthur

      Until the OTA starts rolling out, it doesn’t technically “have” the KitKat update.

      • Bpear96

        Yeah that’s true. I thought the otawas rolling out since the factory image was out. But I guess not.

  • redraider133

    Wonder if Google will “hold” this up until it can get its own nexus devices updated? Would look bad on their part if the nexus line wasn’t even updated before a non nexus phone got the update.

  • CTown

    One possibility is that HTC is still using the same apps as Android 4.3 and only had to make a few changes to KitKat’s frameworks. I say this because (1) aside from some color changes and some low-level optimization that HTC doesn’t need to change as they also make Snapdragon-based phones, most of the focus have been on Google’s proprietary apps which HTC has no say in and (2) lots of reviews are stating that Kitkat has a Sense feel to it; thus, my guess is that HTC essentially only had to recompile their apps and create a new image.

    • Alex

      Their apps? What apps? This is kitkat for HTC One Google Play Edition. Beside drivers it’s stock android…

      • CTown

        Right, what was I thinking?

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  • Ryan

    Aww and my 4.3 has just started downloading for my ROW version.

  • Chris

    I bought an HTC One with Sense, converted it to GPE and have been nothing but surprised and impressed with the way the updates have kept flowing. I’m gaining confidence that it’s basically a Nexus device with better hardware (better build, IR blaster, screen etc), very timely updates. Yeah!

  • Gunnar

    Bought my GPE in July and brought it with me to Europe. Became a brick three weeks ago. HTC Europe refers me to HTC US who sends me to HTC Europe…
    Oh well, will travel to California soon. Hope I can get a new HTC, cause I really liked it – and, who knows, maybe even KitKat!

  • donger

    Go HTC!

  • Rubayat

    I am using Htc one normal edition in Bangladesh. My htc had no update since I bought it 6 months back.It is still 4.1.2 android version. Can anyone suggest will my htc one get any update of Android?

  • Rubayat

    I am using HTC one normal edition since last six months in Bangladesh. Still my android is running 4.1.2 version, still no sign of any update.Can any one tell me will it get any update?

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