HTC: Verizon One's Android 4.4 update approved, will roll out 'shortly' [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Verizon's version of the HTC One was by far the last of the U.S. carrier-branded One models to receive its Android 4.3 update due to a last-minute issue that resulted in a delay of nearly two months. It looks like things may end up going very differently with Android 4.4, though.
HTC executive Mohammad Versi has announced that the Verizon HTC One's update to Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 has received technical approval and that it should begin rolling out to users "shortly." This news comes less than a week after the Sprint flavor of the HTC One became the first U.S. carrier-branded One to be updated to KitKat, meaning that the Verizon One may end up as the second U.S. One variant to sink its teeth into Google's newest dessert.
HTC originally planned on updating all of the U.S. One models to Android 4.4 by the end of January, but it was ultimately unable to meet that goal. The good news is that the added wait isn't terribly large so far. Here's to hoping that the Android 4.4 updates for the AT&T and T-Mobile One models aren't far off. As for you Verizon folk, keep it locked to PhoneDog and I'll give you a shout once your helping of KitKat is served up.
UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long. Verizon just announced that the KitKat update for its HTC One is now rolling out in phases. The big red carrier also posted its official changelog for the update, which lists it as software build 3.11.605.1. Here's the full list of goodies that are packed into the Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 update:
- New menu delivers quicker access to search and content sources
- Access by swiping from left side of the screen
- Easily turn BlinkFeed on or off
- Perform a pinch-in gesture on the home screen > Then access the Edit screen > Simply tap BlinkFeed ON and BlinkFeed OFF