With Android 4.4 KitKat officially official, fully detailed and available already on a number of Nexus devices, it’s only a matter of time until gadgets not running stock versions of Google’s OS will also be bestowed upon the honor of savoring the latest chocolaty software treat.
Select gadgets, that is, as most big Android players are expected to primarily roll out updates for their biggest, baddest, proudest products, despite 4.4 KitKat being optimized even for older, more technically modest gizmos with as little as 512 MB RAM.
Motorola for instance has confirmed the Moto X, Droid Maxx, Ultra and Mini are to leap to the next software level sometime in the coming months. Meanwhile, HTC is hard at work on 4.4 ports for the One, One max and One mini.
The Droid DNA too, according to the President of the American branch, Jason Mackenzie, who’s confirmed the upgrade for the Verizon-exclusive phone on Twitter. Then again, he was also quick to point out the schedule is “under review”, so 4.4 could land on the 5-incher 30 days from now or six months later.
And knowing Big Red, it sure won’t be the former. After all, the Droid DNA was slated to get an Android 4.3 bump last month, being ultimately left up in the air.
But you know what handheld is set in stone for a KitKat update this year? LG’s G2. Granted, the bad boy’s makers are yet to confirm the info, yet a French retailer has it in black and white: Android 4.4 is headed for the splendid 5.2-incher in November or December 2013. So it’s right around the corner.
On a somewhat unrelated note, a far less impressive slab of silicon is getting the upgrade treatment as we speak. Not the 4.4, but the 4.2. Pretty exciting stuff nevertheless, as the device in question is HTC’s One SV, previously on Android 4.1 and Sense 4 UI and now on 4.2 and Sense 5.
The rather hefty OTA weighing in at roughly 430 MB is rolling out in parts of Europe for now, with markets across the globe set to get it in time for the holidays. Nicely done, HTC, nicely done.