It’s been a few hours since Android 4.4 KitKat was (finally) made official, and Motorola and HTC have already confirmed that they’ll be updating select devices to the latest version of the OS.
HTC was the first to speak out on its rollout plans, and Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, confirmed that the HTC One will be receiving the Android 4.4 update within 90 days, at least on the US carrier variants. The Google Play Edition, which runs stock Android and is sold and updated directly by Google, will receive it in the next 15 days, while developer editions should get updated in a month.
The 90 day commitment is commendable, though there’s no word on when global variants of the device will be updated. Mackenzie promises that updates will be pushed out rapidly in the future as well, saying “we’re not going to [roll out updates] in a lazy fashion. We’re going to make it a priority to have every dot release out on the One within 90 days.”
As for Motorola, the Google-owned company unsurprisingly confirmed that the Moto X would be tasting the chocolate-themed version of Android, but failed to specify a timeline. Also in line to receive Android 4.4 are the DROID Mini, Ultra, and Maxx – that’s four devices Motorola will be updating, and it shouldn’t be a tough job considering the DROID Ultra, Mini, and Maxx only differ in screen sizes.
Manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and LG haven’t made official statements yet, but I’m sure that will change in the coming days. Android 4.4 is quite a major and important update, aimed at making Android faster, lighter, and overall more cohesive, so let’s hope manufacturers manage to push it out to as many devices as possible.