Google unveiled its long-rumored Nexus 5 yesterday along with its next-generation operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. The company announced in the press release that Nexus devices including Nexus 4,7 and 10, as well as HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition will receive Android 4.4 KitKat treat in the coming weeks.
Also, the search engine giant announced that the Galaxy Nexus will not get the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, so they should think about moving over to a new device if they want updates.
Other than that, HTC also mentioned several of its handsets will get Android 4.4 KitKat update, including HTC One Max, HTC One Mini and HTC One. The news was confirmed to Engadget by HTC America President Jason Mackenzie during an interview. Mackenzie mentioned that Android 4.4 KitKat will land on HTC One GPE in the next 15 days, the developer edition and international versions in the next 30 days, and the HTC One carrier models in the US will get it in 90 days or less.
HTC also mentioned that they are working on the rollout plan for HTC One Max and One Mini, but Mackenzie said that the company will have statement concerning those in the near future.
– HTC One (including carrier models) – Within 90 days
– HTC One Google Play Edition – Within 15 days
Motorola (no timeframes yet)
– DROID Ultra
– DROID Maxx
– DROID Mini
– Moto X
– Nexus 4 – “Coming weeks”
– Nexus 7 – “Coming weeks”
– Nexus 10 – “Coming weeks”
– Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition – “Coming weeks”
It’s also worth noting that several Motorola handsets will get the update including Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Droid Ultra, with other devices listed as “future plans coming soon” on Motorola’s software upgrade page. There’s no specific timing announced, but we hope the Google-owned company will be quick with the OS updates.
There’s no word from other OEMs such as Samsung, Sony, LG, etc. about the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat (at the time of writing,) but we hope to hear from them soon. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information about the list of devices.
It’s also worth noting that carrier approval can also delay the availability of the update, as they have to add their own customizations and UIs before it can be pushed to devices.