As HTC is nearly finished with rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its flagship 2013 One-branded family, the attention should naturally be turned next to a slightly less glamorous, less popular device. Or two.
Enter the Droid DNA – Butterfly duo. Which isn’t so much a duo as the same exact phone labeled differently for Verizon and “international” markets respectively. As such, we expect KitKat to be delivered simultaneously to the two variants.
But when will the rollout begin? According to HTC Executive Director and Product Manager Mo Versi, the current target is the second week of April on America’s largest mobile operator. Hence, by the end of this month, both the DNA and original Butterfly might move from Jelly Bean to KitKat.
Lending credence to the timeline, HTC’s official Facebook page manager has started answering impatient Butterfly users with a vague but probably revealing “soon” remark. Granted, soon can mean anything, yet more often than not, it means “in a few weeks”. A month, tops.
For the record, this isn’t the first time HTC talks Droid DNA’s Android 4.4 ETA, as the firmware has been in carrier-specific testing for a while, seeking certification and approval. Therefore, even if the mid-April deadline falls through, development has to be in a fairly advanced stage.