When the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 came out everyone was wondering if those two will get future Android revisions as quickly as the Nexus lineup. Now obviously they didn’t quite match the speed of the Google purebreds, but it appears that the HTC One GPE won’t be too far behind either.
The company has officially announced that the Android 4.4 KitKat ROM for the smartphone has been fully developed and submitted to Google. It’s now up to the search giant to approve the code and start seeding it to the actual smartphones. It certainly shouldn’t take too long, although we haven’t been given a specific time frame.
Android 4.4 KitKat brings Project Svelte performance optimizations, bigger UI icons, removes the widgets from the app drawer and comes with the new Hangouts SMS/MMS/Gtalks unified hub. There’s also the new Email app, new Phone app with nearby search that should be coming to the HTC One GPE.
Samsung is yet to announce when the Galaxy S4 GPE gets the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment, but we are hoping the Koreans won’t take too long to release the update.
Good news, we've delivered KitKat code to Google for HTC One GPE. Timing of push via PlayStore to be determined by Google.— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) November 15, 2013
Special thanks to Raj for sending this in!
So it even comes earlier than the Nexus lines. However, please notice that the factory image for Nexus 4, 7 and 10 has been changed be the new one identified as KRT16S. I wonder if this ROM should be updated too?
Yes, complementing the info you gave saying that, even if Samsung didn't update it (if that turn out to be the case), he would have it in an official version of CM. It's not like I don't understand you, but you really can't act surprised that in...