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OUTLOOK: First OEMs detail Plans of upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat Upgrades - others stay mum
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 01.11.13 - 16:38:54 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 10247x
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Now, after Google made its Android 4.4 KitKat official and also unveiled which Nexus phones will receive the sweet upgrade - or not - the biggest question is what the OEMs plan for their smartphone line-up? During the recent 18 hours, a couple of manufacturers released statements, some of them went into details, others stayed vague, while others stayed mum. In general it's safe to expect that the majority of latest high-end smartphones will receive the upgrade. However, for other devices, which were just recently high-end smartphones, will the screen stays black. Most notable Google's very own Galaxy Nexus which isn't receiving Android KitKat because the TI OMAP CPU isn't supported anymore since TI went out of the smartphone business.

Let's start with HTC. In a statement Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, gave Engadget, he confirmed that the HTC One Google Play edition will receive the KitKat update within the next 15 days, the Developer edition and unlocked versions will get it within the next 30 days and the North American versions (incl. all carrier version) will have it in 90 days or less.
Yet no word about the international HTC One but it can be expected that it will be anything within the next 30 and 90 days. Mackenzie also confirmed that all HTC One, except the HTC One Google Play edition, will keep HTC Sense 5.x. Furthermore, Mackenzie said that HTC is still working on a rollout plan for the other devices, like the One mini and One max, but assures Endadget that the company will have a statement concerning those other phones in the near future.

According to Motorola's Upgrade page, the Moto X, including the Developer Edition, will receive Android 4.4 KitKat goodness, which isn't a surprise at all. Also mentioned are the  Droid ULTRA, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini. However, as DroidLife noted, not listed are the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD from Verizon. Anyway, Motorola hasn't given a time frame for the planned upgrades.

Last but not least Samsung. The Korean smartphone giant has given CNet UK a short statement that it will confirm its rollout plans for the latest version of Android "in due course". That's it, short and without too much info. Most likely, it can be expected that at least Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will receive the upgrade. Whatever it means for other versions of the - for instance - Galaxy S4, like the Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Mini; not too talk about its massive range of tablets. Samsung has simply way too many different devices out in the field that it can't bring KitKat to all of them, even if technology-wise possible. Therefore I would expect (but this is my own guessing) that Samsung will concentrate on a few highlight devices.

LG, Huawei and ZTE have yet not released any statements about its plans.

Cheers ~ Arne


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