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HTC One owners will be among the first to get the latest KitKat version of Android, HTC has announced, as the phone-maker bids to bury its reputation for tardy and ill-fated OS updates.

According to HTC reps cited by Omio and CNET UK, the Taiwanese gadget-purveyor plans to rollout Android 4.4 to One phones towards the end of January. It’ll be accompanied by the freshly baked 5.5 version of HTC’s Sense custom skin.

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If you’ve got the lesser-spotted Google Play edition, which was something of a niche device aimed principally at devs and runs Android in its unadorned vanilla form, you’ll get it even earlier. HTC has set a putative date of the end of November.

Of course, it’s worth noting that these due dates apply to HTC One phones bought SIM-free and off-contract.

Those of you who picked up your HTC One on a monthly contract deal with a carrier will have to wait until your network has approved the update. After ensuring it plays nice with their proprietary services and bloatware, natch.

With the exception of Sony Xperia Z1, which is also scheduled to get KitKat this month, and a suite of Nexus phones, the One looks to be among the first handsets running Google's OS to be updated.

That’s a real turnaround from HTC’s patchy past form with making new versions of Android available for its handsets. Along with broken promises that have seen updates scrapped, we’ve seen botched software that borked smartphones completely.

Let’s hope it makes good on this platform bump for the One. And that this is the first of many, slicker, speedier Android updates.




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