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HTC One to get Android 4.4 KitKat within 90 days

With the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, only just landing on the brand new Google Nexus 5 handset launched yesterday, users of the Android OS will be clamouring to get the newest OS version on their handsets and it seems that out of all the third party Android manufacturers out there, HTC is more keen than most.

The Taiwanese company has already stated that its current flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One, will be receiving the new 4.4 KitKat update within the next 90 days.

It’s a pretty bold statement from HTC, with a lot of tweaking likely required to its own  Sense user interface that works on top of the Android software.

The news has come from HTC America’s president Jason Mackenzie, who has said that the latest version of Android would be available in the US on all carriers in 90 days or less. The statement was made in an interview with Engadget, and puts a bold claim on the OS turnaround speed.

We in the UK have no such assurances, but with the One still making a good impression on European shores we would expect the 4.4 update to land somewhere close to the US release.

Google has made lots of statements about the changes 4.4 will bring to Android handsets, but amongst the most anticipated are the speed, performance and battery life improvements, all of which comes from KitKat’s much lower memory requirements. These improvements also mean that KitKat 4.4 will run well on the low-end, more affordable phones that are on the market.

S0 far Android 4.4 is only available on the new Nexus 5 handset (when it arrives), but Google has already promised that the software update will land on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets and the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone in the coming weeks.

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