The consistency of updates from HTC is becoming impressive, from one update for most devices and two updates for very popular ones, HTC has now moved to making all devices worth upgrading and has started making sure all devices get updated much faster than they did previously.
All three of the major devices HTC has out right now, including the One, One Max and One Mini, will be grabbing the latest version of Android KitKat 4.4. Since the update will happen over the air, the company says the update will arrive between now and the end of February.
A spokesperson for HTC did say the One and One Max would be updated to KitKat and we believe the Evo 4G will be updated sometime soon. This may be the last update for the HTC One, as the next generation flagship is set to be announced at either CES or MWC.
The Android KitKat update brings a whole host of optimisation to the operating system, but to a user level the major changes are more Google Now functionality, immersion mode for apps, Hangouts integration with SMS and caller prioritisation.
Sadly the new update does not come with a new version of Sense, although HTC has updated the skin for Android KitKat 4.4. We believe the first look at Sense 6.0 will be at CES or MWC, when the company reveals the successor to the HTC One, possibly the HTC Two.
HTC is not the only company working hard to get updates out faster, Motorola has started bringing updates to the Moto X faster than some Nexus devices and both Samsung and Sony have been making sure their highest selling smartphones get quicker updates.
All of this brings more consumer confidence when it comes to picking up an Android device – if you know it will still be viable in two years, it is easy to pen in a two year contract.