During an “Ask Me Almost Anything,” or AMA, session on Reddit on Friday, HTC (TPE:2498) provided some key information about the Android 4.4 KitKat update to some of the company’s flagship handsets as well as some older devices.
According to HTC, the company is working on the latest Android firmware update for the HTC One Max and One Mini, with an official roll-out expected over the next two months.
“We already have 4.4 updates in the works for both Mini and Max devices and you can track the progress on our software updates page. You should see this land as early as March for the Max and April for Mini,” HTC said in the thread.
The company went on to say that the T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) variant of the HTC One could receive Android 4.4 KitKat “within the next few days” as the update is now in the final steps of its certification.
HTC’s president Jason Mackenzie confirmed the information on Twitter, while also mentioning that even AT&T (NYSE:T) users of the HTC One can expect a firmware update sometime next week.
Will HTC One X Get KitKat?
In the AMA session, HTC indicated that it could reverse its previous decision not to release further Android updates for the HTC One X, the company’s 2012 flagship.
HTC said last month that neither the One X nor the One X+ would receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update. According to the company, the decision was made because the HTC One X+ feature an Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) Tegra 3 chip, and HTC couldn't get the required support from Nvidia to update the handset further.
However, the U.S. version of the HTC One X boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, which makes an upgrade to the latest Android version possible. According to HTC, it would not be “a good experience for our customer base to update the X, but not the X+… so we’re now actively exploring how we can make the jump to 4.4.”
The company also said that it would bring “all major Android updates” to its flagship devices for two years after their release date.