HTC gives us a behind the scenes look at the Android OS update process [INFOGRAPH]


HTC One KitKat Status

HTC is going fully transparent in their latest infograph explaining the entire process that goes into updating their devices to the latest version of Android. Devices are broken down into 3 main categories: carrier devices, unlocked/developer editions, and Google Play editions.

In the infograph, it’s easy to follow all the individual stages of development, starting from when Google first provides the source code to the eventual OTA update that gets pushed out to customers’ devices. Besides being fun to look at, we found it extremely interesting to see all the behind the scenes work that goes into updating the Android OS on these devices. They even created a new landing page for interested parties to visit and see the current status of Android 4.4 KitKat on their favorite HTC devices.

HTC must be delegating a lot of manpower to getting these updates out and for them to be one of the first OEMs out the gate with Android 4.4 KitKat on the HTC One, well, it’s definitely commendable. Full info graphic below.

HTC: The Anatomy of an Android OS Update


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Interesting…
    so other manuf. have to follow a similar flow I would assume. and it looks like all the builds flow through so they CAN get released all at once I believe. Very forthcoming and interesting HTC!

    1. Well the Google edition is 8 steps, not 12, and there’s no carrier involvement so it will be much faster

  2. Google should get in the chip game…make their own CPUs and such

    1. That would have been better spent of X-Labs dollars, rather that self-driving cars.

  3. Wow this b ridic

  4. Step 4 is the reason the G-Nex won’t officially see 4.4

    1. And why we’re expecting a different chip inside the consumer ready Google Glass. :)

  5. If the chip manufacturers determine if we get an update then the one x should be able to get 4.4 as the nexus 7 2012 runs the same chip

  6. Still betting the farm Jason misses his promise from about 70 days ago regarding their EVO 4g LTE update


    5 Days and counting

    1. Actually, HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management mentioned back in early December that it was delayed. But hey, at least it’s coming. https://twitter.com/moversi/status/409146810192494592

      1. Thanks Chris..Hadn’t seen that comment before.
        “Entering the Lab” by mid Jan 2014….so according to the chart above, they will be 3/4 the way to releasing it.
        When all said and done….they would have been working on it for almost 6 months….that’s some team HTC has working on it. Probably the receptionist and one intern working hard on it between answering the phone and planning the office birthday parties
        Screw you HTC

  7. This is the perfect example of why it’s best to buy Nexus/GPe or even unlocked devices. Those extra carrier steps can add on many months to an update.

  8. That’s nice and all…….but when am I getting kitkat on the EVO design 4g?
    and when am I getting kitkat on ONE?

  9. still takes too long

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