HTC originally set out to get KitKat up and running on their flagship HTC One handset within 90 days of Google officially releasing the software. We’re quite close to that 90 days (January 31st), so will they make it?
Unfortunately not, according to this needlessly long letter by HTC America president Jason Mackenzie. Here’s the single important bit from the entire thing:
We are currently in the certification phase across all of our carrier partners in North America, and they share our enthusiasm for getting this software in your hands. That said, the software development process does not always follow a linear path and we know today that we will miss our self-imposed target. The good news is that we won’t miss by much as, it shouldn’t be more than one to two weeks to complete each of the carrier versions of the HTC One.
One to two weeks isn’t horrible. We’ve waited this long, so we can probably wait a few days longer. While we may poke fun at Mr. Mackenzie (who we now know is a Seahawks fan, for what it’s worth) for his long-winded announcement, we’re actually quite refreshed that he and his company are taking updates seriously. Nothing says commitment like a huge apologetic letter smack dab in the middle of the corporate website.