HTC Droid DNA receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 5.5 on April 24th


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Let’s play a game: how many Android devices can you list that launched back in 2012, and have found themselves updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat? Not very many. Well, joining that illustrious list this week — on April 24th, to be exact — will be the HTC Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless. HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management revealed the good news on Twitter this afternoon, also adding that Sense 5.5 will come along with the firmware upgrade as well.

Droid DNA owners are breathing a sigh of relief. It’s been a long time coming, and after facing initial delays in getting Android 4.2.2 to the device, HTC remained committed to updating the DNA to KitKat. A testament to HTC’s new commitment to support their flagship devices with major software releases (even if the Droid DNA launched a few months ahead of the One line).

In a time when 720p was still the standard, HTC smashed convention, launching the first phone in the US with a full 1080p display. Some said it was overkill, but my, how time flies. It’s nice to see the DNA still holds a special place in HTC’s heart, just don’t expect any major firmware upgrades from here on out. HTC’s will have done their part, breathing new life into Droid DNA, most likely for the last time.


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. Nice!

    DNA reminds me the old days of HTC when it was among the top manufacturers in
    the world of Smartphones. Hope their latest M8 will help them to regain first position.
    Well come to the point, as I am using HTC DNA from last two year and could say
    that it’s the best phone I have ever had till date with features like qi charger compatible and now with availability of 4.4 KitKat version on 24th
    April will definitely make it seems like a new phone in my hand.

  3. Inexcusable that a CARRIER-branded device recieves an update before its international unlocked version (HTC Butterfly). Heck, the Taiwanese version of its successor the HTC Butterfly s still doesn’t have KitKat…

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