Google has started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat Over-The-Air software update for the HTC One Google Play Edition.
The OTA update, which weighs 305MB, upgrades the HTC One from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4. The latest version of Android adds a number of new features as well as enhances the performance of the device. To check the OTA update head over to Settings>> About Phone>> System>> Updates>> Check now. The update is rolling out gradually and currently it will not be available for all the HTC One Google Play devices.
Those users, who cannot wait for the OTA to reach their region and wish to install the update manually, may follow our step-by-step guide.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their handsets meet following requirements before installing the firmware.
1) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP installed, then backup data using the recovery.
2) If the Android device powers off due to lack of battery while the installation process, it could damage the device. Therefore, the HTC One should have above 80% battery charge.
3) The HTC One Google Play Edition should be running on 100% stock Android 4.3 firmware with build version JWR66Y.H1. Head over to Settings>> About phone>> Build number to verify the firmware version of the device.
4) The Android 4.4 KitKat OTA firmware works only with HTC One Google Play Edition. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of HTC One by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.
Steps to install Android 4.4 KitKat on HTC One Google Play Edition
Step-1: From your HTC One, click the link below to download the OTA update package released by Google
Download link: Android 4.4 KitKat OTA for HTC One Google Play Edition
Step-2: When it is done, shut down the phone and disconnect if any cables are connected to it
Step-3: Hold Volume Down and Power buttons together until the bootloader starts up [You should see coloured text on a black screen.]
Step-4: Using the Volume keys navigate to RECOVERY and press the Power button
Step-5: Wait until the icon has stopped spinning and the Android with red exclamation above it is seen
Step-6: First hold the Volume Up button then (with Volume up held down) press the Power button to enter the main recovery menu
Step-7: Navigate down to apply from phone storage and press the Power button to select it
Step-8: Scroll down to 0/ then Download and then select the file downloaded in step-1
Step-9: Let the update do the rest. It might take a few minutes. When you see the message saying Neet (sic) to Reboot to flash firmware.zip select Reboot system now from the menu and press the Power button to select it
Step-10: Wait for the update to finalise
The HTC One Google Play Edition should now be ready and running on Android 4.4 KitKat stock firmware.
[Source: Android Central]