Well, this is unexpected. In a rather shocking move, HTC is actually considering updating two Desire-branded midrange smartphones to the latest iteration of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. It’s shocking because the Taiwanese company has never done something like this before. The Desire line has so far generally stood for unimpressive specs, all-round forgettable devices, and no software updates whatsoever. That may change somewhat, though, with the manufacturer already reportedly in the process of testing the Android 4.4 KitKat update for both the Desire 601 and the Desire 700.
The release of the update should come in March or April for the Desire 601, and in April or May for the Desire 700. That would be around six months after Google launched that particular version of its mobile OS, but for the Desire line “better late than never” applies fully.
The information isn’t official, but comes from LlabTooFeR, who is generally a very good source of HTC-related leaks and stuff, so we tend to believe it. That said, if HTC decides to cancel these updates at any point, we wouldn’t be surprised either.
Alongside the two lower-end Desire phones, the original Butterfly as well as the Butterfly S are slated to receive their taste of KitKat. Updated bits for both of those should arrive in March or April. This is hardly surprising, though, for the Butterfly handsets are high-end.
Interestingly, though, when we also count in the One, One Max, and One Mini – we now basically have the entire list of handsets that HTC will ever give KitKat to. So 7 models. That doesn’t compare very well to Samsung’s just unveiled list of 17 devices to receive KitKat updates – then again, Samsung does churn out a lot more SKUs than HTC, so there’s that.
Finally, both the One and One Max are both said to be getting the HTC Sense 6 software experience via an update that should come at some point in the future (most likely in the summer or fall). Sense 6 has long been rumored to debut on the “All New One” that will be announced on March 25. That phone will obviously still run Android 4.4 KitKat, but with a newer version of HTC’s UI overlay sprinkled on top. HTC’s chief competitor Samsung could take this approach too, with a seemingly redesigned TouchWiz skin set to arrive on the Galaxy S5 – while other devices that have been updated to KitKat still sport the old looks.