This time last week, we happily reported that the KitKat upgrade went live in the UK for HTC One and One mini owners, but sadly the update has now been pulled due to technical gremlins.
Android Central received a statement from HTC explaining (vaguely) what was going on. It read: “We are aware that a limited number of HTC users are experiencing difficulties with the KitKat update. As a result, all FOTA updates have been temporarily suspended. HTC is committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience and we are working hard to resolve the issue quickly.”
Exactly what those difficulties are, well, we’re left to speculate about that – whispers on the grapevine indicate something pertaining to diminished battery life. We’d guess the issue must be a bit of a doozy to suspend all updates with no timeframe given for a resolution, though.
Android fragmentation is still a big issue Google is looking to tackle, and hitches like this – an update arrives, an update is suspended – don’t help the big picture, either. Last month, KitKat had only managed to reach 1.4 per cent of Android handsets (barely more than the ancient Froyo which is on 1.3 per cent).
In a few weeks’ time, HTC is expected to unveil the One’s successor, although the company is set to take its focus off the premium end of the market, and look more towards the low-end of Android to shift devices in the future.