HTC One M8
HTC One M8Reuters

As promised last month, HTC has reportedly released Android 4.4.3 KitKat OS update to the flagship One M8 in India bringing 4G-LTE network support and more.

It was confirmed by an Indian XDA developer forum member going by the moniker- 'n1234d', who owns a HTC One M8. To corroborate the claim, the member posted the screen-shot of the software update notification revealing the change-log of the new firmware. [To view the snapshot, click here]

The new 4.4.3 KitKat update brings following enhancements:

  • OpenSSL security improvements
  • Performance optimisations in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile network
  • Application updates for camera, gallery (Image Match), Settings (Power history) and HTC Sync Manager
  • HTC Sense UI optimisations
  • 4G-LTE support

To check for the update on the smartphone: Go To

Settings >> About phone >> Build number / version

The KitKat update brings cheers to many HTC One M8 owners in India, which despite featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, could not enjoy high-speed fourth generation internet up until now. Thanks to the new software update, the 4G radio hardware has been activated. Now, HTC One M8 joins the exclusive club of Apple iPhone 5S, LG G2 (LTE) and Xolo LT900 to offer 4G-LTE network support in India.

Last month, rival Samsung, too launched a new Galaxy S5 4G smartphone variant (with Snapdragon CPU) in India for ₹53,500.

Previously, the company had been selling its 3G variant with Exynos chipset.

Now that HTC has fulfilled the promise of providing 4G support for One M8, it now remains to be seen if it has any plans of releasing a similar software update for the newly launched One E8, which also boasts Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU.

Key specifications of HTC One (E8) and HTC One (M8):

Model HTC One (E8) HTC One (M8)
Display 5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) Super LCD 3 screenPixel density: 440 ppi (pixels per inch) 5.0-inch Super LCD 3 full HD (1920x1080p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protectionPixel density: 440 ppi
OS Android v4.4.2 KitKat with Sense v6.0 UI Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense v6.0 UI(to get update for next two years)
Processor 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core series CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core processor with 2.3GHz CPU speed- chipset: MSM8974AB(some select markets in Asia to be released with 2.5GHz CPU speed, chipset: MSM8974AC)
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Storage capacity 16GB (expandable) 16GB/32GB, expandable up to 128GB
Camera Main: 13.0-megapixel cameraFront: 5.0-megapixel camera(Both the cameras can take full HD videos) Main: 4.0-UltraPixel dual-camera with dual-color LED flash (True Tone), 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, HTC ImageChip 2, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panoramaFront: 5.0-megapixel wide-angle camera, full HD video recording, HDR
Battery 2,600 mAh 2600 mAh (Li-Po, non-removable battery);Talk time: up to 20 hours (3G)Standby mode: Close to 496 hours (3G)
Network 3G & LTE (in select markets) 3G & 4G-LTE Category 4 (50Mbps speed)
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots, Front-facing Boom audio system, Motion Launch wake up feature, Dot view case compatible, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC Metallic body (90-percent)Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0 (with A2DP), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, microUSB v2.0, MHL, microSD card slot, BoomSound audio system, Infrared blaster,
Colours Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Gray Gunmetal Gray, Glacier Silver and Amber Gold