It seems that users of the aging HTC EVO will have to wait a bit longer to get the promised Android 4.3 update. Having missed its end of 2013 target, HTC is now saying that the update will roll out around the middle of February.
This announcement comes from HTC America president Jason Mackenzie via Twitter. Last October, Mackenzie said that the device will be receiving an Android 4.3 update along with HTC's custom Sense 5 UI by the end of 2013. Of course, that timeline has passed and gone and HTC has to now reschedule. Mackenzie is now saying that the update will enter into testing around January and will finally be released to owners by February.
Should the update push through at all, it will be an impressive feat for this smartphone. It is rare for a device to receive official updates that traverse three major Android version, but that will exactly be the case when the HTC EVO 4G receives the update. It will also somewhat be a testament to Android 4.4's compatibility with slighly less powerful hardware, as it will be running on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. Definitely not the lowest tier that KitKat is aiming for, but it's also not a powerhouse by today's standards.
It is not uncommon for updates to be delayed, even by a few months. HTC has even explained how the entire process can be slowed down by carriers. Hopefully for the remaining owners of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, this will be the last delay before they get the promised update.