Hot on the heels of HTC's rollout of Android 4.4 for the HTC One, Samsung is following suite with a similar update for its own flagship. The latest version of Android will soon be hitting owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, though only if they have the Google Play Edition.
Earlier today, owners of the Google Play Edition of the HTC One have started receiving a large OTA update that bumps their smartphone's software to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unlike devices brought from carriers or retailers, which may never see Android 4.4 at all, Google Play Edition devices are given almost the same treatment as Nexus devices, though delivery schedules may still vary.
It was noted that Samsung's own update for the GPE variant of its Galaxy S 4 was still a no show, though it seems it was a bit premature to count it out. According to Google, the Google Play Editions of both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will get updated to Android 4.4 starting today. Of course, when those updates will actually land on users' devices will vary. The HTC One may have had a head start, but what's important is that the update has already started rolling out and will arrive soon.
Owners of the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 GPE versions might also have a bright future with custom ROMs. Both companies have just released the source code of their Android 4.4 versions for these devices in aid of Android development.