According to HTC US official tweet, Android 4.4 KitKat had been ready to be released for the Droid DNA, however, due to pending certification from Verizon Wireless, the new software upgrade will be available by the end of Q1 or around April 2014. Not too long indeed, but for those who always desired to run the most recent Android OS, then 3-4 months is not a short time.
There’s no wrong if the Droid DNA users really want Android 4.4 KitKat updates for their device, since this latest version of Google’s Mobile Operating systems offer new things that has never existed in prior releases, such as the improved NFC, cloud printing, smarter Caller ID and the most important is faster multitasking by optimizing memory and improving touchscreen responsiveness.
Since the official update not yet available, the only way to update our Droid DNA to KitKat is by flashing a custom Android 4.4 ROM, and so far the best that we can recommend is an official ROM by Team OSE (Open Source Evolution).
This ROM comes with a number of standard features of OSE ROM, including OSE Toggled Theme, Xposed Framework, multi-window, custom UI (navigation bar, clock and battery options), and much more.
- Custom recovery installed on your Verizon Droid DNA, TWRP or CWM recovery which requires S-OFF’ed device.
- Get the flashable custom ROM and the Google apps package from the dev’s thread on xda, once down move it into a phone’s SD card.
Update Droid DNA to KitKat by flashing Android 4.4.2 OSE-ROM
- Boot into the bootloader, turn your device wait until it completely shut down, now press and hold the volume down and power button at the same time.
- Once enter into bootloader mode, now scroll down and choose custom recovery.
- Now you have entered into TWRP / CWM main menu, before flash the ROM make sure you wipe System, Data, Cache and Dalvik.
- Once the wiping process is completed, now flash the ROM in zip format.
- And don’t forget to flash the Google apps package too.
- Reboot and profit. Once boot up, the OSE ROM with Android 4.4.2 KitKat should run on your Droid DNA now.