Install Android 4.4 KitKat Google Play Edition ROM on regular HTC One

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Download and Install Android 4.4 KitKat ROM (comes from the Google Edition of HTC One) on Sense based HTC One.

Android 4.4 KitKat Google Play Edition ROM on regular HTC One

If you are annoyed with the heavily customized Sense 5 UI skin on your HTC One than here comes the good news. Now you can install the stock version of Android 4.4 on your HTC One for better user experience. The KitKat ROM comes straight from the Google Edition of the device with some good enhancements available from HTC One’s Sense based ROM. Unlike other custom ROMs out there such as CyanogenMod, AOKP, PA etc., this stock Android 4.4 kit kat ROM for HTC One does not come with a host of “broken features” or bugs.

Let’s see How To Install official Google Edition HTC One ROM to get pure Android experience. Before you proceed to actual installing steps make sure to prepared your device with some pre-requirements shown below.

  1. First unlock the bootloader on HTC One. A good tutorial can be found here.
  2. Root Your HTC One. Follow this tutorial.

NOTE: You must use CWM RECOVERY 6.0.4.3 OR HIGHER or TWRP RECOVERY 2.6.3.3 OR HIGHER.  You can use ROM MANAGER(CWM) OR GOO MANAGER(TWRP) App form google play store to update your RECOVERY before you proceed to install the ROM.  

After you have successfully unlocked bootloader and rooted your Htc One, now follow the steps below to install Android 4.3.

  1. Download the Google Play edition ROM from here, and Download Radio for Google Play Edition ROM Android 4.4 here then transfer them to the internal storage of your One.
  2. Backup all your apps, app data, contacts and messages etc using an app like Go Backup. Double check this step as installing new ROM will remove all the data from your device.
  3. To install, make sure you are S-OFF first!!! Otherwise, you may end up with a stucked phone.
  4. Reboot your HTC One into recovery mode now. First, switch off your One and then start it by pressing the Volume down + Power button simultaneously. Once you are in Fastboot mode, using the Volume keys highlight the Recovery option and select it using the Power button.
  5. When you enter in TWRP recovery menu, do a full backup which will be a rescue if you want to get back into default Sense ROM.
  6. From recovery menu, go to Wipe and Swipe to Factory Reset to format system data partition.
  7. Once completed go back to TWRP menu and hit install. Select the Google Play edition ROM zip file copied earlier and confirm install. Once the zip file has been flashed, you should install the radio file form install menu.
  8. Once you are done, select the Reboot System option.

Wait for the device to boot up which may take longer than usual. The first boot can take few minutes but if its stuck for too long you may need to redo the process from step 4. Enjoy Google Play Edition KitKat ROM on HTC One.

  • zaaye

    Is this for Sprint. If not it should be noted or bricked phones are near

    • http://getandroidstuff.com/ Shariar

      This for the GSM version of HTC One

  • Ryan Hadley

    if I install this stock version, will I still have the beats audio feature for the headphones and the front facing speakers?

    • http://getandroidstuff.com/ Shariar

      Yes, you will.. and i actually myself love the sound on google edition ROM

  • Chris

    Will this support fota updates?