HTC went on record previously as stating that it would push out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update but not a 4.4.4 KitKat release; the company would bring additional updates with the arrival of Android L or “Lollipop,” according to our sources.

And today, HTC users have started receiving a surprise update from the company. The reason for the new HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update? HTC’s Desire Eye announcement from yesterday.

The company took center stage to announce its new HTC Desire Eye phone that brings similar design language from the Desire 816 and Desire 820 over to a new mid-range HTC phone that blurs the lines between mid-end and high-end smartphones.

The HTC Desire Eye comes with 13MP cameras for both front and back photography, alongside of a new load of features that allow you to play around with “your inner photographer”: among them, “Crop Me In,” a feature that allows you to place yourself in any photo you take – whether present in the moment or not.

You also have a new Auto Selfie Mode, with selfies becoming the new smartphone trend for manufacturers, alongside of the ability to now use voice commands (“cheese” and “smile”) to activate your smartphone camera as well as the ability to create a picture using your front and back cameras simultaneously.

There are other camera features added to the Eye Experience, but some HTC users may have wondered whether or not they would receive the best photography experience HTC has produced this far. True to the loyalty of its customers, HTC released Android 4.4.4 KitKat for its HTC One M8 users to provide all of its new camera features.

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Unfortunately, though, you won’t be able to “download” the new 13MP front-facing camera. From what we’ve been told, the front camera is so superb that HTC One M8 users will probably experience some hurt over not having it. At the same time, HTC’s 5MP HD front camera is one of the best in the smartphone business – so you may not miss it all that much.

The HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update has been released today and consumes 252MB of data – so, unless you’ve got a 10GB data plan or something thereabout, you may want to download the new update over Wi-Fi.

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Did you receive your HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update yet? If so, what are the new camera features that you see? Have you tried out the new camera modes yet? If so, which ones do you like most?