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HTC: One S to Remain on Current Version of Android and Sense, No Android 4.2

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Owners of the One S from HTC got some sad news recently, as the company announced via support forum that their devices won’t be receiving any bumps in builds of Android or Sense. The device currently sits at Android 4.1 with Sense 4+ built on top and there it will remain for the rest of its life. 

HTC gave the following statement to The Unwired:

We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

That’s a bummer.

Via: The Unwired

  • sski66

    Exactly, I couldn’t have said it better , I’m in the same situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Gallegos/1578850285 Jacob Gallegos

    Then HTC wonders why they are getting their @$$es handed to them by samsung.

  • EatUrCrap

    My upgrade is in August, I’ve had the Verizon Galaxy Nexus since launch, I’m torn between the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One (When it comes to Verizon). What I really want is another Nexus, but I don’t want to wait.

  • Andy

    This is crazy. They’ve lost me. My next phone will NOT be an HTC.

  • LionStone

    Wow, we are so spoiled aren’t we? Probably 98% of the actual people with this phone won’t care and will never know and besides 4.1 is still great! I certainly wouldn’t care if I bought this phone and knew I wasn’t getting…”Daydream” clock, haha! :-) Good job HTC, on to more important phones!

    • MicroNix

      Until their friends show them the new 4.2.2 lockscreen and what they can do with it. No one should put up with manufacturers not updating their phones after a less than a year. Ever.

      • LionStone

        Really? That’s it, to fondle the lockscreen some more? Only geeks care about that and no update past a year…and if they really care that much, they wouldn’t have bought that phone. You guys act like it’s crippled…I’m sure those with the One S with 4.1 and Sense 4+, will be able to survive another 9 months til a new phone …NBD.

  • Dorian Brooks

    Announced Feb ’12.
    Released Mar ’12.
    Android Updates 4.0.3>4.0.4>4.1.1
    Pretty much dead Jul ’13.
    Stay classy HTC…. Stay classy….

  • chris125

    And this is the reason I won’t buy another htc

  • kirk ngo

    lol. that’s HTC for you people.

  • Fresh360

    Stay Classy HTC.

  • Bill Hill

    Throw it into the ground!

    • JoshGroff

      I threw it on the ground!

      • Bill Hill

        Like A Boss

  • Matt Laney

    It was a mid range phone anyway. Is the galaxy s3 mini getting 4.2.2?

  • coolsilver

    HTC One… One update per phone

  • mcdonsco

    Should make HTC one owners happy they got that over the s4


    I knew there was a reason I wanted to avoid htc besides the thunderbolt

  • Blue Sun

    This article is really resonating with me. I have been evaluating my next upgrade options from the VZW GNex to the upcoming Nexus device, Samsung Note 3 & the HTC T6. I am really looking for a reason now to even consider the Note 3 & HTC T6 after reading this article.

  • Guy Pierce

    That Make NoSense!

  • Guy Pierce

    That Make NoSense!

  • Joseph A. Yager

    Par for the course.

  • Silver Veloz

    Geez HTC! My almost 2-year old Droid Bionic has 4.1. LOL

  • Darren

    About a year ago, I was considering to buy a new phone. At the time, I was torn between HTC One S and Galaxy Nexus. They had the same price class at the time, I was attracted to One S because of the better processor and beautiful body design. But I bought the Galaxy Nexus anyway because of the 720p display and Nexus branding. Looking back right now, and while reading this article, I can be sure I’ve made the right choice. I’ve been rocking Android 4.2.2 for 4 months now and had tons of fun with custom roms and kernels.

  • MotoRulz

    HTC “Quietly Brilliant”


    • Radgatt

      I guess that is the reason why they recently changed their slogan.

  • Monkey

    I remember HTC with all their talk about their “One” phones and their intent to produce fewer phones so they could be better about updating their phones. I guess that’s all out the window. Real nice HTC.

    • SemahjLam

      I dont think thats why they were doing the whole “one” thing. HTC was releasing way to many phones they had to many variations of the same phone, so they came up with the “one moniker to represent on the cut down.

  • muffnman

    Alternate article title: HTC One S users, Welcome to the Root/Custom ROM community!

    • JoshGroff

      If you want constant updates, get a Nexus or ROM your device. Still haven’t seen much reason to go to 4.2.2 over Sense 5 on my DNA though, love that blinkfeed.

  • Leroy1983

    Htc is not the 1st to do this. Motorola and samsung has done this. I know I shouldn’t say this on a android site, but say what you won’t about closed systems. But at least they get there stuff updated for several years. Not all features but they get the newest os. And it also shows that specs aren’t everything

    • SemahjLam

      well are they really getting the newest OS or just the old one with a few added features but a new OS version to make their numbers sound great

      • MicroNix

        I haven’t seen someone label the core OS the latest and gave them a previous version. That’s not very good speculation as the devs would be all over that and calling it out.

    • Fresh360

      Well this is rather contradictory, how do they get the newest OS but not all the newest features? Truth be told it’s all fragmentation no matter open or closed ecosystem. If we go by your statement then the One S is perfect it technically has the newest OS, Jelly Bean, but only lacks a few features.

      • Derek Arguello

        Still it’s unacceptable a year old midrange phone if bought outright cost a pretty penny it’s unacceptable….Hermit Turtle Crab . Hate This Crap ..HTC

    • MicroNix

      Samsung did this in the very beginning but learned fast. The S2 went all the way from Gingerbread > ICS > Jelly Bean. When was the last time you saw THAT? And the S2 is almost a year older than the One S! Samsung is on top of their game. Even Moto is learning. Slowly, but they’re learning.

      • LionStone

        Not too long ago…HTC Thunderbolt – Froyo> Gingerbread>ICS! :)

      • Richard Yarrell

        Plain and simple this is why SAMSUNG has 40plus% market share of the android platform…HTC,SONY,MOTOROLA,LG all will NEVER COMPARE…

        • squiddy20

          And 3 years ago everyone “knew” Android would never be able to compete against iOS…. -__-

  • cancerous_it

    HTC. Still finding ways to lose customers.

    • T4rd

      “Quietly failing” is what I think when I see their slogan. =p

  • pubasnacks77

    Not even surprised, one of the reasons to get a Google or Nexus addition of a phone so that you can update on your schedule

    • Leroy1983

      Yes and no. My buddy got a galaxy nexus on Verizon thinking he would get timely uodates. It wasnt until later he found out that the carriers still pull the strings on wether to get updates or not on a “pure android phone”

      • cancerous_it

        Your buddy gets a nexus and decides that he wants to be at the mercy of Verizon for updates? That’s like buying legos and getting pissed at LEGO because the house,car,spaceship didn’t come prebuilt.

        • JoshGroff

          That analogy just made my day.

      • Ian

        The Verizon Galaxy Nexus was a fluke, it was never a real “nexus” from day one thanks to VZW. Don’t say “the carriers” still pull the strings on nexus devices because that behavior was literally limited to this one device on Verizon only.

        p.s. your buddy should learn to root and rom if he craves the nexus experience on VZW.

        • Leroy1983

          He doesn’t wanna root. And I remember this site along with others was rooting formthengalaxy nexus being a pure android phone and blah blah. And what happened? No timely updates at all, even Kellex wrote a couple articles about this. Google is just as big as apple. If apple can do it, then so can go google.

          • Ian

            Then your buddy shouldn’t complain about the state of things when he has the power to change them. At the time of the GNex on VZW, Google did not have anywhere near the influence in the physical phone market as Apple did. Additionally, combining all of the GNexs and iPhones sold by VZW, GNex makes up less than 1%.

  • NexusPhan69

    Dear HTC,
    Thank you for confirming to me why I will never buy a phone from you.
    The world.

    • JoshGroff

      Except for me, who has owned most major HTC devices (minus the One and One X, held off for something better then the DNA came along.) since the Sensation and has never left a single one on stock. Fancy that.

      • NexusPhan69

        In no way should that be a justification for less than one year of support for a phone.

        • JoshGroff

          Oh, certainly not, but I’m just saying it doesn’t affect everybody. I’m perfectly content with what the dev community ports from other newer devices/new stock builds.

          I, unlike you, don’t overgeneralize things.

          • NexusPhan69

            Nobody should ever have to rely on the hard, donated work of developers for a phone that you paid $600 for to receive updates after only 10 months. It’s shows HTC just doesn’t care. Not a philosophy anyone should support.
            Side note; Excellent grammar and punctuation. Effect is often used incorrectly in forums and it bugs me.

          • JoshGroff

            I usually look at dev support more than I do OEM support. (Having owned a few HTC and Moto devices in my time has taught me that they’re usually late or buggy anyway.)

            I originally got a Note 2 (friend’s upgrade, swapped him my TF201 for the upgrade, used it on the Note 2,) but I was a bigger fan of the DNA (S4 pro and 1080p screen, what’s not to like? Already S-offed and running Sense 5 as well) so I made the swap and ended up getting back over $200.

            Re:Side note; It bothers me as well, but I don’t always notice it, and sometimes make the error myself.

          • michael arazan

            But the average consumer who doesn’t have time or know how to root and rom shouldn’t be stuck with a Device that hinders innovation.

            This is another reason not to get HTC Devices, bad enough they don’t get updated except every year and a half, but then just giving up on devices, doesn’t boost consumer confidence in a company and their products

          • JoshGroff

            My point is not everyone cares. Some of us switch devices frequently or are willing to root/rom to have the latest software (or are content being a version behind due to many features being ported back by developers.) so having a fully unlockable device, and top tier hardware (reason to buy over a Nexus in some cases) is more important than software support.

        • jnt

          The One S hasn’t even been out a year yet?

          • NexusPhan69

            More than a year but the last update was a few months ago. So time from release to time of last update is less than a year. Pretty sad.

          • JoshGroff

            It is also a mid range device and not the flagship. Just figured I’d point that out.

          • LTRuf

            Think Dodge will update me to a new engine and sound system when the new ones come out as well :-) I guess I’m stuck with what I bought unless I want to modify it as well, just like every other product you pay money for!

          • JoshGroff

            I know right!

      • T4rd

        That’s funny. So you owned all of the HTC phones that weren’t worth owning and none of the ones that are. But none of HTC’s phones on Verizon were worth owning (except maybe the OG Incredible), so that’s hardly your fault.

        • JoshGroff

          The DNA is a fantastic device, first off. Certainly blew every other device out of the water until the S4 hit. Haven’t had the cash to drop on the One yet, but I think I’m holding off for a Note 3 (hopefully, VZW variant with GSM unlocked would be perfect, having possible access to the 3 relevant carriers is always good.) at this point.

          Also, I had no reason to switch from VZW with my G-Nex to AT&T or T-Mobile (until they reupped unlimited that is) for the One X.

          • T4rd

            Didn’t blow the doors off the Note 2 or even the Razr HD Maxx, esp. in terms of battery life and storage (11 GBs .. lol no). Performance is roughly the same in real world usage from what I saw. Display was definitely nice on the DNA, but not enough to overcome knowing it would be EOL in 9 months and have much less dev support than the Note 2.

          • JoshGroff

            Quality vs quantity. I couldn’t care less about how many roms there were, as long as there are a few stable with a good feature set.

            Battery life is decent, still gets me through a good solid day/a full weekend if I charge it Friday night. (Note 2 got me through nearly 2)

            Performance wise, real world usage is barely noticeable, definitely. (most games don’t fully utilize either processor anyway, but it’s always nice for those random benchmark tests that serve no purpose.)

          • T4rd

            I wasn’t speaking of quantity. I was speaking of quality as well as longevity. Who knows if there’s even going to be a few good ROMs available for the DNA a year after it’s out. With non-exclusives like the Note 2, One and Galaxy S phones, you’ll have much more (quality) ROMs to choose from for much longer.

            My Note 2 barely lasts me a day a lot of times, but that’s with 6-8 hours of screen on usage on LTE, so I’m a heavy user. I know the DNA would get no where near that.

            But it sounds like you switch phones every 6 months to a year. So I guess that doesn’t matter to you as much.

          • JoshGroff

            I am a tech addict. I have a problem, but I’m not looking to fix it any time soon.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Exactly…The HTC DROID DNA was a TOTAL JOKE and PISS POOR BATTERY LIFE. It would NEVER COMPARE TO ANY NOTE 2 not even on it’s best day….The Galaxy Note 2 is an industry GOLD STANDARD. Nothing on the market today touches the Note 2.

          • squiddy20

            Hmmm… Maybe that has something to do with the fact that the Note 2 has a bigger capacity battery? Maybe? /sarcasm

    • Richard Yarrell

      Dear HTC thanks for truly confirming to me
      Why SAMSUNG reigns supreme on the android platform.
      You will never regain and credibility.