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HTC One X and One X+ to Stay on Android 4.2.2, No Kit Kat For You

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HTC announced via Twitter that the One X and One X+ will be staying on their current version of Android, and won’t ever be seeing a Kit Kat update. Both devices currently sit on Android 4.2.2, not even 4.3 which would have been nice for consumers.

Truth be told, the One X is nearly two years old, so without sounding like a hypocrite, we should say that HTC’s apparent lack of support for this particular phone shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, the One X+ was launched in October of 2012, so the phone isn’t even close to two years old. Why HTC feels like cutting support for this device, which sports specs that could easily handle Kit Kat, makes very little sense and is sure to anger a few buyers. 

With that said, HTC’s resources are probably being stretched quite thinly this year, and when you throw in the task of assigning teams to older devices, productivity is sure to suffer at some point. HTC might do best to focus on somewhat younger/more popular devices, while also making sure their next release (HTC M8) is phenomenal.

Ouch

HTC comments that both devices still feature the company’s fantastic camera and audio software, so customers should be happy about that. While that might salt the wound for some buyers, it is what it is.

We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

If you really need Kit Kat, go check out a custom ROM.

Via: The Verge
  • http://www.shopbychoice.com/ ShopByChoice

    HTC desire X gives impressive experience view at the first glance . I am also like this smartphone so much due to user friendly functions and attractive model .
    http://www.shopbychoice.com/htc/mobile-phones/smartphones

  • tom riddle

    This is exactly why I will never buy another HTC product again…the Thunderbolt was the worst experince of my life…mobile device wise.

  • davidh

    i have a one x running 4.4.2 ive been with htc since the g1. developers flock to the and are always porting roms to them. screw the carriers, all of them do this. android is open source and this is the byproduct of that so stop complaining and get with the program.

  • JimmyHACK

    Whatever happened to the thing announced at like IO in 2012 where 18 months updates guaranteed with OEMs? I know it’s dead but just wondering if they initiative is even a thing anymore.

    • JeffColorado

      I am surprised that anyone is surprised. This is normal for HTC. If you buy their phones you will be lucky to get one major update (on the Rezound we barely even got that). This is why vendor skins like Sense are a bad thing.

  • Shane Redman

    Feel sorry for anyone still loving their HTC One….

  • Orlando Sablon

    Readers have to remember that chart that was made about updates. If they recall, then they realize that it was the processor company that dictated the update. The galaxy nexus rocked a Texas instrument processor. The one X rocks a tegra 3 processor. This basically means if u want to future proof your device, buy a nexus device or processor that the masses purchase..like gs4 or HTC one…

    • cocci852

      except that the nexus 7 2012 has a tegra 3…

      • Orlando Sablon

        This is very true…I completely forgot that…wow, I have all nexus devices… I was tired of waiting for updates… Nexus 7 LTE, nexus 5, and previous nexus 10 owner…

  • Steven02

    Think about it this way… do you expect more features if it went to 4.3? I have yet to see an OEM to multiple user profiles on a phone. It already had bluetooth 4.0. It could benefit from OpenGL3.0, but I think we are missing the point here. The framework that OEMs use mean that new Android devices don’t always come out with new great feature from 4.2 to 4.3. My wife got an Galaxy S3 update to 4.3, and she liked it because it had a newer version of TouchWiz. Most of the update going from 4.2 to 4.3 is in HTC Sense 5.0 to 5.5. From what I have read, the update is mainly changes to blinkfeed. If you like blinkfeed, I understand being upset. But, if you aren’t running near stock Android, you won’t see much in the way of changes. Same thing with Samsung updates, just an update to TouchWiz most of the time or some other random feature that is half baked and I won’t use (eye scrolling, I am looking at you). BTW, I own a Galaxy S4, which is a good phone. But, I think I am done with the Samsung/HTC route (used to own a Droid Incredible, I know a long time ago). Got my wife a Moto X for Christmas, and she really likes it. I like it too. I am waiting to see what Moto comes out with on their next phone, because I think they are taking a great approach to Android.

  • mattybeee

    I’ll never buy another HTC phone again. I actually came to this conclusion after I mistakenly bought the Rezound but this solidifies that decision.

    • JeffColorado

      I still have my Rezound. It does have vanilla KitKat on it, no thanks to HTC (and KitKat on it is awesome). There are Kitkat ROMS available for it. But there is no reason we should have had to ROM it at all.

  • Scott

    Last HTC phone was the EVO 3D ffs. Never again. It’s a shame too because before that was the OG EVO and it was a terrific phone with an extended battery of course.

  • yankeesusa

    The soup nazi! That brought back some memories, awesome.

  • Yasen

    that way the minute you got you htc fone you go root because they always end up abandoning there fone unlike then Samsung update there fone , I have Htc One X that i will rooted and put the Miui rom or CM , my old desire got Miui on it and it’s the best think i have done

  • Chris

    Some of you need to go back to school.

    HTC One X and One X+ to Stay on Android 4.2.2, No Kit Kat For You

    one X is a two year old phone, one X+ is 14 months

    • JeffColorado

      My Galaxy Nexus has Kitkat and it runs extremely well. HTC need to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and get rid of Sense. It is a giant anchor on their phones.

      • LionStone

        My stock Nexus 5 running Apps – Settings 100 MB – Google Keyboard 69 MB.
        My Droid DNA (4.2.2) running Apps – Settings 61 MB – HTC Sense Input 28 MB.
        Also the Google keyboard has a bug in it and the HTC one is way more refined, functional and smooth!

  • DaroltiDan

    HTC? Never again!

  • WestFiasco

    I expect their budget to be spread even more thinly in the coming years. I have a one x+ and I expected kit kat to be the last Os update it received. HTC makes great devices but right now, I think when it’s time to upgrade HTC will not be getting the sale.

    • Chris

      Theres always hacking and rooting. After all if you are a “true” android fan you would know this and be educated about it.

      • WestFiasco

        You make it sound like it’s an acceptable alternative at this stage after the device launched, I had planned on loading cyanogenmod when HTC updates stopped after 18 months. 18 months aren’t up, I’m two “major versions” behind (4.3 & 4.4) and no updates anymore, I like sense 5 it’s the reason I went with HTC but with this sort of software support I don’t see a benefit to wanting sense 5 and above on future devices.

      • JeffColorado

        I know it and am educated about it. I have Kitkat on my Rezound. Hacking and rooting is not a replacement for actual support.

  • Dominick White

    I am a big HTC fan, but they really need to make a few changes, I thought that change was coming when they made the HTC one and sense 5.0.. But then they came out with a new phone and throw sense 5.5, and now the rumors of the HTC M8 with sense 6.0.. So now they have 3 different phones , with three different types of sense, send then the very slow update for each phone they have. And then dropping support for phones that are a little over a year old. Maybe HTC should just focus on three phones a year. A top/middle /and low end phone and maybe do something to stock with some of their features add to the mix

    • jimt

      And updating their phones so they can sell new ones! Get a clue HTC.

    • Chris

      Sense 5 and 5.5 are pretty much the same minus a few add ons in sense 5.5. they dont need stock (only nerds care about that and they usully buy nexus devices or root their phones anyway. say otherwise and you’d be in denial)

      Screw low end phones. A single (maybe two. mid range and high end) phone would do them just fine. Most android users are average joes anyway.

      • Dominick White

        still need low end phones for countries that dont have the money to buy top of the line phones

  • jimt

    HTC is dead meat. Android 4.3 would be the lowest rev to be left at. I would never buy a HTC product. With the Gnex it was the processor that was the problem. No excuse for the “one”.

    • JeffColorado

      Processor on the Galaxy Nexus is fine…I have KitKat on mine and it runs like a modern phone. It’s awesome.

      • jimt

        Now that I’m on Tmo with a Nexus 5, my Gnex is very lonely. The Gnex had a couple of problems. The speaker and battery. I had no problem with anything else except Verizon itself and it’s hate of the Galaxy Nexus

  • Chris

    Welcome to android my friends.

  • SefQuiN

    Haha, learned my lesson with the Thunderbolt. … never again.

  • Chris

    No surprise. 2 year old phone…

    • MistaButters

      The AT&T One X+ came out in November 2012. So it’s a 14 month old phone. And actually, officially it’s only on 4.1. If you ever wonder why people don’t buy HTC phones after they own one, this is the reason.

      • Chris

        I buy HTc phones. Havning the latest android isn’t an concern for me. I dont go running around screaming and demanding that I get 4.4.44444.4444 and if I comes with 4.4.4444.4443 I throw a fit.

        • MistaButters

          This isn’t about a minor update. HTC supported these phones for less than 6 months.

        • Philip J. Fry

          Then shut up and go troll somewhere else.

          • Chris

            maybe you should take your own advice kid

        • JeffColorado

          You seem pretty easily satisfied. You should stay with HTC.

      • yankeesusa

        Exactly. The last good phone I had was the htc evo 4g which got several updates within the first year. If they had kept up with it like that then more people would have stayed. After the evo 3d debacle I chose samsung and have never looked back. I had a nexus in between as a backup though.

        • hkklife

          Agreed 100x. Though I have been a VZW & Moto guy for years I had massive respect for HTC and their offerings (Droid Eris notwithstanding). Remember how the DINC was by far the best-spec’d device around at its launch? Or the awesome G2 compared to the Droid turds Moto was putting out at the time? And the OG EVO was toe to toe with the Droid X in every key area other than onboard storage AND it had WiMax (which was still better than EVDO, despite its major flaws).

          Even longer ago, HTC had the phenomenal Touch Pro and Pro 2 (arguably the best QWERTY phone keyboard ever), not to mention the legendary HD2. But now they are in a slow Jha-era Moto or RIM-style deathspiral. They should have drawn the line in the sand with the One X series and gotten them at least to 4.3. If for no reason other than being so close in name to the current One models.

          HTC’s actions from 2010 onwards are a Palm-style textbook case in how to squander a massively loyal user base and huge headstart over the competition.

  • Gilbert Estrada

    Well this is the straw that broke my back.. been using HTC since the original Incredible, even bought HTC phones for other family and friends, but I’m jumping to a Moto X tomorrow.

    • Chris

      because your two year old phone isn’t getting the latest update?

      • Gilbert Estrada

        No, because HTC have gone from a decent company that sold good products to one that sucks at anything more than just hype. You should know about hype, you’re apparently getting paid to troll for them.

        • Chris

          So someone is a “troll” because you disagree with them?

          and they are focusing on their current products. Not a half baked phone that was rushed months after the orgnail.

          • Gilbert Estrada

            No, you’re a troll because you’re deliberately assuming something untrue for the sole purpose of being contrary and making snide comments about it. HTC simply doesn’t provide the same level of support for their products and customers that other companies do, no matter the age of the product in question, and only a fool would refuse to acknowledge that fact.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            Whatever happened to not feeding the trolls…

          • kg2128

            No you are a troll because you are trying to argue with them and you clearly know you are full of !@#$. HTC is the one who made that “half baked phone.” Yes sales failed miserably, that doesn’t mean customers who did buy it should be screwed out of updates. And like many people posted the one x+ is not even close to 2 years old.

  • Jose Garcia

    Wait! didn’t they say that the EVO LTE was going to get 4.3? If so, how can the ONE X/X+ not get it?

    • hkklife

      Carrier pressure/$ support, primarily. And chipset support, if you want to believe that overused excuse you from manufacturers who are looking to point a finger for prematurely abandoning hardware (Xoom, GNex, One X)

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    OMG! I do not believe this! I am outraged. I bought something other than a Nexus and I am surprised as sh** that it won’t get an update!

    • Chris

      Root

      • Reginald Jefferson

        Whoosh

    • JeffColorado

      Heaven forbid we should expect support for more than 6 months huh? The Rezound got one (1) update to ICS…that was it. Even that was delayed by half a year.

  • David Dudovitz

    Droid DNA! Droid DNA! If they keep their promise and update it to KitKat, it will have jumped a total of 3 android versions, which will be a miracle for an HTC device.

    • Cael

      That’s if the don’t run into any “carrier” delays.

      • David Dudovitz

        Trust me, I know. I had the Incredible 2 previously, which was promised ICS but then got shafted.

    • steve

      I love my DNA. Works great and always has, but ready to upgrade. So sad to see the new ‘m8′ specs may not be up to par. Don’t trade specs for earlier release date HTC!

  • Jeremy Turnley

    I was already running CyanogenMod KK (which runs really well) on my S-Off AT&T HOX before I switched to T-Mobile this weekend, so it’s not a huge problem for anyone with half a brain. Sucks that HTC continues to give poor long term support, but by now you should know that before you buy.

  • Albert Charles

    I can see this. HTC posted how it works. Maybe chip set doesn’t have any new drivers. Any manufacture has the 18month support. I don’t think its all htc fault.

    • Chris

      Some hate HTC just to hate it. nsome only want samsung and stock android and then go around screaming that android is all about choice,

  • Dave

    Hi, we’re HTC and poised to defeat Samsung one of these days…..just not tomorrow….or the next day…or…

  • Dave

    So they can focus on the M8 and support it for one year also.

    • Chris

      HTC is here to stay

  • SomeDooD

    HTC can suck a cawk.

    • Dave

      A giant tube of black caulk.

    • Chris

      2 year old phone getting latest updates? right…

      • MistaButters

        The One X+ is like 14 months old. The international version only made it to 4.2 (which came out a couple weeks after the phone). It never saw 4.3 (which came out 6 months after release) and it won’t see 4.4 (which came out 12 months after the phone came out). So, no, not a 2 year old phone.

      • MistaButters

        Btw, did you seriously go and down vote every bad comment about HTC?

        • Philip J. Fry

          There is a down vote troll roaming these parts and it’s probably him.

      • Philip J. Fry

        Nobody gives two shits about your troll comments.

        • Chris

          You must given you took time to respond. If you didn’t care then why did you respond?

  • Severo Rivera

    Does this mean that the Htc One Google play edition is going to get more updates than the stock HTC One?

  • Jpx

    So sad, I really do love HTC for their aesthetics. Their designs are amazing, and they are somewhat the company you want to root for. But after supporting them for 3 generations, I’m over their shenanigans. Their support for their products is HORRIBLE. Can’t wait to get my moto x in the mail on wednesday to finally close the chapter with HTC and Sprint. Hello Moto and T-mobile

    • crazed_z06

      Learned my lesson with the Thunderbolt.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    So the HTC One won’t see anything past 4.4.2 if HTC sticks to their habits.

    • Chris Hannan

      Well yeah, because the next flagship HTC phone will be out by the time the next version of Android comes out, then HTC will stop supporting the One in favor of the new device.

    • FYLegend21

      well don’t lose hope llabtoofer says there’s one more big update either Android 4.5 or 5.0.

  • crazed_z06

    HTC lol.

  • Jonathan Ly

    Its not surprising. The One X + has a slightly better Tegra 3, which was an “eh” processor (Anyone who ran a Nexus 7 2012 with Stock 4.2.2 can confirm) anyway, and it never had much support in the first place. Is it BS? Yeah it is, but realistically, the S3s aren’t going to see 4.4 and that is its closest contemporary. Buying a One X+ probably wasn’t a sound idea, considering it was an iteration on an existing device, instead of a brand new model.

  • Chingiz Saidov

    Doesn’t matter. We have Lloir who already gave us Kitkat. Awesome dev!http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2510836

  • Justin Barrett

    Wonder who made that GIF…. :P

  • Chase Chick

    No anger here. They refuse to support their products. I refuse to buy them or recommend them to people. Win win!

    • Ej McCarty

      Yeah the thought of recommending an htc product has never crossed my mind haha

  • TC Infantino

    I did like the Rezound, but HTC is certainly not doing what it should to make a turn around. I think Motorola has done awesome this past year, and HTC needs to try to follow Motorola’s lead if they want to remain relevant.

  • wade_county

    Add this to the long list of abandoned HTC phones.

    Why you don’t buy HTC on Verizon:

    HTC Thunderbolt launched with Froyo in 3/2011
    Upgraded to Gingerbread 9/2011
    ICS released in 10/2011
    Thunderbolt ICS upgrade 2/2013

    HTC Droid Incredible 2 launched 5/11 with Gingerbread
    Did it even get an ICS update yet?

    HTC Rhyme launched 9/11 with Gingerbread
    Did it even get an ICS update yet?

    HTC Rezound launched with Gingerbread 11/11
    Upgraded to ICS 8/12

    Droid Incredible 4G LTE launched with ICS 5/12
    Did it even get Jellybean yet?

    Droid DNA launched 11/12 with 4.1 Jellybean
    Did it even get 4.3 yet or 4.2.2?

    ^^All of these phones were promised updates

    • moelsen8

      wow.. when you put it that way…..

    • Dominick White

      DROID Dna was updated to 4.2.2

      • wade_county

        thanks, fixed

        • Dominick White

          Don’t forget the small battery they like putting in their phone , I am a big HTC fan but I think the DROID Dna will be be my last HTC. Until they can do something about the battery

          • wade_county

            Yea, I owned the Eris, DINC, ThunderBolt, and DINC2 and I said enough. Nexus, Motorola and even Samsung from now on.

    • David Dudovitz

      DInc2 Launched w/Froyo

    • LionStone

      Haha! “Promised”…aw, you act like the scorned significant other. Actually lots of you ‘guys’ do. Hilarious…”and I’m never going out with HTC ever again”! Waah… lol!

      • WestFiasco

        I can understand the one x getting the axe, but not the one x+.

      • kg2128

        I’ve never owned an HTC phone (don’t plan to anytime soon either), but I don’t see what is wrong with them complaining. HTC is not exactly thriving, they really shouldn’t piss off the customers they have left. Stuff like this is what makes people swear off a company and tell every single person they know to stay away from that company.

        • LionStone

          Every manufacturer has phones a list long that they’ve abandoned. HTC is no different. People just like to complain and jump on the bandwagon. I still have my Thunderbolt and my original Droid Incredible, they both are stock and run fine for what they are. Times change, phones get outdated faster than ever… Oh yea, my girl’s stock Inc 4GLTE is running fine too!

    • Brandon Sobotta

      Resound was the last straw for me, and my last android phone! Uh.

      • Philip J. Fry

        You basedbased the android experience off of 1 phone? That’s silly.

        • Brandon Sobotta

          Lol. No. I had a g1, a moment, inc 2, droid 3, and a rezound.

          • Brandon Sobotta

            Oops and an epic.

      • T4rd

        Rezound pissed me off and it wasn’t even my phone, it was my wife’s. It wasn’t bad on 2.3/GB, but when it got ICS, performance and battery life was horribad. Then it never got another update for 8 months until it got a minor update to unlock it for GSM networks.
        But the problem isn’t with HTC, IMO; it’s with carrier exclusives. Why spend resources and support a phone that’s only on one carrier? The One has shown much better support and I was still considering it for my wife’s replacement phone, but she chose the GS4 pretty much just for its camera and has been pretty happy with it so far. But she would probably be happy with anything new coming from a Rezound.

      • JRomeo

        should have got a nexus phone with any carrier except verizon.

    • Blue Sun

      And this very long list is why I will never buy another HTC branded device.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Make another list with the names of people who continue to be outraged when an OEM decides not to ugrade their phones.

    • michael arazan

      2 years 1 update, terrible

  • Tomek G

    So when 2 year “upgrade” mark comes in, watch those customers fleeing to HTC to get their NEWEST phones. /sarcasm

  • Maxim∑

    Whats the excuse now? No updates for phones less than 512MB of RAM ?

    • Ej McCarty

      No updates for phones with greater than 512 mb of ram lol

  • Philip J. Fry

    Horrible Train Crash

    • Mon

      Horrible Trash Can

    • Ryan

      Then don’t pay attention to them? I never do myself.

  • yodatom10

    this is the thunderbolt all over again… they will never learn

    • Barney Stinson

      They might not, but as a TBolt owner, I sure as hell did. Will never purchase a HTC phone again, until I see widespread confirmation that they’ve gotten better at hardware support. HTC One owners, I feel your pain.

      • chris125

        Agree, never again will I purchase an HTC after the thunderbolt debacle

  • Morbid138

    HTC you pieces of sh*t! The One X+ is a little over a year old and barely got any upgrades. It was an awesome phone. Glad I dropped it for Nexus 5. Never again, HTC, never again…

    • Jack Keating

      yep, I switched from the EVO LTE to the Nexus 5 after the way HTC treated it. HTC has totally lost its way from when they first came out, and they deserve to fall if they continue making the same mistakes.

    • MistaButters

      The funniest thing is the North American One X and One X+ never actually made it off 4.1 officially…..

      (yes, that means the One X+ shipped with 4.1 and died with 4.1)

      • FYLegend21

        and yet, EVO 4G LTE is said to get Android 4.3… Since when does a carrier-branded device get an update the original doesnt??? :S

  • yodatom10

    Ouch… At least us gnex users already have a fully functional KitKat build *Runs away*