HTC: no Android 4.2 or Sense 5 update for One S, but don’t worry – it’s a great phone

HTC: no Android 4.2 or Sense 5 update for One S, but don’t worry – it’s a great phone“Where’s Jelly Bean Android 4.2?” is a typical question posed by HTC One S owners, and now they’ve got their answer.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has confirmed that the HTC One S will not be upgraded to Jelly Bean Android 4.2 and/or Sense 5 after all, but hey: it has great audio and video, right?

The news first trickled out of HTC France’s Facebook page (get your dictionaries out) and was later confirmed in a statement to The Unwired.

Said statement reads: “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 bit like saying: “I didn’t get you a birthday present, but I really like your jumper.”

The HTC One S is just over a year old, but it’s not like users are missing out on much. The big new feature in Jelly Bean Android 4.2 was Photo Sphere. Amazing.

And anyway, Jelly Bean Android 4.3 and Key Lime Pie Android 5.0 are just around the corner. Non-flagships and non-Nexus devices are unfortunately doomed to fall behind sooner rather than later, sadly.

Having said all that, I very much doubt that many HTC One S owners know or indeed care about Jelly Bean Android 4.2. Am I out of line? Launch your tirades below.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2013 at 19:11

It's a nice little phone. And hey, I guess Android users have to learn to love being behind when it comes to the latest OS :p

loofer  Jul. 3, 2013 at 20:06

And still no news for the flagship HTC One, if they at least committed to Key Lime Pie this side of Xmas then I wouldn't be as bothered about getting 4.3 or even 4.2.2 for that matter

mrew42  Jul. 3, 2013 at 20:07

I know of 3 people who have this phone. They couldn't care less which version of Android its on. It's only saddo geeks who are really bothered by it (he says clutching his Nexus 4 o so tightly)

Bobbob99  Jul. 4, 2013 at 10:29

This is the reason why I'll never buy HTC again. After 18 months of promising an ICS upgrade for the Desire HD they announced two weeks before it was due that they weren't going to do it. From the tens of thousands of posts to their forum this **** off a LOT of important early adopters... not a good strategy for long term growth, as their sales figures have shown for the last year.

loofer  Jul. 4, 2013 at 10:46

Paying £400+ for a flagship phone, you should at least have a right to expect software updates (that not the same as saying you have the right to actually get them).
Probably why iOS and Nexus devices are a better bet. Especially considering your N4 was very good value for money. £/spec it's got to easily be the best out there.


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