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Don't count on me, says HTC

In a troubling sign, HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) has officially killed updates support for One S Android smartphone, long before its second birthday even arrived.  The mid-range smartphone had first aired back in Feb. 2012, going on sale at the start of April 2012.  Just 15 months in, and owners already find themselves no longer receiving critical security and usability updates.

In a post HTC writes:

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.

The year old device will now be stuck on Android v4.1.1 Jelly Bean.  Android v4.2 Jelly Bean v2 came out in Nov. 2012 -- just a little over half a year after the One S went on sale.  But it appears HTC will never work with carriers to officially push this update to customers. 

The problem of slow-to-nonexistent updates has been a much discussed issue with Android and has even sparked lawsuits.  But companies seem intent on continuing to abandon support for Android devices midway through their lifespan leaving customers to fend for themselves or be "confident" in settling for aging interfaces.

It is unclear whether the HTC One X and One V, which launched alongside the One S, will share in this updateless purgatory.  What is clear is that the only HTC handset to have the promise of life-long updates (until the hardware can no longer support it) is the HTC One Google Play edition, which ships direct from Google Inc. (GOOG) unlocked.

Source: HTC via Engadget

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I <3 Nexus
By MadMan007 on 7/4/2013 7:25:28 PM , Rating: 4
So, I can at least get why they don't update all phones to every new Android version, even though I think it's pretty bad it takes resources. But to not have security updates is *really* bad. I don't know, maybe security updates are truly only available with new OS versions? I would hope not.

p.s. Nexus 4 life.

RE: I <3 Nexus
By Mitch101 on 7/4/2013 7:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
Very sad eco system it has a lot going for it but updates for a device are abandoned about as fast as a new device is listed.

Its a hackers/exploiters heaven because all you have to do is write an exploit and wait for that OS version to no longer get updates and a lot of places still sell Android 2.3 on them with no possible upgrades.

Android flaw leaves 99% of devices open to attacks, details to be revealed at BlackHat
Mobile security company Bluebox claims to have discovered a flaw in Android that could leave any device released in the last four years vulnerable to attacks. The method demonstrated allowed modifying an app’s code without affecting its cryptographic signature, inserting malicious code completely unnoticed, leading to anything from data theft to creating botnets. The implications are huge, the researchers say.

So how many Millions of Android devices in the last 4 years that have ZERO hope of getting patched are about to become exploited?

RE: I <3 Nexus
By sprockkets on 7/5/2013 1:42:01 AM , Rating: 3
This issue could be solved via an update to the google play store and framework.

A lot of Android now is separate from the actual ROM.

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