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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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By bug77 on 7/5/2013 11:10:13 AM , Rating: 2
First of all, One S was never a "cheap ass phone".
Second, HTC software is buggy. To the level they forgot some stuff on debug and it was logging location data like crazy. That's why they need to update.
Fwiw, I never got an update for the problem I just mentioned, therefore I will not touch HTC again.

By retrospooty on 7/5/2013 11:17:45 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... Sorry, to me a mid range phone is cheap assed... And you are right if there is a bug, it should be fixed. I was just referring to getting OS updates that everyone is complaining about. Mid range phones dont get them in general. I am not aware of any mid range phone getting updates 2 years after release. If there are a few, they are exceptions, not the norm.

By bug77 on 7/5/2013 11:42:55 AM , Rating: 2
So, it's ok to release buggy software and pretend nothing has happened, as long as the buggy software is on mid-range phone? I'd say no, HTC (and every other maker) should fix their damn bugs for as long as they sell the model plus the warranty period expires. At least.
Either that, or give us plain Android.

Sorry, to me a mid range phone is cheap assed

How come? A mid range phone can set you back $300+ without a contract.

By retrospooty on 7/5/2013 12:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
"So, it's ok to release buggy software and pretend nothing has happened, as long as the buggy software is on mid-range phone?"

That is not at all what I said... I said "you are right if there is a bug, it should be fixed"

I also said I was referring to getting OS updates on mid range phones. Are you aware of any mid range phones from any maker on any OS getting OS updates for 2 years? It came out on Android 4 Ice Cream Sammy, and it did get a Jelly Bean update.

By Mitch101 on 7/5/2013 12:12:12 PM , Rating: 3
Apparently he never owned a Samsuck Epic 4G and ran into the wonderful inability to sync/update the device using the USB port on any computer. We want to talk about crappy software Samsung doesn't even appear to offer that garbage software app on their site anymore apparently they even know it was useless.

By bug77 on 7/5/2013 12:17:30 PM , Rating: 3
Ha, my wife has a Samsung. Can't connect it to the computer because the newer software doesn't recognize it and the older software (which should recognize it) doesn't work on 64bit.
So yes, as long as crappy software is concerned, the race is tight.

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