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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. 
 
HTC One S

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 BRB29 on 7/5/2013 2:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
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phones to show an example of any mid range phones from any maker on any OS getting OS updates for 2 years.


What do you consider mid range? ipad2, iphone4 have been mid range for a while. My Galaxy Nexus is still getting updates. I believe the droid 2 also had updates for 2 years.

Smartphones started out as high end. Most of them were made to be high end and then fall into mid range after 3-4 months. It's only recently that there's a lot of phones launched to be mid range.

There are phones that receives updates for 2 years after release. The problem is people don't buy it at release, they buy when the price cuts are in and it's $50 with the upgrade discount. The perception can be skewed.

But you're right as far as what most people experienced. Unless you buy on day one, you will not get updates for 2 years. The only exception is apple devices but it's obvious because it's locked down.


By retrospooty on 7/5/2013 2:18:16 PM , Rating: 2
"What do you consider mid range? ipad2, iphone4 have been mid range for a while"

High end phones are generally over $600. Flagship models, or $199 on 2 yr contract in the US. And the ipad2, iphone4 were released high end and now they are just older still for sale. Come on, dont be a hard head. We all know what high end, mid range and low end is.

I am not aware of Droid 2 updates... I had a Droid 3. A) I would consider it high end in its day (Droid 2 as well) and B) It didnt get updates for 2 years. Still no JB and never will.


By A11 on 7/5/2013 2:36:21 PM , Rating: 2
Technically he has a point. iPhone 4's and iPad 2's being sold now are midrange and going by apples track record they will still get updates 2 years from now.

But I do agree with you in general. Other than apple no one I'm aware of supports their cheaper phones for 2 years and if I recall correctly then even som more expensive phones had been dumped earlier than that.


By retrospooty on 7/5/2013 3:18:41 PM , Rating: 1
Moving last years high end to this years mid range isnt a mid range product. It's still last years high end product.


By Camikazi on 7/7/2013 4:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
He is talking about phones directly slated to be mid range phones not top end phones that are a year old. No iPhone or Galaxy S or HTC One (X, XL, X+) is mid range. Mid range phones are phones like the HTC One S, Galaxy Ace or S4 Mini.


By siberus on 7/5/2013 4:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yep I bought the Canadian droid 3 and then 3 months later droid 4 comes out and Motorola abandons droid 3 owners. To make matters worse the Canadian droid 3 (xt860) is slightly different so none of the recent (kexec) community created builds work correctly on it. So yeah even Google owning moto now cant get me to buy another lemon off them. If my next phone ends up being an android I'm definitely making sure my phones identical to the American version to atleast benefit from the larger community of devs.


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