HTC One S, the premium Android smartphone from the Taiwanese company, will not receive any Android updates going further.
The development was first reported by French site HubFR, which spotted a comment made by HTC France on their Facebook page after a user asked about the company’s plans to update the HTC One S to Android 4.2.2. The company replied that the phone won’t be getting the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or the new Sense 5 update.
Following this, HTC also officially confirmed that the phone will indeed not receive any updates.
“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 realise 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 optimised with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”
HTC One S was launched internationally in March 2012, so a little over a year old, so the development would definitely surprise the phone’s owners. In fact, HTC had earlier said that the phone, along with the HTC One X, HTC One X+ and HTC Butterfly, would receive the Sense 5 update bringing software features from the HTC One, the company’s premium flagship phone. Sense 5 offers camera-related features like Zoe, a refreshed UI and BlinkFeed home screen updates. This means that HTC One S owners would not get to experience any of these new features in addition to other features offered by Android 4.2 that include lock screen notifications.
Although the HTC One S sports specifications seen in mid-range smartphones, putting it below the HTC One X and One X+, it was launched at a price of Rs. 33,590, last year.
For a phone that costed above Rs. 30,000 (at launch) to not get updates, being abandoned by the company after a mere 16 months of launch, explains the current state of fragmentation within the Android device ecosystem. Contrast that to Apple’s iOS and you’ll notice that iPhone 4, a three year old phone is slated to receive iOS 7, the next iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system.