While we don’t usually like to start the week with bad news, it looks like we can’t help it this week. The HTC One has been receiving quick and timely updates since it was released and HTC looks to have picked up a lot of goodwill from people. However, all of that goodwill might be thrown out the window as the official HTC UK and HTC Netherlands twitter accounts confirmed that the 2012 flagships the HTC One X and HTC One X+ will not be receiving any more Android updates.
@Semedo_LFR Hi. We can confirm that the One X will not receive further Android updates & will remain on the current version of Android.
— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) January 9, 2014
Both smartphones will be stuck running Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5, and that’s especially disappointing considering they both run on a Tegra 3 processor (the International variant), which has already been proven to be able to run well on Android 4.4 in the form of the Nexus 7 (2012) and the fact that the HTC One X+ was released with Android 4.1 on board, meaning it only received one major Android version update.
@MartindeBruin74 Hi Martin, we kunnen bevestigen dat de HTC One X+ de huidige versie van Android (4.2.2) en Sense 5 zal behouden .
— HTC Nederland (@HTC_NL) January 8, 2014
HTC hasn’t been in the best of financial conditions in the face of added competition, and every software engineer kept working on updating its old devices is a software engineer who could be working on the successor to the HTC One. While that isn’t an excuse, it could explain the decision a little.
Samsung skipped Android 4.2 and released an Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S3 — its 2012 flagship — meaning that the already bitter pill is a little harder to swallow for HTC One X owners. We are expecting a petition any minute now.
Do you think that HTC should continue to update the HTC One X? Is there a specific time period after a smartphone is release where you expect/should receive updates?