HTC Confirms Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5 Will Not Come To One S


HTC delivered some bad news for HTC One S owners today by confirming that the device would not be upgraded to Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. Despite being just over a year old, the device will now have stick with the software it already has.

“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,” the Taiwanese company said in a statement today. “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.”

It’s kind of frustrating that HTC says that “this news will be met with disappointment by some,” as if there are One S owners out there who won’t be disappointing they’re not getting an upgrading. The company also makes a half-hearted effort to appease them by insisting the device has been optimized with “amazing camera and audio experiences.”

That’s little consolation, especially when you consider that HTC’s biggest rival, Samsung, is bringing Android 4.2.2 to its two-year-old Galaxy S II. And it doesn’t fill you with much hope if you’re an HTC customer.

I have the HTC One, and I love it, but I won’t be too pleased if HTC tells me in 12 months time that I won’t be getting Android 5.0. During its current struggle, HTC should be doing all it can to support its customers — new and old.

Maybe the One S isn’t cut out for running Sense 5’s fancy new features, but why can’t it get Android 4.2.2 with Sense 4+?