HTC Confirms The One S Will No Longer Receive Android Updates

2012-04-30-14.10.23

A sad day for HTC One S owners as the manufacturer confirms officially the device will no longer receive Android updates. In a statement issued to the press, HTC confirms the device will stick with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. All is not lost however as the HTC One S has a lively developer community actively promoting new ROMs and tweaks to help push the device into the future. Sure, we would love to see BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe arrive on the One S with HTC’s official blessing, but I trust that the dev community will handle bringing any of the desired features over.

“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.”

Of course this is all very contradictory to a February 20th HTC Facebook posting that indicated “HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants…of HTC One S.” Needless to say it’s disappointing that ultimately HTC decided not to extend the life of the One S any longer and concentrate more on upcoming devices.

What say you One S owners?

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  • Dominique Wilson

    I agree its always disheartening to hear of a relatively recent android phone no longer being supported. However, this phone was not the flagship in its series (remember the HTC One X). Manufacturers and carriers could keep updating phones until they brick but there is a certain point when a product reaches its update life cycle.

    • kalel33

      The Amaze was a flagship phone and it was abandoned a long time ago, when other manufacturers were still supporting their phones, that were released the same time.

  • Bklynman

    Let see,this is the 5 high end phone HTC will not upgrade for TM.
    Let’s count,The Sen. The Amaze, The G2,The MyTouch4G,slide. Not
    sure if the G2 or The 4 slide got updates. If not,then it is 5 in a row.
    But since The HTC one is being sold on all carriers,I am sure,it will
    get some updates,but if not,you can’t were not warn.

    • Nick

      The G2 shipped with 2.2 and eventually was upgraded to 2.3 after a really freaking long wait for a phone that was almost stock android.

  • Dakota

    This is why people are frustrated with Android. I know I am – even though Im using a Galaxy Nexus. Just too many issues with Android – this lack of updates is only one although its a big one

  • Dakota

    If you want your Android phones updated, Samsung and HTC have already told you they are not the devices to go with. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. So youre left with Nexus devices as youre only hope. I dont know if and when we’ll see a new Official Nexus…Whether it will still have the low #350 price or whether we are going to get a major OS upgrade (since rumors are saying a minor 4.3, which is not going to be a great way to compete with a new Fall iPhone). I read an article the other day where LG said the reason the Nexus 4 didnt have LTE was to save money. So if a new Nexus device on Google Play ends up in the $600 price range, it becomes much less attractive.

    • TechHog

      Samsung? They’re slow, but they definitely support their devices with enough updates. They just announced that the GS2 is getting 4.2 for example.

      • dabbler

        I was pretty pissed when HTC decided to stop supporting the Amaze 4G after just one update (ICS) and decided not to ever buy anything from them again. So I’ll probably buy a Samsung phone next, unless they start imitating HTC.

    • AGuyAndHisPhone

      Yet the N4 does have LTE, Just not turned on. For example, you can hack the LTE on and if your in a region of the world, Canada for instance, it will work. So what’s this about N4 has no LTE to save mony?

  • Shawndh

    I’m not surprised at all. Actually, I just rooted mine and hacked the hotspot so I can share the internet connection. The phone actually works better on the original firmware with a few hacks from XDA. The battery life is def better on ICS and that’s a major concern because the battery is generally weak. I don’t think this little slim battery was ever designed to handle Google Now anyway, that’s why I switched back to the original stock ROM. If you want new features buy a new phone. If you want updates, get an iPhone or a Nexus device. I’m leaning towards getting a Nexus 4 personally. But that is pretty pathetic for a so called “flagship” phone.

    • AAAA

      The One S was never a flagship.

      • dtam

        is was for htc offerings @ tmo

        • ADudeAndHisPhone

          Danny speaks da troof

  • Bklynman

    Everyone on here telling that who is upset,with HTC,to go out and buy a Nexus phone,
    next time out to get updates. OK they are now on to Nexus 4,so that’s telling me,
    there were 3 others phones with Nexus label. Should not those phones still be
    gettings updates too? Was not The Nexus 3,made by Sammy? How many updates
    did that one got? The Nexus one was it not made by HTC,how many upgrades did that
    one got? I believe it just got just 2. So telling people to buy Nexus phone to get updates
    When the most you will get is one or two.I could be wrong,is Sammy still updating,the 3,
    does anyone knows for sure if they are.Who made the 2,anyone,up dates for that one
    to.

    • Jack

      What are you talking about? What you’re calling the Nexus 3 which is actually called the Galaxy Nexus has received every Android update since its release including the latest version. And it’s not updated by Samsung, but by Google. Please get your info straight.

      • Bklynman

        I didn’t say it wasn’t getting,updates. I was asking if it did.
        Because Nexus one only got one? Maybe 2the most.Again it was
        also made by HTC. Before The Gal Nexus,who made the 2? Is that
        getting updates? All I am saying just because a phone is
        call nexus doesn’t mean it will get updates,if that was the case then,the 1st,would still be around.

        • Nick

          The Galaxy Nexus is still getting updates.

        • TechHog

          In order:

          Nexus One (HTC)
          Nexus S (Samsung)
          Galaxy Nexus (Samsung)
          Nexus 4 (LG)

          It’s not bout the number of updates (especially if you’re only going to count major ones for whatever reason), but rather the length of time they get support and the fact that they get updates right away.

    • TheDash

      The Nexus S is even running 4.1.2 next time you post please be informed.

      • Brad C

        and how awful does that phone run now, that phone honestly should have never even gotten ICS, as that’s when i got rid of mine because of how slow and awful that phone was after the ICS update.

    • GameBoi/KillaBit

      I get what Bklynman is saying, even the Nexus phone only get about two huge updates and then their minor tweaks/performances updates. The Nexus S started out with 2.3 and stopped at 4.0 by google and is it gotten more, then it was a small one or a 3rd party. GN went from 4.0 to 4.2 I think, Nexus One went from 2.1 to 2.3. So like he said, even the Nexus only get about two and then it’s out, mainly cause of hardware and lack of RAM. This may not be an issue for a while for the 4. Plus updates doesn’t really matter anymore from a stock standpoint, cause you can just download the Google apps now. Plus most update slowdown your phone cause your phone wasn’t built to run that OS. I have a Note 2 with 4.1 and is happy and don’t care for 4.2 or 4.3 or even 5.0 in the future, my phone is gonna run fine.

      • Bklynman

        Thank you. You said it better than I did. I think the next phone I get will,is
        the best phone Tmobile ever sold,HTC,ever made. HD7. Some people,installed
        Windows 8 on that phone and selling it on Ebay for les than $200.Beats paying
        $500+ for a new phone now.

  • Brad C

    Honestly, 4.1.2 has been buggy as can be on my Galaxy Nexus as well as my GS3, i find myself using my One S more often than not because of the solid software. I say this is a good thing as 4.1.2 did not change enough to be an issue and not to mention with the limited internal storage, it’s not like it’s going to be overly useful for much longer anyway as apps and andorid just keep getting bigger.