Dec 27 AT 1:57 PM Nick Gray 92 Comments

HTC rolls out HTC One S Android 4.1 update in Europe, begins beta testing in U.S.


On Christmas Eve, HTC released the Android 4.1 update for the HTC One S across Europe. From what we can gather, the new update is available for most unlocked HTC phones. If you own a carrier branded HTC One S, you’re out of luck – for now. If you have not yet received the update, you can try to manually ping HTC’s update servers by going to Settings > About > Software updates >Check now. The Android 4.1.1 update with HTC Sense 4+ includes Google Now, Project Butter, offline speech-to-text, advanced notifications, a handful of UI tweaks, an updated camera app with Sight Seeing mode (allows you to launch the camera app by pressing the power button) and a new gallery app which sorts images by events and time while plotting them all out on a map.

We are excited to see the update roll out across Europe, but we’re sure most of you will more interested in hearing that HTC has begun beta testing the Android 4.1 update for T-Mobile HTC One S here in the U.S. This phase of beta testing is rolling out to a select number of consumers which means we should see an official Android 4.1 release for the T-Mobile HTC One S in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • damambt

    I’m hoping that JELLY BEAN update for the HTC One X is right around the corner :-)

    • emaciscool

      I’m not the only one that thought it was odd that they never referred to it as Jellybean during their article?

      • golcarcol

        Could be because 4.2 is also called Jellybean.

        • duface2

          Yeah, with two versions of Android with the same name, it’s just less confusing to give a version number.

          • Hom0ncruse

            final nail in the coffin for HTC

    • neuroh

      I hope to see it on the optimus g soon, LG never launched it Korea in December like they said they would so not expecting much.

  • uknowme

    Glad this is happening. Hoping HTC helps out everyone on a One series.

    • mr 1338

      i hope too, i recommended a friend of mine the HTC One V (he wanted a cheap but nice Phone, and it would be embarrassing if his phone would’t get a single update)

      • carlisimo

        HTC said the One V will not be getting any updates (apart for security updates or bug fixes). Its 512MB RAM isn’t enough. They have a point – I had a Nexus S with Jelly Bean, and trying to run Chrome while listening to music was enough to crash it (without Google Now running in the background, ICS ran better on that phone).

  • Steve Heinrich

    This is good for One S owners. Hopefully the update wont take too long to roll out to everyone. Keep the Project Butter updates rolling OEMs and carriers! :)

    • Samar

      Lets hope the new year brings us quicker updates from the carriers and more unlocked high-end phones at affordable prices. :)

  • GRAW

    HTC needs to pick it up, 4.3 could be closer than you think.

  • geiko

    I was using my sister’s One S this holiday, and I kept trying to expand her notifications from the bar and nothing happened. This frustrated me to no end.

  • eioous

    now we need it for the Amaze 4G

  • ArticulateFool

    This carrier + manufacturer updating process really needs to be streamlined.

  • chief113

    It’s so annoying how AT&T doesn’t even comment on this.

    • aufan1

      T-Mobile isn’t much better when it comes to updates.

  • Vance

    Sweet!! I’ve been waiting so patiently as my wife’s JB powered GNex goes largely unappreciated!

    • dcds

      There’s a bug named Verizon on that Gnex. :-)

  • eViLSt3ve

    Looking forward to this!

  • smwinn7

    Good to see HTC moving forward with this update

  • Nwemo


  • thel0nerang3r

    If the update is anything like the one for the Evo LTE (OneX on Sprint) I would hold off. While it’s smoother, the battery life has become horrendous. I ended up doing a resent on the phone and the HTC hub disappeared (where you can download HTC items, like the HTC flashlight. Whomever gets this update, hope you get better results.

  • rvetsch

    I have an unbranded htc one s and received the update on 25. december. I was waiting impatient for the update, but now I have to say that 4.1.1 didn’t bring anything big. Of course, it brings google now and project butter, but also some disadvantages like shorter battery life. On ICS my one s was already really smoth and now with project butter it is maybe a little smother but nothing groundbreaking. And the camera improvement, sorry HTC but I can’t see a difference. And that is good, my camera was also really fast on ICS.
    summary: good update, but only small improvements. little shorter battery life, maybe because of 4.1.1 bug

    • dacatalyst41

      That makes me wonder if HTC’s historic battery issues are software/UI related?

      • rvetsch

        I’m not sure, but with android 4.0.4 and sense 4.1 the battery life was really good. Way better than for example an iphone 4S. Now with 4.1.1 the battery life is some hours shorter.

  • dacatalyst41

    OH GOOD! Now HTC will only be ONE update behind on the One S?! Well Done HTC!


    hopefully it will be out soon, want my candy

  • WatcherJohn

    Me and my Sprint GSII are over here standing on the street corner.
    Please Sir, may I have another – upgrade?

  • rbcameron1

    Great phone! Anyone else think HTC is back at the top of the phone market? Or at least getting back to where they were???

  • CTown

    If Google ever makes another HTC Nexus device, it should be based on this devices. It would be so cheap to upgrade this device to a 720p screen. All HTC has to do is buy the exact same display of the Galaxy Nexus and use on screen buttons (thus the dimensions of the device will be retained plus a mostly glass front will just look better). Then they could add NFC and a the quad core Krait and sell this as the “lower-end Nexus model”.

    What do you guys think?

    • thel0nerang3r

      I think that it would be a while before a quad core Krait processor will be lower-end. The OneX+ would probably be considered lower end before a S4Pro based phone.

    • carlisimo

      In theory, you’re right that the screen could fit… but not NFC. It’s really difficult to make it work on a phone with a metal body (look article articles about the iPhone5 before it was released – when everyone learned its rear was mostly aluminum, they changed their forecast to “NFC very unlikely”). Also keep in mind the Galaxy Nexus had abysmal battery life… with that screen, and a more powerful processor, and the One S’s small body, it’d be even worse!

      • redraider133

        The processor in the galaxy nexus didn’t have integrated lte like the s4 pro and also the s4 pro is less power hungry than the ti Omap in the nexus .

  • Moises Rivera

    I’m about to move out of the US to get better updates on my phone lol.

    • Nick Gray

      you can always buy unlocked devices from europe. may be a little more convenient than moving.

    • redraider133

      Just buy the international version and then won’t get stuck dealing with carriers.

    • dirtybertie

      or you could just get a sim free handset and avoid having to live in a god-awful country lol

  • kcmr

    The camera app can’t be launched by pressing power button.

    • rvetsch

      When you are in camera mode and the phone goes in standby, you can press power button and voilà you are back in camera mode ;-)

      • romy134

        yup not bad if you ask me.

        • revs

          this has always been the case eve before jellybean

  • Adryan maldonado

    Nice job HTC

  • luis maldonado

    I wish carriers would update faster to the latest version, I dont want an htc one s with 4.1.1 give us 4.2 already!!

  • MC_Android

    The HTC One S was probably the sexiest phone design of the year…It’s too bad they didn’t buff up the specs more

  • Snowman81

    There is nothing quite like getting new firmware….hope the US carriers don’t slow things up too much.

  • Max.Steel

    Stop buying carrier branded devices and contract devices.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I hope HTC starts doing better updates and that this is a good pattern, because I used to absolutely love their hardware but small batteries and seriously delayed updates turned me off to them.

  • traicer

    wow it seem like it would never come, but its finally here, now wouldnt it be nice if it was 4.2 and not 4.1

  • sbala

    Handset is looking like a childs phone.

  • redraider133

    With all these devices being updated will be interested to see when the new distribution chart comes out again how much jb has increased. JB for everyone!!

  • donger

    Nice to see that HTC One S owners are getting Jelly Bean.

  • BigCiX

    For some reason I feel TMO will get this out before at&t.

  • inviolable

    Clearing the Google Services Framework would probably yield better results than just manually checking for an update.

  • jonneves

    In times like this is so sad to live in Brazil :(

  • HaX

    Let’s go HTC! Keep the updates rolling! I’m happy with my Butterfly :)

  • Froojr

    Even if not 4.2, any Jelly Bean is way buttery!

  • jigjags

    got this update on my one x and its a massive improvement

  • avijaunty

    And in another news- samsung galaxy note owners are still awaiting the JB update :(

  • aykutb

    seriously why HTC is so bad about updates and support,my TF201 gets updates all the time. If only someone made better phones i’d just go for it..still,glad i got one s after legendary desire :) try better than yourself HTC!

  • Deon Davis

    I great day for our under appreciated phone on T-mo.The Black One S is still of the sexiest phones out!


    I cannot wait. I wish T Mobile in the US will release it soon.

  • castlefox

    HTC seems like a manufacturer who updates there phones rather quickly. I rather like that about them.

  • eViLSt3ve

    Looking forward to getting my hands on this.

    • Nimble Rockefeller

      Thats what she said

  • sly

    The One S is a slick phone. I’m thinking it might be my entry to TMO since Sprint’s LTE speed seems so mediocre.

  • O.J. Simpson, live statement from jail

    I have an iPhone 5 (superior)

  • revs


  • Kaote

    Patiently waiting for this. The One S has been one of my favourite android phones to date.

  • Faster or slower

    Tony Homo already with two interceptions….

  • bstewart11

    I had a love/hate relationship with the One S – loved the form and potential, but hated how buggy it was. Got sick of waiting for an update so switched to the S3. Ironically, I just experienced the ultimate bug with the S3 – the sudden death that has been reported recently. Hading to store tomorrow so my carrier can tell me that I have to send it to samsung and wait 3 weeks. Not too happy with either of the (carrier or Samsung) at the moment.

  • logrish

    Any news on when this may come to us in Asia???

  • george bush

    merry christmas and a happy new year

  • aryin

    seems like it’s fixing a lot of problems for my phone =)

  • Muhamad Al Muslim dibn Hashni

    iPhone has 6.0 already

  • anish67

    all this upgrades do create confusion

  • kmdolce15

    Man, HTC to so bad at updating. I love there phones but I went with the GS3 not the OneX because of the awful experience I had with the HTC Thunderbolt not getting ICS!

  • nobile

    Nice phone :)

  • Vince

    This is really frustrating…… My CID is HTC_102 unlocked version which according to HTC, should have been updated. I’m staying in China, though that wouldn’t make a difference right?

    • pjamies

      probably blocked by the Commie bastards .. lol

  • pjamies

    Why is it that almost all phone makers upgrade phones to a lesser version then the latest that is available (JB 4.1, and not JB 4.2)?
    The differences between the 2 are minimal (s/w fixes ..) and most makers should be aware that
    Google is putting out a new OS months in advance with SDK’s available well before the
    general audience delivery dates.

  • madsalad

    Glad to hear the HTC One S T-Mob update is in beta. I saw the 4.1 info on Dec. 27 and had my wife try for an update not realizing it was in Europe only.

  • Kern Clarke

    that phones long as shit

  • aykutb

    I’ll never forget HTC for Ville&Ville C2 discrimination. Not that C2 is bad, but it could’ve been better, considering we paid the same price.
    Ps: Still no JB update on C2

  • menixs

    I updated my unlocked one s yday living in spain (finally got the update) and the battery rendering is worse…it lasts nearly half the time less than what it used to before the update. I was quite happy with the one s battery life…now im just pissed off. Plus now my internet connection seems to stop receiving and sending data when it feels like it.

  • jayant25

    My sister has HTC One S and it still mentions Android 4.0.3 :S
    It has still not got any updates

    Any idea where i can download it manually ?

  • kdubstep93

    Is there a 4.1.1 Port root yet

  • dirtybertie

    strange everyone having probs with battery life. Have updated my one s to 4.1.1 with sense 4+ and my battery life is a few hours better. The best I have had is 15 hours….average 10-12 hours, with autosync, location services,mobile data and wifi always on. General usage listening to music,few calls, lots of texting and about an hour or 2 constant internet streaming- really good i think.

  • bleze

    after android 4.1.1 update, my battery lifetime is only 15h!!