Jul 02 AT 12:00 PM Dima Aryeh 83 Comments

HTC kills the One S, leaves Android 4.1, broken promises at the scene


The HTC One S isn’t a very old phone. It was released less than a year and a half ago, so many owners are still stuck in a contract. And in an unsurprising move, HTC has killed the device off, stating that it will not be receiving any more Android updates. Yes, it’ll be stuck on its current build of Android 4.1.1. Don’t you think that’s a bit sad?

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.HTC

If you’re a One S owner, you should be very upset. HTC promised you this update. They specifically stated a few months ago that the One S would be one of the devices to get Sense 5 and a bunch of new features from the One.

HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates.HTC

The HTC One S is a plenty capable phone, so why isn’t it getting the update it was promised? Most likely, HTC just wants to give up on their older “mid-range” devices, even though the One S was a very nice device. But as Samsung updates their old phones, whether high-end or low-end, with new versions of Android and TouchWiz, this makes HTC look so bad. The Samsung Galaxy S II, which is a year older than the One S, runs a newer version of Android. This move does nothing but disappoint people and break brand loyalty. Who wants to buy a phone that might be abandoned so soon?

It’s sad that HTC took this path. Obviously, nothing good will come out of it. Is HTC really serious about keeping their phones updated? Have they really changed? Will the HTC One Mini face the same fate down the line? The One S was just too dang young. What do you think of HTC killing off the One S?

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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