HTC isn’t talking about the HTC One X Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 update but there are signs that the company is very close to pushing out the software to its former flagship that was replaced earlier this year with the HTC One.
Earlier this year, around the time that HTC introduced the HTC One, the company confirmed that it would be rolling out the new Sense 5 and many of its features to its older lineup of devices including the HTC One X+, HTC Butterfly, HTC One S and the HTC One X. That was in February. Since then, the journey to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 has been full of twists and turns for many of these owners.
For HTC One owners, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update came fairly swiftly. We’ve seen the software roll out to numerous devices around the globe and the software continues to roll out to this day. Devices in the United States remain without Android 4.2 though with the Verizon HTC One on the way with Android 4.2, it’s looking like a roll out could be close.
Next was the HTC Butterfly which received both Android 4.2 and HTC Sense 5 in the same update. That update came a little later than was previously expected but it still rolled out nonetheless. Droid DNA owners on Verizon continue to wait though it appears that an update is getting closer.
HTC One S owners have had a rough go of things as HTC cancelled the Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update. Just a short time later, an unofficial but reliable source claimed that the device would, in some capacity, still be getting the update. That situation is still not resolved and it’s not looking like it will be any time soon.
As for owners of HTC’s 2012 flagship, the HTC One X, there have been a few bumps in the road but nothing significant. Rumors have suggested that the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 update for the One X will be out this summer and while the software apparently hit a snag on at least one carrier, there are signs pointing to a release that is in close proximity.
That said, here are three reasons why the HTC One X Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update is close to rolling out.
It’s Next in Line
Today, the HTC One X+ became the latest device to get the Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update. The software is only available in Taiwan at the moment but it will be rolling out to other regions in the near future.
The HTC One X+ is a close relative to the HTC One X. It’s also the second to last device on HTC’s original list of Sense 5 updates. The last device? The HTC One X.
While HTC won’t say it officially, it’s fairly clear that the HTC One X is next in line for Android 4.2 and Sense 5. Yes, the HTC One XL still needs its upgrade and devices like the HTC EVO 4G LTE are said to be getting updates down the line as well. But the HTC One X is a flagship, a well-adopted device, and it was one of the devices mentioned in the original announcement.
Now that the HTC One X+ update is rolling out, we’re closer than ever to an HTC One X update.
“Prediction” of 1-2 Weeks
Of course, users desire more evidence. Well, how about this. @LlabTooFeR, an HTC insider who is notorious for accurate inside information about HTC software updates, claims that we could see the HTC One X Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update arrive in one to two weeks. He claims that this is just an assumption, and that’s certainly possible, but given that he is privy to inside information, it’s a bit stronger than a mere prediction.
@land_apfel 1-2 weeks I think…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) August 8, 2013
He also says that HTC has been testing this update since April, meaning it should be extremely far along in development, something lends credibility to an update being close.
This also falls in line with what we’ve heard out of French carrier SFR who originally claimed that the software would be out in July but that it was sent back to HTC for further development. Yesterday, the carrier unleashed a new time table for the HTC One X Jelly Bean update, saying that it expects it to roll out in late August.
That’s a fairly specific time frame for a carrier and it’s one that falls in line with @LLabTooFeR‘s “prediction.” And given that SFR claims that the HTC One XL Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update will roll out in September, it backs up our theory that the HTC One X Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update is next.