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HTC One S Android 4.2.2 & Sense 5 Update Future in Question

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HTC reportedly has stopped working on the HTC One S Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 update for the Snapdragon S4 version of the device, a piece of software that was rumored for arrival despite HTC’s grim announcement.

Earlier this year, HTC promised a Sense 5 update for several older devices including the HTC One X+, HTC One X, HTC Butterfly and the HTC One S. And while the One X+, One X and Butterfly have all received Sense 5, and along with it Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the HTC One S update remains in limbo.

Several weeks ago, HTC announced that it had cancelled future Sense and Android updates for the HTC One S. While the company did not reveal it, the reason for the cancellation was thought to have hinged on the fact that HTC didn’t want to invest the effort in getting the Snapdragon S3 powered HTC One S, also known as the HTC VilleC2, up to speed. Qualcomm apparently stopped supporting the Snapdragon S3 processor, leaving the HTC engineers to upgrade the Snapdragon S3′s drivers to work with Android 4.2.

Read: New HTC Android 4.3 & Android 4.2.2 Update Predictions Arrive.

The HTC One S may never get Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.

The HTC One S may never get Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.

Shortly after the cancellation, a noted HTC leakster claimed that the HTC One S powered by the Snapdragon S4, also known as the Ville_U, would be updated with Android 4.2 and Sense 5 in the future. However, it appears that those plans may have changed as the same leakster is claiming that HTC has stopped development on the Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update for the Snapdragon S4 model.

In response to a question about the update’s whereabouts, LlabTooFeR has suggested that the situation regarding the HTC One S Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 update remains unclear but that HTC seems to have stopped working on the update. This is bad for several reasons.

One, it could mean that the company has given up on the update and instead is focusing resources elsewhere. This would be unsurprising given how buggy the Android 4.1 update was for some users. It also could mean that it has been shelved for the time being which could mean a prolonged release, if it even arrives at all.

What is certainly means is that the HTC One S Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 update has been thrown into question and it’s now unclear if the Snapdragon S4 model will get an update.

HTC is staying silent on the matter so unfortunately, HTC One S owners are going to need to rely on unofficial information like this in order to stay informed.

19 Comments

  1. David Davtyan

    08/29/2013 at 10:48 am

    Not fair to leave HTC One S.

  2. james

    08/29/2013 at 1:42 pm

    Now listen here HTC, its not fair that you leave HTC One S owners out of the picture while every other HTC phone gets the update. We spend a lot of money to get a plan with one of your products and I guarantee you if you don’t plan on updating the one S, you will lose a lot of loyal customers which is bad for business and I for one isn’t going to take this anymore. So, if you want to keep your loyal customers, then update the phone!

    • Steve

      09/02/2013 at 12:11 pm

      lol, as much as I want an update for my One S, do you really think they’re even reading this article, let alone the comments for this article? lol. I do agree with you though, HTC cannot afford to do this to their customers and next October when my contract is up, I’ll be considering other androids aside from HTC for reasons like this. Before, I was bent on being a full HTC supporter and staying with them but that may change soon.

      • Rover

        09/06/2013 at 5:28 am

        Totally agree I have always bought HTC but in future will be seriously looking at their competition. To ditch this highly rated phone so soon is despicable. Added my signature to the petition on change.org, everyone should to voice the feeling out there.

  3. ashleyprince2 (@ashleyprince21)

    08/29/2013 at 3:05 pm

    my friend’s step-mother makes $63/hr on the laptop. She has been fired for eight months but last month her paycheck was $17124 just working on the laptop for a few hours. continue reading this…….…….ℛush64.COℳ

  4. troy {htc} user

    08/29/2013 at 7:54 pm

    im with james!!! htc!? get your shyt together!! or im going to samsung!

  5. nischal

    08/30/2013 at 5:04 am

    Why would I stay with HTC if it don’t care about its customers? Dude afterall this is almost a high end smartphone,why leave its updates?

  6. imad

    08/31/2013 at 11:48 am

    HTC you better update the one s or it will be a disaster for you.

  7. nelson

    08/31/2013 at 11:51 pm

    I want my update!

  8. madhuranath

    09/01/2013 at 2:39 am

    I have been a HTC customer since the HTC Touch Diamond! Now, they’re dumping a 5 year old customer by not giving updates! I guess, Nexus will be my next choice if this is not fixed. bye-bye HTC!

  9. Mark

    09/01/2013 at 12:21 pm

    Just like HTC is leaving the one s in the cold, I am moving on from HTC. Moving to the galaxy s4. G will be sorry to leave HTC after having the hero, hd2, HTC desire hd, HTC one s. The way HTC keep people hanging on coupled with internal woes does leave a question mark over the mid to long term future of HTC

  10. Akash

    09/04/2013 at 9:45 am

    HTC… I hope you really don’t want your customers to be stay with you. First of all your updated take hell lot of time as compared to other brands, but that is fine. But after investing such amount on One S and listening now we will not be getting any updates, that is really bad. I would definitely switch to other brand as i am not at all happy with your services, but no doubt you have good hardware. It is my mistake i trusted HTC ever in my life.. Hope not to see you again in my life.. Good byee

  11. Gil

    09/06/2013 at 10:33 am

    I own an HTC ONE S, I need The update!
    I hope you will do the right thing…

  12. lansonlad

    09/16/2013 at 9:33 am

    This just highlights the issue with Android, fragmented hardware, so many different configurations to consider when pushing out up dates.
    I’m gutted that my One S won’t get another update as the las one was rubbish and left it running slow and glitchy, looks like I may jump ship when my contract ends

  13. Kevin Calimach-Morgan

    09/17/2013 at 10:05 pm

    Not for those too squeamish. I downgraded to a proper RUU radio file, used Moonshine to S-OFF the phone, and installed this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2445392&highlight=sense+5

    Also from LlabTooFeR — a fast, stable, 4.2.2 sense 5 ROM for the One S. A shame that this wasn’t released by HTC>

    • Brian Nartey

      09/18/2013 at 12:12 pm

      Hi there, do you know if this ROM works with HTC One S (S3) phone ?

      Thanks.
      Brian Nartey.
      Dublin. Ireland.

  14. Gregstar

    10/06/2013 at 4:43 pm

    Samsung Touchwiz is RUBBISH compared to HTC Sense. I have a HTC One S and only wanted to change it as I cannot text with one hand, so bought the massively over hyped Galaxy S4 mini, which is the smallest dimension 4.3 inch screen phone. However, I am disgusted that text font size is not variably adjustable……..you can have large, which is a not large enough, or you can have outrageously large…..there is no in between variability…..on a phone which costs £350 sterling??? You can, (uselessly), pinch to zoom on webpages, but not text messages! With the HTC One, the font size on texts is variable with a nice pinch to zoom in or out. Also, the Galaxy S4 dialler is messy and clustered, you cannot have the dialler on top of your call log, then scroll down to get rid of the dialler like you can on the HTC. You either have the dialler or your call log. There is no ‘one press’ to call a contact, you always get the contact coming up with options of calling, video calling, emailing or messaging, so you have to press twice to call one number. Many other flawes on the Galaxy also, yet not a single one is mentioned by any reviewer……al they are obsessed with is screen resolution. They don’t take into account so many day to day real life things one would use a smartphone for, so most reviews are useless.

  15. bharath

    10/08/2013 at 10:47 pm

    wat d hell after shelling out 26k for HTC ONE S y is no update of 4.2.2
    frustrating thing from HTC

  16. Serious smile

    10/28/2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is HTC betraying their very own loyal customers. I want the update, everybody wants an update for their HTC one s device. Almost £430 for a phone by HTC which was thought to be amazing. But it is not amazing anymore. Sad belief in words for a company I really believe in and I really did idolise. This Frustrates Every HTC one s user now! If HTC don’t update soon enough they will loose a lot of customers and sadly I may be a loss too…. HTC think carefully of your actions now as this is a strong warning that I guarantee in future. Smarten Up HTC… You are better than This………………………

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