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.
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.
@avalvidares Well, there is highly unclear situation, I know that HTC worked on update for Ville_U…but now seems they stopped…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) August 29, 2013
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.