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HTC One S Android 4.2 & Sense 5 Update Appears Dead



The cancelled HTC One S Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 update, which was once rumored to still be alive and possibly be coming through the HTCDev site, now appears to be dead as a noted insider and the originator of the post-cancellation rumors suggests that HTC likely won’t release anything to the public, not even through HTCDev.

Earlier this year, HTC announced that despite promising Sense 5 to HTC One S owners, the update would not roll out. Nor would any future major Android updates, meaning, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and beyond. The company wasn’t clear as to why it cancelled the update but thanks to insider information, it became clear that the company cancelled the update because it didn’t want to have to do extra development for the Snapdragon S3 version of the HTC One S.


In an effort to quell confusion and frustration from owners of the Snapdragon S3 version of the HTC One, HTC decided to kill that update and the one for the Snapdragon S4 version of the device. Shortly after that however, noted HTC insider LlabTooFeR claimed that the company was looking into an update for the Snapdragon S4 model. He then claimed that the software could be released, not through an OTA update, but through the company’s HTCDev site.

Now, it appears that all bets are off as he claims that it’s looking like the HTC One S Android 4.2 and Sense 5 update is dead and that it won’t even be making it to the HTCDev site. No explanation for the change is given but it looks like HTC is heading in a different direction and one that obviously isn’t going to please those who were holding out hope for an update down the road.

Instead, it seems that HTC One S owners will have to rely on the development community if they want to take their device beyond Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4. This includes owners on T-Mobile who are in possession of the HTC One S that utilizes the Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm.



  1. TaGueli

    10/09/2013 at 10:34 am

    so no upgrade even for the Snapdragon S4! shame for us

    • zack

      10/25/2013 at 4:06 am

      you can ROOT it and install a costum ROM that will update it to 4.2.2 :)
      but be carefull and read the instruction carefully

    • John Thompson

      11/20/2013 at 9:25 am

      I am 5 months into a contract with O2, I got the HTC One S Android V: 4.1.1, and as far as I can see there is no updates for this phone, so now I have to wait until the contract is up in 19 months’ time, before I can get a phone with the latest version of Android, which by then probably will be version 5.7.
      I don’t understand why this is the case, O2 don’t want to know, as they got their money, as for HTC?
      Do they care about their customers???
      I would like to see this fixed, I have little faith, I will not be renewing my contract with O2, and will I be getting a new HTC? That remains to be seen.

    • yoko

      12/29/2013 at 1:37 pm

      no more HTC!!!

  2. francois

    10/09/2013 at 6:53 pm

    Ni shame on HTC. A self proclaimed industry leader and an inovative leader… Usualy this rimes with customer care but clearly HTC doesnt care about support ing their customers. I’m a recent new smartphone customer with my first one being a HTC one S and was originally very happy with the device … But now my future In smartphone will go to an other company !
    so so sad HTC for not realizing the consequences behind poorly made decisions

  3. tsphan

    10/09/2013 at 8:48 pm

    If you’re willing to root, s-off, and the likes it is possible to get Sense 5 working on T-Mobile’s HTC One S.

    Someone supposedly retrieved a leak version of the Sense 5 update for the One S S4 variant (ville) and they have successfully made a great custom rom for it. Everything so far is working on it for me.

  4. jean

    10/10/2013 at 1:23 am

    Great phone, but the support really is getting lousy. I guess i’m going to go elsewhere for my next phone.
    @ tsphan : sure rooting is an option, but i tried it, and almost bricked my phone, so i’m waiting to have a backup phone to try again.

  5. James

    10/10/2013 at 7:49 am

    You know what HTC, I AM DONE!!! I am leaving and going to Samsung!!! It’s a shame that you don’t plan on updating the HTC One S. I am very disappointed with you!!! This phone came out last year and you’re already planning not to update the phone? NO!! That’s bad for business. At least Samsung knows what’s best for business!! I may speak for all that is frustrated with you, you lost a loyal customer!! Goodbye HTC!!!

  6. john

    10/10/2013 at 1:46 pm

    Cannot wait for the nexus 5 would not look at HTC again i actualy love the build of the one s mine is still like new but old because no updates even i phones jeep updated in 12 months HTC wont exist

  7. Mike

    10/11/2013 at 5:27 am

    The HTC One S was my 4th HTC phone but it will be my last.

  8. Blackmore B Imad

    10/11/2013 at 11:22 am

    I hate HTC now,one s it will be my last phone from HTC bye bye

    • arvy

      10/12/2013 at 7:11 pm

      HTC you have blown it! had a HTC desire s which was promised ice cream sandwich and never delivered. then I fell for the hype in HTC one s , originally loved it but feel the ram lags cause of HTC sense. the phone is still well built and powerful but no more updates mean bye bye HTC. nexus 5 and nokia look good!

  9. kapil

    10/13/2013 at 7:26 am

    I’m from India there is HTC cheat with Indian bcoz of processer (s3). The Ville C2 devices have no update, only limited custom Rom, thats not good.
    I buy HTC first time but it last. Samsung S2 is old than HTC one S but S2 have 4.2 Android & HTC have only 4.1

  10. reghe

    10/14/2013 at 9:37 am

    Asta la vista Htc

  11. Miguel

    10/17/2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have little words to describe this inexcusable approach from HTC. If the S4s are able to receive the update, just do it. How hard is it to identify an S3 from an S4 with an OTA update? Jeez…
    If HTC does not release this update, me and many other users won’t spend another dime with them again. For real…

  12. Marc

    10/22/2013 at 2:45 pm

    Too bad HTC, the One S was the right size, right weight. No even the new HTC is as nice, it is bigger and heavier. But you will see the results no one will ever trust you again that is why HTC is breaking apart and will soon be broke. Feel sorry for the people who works for HTC.

  13. paul

    10/25/2013 at 10:15 am

    I liked my one sv. Once I’ve had enough of me then it will have to be a Samsung. Your loss HTC!

  14. prasun

    11/04/2013 at 11:43 am

    Enough of u HTC . never again !! g o to h e l l .

  15. Dmitry

    11/05/2013 at 2:22 am

    I think.. many thousands of people will just leave this brand. I will sell my One S and buy Nexus 5.

  16. michael b

    11/17/2013 at 6:58 pm

    When HTC Sense 5 came out, my HTC One S was still the same kick ass phone as the day I bought it. If I want the latest, I will just buy the next one up which has the hardware to support it. I still love it and would never trade it for a Samsung. I don’t understand how people expect updates for free.

    • HTC Rep

      11/28/2013 at 6:13 am

      Why do people expect updates for free? Because Apple gives them for free for many years. HTC can’t even support a phone for a year. So much fail.

  17. anshul jain

    11/17/2013 at 9:55 pm

    I was a fan of HTC but now no more HTC after ONE S , if these guys cannot give update to one of the premium phone of HTC then i dont want to use such a crap brand. surely im going to sell my htc one s and buy some good phone who can atleast do justice with public..

  18. Slippers

    12/30/2013 at 3:33 am

    I have the s4 version of One S and am very happy with it, but now I’m no longer able to delete apps or caches and have very little memory as a result. HTC’s only suggestion was to reset my phone but I’m worried how much data I would lose.
    I think the reason HTC won’t update the OneS, is because they’ve released the One mini, which as far as I can see, has the same spec as One S with latest Android and is therefore, in direct competition with a 2nd user One S, which would of course, be much cheaper and not make HTC a penny!
    Future HTC customer ……… Not!

  19. Paulius

    01/07/2014 at 11:36 am

    I’ve been a loyal HTC customer for more than 10 years, and I made a lot of my friends buy HTC phones as well. I had always disliked the way HTC treated their last yearupdate from Googlenes, but I hoped the situation would get better as the internal storage increased.
    I am writing this from my mother’s Snapdragon S3 HTC One S. It’s got 16gb of internal storage, a gig of ram and is still a superb phone inside and out, which no sane person would replace as dated. The only thing dated about it is that it hasn’t got KitKat yet – dirty, artificial marketing which many customers took as an insult already.
    HTC, you think it’s not worth it to develop for a phone that’s been already shipped? You think we should buy a new phone every time you release one in case we want a Google update? Well, guess what, I’m not giving you any more money for such an attitude. And so are my friends. And so are other people.

  20. diamali

    10/01/2014 at 7:51 am

    My phone is HTC one s and this android is 4.1.1 and HTC sense 4.0.

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