They say no news is good news, but plenty of otherwise verifiable proverbs and axioms are overturned in the mobile tech décor, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise silence is more often than not ominous in terms of Android updates.
Take HTC’s One X+, the confusingly named big brother of the One X. Or the underwhelming little brother of the HTC One. Since it was never immensely popular and its makers are known for providing shoddy (and we’re being kind) software support, an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade always seemed like a long shot.
Still, as the 4.7-incher celebrated its one-year birthday a measly two months back, the phone’s unfortunate owners couldn’t help but hope. And wait. HTC kept its 4.4 update timetable on the hush-hush though, with no moles or tipsters coming forward with any shred of positive speculation.
Ultimately, a gloomy confirmation on HTC’s part looked unavoidable, and alas, it’s here. In response to an eager HTC user seeking high hope validation, the company’s Dutch branch issued a short statement on Twitter a few days ago, which goes a little something like this: “We can confirm the HTC One X+ will remain on the current software version, Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.”
In other words, no 4.3 bump for you, no 4.4, not even Sense 5.5. By extension, this most definitely means the older One X and One S are not getting any love beyond 4.2 Jelly Bean either. Bummer? You can say that again, albeit you’d think surviving HTC fans would know what to expect by now.
Intriguingly, an HTC official suggested just last week 4.3 is headed for the AT&T-branded One X and One X+ in the near future. So which is it after all? Maybe both. Maybe only US versions of the pair are due for leaps to the next Android build. In which case Ma Bell users have a (one in a million) shot of also scoring KitKat.
Or maybe HTC Netherlands’ Twitter handler messed up. It’s also possible, albeit not probable, we’re reading too much into a no doubt deliberately vague statement. In the end, I wouldn’t suggest you hold your breath for a chocolaty treat. Unless of course you’re comfortable flashing unofficial ports and whatnot.
Meanwhile, let’s try to keep in mind at least the One, One mini and One max have guaranteed 4.4 support, with OTAs likely to roll out starting later this month. Also, rumor has it the trio will nab an upgrade to 4.4’s sequel, regardless of it being codenamed 4.5 or 5.0. Too little to take HTC seriously going forward? I for one think so, but feel free to disagree in the comments section below.
Later edit: UK hopes have been officially quashed, also via Twitter, for both the One X and One X+. HTC’s British branch initially supplied the bad news in response to a user’s question, issuing a full statement soon after:
“We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”
There you have it, official and set in stone. No KitKat heading your way on either the One X or One X+, probably regardless of where you live. There’s still an outside chance select markets are due for an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean bump, but aside from the AT&T versions in the US, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Also, let’s be honest, who cares about 4.3 at this point? HTC let down its fans again, and we are no longer sorry their financial health is spinning out of control.