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HTC One X won’t get any more updates

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HTC has confirmed that it won’t be providing any more software updates for the HTC One X or the HTC One X+.

Launched just short of two years ago, in April 2012, the HTC One X marked HTC’s return to critical and design (if not commercial) excellence with its striking unibody polycarbonate shell and strong performance.

The HTC One X, as well as its minor revision the HTC One X+, certainly paved the way for the relative success of the HTC One around a year later.

It might sound like we’re writing a eulogy for the HTC One X, and in a way we are. HTC has just confirmed that it is cutting the life support for its ageing smartphone. There won’t be any more software updates.

"We can confirm that the One X+ will not receive further Android updates & will remain on the current version of Android," reads a recent tweet from HTC UK.

This means that the HTC One X is stuck on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (with HTC’s custom Sense 5 UI), and won’t be getting Android 4.4 KitKat or beyond - at least, not officially. You can bet that an avid team of amateur rooters will keep the well considered 4.7-inch phone alive.

HTC One X+ owners in particular will be a feeling a little short-changed at the news, as the souped up revision was only launched a little over a year ago.

Technically speaking, both the HTC One X and the HTC One X+ would be more than capable of running Android 4.4 KitKat smoothly. In fact, KitKat’s main feature is its stripped-back, more efficient nature, aimed at improving performance on lower-end (or indeed older) hardware.

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Joycey

January 14, 2014, 10:37 am

This is why I would never go back to Android. Support should be given to handsets for more than 2 years like Apple does, although saying that I want to ditch Apple asap, which leaves me with Windows Phone...just hope they don't pull another WP7 trick.

MattMe

January 14, 2014, 11:55 am

Just get a vanilla version of Android. Nexus phones will be able to run any version of Android that will work on the hardware. The only reason phones like this get left behind are because the manufacturers don't want to invest in testing their awful GUIs on the new releases of Android every few months. Which is a shame.
I have to say if I'd spent my hard-earned on a top-end device like the HTC One X I would expect them to support it for more than two years, and the fact they haven't would definitely make me consider another brand when choosing my next phone.

Lyndon

January 14, 2014, 1:49 pm

This is one of the reasons I sold my HTC one X and bought a Google nexus 5 which I know will be supported. I've always had HTC phones, but from now on, if they can't even support a one year old phone, I won't ever buy an HTC again. Trust is one of the biggest things that commercial companies need to have with their consumers.

Joycey

January 14, 2014, 2:04 pm

The manufacturers really should give the option to upgrade to the latest vanilla version of android without their custom UI's included to make it easy for power users & geeks (me included). My last Android was the original Desire and I remember the man hours wasted on trying cooked ROMS which in hindsight was pointless. Even better would be the option to download these skins/UI's/loaders as Apps. This was everyone would be happy and in 1 move get rid of fragmentation -or is that really too simple to be possible?!?

DSL Slaphead

January 14, 2014, 8:05 pm

Well thanks HTC, so the phone is still in warranty (24 months) but you are no longer support it with software updates. Guess that I will think long and hard about a future HTC purchase based on this.

Stephen Brown

January 16, 2014, 10:07 am

Blame the chip manufacturers that won't provide the required bsp's

Nasco

March 22, 2014, 7:01 pm

I have used HTC phones for my small company for the last six years starting with 5 x Hero's.
Orange UK has been painfully slow when it comes to updates for HTC phones, but now with HTC unwilling to update phones still less than two years old is ridiculous.
We are due to upgrade 5 phones in the next month or so, and it will probably be a move over to the dark side, Apple!!

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