HTC has confirmed that its 2012 mid-range handset, the HTC One S, will not receive any further Android updates.
The highly-rared device, launched in April last year, will not get Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie after that, and will be stuck on Android 4.1 for ever more.
The 15-month-old handset also won’t receive the latest version of HTC Sense, although that’ll be of far less significant to most who recently snapped up the device.
In a befuddling statement, the company said it understood some users’ disappointment, but for some reason thinks the ‘amazing’ camera and Beats Audio experience already present on the device make up for it.
HTC said: “We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”
Perhaps something was lost in translation?
It is a somewhat surprising move from HTC as it seeks to win back some of the customers it has lost to the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones.
In somewhat better news for those already rocking the newest HTC One handset, the company has started rolling out Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in some international markets today. The latest word we had was that it’d be arriving in the UK sometime this month.