In this industry, it’s an inevitability: sooner or later (and all too often, sooner) a manufacturer throws in the towel for an aging handset, deciding to no longer devote resources towards bringing it updates packed with the newest software. The latest casualty comes from HTC’s 2012 lineup, as the company confirms that the One S will not receive future Android nor Sense updates.
This tale got started over on HTC France’s Facebook page, but it’s since been confirmed as the official company line: no more One S updates.
Back in February, HTC specifically named the One S as one of the Androids that it would upgrade to Sense 5 – now it’s going back on that promise, and that update will never arrive. While HTC did manage to update the phone to Android 4.1.1 last year, there’s no Android 4.2 on the way.
Sure, the One S is over a year old by this point, but considering how respectable the phone’s hardware seems (1.5GHz dual-core S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash, qHD screen), this news is a little surprising. HTC hasn’t mentioned any particular sticking point for its decision, so we can’t say if there’s really any hardware limitation at play, or if HTC just doesn’t have the resources to support older phones.