By Stephen Schenck | February 14, 2014 8:07 PM
HTC’s Reddit AMA managed to draw a ton of questions this afternoon, and the company started things off with a bang, announcing a commitment to release major Android updates for all its smartphones that come out in North America, for a period of two years following their introduction.
HTC has been relatively quiet on the Windows Phone front, leaving us wondering if it had any future there. When asked if it would drop the platform altogether, HTC responded that it wasn’t willing to make such blanket statements, but neither did it sound particularly enthusiastic about another model. In the end, all we got was a mention that WP8.1 should be coming to the 8X (no mention for the 8S), and the company will “continue to take new products into consideration” as far as future WP devices go.
Unsurprisingly, questions about those Nexus device rumors were met with a “no comment.”
Sense caught a bit of flack, but HTC talked about work it’s been doing to remove “heavy” features and make it more attractive. As far as stock GPe models go, HTC clarified that only the One has gotten involved because that’s where the most interest lies – similarly, we don’t see a CDMA GPe version in order to make it appealing to the widest audience possible. Still, don’t count on Sense going away altogether anytime soon; HTC comments that “we think Sense is the ideal Android version, but we like that our customers have the freedom of choice.”
HTC addressed some concerns over the absence of microSD expansion and a removable battery on its flagship One. It talked about space constraints and how microSD is still available on some Desire models (should users absolutely need it), while also leaving the door open for future models offering users larger amounts of internal flash. As for removable batteries, it doesn’t think they’re such a big deal, explaining, “the industry and HTC are making great strides in battery technology such that the need/want for removable battery is continually decreasing.”