HTC has announced some very bad new for both both its customers and its reputation. The One S will not see an update to Android 4.2.2. Even though the device was a flagship just a year ago, it will remain on Android 4.1 and Sense 4. In a statement, HTC had the following to say (via: The Unwired)
“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.”
The HTC One S received the best reviews of any of its 2012 devices, yet just a year later, it’s receiving its death notice. This doesn’t bode well for HTC’s reputation, something it can’t afford to damage as it attempts to win back customers with its new One flagship. It seems odd that CyanogenMod and other unofficial developers are able to get Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2 on the One S, yet HTC can’t seem to.
This is not good PR for a struggling company like HTC, and will certainly weigh on the minds of consumers purchasing their next smartphone.