HTC One S no longer receiving updates only 15 months after release

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Though the HTC One S is still a young phone at just over a year old, its update cycle has come to an end. HTC tells us that the One S will no longer be receiving updates, keeping it on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ at the latest. The phone's 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM should have made it powerful enough to handle any Android releases coming down the pipeline right now, but the lack of continued updates for an Android device remains — unfortunately — unsurprising.

The brevity of support reiterates what's still one of the biggest issues for Android devices. Outside of Google's official Nexus line, prolonged support has been all but impossible to come by. But the story is different elsewhere in the smartphone market: Apple has continued to support even its three-year-old iPhone 4, which will be getting updated to iOS 7 this fall. For its part, HTC has done better in the past. Though update support for the One S is ending somewhat abruptly, the phone did receive 4.1 Jelly Bean just a few months after the operating system's release.

HTC tells us that One S users should "feel confident" with the device as it is. Its full statement is below.

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 Verge
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