HTC One X and One X+ will not receive KitKat

HTC logoThe HTC One X and One X+ are dead! HTC has declared on Twitter that the One X and One X+ will not be receiving KitKat updates. They'll be stuck on their current version of Android, which is 4.2.2. The company elaborated with a statement to The Verge:

We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

While the One X is about 20 months old, not updating the One X+ is a surprise. That device is only a little over a year old. For the record, the Samsung Galaxy S III is 19 months old and already runs Android 4.3, and there have been a few leaked memos claiming that a KitKat update would be coming Q1 of this year. Both HTC devices use the aging Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, but that's not really an excuse—the original Nexus 7 also has a T3 and was updated to KitKat a few months ago. That means the vendor support is there, so if we follow HTC's update infographic, updating the devices is entirely HTC's decision.


HTC has been on a bit of a death spiral lately, and abandoning its few remaining loyal customers will certainly not help it win back hearts and minds. Jilted One X and One X+ owners should probably check out the XDA forums for their specific device, where the community already has a few KitKat roms in progress.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, HTC, smartphones

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