The news first broke when they replied to a question via Twitter, and was then confirmed when they released the following statement:
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.
Understandably, this has upset a number of people. While the One X+ was never released in Australia, the One X is just coming up to its second birthday, and similarly-aged devices (eg, Samsung’s 2012 flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII) have been updated to Android 4.3.
It’s not a good sign for owners of more recent HTC devices such as last years HTC One flagship device. With HTC’s next phone – currently codenamed M8 – rumoured to be just around the corner, it seems possible HTC will drop support for the One later this year or early 2015. Conversely, the One was far more successful commercially than the One X, and that could play a part in HTC’s decisions about software updates.
Are you a One X or One X+ owner? What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments.