The HTC One S was the company’s mid-range smartphone of the 2012 line-up, placed in terms of technical specifications right HTC One x flagship. When you purchase a mid-range smartphone, besides decent technical specifications, you also expect it to stay competitive for at least two years and receive software support for at least one year.
Well, it seems that it’s not the case with the HTC One S which “will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense.” This translates into HTC One S will not be updated to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This news will definitely disappoint all the HTC One S owners, a smartphone that is only a year old and that will now be stuck on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ UI.
Personally, I see no reason why the HTC One S shouldn’t receive the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update. It’s hardware platform is more than sufficient to run the latest Android version while bringing the Blink Feed and other HTC One-specific features on the HTC One S will definitely please your customers and give you positive PR. I guess HTC is not that much into PR, and this might be a reason why the company is struggling on a very competitive smartphone market.
Just to prove you what a shame it is that the HTC One S will not be updated to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, I will remind you about the smartphone’s technical specifications. The mid-ranger comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and Gorilla Glass protection, while being underpinned by Qualcomm’s popular dual-core solution, the Snapdragon S4 chipset based on two Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 225 GPU.
The HTC One S also comes with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a body design that would make most of the high-end smartphones blush. On the back of the HTC One S there’s an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, and support for recording full HD videos at 30fps. The front-facing camera has a VGA sensor, which makes it a pretty decent tool for video calls.
In terms of connectivity, the HTC One S comes with HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and GPS module.
The HTC One S is 130.9 mm tall, 65 mm wide, and 7.8 mm thin, while weighing only 199.5 grams. All these hardware components are powered by a non-removable Li-Po 1650 mAh battery, which is capable of getting the HTC One S through a full day of moderate usage.
As you can see for yourself the technical specifications of the HTC One S are more than enough to support the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, but, for some reason the Taiwanese company decided that the One S should be left behind. In fact, the only major firmware update received by the HTC One S was the jump from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (which comes pre-loaded on the terminal) to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
The Taiwan-based phone maker didn’t mention anything about the HTC One X in the press statement, but, hopefully, the 2012 HTC flagship will not receive the same treatment as the One S.
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