The news about a phone getting updated to a new version of Android OS is always good, but just up to a certain point. According to a pretty know HTC leakster, it seems that the HTC One X will be updated to Android 4.2.2, but unfortunately it will be the last software update that the owners of the former HTC flagship will receive. In other words, no Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie for those individuals.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been released by Google back in November 2012, but apart from the Nexus devices only a handful of handsets have received the latest Android iteration. And we’re not just talking about the older devices as even the recently released ones like the HTC One has been launched with Android 4.1, instead of Android 4.2. Moreover, HTC hasn’t made any statements regarding the HTC One’s upgrade to Android 4.2, nor the update details for its older products.
However, it seems that the company does plan to upgrade some of its devices to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 UI, although the information does not come from official sources. According to online publication Gotta Be Mobile, the software updates will be received by a few HTC smartphones, including the HTC One X. This is great news for the HTC One X users, but it seems that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is as far as the device will go.
If we are to believe HTC leakster @LLabTooFeR, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update will be the last important firmware upgrade that will be rolled put for the handset, which means that the new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is probably out of the question.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be replaced by Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, version which is expected to be launched at the Google I/O event which will be held in mid-May. Until now, we are yet to find out which devices will be firstly updated to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (again, the Nexus handhelds will probably be the first), and the HTC One X may still get it, but the odds are not so good because @LlabTooFeR has been pretty accurate with his predictions.
Actually, it won’t be the first time when an HTC smartphone will be left outside the update zone. For instance, the HTC Rezound is still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in spite of the fact that it sports nice hardware. Also, the Droid Incredible 2, is still waiting for an update after the company said that it will be upgraded to Android ICS.
In case the HTC One X (which is the predecessor of the HTC One, after all) doesn’t get upgraded to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, then there is no need to say that other phones, like the mid-rangers HTC One S and HTC One SV, will never receive the update either.
The leakster mentions another important phone that won’t be upgraded to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, namely the Samsung Galaxy S3. Nevertheless, he might me wrong in this considering that his specialty is HTC devices. Also, Samsung’s high-end products are usually getting the latest Android versions, so the owners of the galaxy S3 should remain calm.
All in all, the HTC One X owners should look at the bright side, their handset will be receiving the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update and the Sense 5 user interface on top, which is better than nothing right?!