Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of which phones will get updated, when, and how long will they be supported by their manufacturers. In this case, we’re gonna take a look at HTC and which devices are going to be upgraded to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.
Let’s go from high to low, beginning with the HTC One and the Butterfly, which both already have the update. Apart from those two, the only other HTC phones with 1080p resolution that are getting updated are the Droid DNA in Verizon and the J Butterfly from Japan. The HTC Butterfly S will likely be already launched with Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 right out of the box.
The second tier of HTC devices come from last year’s high-end phones, with the HTC One X and One X+ getting the update to both Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 later in August. Right after that, the other variations of the One X will get the update, those are the HTC One XL, One XT, One XC and the Evo 4G LTE on Sprint, which may not look like a One X, but internally it’s the same.
Beyond this point, we’re moving away from the high-end devices and going into qHD territory, which wasn’t even high-end last year.
The HTC One S has already been abandoned by HTC and will remain on Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+. It might receive the occasional bug fix and security update, but no more versions of Android or Sense. This is the statement HTC gave regarding the One S:
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 HTC J is running Android 4.0.4 and we haven’t heard a word about its update cycle but since it’s virtually identical to the HTC One S, we can assume it won’t be getting any more updates. The other phone released around the same time with very similar specs, is the Droid Incredible 4G LTE (I hate some of these incredibly long names) which will probably remain the way it is today.
Finally, we go to the HTC One SV, which even at WVGA resolution, is expected to receive Android 4.2 but not Sense 5, most likely due to the fact that it only has 8 GB of storage internally and a full upgrade might cut that storage by too much to be acceptable, so it will remain with Sense 4+.
So there you go, how’s your phone doing in this upgrade scheme?