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Will your HTC handset be updated to Android 4.2? Here’s what we think

Will your HTC handset be updated to Android 4.2? Here’s what we think

In the past 12 months, we’ve watched as HTC pushed out over a dozen different Android 4.1 updates to its devices. Android 4.2 has been around for a while (ok, a while may be an understatement since 4.2 made its debit last fall on the Nexus 4), so we thought we’d put together a list of devices which we believe will be updated to Android 4.2.

Any device capable of running android 4.1 should also be able to handle Android 4.2 quite easily. Based on that logic, all HTC devices running Android 4.1 should be updated to Android 4.2. Unfortunately, things aren’t always that simple.  Sources familiar with HTC’s Android development plans have indicated that some HTC devices which are currently running Android 4.1 will not be getting the latest Android update.

HTC phones that should get the Android 4.2 update

If you’ve purchased high-end HTC phone within the past twelve months, chances are that your phone will be updated to Android 4.2.  The first phone to receive the Android 4.2 update will be the HTC One, followed by devices like the HTC One X, One X+, Droid DNA, Butterfly and EVO 4G LTE. The HTC One S has been named as one of the devices which will not receive the official Android 4.2 update from HTC, so it’s conceivable that the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE will be left out as well. While HTC rolled out the Android 4.1 update over a dozen phones, the Android 4.2 update list will definitely be shorter. The reason for this probably has a lot to do with the latest version of HTC Sense more than anything else. Unlike HTC’s Android updates in the past, all phones which get the Android 4.2 update should also get the latest version of HTC Sense 5. For devices released in 2012, this update will completely change the UI adding new features like BlinkFeed and advanced image gallery functionality.

HTC phones that wont get the Android 4.2 update

While Google isn’t setting a limit as to what hardware is required to run Android 4.2, HTC will most likely be setting an arbitrary threshold based on specs, age and popularity of individual handsets. Last time around, we assumed that all HTC phones running on Qualcomm S3 processors would not get updates to Android 4.1. This time, we can safely say that HTC will not be updated any of its devices running on Qualcomm S3 processors.

Check out list below to see if your phone will make the cut and be updated to Android 4.2. Again, we’d like to remind you that this information is based purely off of our knowledge of HTC phones and how HTC has updated their handsets in the past.  We expect HTC to roll out its first Android 4.2 updates in Q3, but most device will probably not get a taste of the latest Jelly Bean build until  Q4 of 2013. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any new details that come our way. What are your predictions? Will your phone be getting Android 4.2?

HTC Android 4.2 news updates 

Phones that will get the Android 4.2 update Phones that won’t get the Android 4.2 update
  • HTC Butterfly
  • HTC J Butterfly
  • HTC Desire 600
  • HTC Desire 606w
  • HTC Desire 608t
  • HTC One
  • HTC J One
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One X+
  • HTC One XL
  • HTC Droid DNA
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Aria
  • HTC ChaCha
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Desire C
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire SV
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Desire V
  • HTC Desire VT
  • HTC Desire VC
  • HTC Desire X
  • HTC Desire Z
  • HTC DROID Eris
  • HTC DROID Incredible
  • HTC DROID Incredible 2
  • HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE
  • HTC E1
  • HTC J
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G
  • HTC EVO V
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC Explorer
  • HTC G1 (Dream)
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Hero (Sprint)
  • HTC Hero S
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Legend
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC myTouch 3G
  • HTC myTouch 3G Slide
  • HTC myTouch 4G
  • HTC myTouch 4G Slide
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One SV
  • HTC One V
  • HTC One VX
  • HTC One XC
  • HTC One XT
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Salsa
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Status
  • HTC T-Mobile G2
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Wildfire S

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.

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  • Gabriel

    The most surprising one that won’t get update is the One S. A great phone (amazing battery) that was a one step down flagship just a year ago. Still, it runs so well on current software, with great camera, that I struggle to see the need for it to be upgraded anytime soon.

  • mjcpradeep

    hi iam using HTC evo 3d and i confirmed with HTC technical engineer and they told that evo 3D wont get Jellybean

  • S I D

    what the F U C K… what is the meaning of <>
    Why not update for HTC ONE S ….. WHY?????????????????

  • H T C

    Why Written bullshit,HTC said that sense 5 comming for one s
    http://www.hubfr.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/sense-5-htc-one-s-twitter.jpg

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      As we said, this is our list, not HTC’s. While HTC has acknowledged publicly that the HTC One S should receive the update, we have a few sources of our own who claim that the HTC One S will not be getting it. Our sources could be wrong, but they have proven themselves over time.

    • Andres

      They also said the Desire HD would get ICS, but canceled on last minute…

  • marty

    Still waiting for the amaze update thats why I am not buying anymore of their products .

    • David

      I’m also not buying any more HTC phones for the same reason. Amaze was their flagship product in late 2011 and it’s already getting dumped. Why should I buy another HTC flagship and get dumped again in 1 year? Also, the list prices of HTC phones have gone up a lot.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        While the Amaze 4G had some great specs, it was never a flagship phone. It was a custom device built specifically for T-Mobile USA. Custom devices only get updates if the service provider asks for them. We were expecting that it would get the update, but HTC never put it on the update list even though it was a better device than the Sensation.

        You’ll need to direct your frustrations towards T-Mobile on this issue, not HTC.

        • Tony

          I think a larger issue is the long list of HTC phones that will not be updated. The consumer doesn’t care if it’s HTC or the carriers fault. All they care about is their phone won’t be upgraded. The main reason I also will not purchase an HTC phone again. If Apple can insist that all their phones get upgraded across all the carriers and not be loaded with bloat, the least the other manufacturers can insist is the carriers upgrade their phones with the latest software if the phone can handle the upgrade.

        • ioedio

          Why do you defend HTC in this way? They are really the worst company, hope they really fail.
          Last year I have sent them the mobile 3 times with a problem to the main board, first time has been changed with not results, the other times they just sent me back the mobile unusable… This is not care for customers…don’t you see they fuk everyone?

  • Ivan

    This is the exact reason why I won’t be getting another HTC phone. First of their great fails was Desire with Gingerbread. That update was late, they wanted to cancel it, and at the end they relesed a crippled version. Now they are doing similar thing with a few great phones which are more than capable of runing 4.1 or 4.2. Anyway, this is second signal for me to change the brand. Paying 600€ for Desire at the time, and 800€ for Evo 3D just to get old in a year is unacceptible.

  • Damien

    I’m never buying HTC AGAIN!!! former Amaze 4g user Samsung Here I Come

  • steven

    I bought the HTC one couple weeks ago and it’s freaking AWESOME. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I am still waiting for the 4.2 update to the USA. I have T-Mobile any word when it should hit the USA?….HTC ONE ALL THE WAY!

  • Minu

    Hey, If i manually update my htc evo 3d to jelly bean will it properly work with 3d capturing and 3d video rec

  • Mark

    Any potential timetable for the EVO 4G LTE update ever given?

  • Amaze

    why amaze 4g is not getting update? HTC is acting like a racist.

  • http://hi Ritz

    No Updates For Sensation XL. I am Bored Using 4.0.3 Do Something or else ill switch to Samsung

  • Chris

    this is absolute madness! I’m using the incredible 4G LTE and I’m currently running 4.3 AOSP custom and it runs beautifully. If I can do it and I’m not even a manufacturer, then HTC & Verizon could totally pull it off… The question is why won’t they? right now I’m even using the latest kernel source 3.7 with only some very minor setbacks… come on HTC! get it together

  • Сергій

    В мене таке питання, в магазинах продають htc desire 600 з версією 4,2 тоді чому мені не приходить оновлення???

  • vipin

    Can we get android 4.4 update for HTC desire V ? as It is supported for phones with 512 Ram also.
    Thanks

  • Dev

    I have HTC 600 from Last 5 months and still you have not released a single Android update still HTC 600 is having 4.1.1 Where other all brands like Samsung, LG, Micromax, LAVA they are providing Android 4.2.2 or 4.3 with devices and if you observer you market is getting down because of this attitude, and I think you are only concentrating only on HTC ONE. You guys know how to sell but don’t know how to keep customer happy. Even after investing 28000 in phone still i am using outdated version shame on you guys.

    • Ivan

      That is exacly what I am talkoing about, spent 80 000 RSD (around 700 €) on phone (with 2 year contract), and I am stuck with ICS, half of bundled htc apps are not working (HTC Maps with footprints, etc.), and google apps are not performing on their best because of novelties Jelly Bean introduced. So far I am really disappointing with htc customer care, and their practices. They chose to produce vast variety of phones, and now they don’t care to keep them updated. It seems that problem is closely linked with htc structure change, after which they focused on few phones, but instead of upkeeping previous (not so old models at time of JB release), they opted to just ignore majority of their users.

    • rahul

      it this the same with my htc desire 600….why are we still not updated..my phone has slowed down alot…htc plz help us with updates

  • http://www.shcrew.us Desire VC USer

    i will never buy HTC again, its suck
    i buy this phone with expensive price but the quality its suck, its cant updated to jellybean, so why buy the expensive phone like this?

  • 陳宗平

    I wish hTC desire 600 really can update android 4.3 because already wait long time

  • Guest

    I wish hTC desire 600 really can’t update android 4.3 because already wait long time