Rumor: HTC will update Snapdragon S4 powered HTC One S to Android 4.2
According to @LlabTooFeR, the HTC One S Android 4.2.2 update with Sense 5 is back on the table. The HTC One S was originally slated to receive the Android 4.2 update long with the HTC One X, HTC reversed the decision on July 2. No reason was given, but details in @LlabTooFeR’s tweet which calls out the Ville and Ville C2 line up perfectly with information we have received from one of our sources.
A source familiar with the matter has confirmed to us that HTC chose to scrap the Android 4.2 update for the HTC One S due to the Qualcomm S3 HTC One S C2 (Ville C2) variant which was released in Asian and select eastern European markets. According to our source, “Qualcomm has stopped critical software support for the S3, leaving the obligation to update those gnarly pieces of chipset software on OEMs.” Coding the Android 4.2 update with Sense 5 for the S3 variant of the One S would not be impossible, but it would force HTC software engineers to take on an extremely difficult and expensive task which has typically fallen on Qualcomm’s shoulders.
HTC had to weigh the cost and benefits of rolling out the update to both the S3 and S4 variants of the One S. In the end, HTC chose to pull the Android 4.2 update for all HTC One S models in an effort to reduce confusion among consumers who may not know the unique differences between the HTC One S and the HTC One S C2.
If @LlabTooFeR is correct, it wouldn’t be the first time HTC did a 180 and released a software update for a device which was removed from an update list. Back in 2011, HTC caved to consumer outcry after the company announced that the HTC Desire would not receive the Android 2.3 update due to low memory constraints. To solve the issue, the final update that was released was scaled back significantly and did not include many of the stock applications which HTC typically bundled into Sense.
We’re hoping HTC will change its mind and offer the Android 4.2 update for the HTC One S. It certainly will be confusing and frustrating if the HTC One S C2 variant will not receive the update, but there’s no reason half of the HTC One S owners should have to suffer because HTC made a financial decision to save a few extra dollars and source the older S3 processor for a select number of markets in Asian and eastern Europe.