No KitKat for HTC One X and X+; devices to stay frozen on Jelly Bean 4.2.2

No KitKat for HTC One X and X+; devices to stay frozen on Jelly Bean 4.2.2

Summary: HTC One X and X+ owners might be feeling a bit abandoned by HTC, which won't be releasing further Android updates for the devices.


It could be time for owners of the HTC One X and One X+ to seek out a custom ROM after HTC confirmed it will not update the devices beyond Android 4.2.2.

While KitKat should be on its way later this month to the HTC One, both its flagship predecessors will remain on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for good, the company has confirmed.

"We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5," HTC UK said in a statement.

"We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences."

The company confirmed the fate of the two devices last week to fans on Twitter.

Owners of the One X+, released in November 2012, are likely to be disappointed that a device that's only just over year old will get no further OS updates. The lack of upgrades for the HTC One X, which is now nearly two years old, is slightly more forgivable and somewhat similar to Google’s stance on the Galaxy Nexus, which didn't get KitKat because the device was two years old and fell outside of its 18-month window for updates.

Like owners of the Galaxy Nexus can, owners of HTC's older flagships can hunt down a customer ROM that brings them either Android 4.3 or 4.4.2. CyanagenMod has a 4.3 build available for the HTC One X, but there are other custom ROMs out there, which owners can find through XDA forums.

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Topics: Android, HTC, Mobile OS, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Interesting

    And one of the downfalls of Android devices being sold by OEMs other than Google. If HTC took a page from Apple's book as far as keeping their devices updated with the latest OS (and telling the carriers to shove it with their "tests" of the OS) then HTC might be able to do something about getting ahead of Samsung - their hardware is top notch, their software is decent, their CS leaves much to be desired.
  • No KitKat for HTC One X and X+

    I will never allow an OS upgrade on a phone again. The Jelly Bean upgrade has caused my Droid Bionic to slow down to a crawl. I am waiting for a real 'Kit-Kat' phone to become available on my carrier!
  • Nvidia!!!

    Or blame the people responsible.