HTC scraps plans to upgrade One S to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


Roughly four months after confirming plans to upgrade its One S smartphone to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.2.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, manufacturer HTC said it would not roll out any additional software updates for the device moving forward.



"We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android [OS 4.1.1] and HTC Sense," an HTC spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Android and Me. "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."

In February, HTC pledged to update the One S and the global variants of its One X, One X+ and Butterfly to Android 4.2.2, concurrently delivering version 5.0 of its Sense UI overlay. Those other devices remain on HTC's upgrade roadmap.

Research firm comScore reports that as of May 2013, HTC devices make up 8.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, down from 9.3 percent three months earlier. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) leads all smartphone manufacturers with 39.2 percent U.S. market share, increasing from 38.9 percent in February 2013, followed by Android leader Samsung Electronics at 23 percent, up from 21.3 percent.

Google released Android 4.2 in November 2012. According to the company's Android Developers dashboard, Android 4.2.x powers 4 percent of all Android devices worldwide as of the 14-day period ending June 3. At the same time, 36.5 percent of all Android devices run version 2.3, a.k.a. Gingerbread, released to users in late 2010: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, issued in October 2011, powers 25.6 percent, and Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean, from July 2012, powers 29 percent of devices.

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