If you’ve been wondering whether or not the HTC One X and One S are getting updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, wonder no longer — the answer is yes, sometime.
Thanks to the kindness of AT&T, I’ve been carrying an HTC One X with me for the past few weeks, and this question has certainly been weighing on me. With the arrival of the Nexus 7, I’ve experienced the benefits of the Jelly Bean update — particularly sans HTC Sense — and have been wondering whether HTC would be kind enough to bestow such improvements upon its users.
For all of the hyperbole in our community regarding the fragmentation and the lack of updates endemic to the broader Android experience, from the front line of testing, I can confidently report that it’s truly a rather frustrating state of affairs. As someone with a vested interest in the adoption of cutting edge software, the utter lack of communication and transparency regarding software updates is disconcerting to say the least. Vague PR statements to tech sites do not instill any semblance of confidence in the end-user, and I can only imagine those who use the One X or One S as full-time devices would be rather disconcerted by the entirety of the experience.
Although I’ve had a greatly enjoyable time with the One X, the questions swirling around the stock operating system, updates, Sense, and HTC’s attentiveness have unquestionably proven off-putting. For every ounce of goodness apparent within the operating system, third party manufacturers seem keen to dismantle any such positive responses and affable feelings toward their devices in a truly strange manner.
The One X will continue to be my Android phone for the coming weeks — here’s hoping we might hear something from HTC in the meantime.
For more information regarding my experiences with Android, listen to my new podcast on the 70Decibels network, Bionic.