Aluminum-clad 4.3-incher 'will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense'

Bad news for HTC One S owners this afternoon, as HTC has confirmed to Android Central that the One S — one of its 2012 flagship devices — will not see any official upgrades beyond its current software version. That means as far as official firmware goes, users will remain on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 4+ for the remainder of their devices' lives.

HTC's statement reads —

"We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. 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."

HTC reassured us that the 4.7-inch One X is still on track to receive future software updates.

Originally released on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich last spring, the One S was one of the top HTC devices of the year. At the time of its release we praised its aluminum unibody design, thin profile and impressive camera. With the One S being retired on Android 4.1, the phone will have only seen one OS version update in its lifetime, which is disappointing for something billed as a flagship product.

The One S remains a capable phone, even without any update to Android 4.2, and we're hopeful the custom ROM community will pick up where HTC left off. Any HTC One S owners out there? Share your thoughts down in the comments.

Source: Android Central forums; h/t Arne Hesse of the::unwired