HTC to deliver Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ upgrade for One S, X and XL this month

Alongside today's HTC One X+ announcement comes the news that HTC will upgrade some of its earlier One series phones to the latest versions of Android and Sense. The Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean update is scheduled to hit One S, X and XL phones later this month, and HTC tells us that every feature of the One X+ that doesn't require additional hardware will be made available on these devices. Note, as ever, that carrier-specific versions of these phones may take a little while longer to see this update.

Sadly, there's no mention of the One V -- or any other existing HTC phones -- in today's announcement. It's unlikely HTC will leave its entire back catalog in the lurch, but the lack of any announcements for earlier devices isn’t encouraging news for owners of these phones.

Nevertheless, it's a welcome development for the many One S, One X or One XL owners out there.

More: HTC One X+ announcement, HTC One X+ hands-on

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  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I know the EVO LTE will get these, but will it also be in the month timeframe? Or is this timeframe for everyone outside the US?
  • This timeframe is for unlocked versions. So yeah, US may take a bit longer
  • That's what I was thinking! I hope its by the end of the year though.
  • Getting pretty miffed with HTC not announcing backwards compatibility as I own a Sensation XE which is only a year old. Bearing in mind that the phones older than the One range didn't even get Sense 4.0 and got 3.6, I can't seeing HTC upgrading them to Sense 4+. Maybe they will may get a stripped down Sense 3.7? Does anybody know the minimum requirements for Android 4.1.1? If the Sensation range doesn't get upgraded, I'll be jumping ship (to Samsung/Motorola) at the next upgrade point. Why should people buy a phone that won't get upgraded in a year? Rant over now, thanks for reading ps. The Galaxy S2 is (most probably) going to get Jelly Bean.
  • If GS2 get the GB update before GS3, that would be sad for Samsung customers like me. :(
  • You mean Jellybean?
  • HTC is not improving their image with me as a customer. Besides inadeate battery life and OTA's on new products to fix shipped glitches, not updating software is not cool. There is no reason why the Sesation should nit get it. I don't want to jump the gun prematurely but it's not a good sign that it easily not announced in the initial announcements.
  • " OTA's on new products to fix shipped glitches, not updating software is not cool." Man HTC just cannot win with android fans. Would you rather they not fix glitches? No software is perfect and I'm glad they do it. Honestly, they've had the best track record when it comes to updating phones out of all the manufacturers. I'm sticking with them.
  • Samsung did the same thing with the GS2. They didn't update the UI to Touchwiz NatureJizz... I thought the Sensation got ICS?
  • YES!!!! But I think the T-Mobile One s and the One x on carriers might get it later on.
  • What's Sense 4+? Looks the same as Sense 4.1.
  • This is awesome! I upgraded from a Motorola Photon to the EVO 4G LTE. Aside from the HTC being a WAY better piece of hardware and software, I'm assuming I'll get jellybean before years end. That's way better than the Motorola - which they just announced isn't going to get it at all, even though the phone is barely a year old. And I think it's also important to note that this is just the first announcement of devices too. HTC has actually upgraded much faster to jellybean than the jump to ICS. It feels like they are doing exactly what they set out to do this year, which was make fewer, better phones and improve software support.
  • Hope that the delay for the EvoLTE isn't much more after the others!
  • Definitely want to get this on my Evo 4G LTE! :-)
  • +1
    I need this on my E4GLTE!
  • My wife got Jellybean on her Nexus and it is Buttery smooth! Can't wait for it on my EVO 4G LTE!
  • Just going to throw this out there.... My evo lte came out around the same time as these other phones. Why has it fallen by wlthe wayside.... It's irritating, I never hear anything about it and it probably has the most bugs of all the devices.