In news to disappoint millions of HTC phone-owners worldwide, the gadget-maker has confirmed that it will not be updating the One X and One X+ to Android 4.3 or higher.
The Taiwanese giant delivered the news its 2012 flagship handsets will not be getting the update via its official UK Twitter account. It comes as the company readies its top 2013 device, the HTC One, for Android 4.4 KitKat.
In a further statement, HTC said: “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.
"We realize [sic]this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized [sic] with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”
Users took to Twitter to complain about the move. One piqued customer described the decision as a "very stupid move. Unless you are trying to ruin your smartphone business.” Another added: “For this reason, this is the last HTC I buy.”
It’s likely that complaints will swell in the next days. The HTC One X+ only launched 14 months ago, meaning the company is wilfully going against Google’s edict to ensure all Android phones offer the latest software if they are 18 months old.
This is not the first time that HTC has failed to deliver a key Android update for one of its flagship devices. In 2011, it said it would not be offering users of its 2010 Desire the chance to make the jump to Android 4.3 Gingerbread. A widespread outcry saw the company row back on its position within days.