I told you so: HTC One X/X+ is EOL

Ah, smell that? thats the smell of tears from a person who spent NZ$899 on a HTC One X only to find that a little over 18 months later they’ve got an unsupported device that HTC has no interest in providing Android 4.4 for.  The HTC One X was released in New Zealand on April 2012 through Telecom’s XT Network and later on they started bundling free of charge Beats earphones with the phone to get people interested in the device. Here we are January 2014 and it appears that the NZ$899 you shelled out is going down the toilet – once again I’m vindicated that if you purchase an Android phone you either get half assed half baked buggy updates that are late OR you’re thrown under the bus within 2 years. Lets have a look at the Apple world where if you bought an iPhone 4 as soon as it came out (June 2010 in the US so lets throw 6 months on for delivery to New Zealand because I’m feeling generous thus the launch date is 1 January 2011) which means that you’ve got a 3 year old phone STILL receiving updates where as a phone bought in April 2012 has already been abandoned. Someone please tell me how that is supposedly ‘good value for money’ compared to the ‘Apple tax’ that haters keep crapping on about? paying a grand up front with 3 years (and continuing) worth of support or spend NZ$899 and find you’re thrown under the bus in just slightly over 18 months. Yeah, you keep chanting about that Apple tax and I’ll cry myself to sleep enjoying those things called ‘updates’ that rarely arrive for Android phones.

6 thoughts on “I told you so: HTC One X/X+ is EOL

  1. “Welcome to Android, leave your hopes of update support at the door if you please.”

    The situation is not any better even if one selects a Nexus device for the “pure Google Experience”.

    Google guarantees only 18 months of support from official launch date, meaning you will eventually be supporting yourself.

    I held off on moving to an iPhone 5S since two of my boys needed winter sleeping bags (Scouting) – we will see if I just go for the 5S or wait for the 6, whatever that brings (hoping that Apple bucks the trend towards large monstrosities or if they do enlarge the screen, shrink the bezel so that it is reasonable – my Galaxy Nexus at 4.65-inch is the limit for me, and even then is too big for one handed use in many situations).

    So, being “abandoned” by Google for some bulldust reason (TI no longer supports the chipset of the Galaxy Nexus, apparently, so no Android 4.4 from Google), I went to CyanogenMod.

    Ironically (or not?) CM does have (stable) nightly builds of Android 4.4.x for my phone, and they work BETTER than stock Google firmware ever did – imagine that!

    I even went ahead and flashed CM11 on my 2012 Nexus 7, since given the age of that device it won’t be receiving any further updates from Google either.

    To hell with them… for now I am supported by a third party while I save again for a new Apple phone, then an iPad.

    1. I heard that one of the vendors wasn’t supporting a piece of hardware any more which is funny given that if Google went to Ti and paid for support I’m sure Ti would be more than happy to do so – end of the day the support wouldn’t cost Ti anything or better still Ti could just give Google the specifications and source code under NDA so that Google could maintain the driver and just build a binary ready for Android for future releases. What ever the excuse it there is always a way to get something done but the problem is that it would require Google to actually back up their platform instead of just throwing it out in the wild then hoping for the best.

      Regarding the iPhone 5S – the 4G is great when it is available but Telecom is using the 1800Mhz which means the coverage isn’t as good as their 3G even if they were to put a LTE thingy on each of their mobile phone towers. In the end if I’m going to upgrade from 5S it’ll occur once the 700Mhz network is launched and the next version of the iPhone supports the Asia-Pacific 700Mhz frequency (the 700Mhz used in the US/Canada is apparently incompatible).

      IMHO I’d love to see at least 3-4 different operating systems out there (as noted in my ‘Technology in Review’ series) but right now Android is horrible when it comes to support and Windows Phone is just getting off the ground but if there is going to be damage I think long term Windows Phone appears to be a strong contender especially now that big names like Instagram are on the platform.

      1. That’s right – and I can hardly believe that a small(ish) team like CyanogenMod seems able to build a working version of Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Nexus (and many other devices) when Google cannot.

        It is more like, Google *will not* because they don’t want to do it, they’d rather sell you a new Nexus 5 which better incorporates all of the latest Googley tracking goodness to make Big Brother Google even bigger.

        No matter, I doubt I will buy another Android as my primary device. I will probably always have one around to stay current with the ecosystem, and there are some nice looking ones on the horizon from Chinese OEMs – I bet they may even back up their platforms better than Google does.

        Agreed – it would be great to have 3-4 different operating systems, perhaps a version of Android may someday be one of them, whether it is from Google remains to be seen. I can see Xiaomi perhaps.

        Tizen is also there, while NTT DoCoMo has shelved plans for a Tizen phone in Japan in March this year, but it will see the light of day there eventually I am sure, plus both Vodafone and Orange are on board with it.

        Samsung more than any OEM seems to have the clout to do it.

        Microsoft – I’d love to see it grow.

  2. @Brett Legree

    Agreed – reminds me of my experience with Compressor 4.1 from Apple compared to the iFFmpeg/ffmpeg combination where the speed and outcome of x264 was as good if not better than the many paid programmers who apparently work on the Compressor 4.1 product. The fact that a group of hackers could get 4.4.2 working where Google couldn’t tells me that it is more about moving devices than taking care of ones customers. For me I’ve never cared if a $200 off contract Android phone received minimal updates but it is kind of chaffing when a NZ$899 HTC One X/X+ is dropped slightly over 18 months past its launch in New Zealand – for NZ$899 it would be reasonable to expect at least 3 years of updates even if they were purely security and bug fixes without new functionality.

    I’m interested in seeing Windows Phone 8.1/9 and the launch of a 64bit ARM processor in the future – it might even open up the possibility of me giving Nokia/Microsoft another shot if they get their act sorted out and keep up with the competition.

    1. Yes, you sort of expect that for under 200 dollars you’re not going to get solid updates, if you even get a solid device in the first place, but when you’re paying top dollar for a “flagship experience” and get only a single update – you start to wonder how foolish people are that they keep signing up for the experience, handset after handset.

      People will be singing the praises of the Galaxy S5 in a few months, how great the display looks next to iPhone 5S, how they have fingerprint ID as well but that it is “better” somehow, and so forth.

      Until the next time…

      1. @Brett Legree

        And by that time I’m sure we’ll hear, through leaks, that the Samsung Galaxy S3 support has been killed off. I’m sure we’ll hear the usual fandroids say “well, it is like really ancient! 18 months is REALLY old and you should upgrade to a new version!”.

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