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  • anandreader106 - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    No deal HTC. You've burned me twice with prior flagship phones that you failed to update. At the time you were "committed" to updating them as well and then you clung to an excuse not to.

    How about this proposal:
    I'll take care of my phone and protect it from physical damage.
    You take care of my phone by giving me TIMELY android updates and commit to THAT!

    Can you dig it?
  • WithoutWeakness - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    Purchase the Google Play Edition and get the best of both. Get the hardware and warranty from HTC and the OS is AOSP. Problem solved. Reply
  • Braumin - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    Technically it's not AOSP it's GMS with no HTC skin. Would that allow you to get OS updates though or does that still need to come from HTC? Reply
  • A5 - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    AFAIK, the GPE phones are updated by Google. But they do lag behind the Nexus devices by a bit. Reply
  • WithoutWeakness - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    I believe that the Google Play Edition phones run the OEM's kernel with Google's build of Android on top. The devices should get Android updates on a similar cadence as Nexus devices as long as Google continues to support them. Reply
  • superflex - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    Let me guess.

    You couldn't upgrade your Evo 4g to ICS so mom kicked you out of the basement, your girlfriend dumped you, the sun refused to rise and a hoards of locusts descended upon your homeland.

    Seriously, how did the inability to upgrade from GB to ICS negatively affect you?
    Did you lose productivity in using your phone?
    Did you lose a girlfriend because you didn't have cute emoticons to compete with her iPhone?

    Seriously, how did non having the latest build affect you other than emotionally?
  • cmdrdredd - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    New updates add additional functionality and after a while, new apps stop working properly on old versions of the OS. Plus it fixes memory leaks, adds additional performance in some continue being a dick using an old OS with issues that the update would fix. Reply
  • Peskarik - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    What's with all the emotions, the butthurt and girlfriend this girlfriend that? Have you been dumped by your boyfriend, sweetheart? Reply
  • takeship - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Security updates. HTC doesn't just not update old flagships to newer Android versions, they also drop security update support. Now, with most Android apps asking for permission to impersonate you if they so desire on install it may not matter much, but there is, for instance, a known wifi driver vulnerability with exploit code in common usage for all HTC phones with pre-4.1 Android. Reply
  • poisonsnak - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - link

    My HTC One got updated to KitKat about a month ago. I think Motorola and obviously the Nexus devices got it first but it was before Samsung, LG, or other companies in similar positions. I was happy with the timing for the 4.3 release as well, and I'm on a small Canadian carrier who's usually last on the list for updates. Reply
  • CZroe - Thursday, February 20, 2014 - link

    Sounds like my experience with Sony Ericsson. They promised all 2011 Xperia phones would get an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so I bought an R800at Xperia PLAY 4G. When it came time to update it they didn't want to pay their engineers to figure out a way to incorporate the USB gamepad support in ICS with the phone's built-in gamepad for a phone that they no longer sold, so they just threw their arms up and claimed that there was a "comparability issue" between the two features. As users with unlocked bootloaders will tell you, that's bull. Unfortunately, my bootloader was never unlocked. :( Reply
  • Impulses - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    Interesting value adds... I've yet to kill any of the four smartphones I've had, yet my sister and mother both killed their first one (water/cracked screen), so I can see how some would find this attractive. At least they're trying to differentiate in some other way besides software bloat, like Moto (size, price, Maker, active notifications) and unlike Samsung.

    Also interesting that they switched from Dropbox to Google for their cloud storage bonus, big loss for Dropbox I would think.

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