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Update: After reaching out to HTC, we've confirmed that the statement on Facebook does in fact mean that the mentioned devices - the HTC One X, X+, S, and Butterfly - will be receiving Sense 5 in a future software update. Some features of Sense 5, though, will not be included, as they depend on specific hardware found in the HTC One.

There's good news out of Facebook tonight, at least if you don't intend to upgrade to HTC's latest and greatest hardware. In answer to an Israeli user's question about upgrades to the shiny new Sense 5 Android interface (seen only on the HTC One so far), the official HTC Facebook account stated that it intended to upgrade most of the company's later high-end devices, specifically the One X and X+, One S, and the Butterfly. General merriment quickly followed.

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But hold your horses, HTC devotees: the full response is below.

HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates.

Suspicious readers will note that the words "Sense 5" don't appear anywhere in that statement. While it would be pretty dodgy of HTC to respond to a question about Sense 5 with a vague affirmation of updates in the general sense, they have been known to reserve their latest UI enhancements for flagship models, even while upgrading older devices to new versions of the Android OS underneath. (See Sense 3.6 for an example.) There's also a distinct lack of high-end phones like the EVO 4G LTE and the DROID DNA, but since they're American exclusives, their absence in the above answer isn't surprising.

We've emailed HTC for confirmation of the updates, and will amend this story when we receive a response.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • rvichar

    By the time my carrier approves the update it will be 2014.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dgemus Don Gemus

      Same here. On TMOUS I would still be on 4.0.4 without CyanogenMod

      • rvichar

        My question is does it fix multi-tasking and reloads?..the one x drove me to the Nexus 4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523907787 Maxx Tan

    The usual "May update..."

  • http://www.facebook.com/nutz401 Adam P-nut Passano

    the evo lte is like the same phone as the one x one s.. only diff is evo has a kick stand and camera button

    • ProductFRED

      And memory card slot and is CDMA.

  • Athishay

    The fact that the title has a MAY speaks volumes about HTC and it's update policies. Used to be a hardcore HTC fan since the WinMo days, but getting real tired of your shit now, HTC.

  • Roger Lefort

    Meanwhile, the HTC One X on AT&T is still on ICS. Chances, we'll ever see Sense 5 on it? ZERO! I made up my mind a long time ago on this: Nexus or bust!

    • Mike Reid

      For those of us fond of custom ROMs, at least we got S-Off recently on the OneXL/LTE, and could flash kernel through recovery even before that.

      The OneX International has no S-Off and is a pain to flash kernels with fastboot. And the unknown mystery audio chip is crap.

      OneXL/LTE uses the now very popular Qualcomm S4++ architecture while the International is Tegra and TI and maybe realtek audio.

      I have both variants, for app dev testing and the International OneX is the only phone I've bought of 20 phones that I regret getting.

  • btod

    considering they haven't even updated my One X from ICS yet, I'm not holding my breath. This bullshit of forcing people to buy new hardware in order to benefit from the updated software is ridiculous!

    • Luisito Mercado

      The worst part is, all other One X's variants from all other carriers have recieved JB... The at&t variant is the ONLY one left out......

      • hammondnav

        Exactly, which means people should stop bitching about HTC not providing updates in a timely manner. It's the US carriers that hold these updates up by adding all their bloat. I love how the announcement specifically says "global variants."

        • http://evildevnull.com/thinktank/index.php?action=collapse;c=14;sa=collapse;d227fb2388ec=9e8bb86861f0686e54bcbaae99929bbd#c14 George Leon

          No they shouldn't. If HTC wants to be a premium manufacturer, then they need to start offering premium customer service. Apple offers updates directly, as HTC has done in the past. They choose to leave the cornerstone of customer service in the hands of companies like AT&T. If your device is good enough & you give a crap about loyal customers, then you take control of your device & the firmware update process. If people stop complaining then HTC will have no reason to make any changes that benefit consumers. People are complaining because they want change. It is their right & I for one think everyone should complain not only to HTC about updates, but they should be ripping the carriers & IP's apart for providing crappy service at heavily inflated prices.

          HTC is the one that needs to realize what consumers are demanding, which is timely updates handled directly by the manufacturer. If they can't do it, then the years will repeat & HTC will continue to lose market share & profits to companies like Apple, which do customer service better. Otherwise the HTC One will be just like the One X, an extremely well reviewed device & a well built device, that statistically will sell in low quantities & will change nothing for HTC, except to be another stop on their downward spiral towards insolvency.

    • dylan84

      Yup. The AT&T One X variant is the only one still on ICS. The chances of the phone getting Sense 5 are next to nothing (even though HTC says otherwise).I gave up on waiting back in december and flashed AOKP. Now I'm on 4.2.2 with AOKP and couldn't be happier.

  • Jack Crowe

    Cool! Can't wait to get the leaked version ahead of time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aleksandr-Ivanov/734916624 Aleksandr Ivanov

    Using CyanogenMod since day one on my HOX. Sense? What Sense?

  • JaToMa

    I really hope they just update the Android OS on my HOX and leave sense where it is. This Sense 5 with its stupid BlinkFeed. If I wanted tiles that show me stuff, I'm not interested in, I wouldn't have bought an Android device but a Windows phone.
    Plus, without facebook, what does it show me. Emails, SMS, WhatsApp, Talk, Calendar? Without pictures? And there are only 4 Additional Homescreens?
    Next phone will be a stock or close to stock Android device.

    • Bleakvision

      In my mind I have no doubt that when the reviews come out and Blinkfeed gets trashed by reviewers as well as the commenters, they will enable complete deactivation of this nonsense.

    • http://twitter.com/svucinic811 Slobodan

      My thoughts exactly. I don't care about Sense 5, my 4+ is pretty great as it is.

  • Sven Andresen

    HTC comes with their promise, but a lot of them don't come through.
    Yep, I am one of them you had HTC Desire HD, where they promised android 4.0.4, but this didn't come through. They promise and promise, and when the deadline is there... they don't deliver... this is why I got of the HTC wagon.... a lot of promise and late delivery of updates.

    • Diego!

      Your English is kind of strange but I understood what you said. And I agree with you, this is one of the main reasons HTC is losing customers. They don't care.

    • Djpappu.com

      I m also with yr opinion becoze of HTC thinks only their new & fresh devices not old devices like HTC desire,Desire hd,sensation,sensation xl,EVO 3d,EVO 3d 4g and many more.....
      now m tired from HTC and I m also think about Samsung's smart photos..... Leave HTC . This is my last device of HTC ( one x )......

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.fenton3 Craig Fenton

    The time I get the update, my contract my expire and have a new phone.

  • http://twitter.com/thiazzi thiazzi

    Too late, I got sick of waiting and installed CM 10. It's great to have real multi-tasking again!

  • Vladimir Cuevas

    A dream that will not be met for AT&T HTC One X

  • Bernard

    What about JellyBean for Sensation?? Samsung updated GSII, and HTC is still pondering...

    No wonder they are loosing market share with update policy that bad...

  • L boogie

    Whether or not my Droid DNA gets sense 5 is a flip of the coin, that's assuming HTC/Verizon decides to push the update through this century, just give me the 4.2+ update instead and push said update on the devices your consumers bought rather than the hogwash of May update. Continue at current pace and I May stop supporting your product.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Forget about upgrading the underlying Android OS for a moment -- how can HTC even dare not thinking about upgrade their last year's phones to their newest and greatest SENSE (or non-sense) UI if they are so proud of themselves? Look, even if they indeed upgrade those phones, but for one second, one of their executive had thought about not upgrading, then HTC deserves its current market share fall. If they are so proud of their own UI, they should say it out loud and let everybody knows that our UI is so great that we will update all our phones because our users deserve that from us.

  • Jonathan Stelzer

    So does the "Butterfly" include the DNA?

    • Nick Schiwy

      I was thinking the same thing, I think that it does. The DNA is just the Verizon version of the J Butterfly which was released in Japan. Personally, I think I would rather stick with sense 4+...

  • OrdinaryAmerican

    This is the reason my next phone will be the unlocked Motorola/Google X phone. No more delays.

  • Diego!

    That's right... may is not will.

  • http://evildevnull.com/thinktank/index.php?action=collapse;c=14;sa=collapse;d227fb2388ec=9e8bb86861f0686e54bcbaae99929bbd#c14 George Leon

    The HTC update time ratio is roughly an expanded version of the dog to human years ratio, So a few "HTC" months, roughly equals a Sense 5.0 update sometime late in 2017. By that time the HTC One will have been abandoned 8x times & the new HTC One++++++++ will be available with a slightly less stale version of Android.

  • 6699

    what about one xl will it get sense 5

  • vperl

    Carriers approve updates in dog years.

  • Crappy Update

    Instead of releasing an update for the butterfly, HTC released a new version. It's like telling their customers "If you want the latest sense, Go buy our latest product!". Butterfly haven"t reached a year for crying out loud! This is the reason why most of us in our group are shifting to Samsung. When Samsung releases a more premium hardware, HTC will surely hit ROCK BOTTOM! So try to take care of your customers.....