07
May
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Both Sprint and T-Mobile announced OTA updates for two long-forgotten handsets today stuck on Android 4.1.1 - the Samsung Nexus S and the HTC One S, respectively (that is, the Sprint Nexus S and the T-Mobile One S).

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Both updates are described merely as containing security enhancements, but given that Android 4.1.1 is the only known OS version potentially vulnerable to the now-infamous heartbleed exploit, it's fairly easy to determine what this is all about (HTC's site actually confirms as much). It's certainly big of T-Mobile, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung to make this happen at all - many phones languish with serious security flaws after their software support comes to an end, but it seems Heartbleed got enough press that the parties involved deemed the fix a worthwhile endeavor.

If you have either of these devices (at this point, why would you?), check for the update, it should be available now.

Sprint, T-Mobile

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • silver_arrow

    I know in Canada HTC is working on a 4.1.1 update for the One XL (instead of giving it 4.2) and the One S to fix heartbleed so thats what this has to be for.

  • Andy

    HTC is making no secret of this: http://www.htc.com/us/go/htc-software-updates/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Good call.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    I want a T-Mobile nexus s

  • PhineasJW

    Still have my T-Mobile Nexus S at home for development. But my sim is in the Nexus 5.

  • Dt Bell

    Well it ain't benevolence, so it's got to be the money. mebbe t-mo realized where it's bread is buttered.

    • Mike Reid

      With big corps it's ALWAYS about money, one way or another.

      I think either Google strong armed them, or perhaps they were concerned about getting sued.

  • n_a_v

    I bought the One S the week it came out. It's the last HTC phone I'll buy unless they make another Nexus. I still used this phone as my mp3 player for the gym.

  • Sruly J

    I use my ns4g for money making apps, and it's rooted and running an unofficial version of cm11 so this doesn't really affect me.
    Shame, I like random updates lol

  • Slawootsky

    >2014
    >Update for Nexus S
    Wow

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      So security, very Android, much Update

  • CeluGeek

    "If you have either of these devices (at this point, why would you?)..."

    How about because not everybody can afford to buy a new phone every time a new flagship is released? People still with a Nexus S or an HTC One S probably know the phone they have now is still better than the newer cheap phones out there, so thy might as well keep using it until they can either afford a better phone or until their current one stops working and they need to buy another one.

    Gotta love these tech bloggers who think everybody is sent the new phones to try out the moment they are released!

  • http://www.www.www./ Irving BigDady Eskenazi

    No love from Sprint for the lg optimus G the flagship that lg bailed on after being out for only 4 or 5 months I wonder when consumers will get fed up with buying 400.00 to 800.00 handsets and be lucky to get a os update once maybe twice? Well this consumer is done stick a fork in me I'm finally going to root and slap a custom Rom.
    BTW HEY SPRINT HEY LG HERE'S A BIG BRONX CHEER FOR YOU. EFF U.

  • David

    After reading the article I checked to see if there were any updates for my ONE S and did see the one referred to in the article. I should have just ignored this, but I went ahead and began the OTA update. After the update, my phone would never completely boot. The phone got caught in a "boot loop" and wouldn't stop cycling. After I forced a stop by getting in the boot loader, I had no option but to do a FACTORY RESET. End of Story??? NO! Now, the device looks as if it is starting up fine and everything looks good UNTIL I try turn on the WIFI. When I turn it on, the phone goes back into another boot loop and I have to start all over again. I took the phone across town and tried turning the WIFI on thinking it could have something to do with my home router, but as soon as I turned the WIFI switch on, voila!: boot loop. Since then, I've spent an enormous amount of time online trying to solve the issue, but haven't come across any solutions. If anyone knows of one, I would gladly appreciate it if you would share that with me.

  • Magfin

    I do have an Acer Iconia tab A 210 of 1.2 years old and Android 4.1.1. After 3 weeks of discussion with Acer they confirmed that they will not provide an upgrade. With this heartbleed bug my tablet is unsafe to connect to the Internet and therefore useless to me. Not everybody can afford to throw away € 300 every year or so. Acer aims to become a major tablet supplier. With this type of support it will be hard to achieve...Never Acer and Android again!

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