The HTC One Mini and One Mini 2 appear to be lesser than their big brother counterparts in more ways than one. Not only are they smaller, they don’t offer the same class of specs. Add another shortcoming to the list — they won’t be enjoying any Lollipop goodness.
HTC has confirmed on Twitter that the devices will not be going past Android 4.4 KitKat. We can understand why the original HTC One Mini will not considering the phone is likely retired on HTC’s list of priorities, but the sequel is but a mere year old.
So what next? Well, you can start by voicing your displeasure to HTC on Twitter, Facebook or whichever other platforms you fancy. It might not be enough to change HTC’s mind, but if there’s a small chance they’ll budge on their stance facing widespread backlash you’ll want to make sure you try.
Failing that, rooting your device and going the custom ROM route (CyanogenMod 12 nightlies are right here) is always a great option. These ROMs will often have better support and more features than even HTC would bother to put in, and you’ll be on Lollipop — that’s the goal here, after all. Be sure to think about it if you aren’t confident HTC will change their minds.