HTC One Mini, One Mini 2 won’t get Android 5.0 Lollipop


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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.

[Thanks Joel!]

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. That must be some kind of joke

  2. They’ll probably just launch a new model with similar hardware which will magically support LP with no issues.

  3. They could learn a lot from Sony on what it means to support a phone.

    1. Or Samsung…

  4. Pretty sure this is a reversal of what they said elsewhere late last year isn’t it?

    1. They committed to 2 years of updates for every HTC phone iirc.

      Edit – It was 2 years of updates to “flagship” devices – https://phandroid.com/2014/02/14/htc-promises-to-support-all-new-flagships-with-updates-for-2-years-exploring-kitkat-for-the-one-x/

  5. *looks down at Xperia Z3 Compact running Lollipop* O_o

    1. Xperia Z3 Compact – 2 GB RAM

      One Mini 2 – 1 GB RAM

      Betcha that’s a big part of it, or probably all of it.

      Imagining loading HTC Sense 7 into 1 GB of RAM – I got nothing.

  6. Pretty piss weak.

  7. Bad on HTC.

    Now go to XDA and grab yourself a Lollipop ROM if it’s that important to you.

    Or don’t EVER buy an offshoot of the flagship (or trust HTC possibly).

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