HTC: 'We're working with Microsoft on the Blue update on Windows Phone 8X'

HTC has historically been the second biggest supporter of Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, next to Nokia, but the company hasn't released, or even announced, any plans to sell new smartphones running Windows Phone in several months. In a Reddit AMAA session today with HTC US representatives, the company did offer some news for owners of its older Windows Phone 8X product.

The HTC rep wrote, "As strong partners of Microsoft, we're working with Microsoft on the Blue update on Windows Phone 8X." Yes, that means that folks that still have the 8X, which was first released in November 2012, may be able to update the device to Windows Phone 8.1 in the near future.

But what about any new devices from the company with Microsoft's OS? There were rumors that HTC was going to launch a Windows Phone version of its flagship HTC One in the fall of 2013, but that didn't happen. In today's AMAA session, when asked if HTC  was "done with Windows Phone", the company's rep wrote, "To say 'done with Windows Phone' is a pretty blanket statement. I don't think a company such as ourselves can ever say that point blank." The rep added that HTC will "continue to take new products into consideration" but there was nothing concrete to announce today. 

Source: Reddit via Engadget

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The HTC's Wp handsets are very sexy! Why is HTC being so indifferent to them? I'd trade my 920 for a 8s or 8x without thinking twice -- their design is SO BEAUTIFUL! *.*

I owned a lot of WM and WP devices and I am currently on the 8X. HTC overinvested in Android and failed leaving behind their windows consumers at the same time. I will go for a Lumia 1520 mini when it comes out.

As a 8X owner this is good news because I paid for it flat out unlocked without a contract for €500, I'm not looking to buy a new phone anytime soon. I plan to install the 8.1 preview once MS puts that up like they did with gdr3.

George P said,
As a 8X owner this is good news because I paid for it flat out unlocked without a contract for €500, I'm not looking to buy a new phone anytime soon. I plan to install the 8.1 preview once MS puts that up like they did with gdr3.

same, cant wait for it to be released. Problem is though, I'll probably get a Lumia next unless i see better hardware come out of HTC

Why doesn't HTC just die?
-) crappy device + crappy service => why would anybody buy a device from them?
-) Now they need MS to update their phones to 8.1 - what are the HTC devs (apparently there aren't any!) actually doing?

MFH said,
Why doesn't HTC just die?
-) crappy device + crappy service => why would anybody buy a device from them?
-) Now they need MS to update their phones to 8.1 - what are the HTC devs (apparently there aren't any!) actually doing?

Why don't you just take a hike and have Apple die along the way... oh wait that is right, Normal people don't ask for a company to disappear, you don't like the manufacturer, then just don't buy from them. That simple. As for their phones, I happen to like them and use them.
Regarding support, I had a problem with my newly purchased HTC One, and it was replaced without questions.
Maybe they are not the quickest in updating to latest Android versions but that is the same for many other manufacturers.
So take a chillll pill and have a great weekend.

92GTA said,
Crap. I really wanted a new flagship 8.1 device to replace my old Titan II this fall

Then go Nokia/MS because HTC doesn't support their hardware. Especially not if it hasn't sold too well.

Microsoft said 8.1 will be released for all WP8 devices. Will HTC support the 8S as well?

Nashy said,
Well this is very unlike HTC. MS must have something to do with it.

Maybe, but what? Paying for HTCs development costs or maybe some new agreement with the fact MS is buying Nokia and everything?

George P said,

Maybe, but what? Paying for HTCs development costs or maybe some new agreement with the fact MS is buying Nokia and everything?

Would be silly to even speculate. I have no idea how those sorts of contracts and things work.

George P said,
Maybe, but what? Paying for HTCs development costs or maybe some new agreement with the fact MS is buying Nokia and everything?

The option would be to use the HTC One and load Windows Phone 8.x on it so that you're not having to introduce a whole new hardware range.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

The option would be to use the HTC One and load Windows Phone 8.x on it so that you're not having to introduce a whole new hardware range.

This is exactly why WP8.1 will have on-screen buttons so that the phone makers don't have to redo the design and add hardware buttons like today.

George P said,
This is exactly why WP8.1 will have on-screen buttons so that the phone makers don't have to redo the design and add hardware buttons like today.

Good to hear - you know what would be even cooler? being able to upgrade an existing phone to Windows Phone 8 by downloading and installing Windows Phone 8 OS onto the devices via the internet.

Good news, I still own this phone, though I doubt it I'll still have it by the time this update is released.

Ely said,
Good news, I still own this phone, though I doubt it I'll still have it by the time this update is released.

Same here! In my opinion it sucks.... at least it sucks compared to Nokia 920. I miss my Nokia 920. Hehe!

Ely said,
Good news, I still own this phone, though I doubt it I'll still have it by the time this update is released.

Exactly. Obviously all manufacturers should be supporting older devices like this but most owners will probably get little benefit from it, as by the time it is released it will be late into the contract and most people will be looking out for their next phone.