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MultiROM Port Brings Multiboot Functionality to the HTC One X

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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One of the most popular methods of booting multiple ROMs on an Android device we’ve seen in the past few years is through MultiROM, a program originally developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar for the Nexus 7. With a number of unofficial ports to multiple other devices such as the Sony Xperia M and the HTC Droid DNA, it’s with no surprise that we see another device has followed suit.

This time, an unofficial port arrives to to the HTC One X courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor Thunder07. This port allows owners of the One X to load multiple ROMs without with the need to backup, wipe, and restore previous ROMs. It also allows you to restore backups of individual ROMs you’ve made with TWRP without hassle.

Installation consists of flashing the provided ZIP files through a custom recovery, but before you do so, make sure you either set your device to S-Off or have an unlocked bootloader, and understand how KL Zeus works. Thunder07 provides some simple instructions for adding and removing ROMs, and switching kernels, as well as a simple ZIP package that you can flash if you want to remove MultiROM from your device.

So, if you’ve been waiting for a MultiROM port to come along to your HTC One X, be sure to head over to the original thread to get started.

HTC pledges to provide 2 year’s worth of updates to new flagship devices

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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One of the big sticking points to purchasing HTC smartphones in the past few years was the relative lack of updates provided for flagships, and while there are more than a few reasons why HTC is no longer at the top of the Android tree, the fact that many customers have been burned by HTC due to a lack of updates is definitely a big factor.

HTC has acknowledged that it hasn’t been the best in the business when it comes to updates, and as such has improved in both speed and regularity with its 2013 flagship the HTC One, which has received reasonably quick updates. Now HTC is looking to go one step further as it has pledged to provide a full two year’s worth of updates to new flagship devices after their release date as it looks to win back the trust of customers.

We don’t have a perfect track record regarding updates along with almost every phone manufacturer, but we’re dedicated to bring more transparency to the process and doing our best to deliver updates as quickly as we can.
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Reddit AMA

This was revealed in yesterday’s Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), which was undertaken by the HTC USA product team to help bring a little more transparency and improve communications with customers. Unfortunately, they did not specify what was considered a “flagship” device, but we can safely assume the successor to the HTC One will be one of them.

Today we are making a commitment to support all new North America flagship devices going forward with all major Android updates for 2 years after their release date.
HTC USA Product Team
Reddit AMA

The AMA also revealed some good information for owners of the US version of the HTC One X. HTC had previously announced that all variants of the HTC One X, and One X+ would be stuck on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This was due to the lack of support from Nvidia for newer versions of Android for the Tegra 3 processor found in the International variant of the One X and all variants of the One X+.

However, the US variant of the HTC One X uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, which can be updated to Android 4.4. While HTC had previously decided to keep the US variant of the One X on par with the rest of the One X family, an uproar of displeasure from customers, HTC is now “actively exploring” how the US variant of the HTC One X can make the jump straight to Android 4.4 KitKat.

You can read the whole HTC USA product team AMA thread in the source below, which contains some more information, including the likelihood of the addition of RGB LED notifications to HTC smartphones, the update schedule for the HTC One Mini and One Max, and more.

Are you convinced HTC is making a comeback or is this a case of too little too late? How important are timely updates and support to you?


    







HTC America Hosts Reddit AMA, Talks about Future Updates, Removable Batteries, Product Design, and More!

Posted by Will Verduzco February - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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There are many more power users running Android than other, more brand-loyal “Sheeple” platforms. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the Android community is quite familiar with the awesomeness that is Reddit. A while ago, we talked a bit about a Reddit AMA session held by the awesome folks behind the popular Paranoid Android ROM. Now, there’s another Reddit AMA that may be of interest to you, and it’s with the HTC Product Team.

During the AMA session, various Redditors asked a wide variety of questions including update timing and availability, the foundations of Sense UI’s framework, and even the design inspiration behind various products like the HTC One and One X and why “the need/want for removable battery is continually decreasing.” And through HTC’s responses, we learned that HTC plans on righting its wrongs with the HTC One X by supporting the HTC One and other flagship current devices for two years of updates, and why certain design and product decisions were made. Unfortunately despite being asked explicitely, there is no official word regarding an HTC-made Nexus device.

To check out the whole AMA, you should make your way over to Reddit and read the whole Q&A thread. It’s definitely worth your time if you’re an HTC fan.

CyanogenMod 11 nightlies land on Xperia Z, Ultra, Galaxy Note 2, S3, and many more

Posted by wicked February - 7 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Development of the mighty CyanogenMod ROM marches on, but January must have been a particularly busy month for the developers. A huge number of devices have had their builds updated to nightly versions of CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) since the start of the year.

Over the past week, even more handsets has been offered up a taste of CyanogenMod 11, including some old favourites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S2, as well as some brand new devices, like Sony’s Xperia Z1.

Without further delay, here’s the full list of newly updated models this month, complete with download links:

Few, that’s quite a list, I hope I haven’t missed anything out. Feel free to check out the full list of downloads for other devices too.

There are also some new experimental CyanogenMod 11 builds available for Sony’s latest Xperia Z1 handset and the Google Play Edition Xperia Z Ultra. The CyanogenMod dev team is keen to point out there’s a distinction between Google Play and non-Play editions of the Z Ultra, so do not try to cross flash these builds!

A big shout out to the countless developers who have been working hard to bring the latest version of Android, and all those lovely exclusive CyanogenMod features, to all these handsets.

Let us know your thoughts on CyanogenMod 11.


    







AT&T HTC One X to receive Android 4.2.2 OTA this week

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The excellent HTC One X may finally be starting to show its age, but AT&T is still rolling out the updates. The handset set to receive an update to Sense 5.0 and Android 4.2.2 this week. Just a couple of weeks ago AT&T also updated the HTC One X+ to the same version of Android and Sense 5.0.

The update brings all the familiar Android 4.2.2 fixes and a handful of feature tweaks, such as multiple lockscreen pages for widgets, Daydream, and some security enhancements. But more importantly for HTC users, the One X will also be updated to Sense 5 which brings the all new HTC Blinkfeed, HTC Gallery, and a cleaner camera interface, as well as a pretty massive overhaul to the traditional HTC user interface. If you’d like a more in-depth look at the ins and outs of the update then check out this post from HTC.

AT&Ts update has now passed Technical Approval, and is scheduled to start rolling out over-the-air as early as tomorrow, Wednesday 29th January. As always, you can manually check for the update by heading over to Settings> Software Update> Check for Updates.

Sadly Android 4.2 will be as far as HTC will update the trusty old One X, but it’s had a very good run.


    







AT&T HTC One X to finally get Android 4.2.2 on January 29

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

HTC has just announced that the One X will soon be receiving a much awaited Android 4.2.2 update, that is, if the device was purchased from AT&T. If all goes well, the update should hit users before the month is over.

As seen in previous reports, HTC has really been open about the process of rolling out Android updates to users, with a slight jab at carriers for slowing the process down. While HTC is quite quick in preparing the software updates, integration and certification by carriers usually take longer. The AT&T HTC One X is one of the most recent to go through this process and its journey is almost over.

The smartphone’s full journey actually started back in 2012 when HTC unveiled the HTC One X in February that year. By today’s standards, the device would fall under a mid-range category, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch 720p HD display. You can brush up on the HTC One X with our full review here, but suffice it to say, the smartphone is definitely not the latest or even previous gen. That it is getting Android 4.2.2 at all, which is a significant update from the default Android 4.0, is something already worth rejoicing over, even if that is the practical end of life for the smartphone.

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The Android 4.2.2 update, however, won’t be coming alone. Riding along with it is a much more recent Sense 5+ UI. This brings the same features such as BlinkFeed and Video Highlights also present in the company’s current flagship, the HTC One. Again, while this might not be the latest Sense 5.5 version, owners will most likely welcome any update and will look forward to the OTA hitting their devices come January 29.

VIA: Android and Me

AT&T HTC One X+ gets update to Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5.0

Posted by wicked January - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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As expected, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean has now begun rolling out to the AT&T version of the HTC One X+, marking the final major update for the One X+.

That’s right, the handset will never officially see Android 4.3 or have the honor of moving past Jelly Bean and onto KitKat. With the HTC One X+ not even two years old, it’s a little disapointing to see HTC shelving the device to focus on the HTC One and other newer products. On the positive side, at least the One X+ is going out with a pretty big bang.

The latest update brings Sense 5.0, and that means quite a few new features are being introduced, including apps like HTC Blinkfeed and the HTC Gallery. The UI in Sense 5.0 has also seen some significant improvements. For more details on what the update contains, click here.

Keep in mind that it might take a few days for the update to reach all HTC One X+ users. If you’re unsure whether or not the update has reached you, you can always manually check for the update by heading to Settings> Software Update> Check for Updates.

Any HTC One X+ users receive the update yet? If so, what do you think? Content enough with getting Sense 5, or angry about HTC’s decision to stop creating major updates for your handset?

2012 HTC One X and One X+ Won’t Receive KitKat—Seriously!?

Posted by Will Verduzco January - 14 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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We’ve been talking about Android 4.4 updates, both official and unofficial, ever since KitKat was released alongside the Google Nexus 5 back in October of last year. And thankfully, the number of devices with official KitKat firmware releases is finally starting to gain some momentum. Despite this KitKat growth, many other devices have just recently received official Android 4.3 updates and/or leaks. While this isn’t ideal, at least some progress is being made towards relatively new firmwares.

However, there are some notable former flagships that are stuck in Android 4.2 land, and will never see any newer releases in official capacity. This unfortunately includes the HTC One X and One X+, the latter of which is one day shy of being just thirteen months old!

This sad news was first posted to HTC UK’s twitter account yesterday morning. And then in a statement issued to TheVerge, HTC expanded upon this by stating:

We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

HTC, I can only imagine what your shareholders must be thinking right now. You are barely scraping by financially, only earning a marginal profit last quarter by ridding yourself of Beats. And now, you wish to further alienate your already unhappy customers by not even providing updates for a thirteen month old device? Moreover, Android 4.3 was released only 8 months after the One X+ debuted! And as we’ve seen in all of the various ports to devices with far less powerful hardware, KitKat would run beautifully on the One X and One X+. Words just cannot express… There is no reasonable logic to be found here.

Are you a disgruntled HTC One X and One X+ owner who feels abandoned by this formerly glorious OEM, or have you already said goodbye to the Sense world and moved on to aftermarket, AOSP-derived ROMs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

[Source: HTC UK Twitter, TheVerge]

HTC UK confirms HTC One X/X+ will remain on Android 4.2

Posted by wicked January - 13 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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While we don’t usually like to start the week with bad news, it looks like we can’t help it this week. The HTC One has been receiving quick and timely updates since it was released and HTC looks to have picked up a lot of goodwill from people. However, all of that goodwill might be thrown out the window as the official HTC UK and HTC Netherlands twitter accounts confirmed that the 2012 flagships the HTC One X and HTC One X+ will not be receiving any more Android updates.

Both smartphones will be stuck running Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5, and that’s especially disappointing considering they both run on a Tegra 3 processor (the International variant), which has already been proven to be able to run well on Android 4.4 in the form of the Nexus 7 (2012) and the fact that the HTC One X+ was released with Android 4.1 on board, meaning it only received one major Android version update.

HTC hasn’t been in the best of financial conditions in the face of added competition, and every software engineer kept working on updating its old devices is a software engineer who could be working on the successor to the HTC One. While that isn’t an excuse, it could explain the decision a little.

Samsung skipped Android 4.2 and released an Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S3 — its 2012 flagship — meaning that the already bitter pill is a little harder to swallow for HTC One X owners. We are expecting a petition any minute now.

Do you think that HTC should continue to update the HTC One X? Is there a specific time period after a smartphone is release where you expect/should receive updates?

Android Authority Q&A – September 26, 2013

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

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Hello again and welcome back to this week’s episode of Android Authority Q&A. We had a lot of great questions this week asking about the Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S4 and the best tablet for college students. Of course, this show is powered by your questions so if you have a question for us, use this link to ask! If you’d rather watch than read, check the bottom for the video. Don’t forget to tune in next week!


Question 1

When will Android 4.3 come out for the Samsung Galaxy S4? – Ritvik

Answer

The official word out of Samsung is that the Android 4.3 update will be coming to both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 sometime in October 2013. We imagine it’s because they don’t want to take attention away from their Galaxy Note 3 launch, which is happening over the next 2 weeks, so they’ll probably begin rolling out the update after the Note 3 craze settles down. Of course, we can’t guarantee that this will happen and updates have been known to be delayed, so don’t take our word as gospel.


Question 2

What would you recommend as the best tablet for a college student? There are many different lists of the top tablets. However, I am looking for one tablet that is the best for a college student. – Heather

Answer

As a current college student, I can understand the frustration. If you’re anything like me, you want something with excellent performance that’s also very cheap because we college students are generally broke. In the Venn Diagram of cheapest to best performance, there is only one right answer and it’s the Nexus 7. It’s under $300 and it has top of the line specs. You can probably even pick up last year’s Nexus 7 for cheaper than $200 on sites like eBay and it still performs well enough for what you would need it for.


Question 3

Hey guys, I want to get the Oppo Find 5. Can you tell me which carriers it will be able to run on? – Derek

Answer

According to the specs, it can supports up to HSPA+ 42 on the 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, and 2100MHz bands. This means you can get HSPA+ on both T-Mobile and AT&T along with 3G. Unfortunately, it’s not LTE enabled so if you were looking for that you may be disappointed. Also, the Oppo N1 was recently announced and it is a huge upgrade from the Oppo Find 5. So you may want to check that out before going all in on the Find 5.


Question 4

Will my EVO LTE see the light of day? In this situation, day is another update, perhaps to sense 5 and Android 4.2.2 or 4.3? – Adam G.

Answer

I wish I could say I had some good news for you, but as of right now there are literally no rumblings about the HTC EVO 4G LTE getting an update any time soon. The good news is that there are rumblings of the One X getting such an update sometime in the unspecified future, which means the EVO LTE might as well. Of course, you need to look no further than an HTC One S owner to know how those rumors can turn out sometimes.


Question 5

Is there a way to have my HTC One X, or any Android device, use atomic time from a specified website like time.gov like a computer? – John

Answer

The answer is sort of. There are a number of Android apps which will sync the time on your device to the atomic time. Without root, it’s accurate to a few seconds but with root it is pretty much spot on. You’ll have to search through the available apps in the Play Store by searching for “atomic time” to see which ones sync with which clocks.


Android Authority Q&A wrap up

Don’t forget that this is fueled by your questions. If you don’t ask, we can’t answer! head over to the Android Authority Q&A page and ask us anything. We’ll try to get it answered. Tune in next week for the next episode!


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