HTC One X Now Available At AT&T For $199.99

The HTC One X is one of the most powerful Android smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The HTC One X runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset is already available in most of the European and Asian countries. However, the launch of this handset was delayed in the US.

The HTC One X is exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. Last month, AT&T announced the price and availability of this device. Now, the HTC One X is finally available for purchase in the US. You can not only get this device from AT&T, but you can also get it from Amazon. Check out the complete specs below.

htc one x

HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, HTC Sense 4, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA connectivity, microUSB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Internal GPS Antenna, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, HTC Watch, Beats audio and a 1800 mAh battery.

AT&T is currently selling this device for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. On the other hand, you can purchase this device from Amazon at a much lower price of $149.99. To get the powerful HTC One X, head over to AT&T or Amazon.

AT&T’s HTC One X Bootloader Cannot Be Unlocked

HTC had a disastrous 2011 thanks to its non-competitive handsets and its new policy of locking down bootloaders on is handsets. The poor sales and its dwindling profit made the company realize its mistake, and the company finally realized a competitive line-up of product – the One series – along with allowing users to unlock bootloaders of nearly 25+ various handsets from HTC.

Sadly, it looks like HTC has once again changed its policy on the bootloader unlocking front. While the bootloader of the European variant of the HTC One X can be unlocked via the company’s bootloader unlocking tool, it is the AT&T’s variant of the One X whose bootloader cannot be unlocked. This news is certainly not going to go down well with existing owners of the AT&T’s variant of the One X.

Below is HTC’s official statement on this -:

HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future.”

HTC had allowed unlocking the bootloaders of nearly all its handsets then why suddenly why did the company suddenly go back on its word? As it is, the unlock tool from the company does not provide true S-OFF that hampers the development of its handsets. More than HTC, it is AT&T who is to be blamed here. This move from HTC and AT&T is definitely going to hamper the sales of the One X and its development in the Android modding community.


HTC One X Gets Another Bug-Fixing Software Update

HTC has once again started rolling out a new software update for the international variant of the One X, that aims at improving the performance of the handset and fix some minor bugs. While HTC has not provided any official change-log for the update, one major change in the update is that HTC has enabled GPU Rendering by default on the handset.

For some strange reason, HTC had disabled GPU rendering by default on the One X previous to the 1.29 software update. Considering GPU rendering is one of the biggest under-the-hood changes in Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC really had to be insane to disable it. The company only allowed GPU acceleration in certain applications including some from Google and a few benchmarking apps. Otherwise, only those apps that specifically enabled GPU rendering in their manifest.xml were harnessing the power of the GPU instead of the CPU. There was no way to force GPU acceleration on all applications, like it is on the Galaxy Nexus and other Ice Cream Sandwich running handsets.

Thankfully, HTC has fixed this issue in the 1.29 software update. Some One X owners also suggest that the update brings about a slight improvement in the battery life of the handset as well.

Via –  XDA-Developers

HTC One X Gets A Taste Of Stock Ice Cream Sandwich Via CM9

The HTC One X is the Taiwanese handset maker’s “hero” device for at least the first half of 2012. The One X checks in all the requirements for a super phone including a massive 4.7-inch SLCD2 display with 720p display, 1GB RAM, a blazing fast 8MP camera and a quad-core (technically 5) processor from Nvidia.

The handset has been getting ravishing reviews from critics all over the world, but nearly every reviewer has complained about HTC’s Sense 4.0 skin. Sense 4.0, like the previous versions of Sense, still looks extremely beautiful and HTC has even made it feel less bloated this time. However, Sense 4.0 is still no match for all the visual good ness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thankfully, one developer – TripNDroid – took matters in his own hand and started working on porting CM9 to the HTC one X. After working hard for a few days, the developer has managed to get a pretty stable build of CM9 working on the handset. All the major hardware of the phone works just fine under CM9, except for the Camera and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality. The Mobile data feature is also a bit buggy, and takes time to connect after a reboot every time. However, once it gets connected it works perfectly fine.

Considering that HTC still has not released the kernel sources for the One X, the developer has done a darn good job! Except things to improve even more once HTC releases the kernel sources for the handset.

Interested One X (Tegra 3 version) owners should head over to this link for more information. A very early snapshot build of CM9 for the HTC One S was also released a few days ago.

T-Mobile’s HTC One S Plagued By Wi-Fi Calling Battery Drain Bug

Wi-Fi calling is a lifesaver for all T-Mobile customers, allowing them to make calls when they are in a no network zone or in areas with spotty T-Mobile coverage. However, the Wi-Fi calling feature has turned out to be a curse in disguise for owners of the recently launched HTC One S.

Apparently, there is a power management bug connected to the Wi-Fi calling feature of the One S that drains the battery of the handset. While most Android phones already suffer from poor battery life, the One S uses Qualcomm’ newer generation S4 processor which allows the phone to easily last through a day of heavy usage. However, this Wi-Fi calling battery drain bug effectively reduces the One S battery life to a few hours, thus making lives of its owners tough.

The silver lining is that a T-Mobile representative has confirmed that the bug indeed exists and that it will be fixed in a future software update. Now, all T-Mobile One S owners need to do is make sure they always are near a power outlet with their phone’s charger and pray that T-Mobile rolls out the update ASAP.


HTC Desire S Price Drops To Rs.15,990 In India

Last year, HTC launched the amazing HTC Desire S smartphone. It is the successor of the highly popular HTC Desire smartphone. This device was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Desire S was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.27,990. However, the price was later reduced to just Rs.20,990.

With the launch of HTC One X and HTC One V, the company further reduced the price of the HTC Desire S. Saholic, a popular online retailer is currently selling this device at a reduced price of just Rs.15,990. You heard it right! If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

HTC Desire S

HTC Desire S features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, Internal GPS antenna, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, up to 590 mins talk-time, up to 455 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery. This handset measures 115 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.63 mm and weighs just 130 grams.

The HTC Desire S currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update is on its way. This handset will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, Motorola Defy Plus and LG Optimus Sol in India. To get this handset, head over to this page at Saholic.

HTC One S Goes On Sale At T-Mobile For $199.99

Last week, T-Mobile announced the price and availablity of the powerful HTC One S smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. It is the company’s first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. T-Mobile finally released the device exclusively for its subscribers in the US. If you are still unaware of the features, then you can check out the complete specs after the break.

htc one s

HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, Beats Audio and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC One S is currently available for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. You can also get this device without any contract for $599.99. Are you planning to buy this handset or you will wait for the AT&T HTC One X and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. Do let us know your views in the comments section below.

Rumor: HTC & Facebook Working on Custom Android Smartphone

According to a new report by Digitimes, HTC and Facebook may be working on a new Android smartphone which will be fully customized and integrated with Facebook’s services.

The new Android smartphone by HTC will apparently have a platform exclusive to Facebook, and will offer deep integration with Facebook’s functions and features.

While Facebook has always denied that it’s working on a phone, it may be seriously considering a branded device with partners, given how important its mobile strategy is in terms of growth potential.

HTC had launched two Facebook enabled smartphones earlier — the HTC Salsa and the HTC Chacha — but both of them were relative flops.

Facebook could be working on its own fork based on Android, just like Amazon or Baidu, both of which modified Android to create their own custom devices.

In any case, I don’t really see that point in Facebook trying to build its own smartphone, if it is. It should rather focus on building some really great apps for all major mobile platforms.

T-Mobile ‘s HTC Amaze 4G Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich Thanks To A Leaked Update

HTC has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for quite a few of its handsets, including the Sensation, Sensation XE, and the Vivid 4G. There are still quite a lot of handsets from HTC, which are yet t get the ICS update, including the Rezound and Amaze 4G. The Rezound has had its fair share of Ice Cream Sandwich leaks, so chances are advanced users are already running ICS on their handset.

However, until now there had been no Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leaks for the T-Mobile Amaze 4G. Now, thanks to XDA member, football, Amaze 4G owners can get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 3.6 on top of it. Many users, who have already installed the RUU, have not complained about any bugs or serious issues. There is a very high probability that this leaked RUU might just be pushed out as an official OTA update in the upcoming weeks.

To install the leaked RUU manually, users need to make sure they have S-OFF, an ENG HBOOT and a locked bootloader. Ironically, S-OFF for the Amaze 4G along with a few other HTC handsets was made possible only this last weekend. The download link of the leaked ICS RUU, along with further discussions about it can be found here.


HTC Rezound And Other Handsets Get S-OFF Thanks To ‘JuopunutBear’

Until 2010, HTC was the favorite Android device maker among the third party community. Then in 2011, HTC went insane and started locking down bootloaders on its handset. This not only led to a downfall of company’s handset sale, it also affected its popularity among third party developers.

Thanks to all the negative publicity, HTC gave in and released a bootloader unlock tool so that advanced users and developers could unlock tinker around with their phone. Sadly, this bootloader unlock was only a partial solution, since it did not S-OFF the device thus making development tough for the phone.

Now, thanks to a method called JuopunutBear from the Unlimited Team, owners of selected HTC handsets can easily get S-OFF on their handset. These handsets include the HTC Amaze, the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, Rezound, Sensation, Sensation XE and the Vivid. The method is a bit tricky though. Firstly, users need to unlock the bootloader of their handset and backup the contents of their phone’s SD card since it will be wiped clean during the process.

Secondly, and the most tricky part is that the process involves a “wire trick”, which can be quite overwhelming for newbies. The wire trick is different for each phone, but the folks at Unlimited Team have uploaded detailed video guides for each handset. Head over to their official website for more information and a proper step-by-step guide.