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AT&T One X Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Now Rolling Out

AT&T and HTC have finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the One X, the One XL. HTC rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the international One X back in December last year, but AT&T took its own sweet time to certify the update and release it for the One XL.

The Jelly Bean update brings with it Google Now, Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved stability and battery life, along with minor UI changes. The update also bumps the Sense version on the handset to 4+ that brings minor usability improvements, slightly enhanced Camera application, removes quite a few animations and brings major performance improvements.

AT&T has also pre-loaded its ISIS mobile wallet app and a suite of applications for its cloud services with this update. AT&T and HTC expect to roll-out the update to all One XL users in the United States over the next couple of weeks.

HTC Sense 5 Will Be Coming To One X, One X+, One S And The Butterfly

HTC has confirmed on its Facebook page that it will be bringing its latest version of Sense to quite a few of its existing handsets. Sense 5 from HTC is a radically different than the previous versions of Sense with a new Blink UI for Homescreen, and system apps that follow the Holo guidelines. HTC has even done away with its iconic Weather/Clock widget, and given the whole UI a very flat feel.

HTC states that over the next few months global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the Butterfly will be getting the Sense 5 update. However, software features that are available on the HTC One due to its specific hardware will not be available on these devices. It has also been confirmed that HTC will be bringing Sense 5 to the DROID DNA.

Whether the carrier variants of the above handsets like the AT&T One XL or the EVO 4G LTE will get the Sense 5 update or not, depends on their carrier’s approval.

Before you get too excited, keep in mind that HTC may reconsider its decisions down the line and may not bring Sense 5 to one or any of the devices mentioned above.

HTC M7 Chassis Leaks — Compared To The DROID DNA And One X

Today, the folks over at ETradeSupply posted have posted a video comparing the chassis of HTC’s upcoming M7 handset with the Droid DNA. The latter is the company’s current flagship in the United States and in Japan (under the name Butterfly), while the former is going to be HTC’s first-half flagship for 2013.

Compared to the One X, the M7 is slightly taller and wider, while still being slightly short of the DROID DNA. It also does not feature a curved design of the current One series flagship. Instead, the M7 shares its design cues with the DROID DNA.

Surprisingly, the M7 sports a dedicated camera button, which is very rare to find in the Android ecosystem nowadays.


The chassis leak confirms the rumor of the M7 sporting a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 with full HD (1080p) resolution.

HTC is expected to unveil the M7 and other variants of the One series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

HTC Posts Its Lowest Profit Since 2004; Tough Time Continues!

Today, HTC released its unaudited Q4, 2012 financial results and things are still looking bleak for the company. HTC was expected to make a comeback in the Q4 of last year thanks to the strong sales of the DROID DNA and the HTC Butterfly in Japan.

Instead, the company posted its lowest profit ever since 2004 indicating its inability to come up with impressive and “hero” devices since the last two years. For the fourth quarter, HTC’s net  income was NT$1 billion, its lowest since 2004. Revenues also dropped to a mere NT$60 billion, again its lowest in the last 11 quarters.

Loyal HTC users and analysts expect HTC to bounce back in 2013 with the launch of some terrific hero devices including the M7, which is going to be based on the DROID DNA/J Butterfly. The HTC J Butterfly also posted some strong sales figure towards the end of December in Japan, which should help its Q1, 2013 financial figures.

Via – HTC

HTC’s M7 To Come With A “Simple and Clean UI”

The HTC One X was not exactly a success for the Taiwanese maker last year. However, the company expects to bounce back with the release of the One X successor this year at Mobile World Congress.

While the world is yet to get its glimpse of the One X successor, codenamed the M7, the specs of the handset are all but known. The M7 will sport a 4.7 (5?)-inch 1080p S-LCD3 display, a quad-core Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, and a non-removable battery.

Now, the folks over at HTC Source have managed to get some more information about the M7 thanks to their insider. The M7 will not be sporting a unibody aluminum shell, and will pack some design cues from the DROID DNA. It will also have a “very nice looking beveled edge”, along with a new version of HTC Sense that features a “simple and clean UI”. I am not sure what the “simple and clean UI” statement here means, but if we are looking at a near-stock Android like experience on the M7 with just some minor tweaks and additions from HTC, then I am going to be among the first few people to get my hands on the phone.

The only worrying part is that HTC is currently testing the handset with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on-board. However, considering that the phone’s launch is still more than 1.5 months away, HTC has ample time to release the phone with Android 4.2 on-board.

Top 10 Smartphones Of 2012

2012 has been a crazy year in the mobile industry. The industry was mainly dominated by Samsung and Apple this year, with the likes of HTC and Sony struggling to stay afloat. Earlier this year, Google shocked everyone buy buying Motorola for 12.5$ billion. Later on, Apple shocked everyone and caused a lot of trouble to its iDevices owners by ditching Google Maps for its own in-house mapping system, Apple Maps. This eventually led to Tim Cook firing Scott Forstall, who was the senior vice-president of iOS software.

In 2012, smartphones were all about big screens with 720p resolution, oodles of RAM, quad-core processors and, thankfully, nearly all day battery life. Like in 2011, Android phones absolutely dominated the sales chart, especially Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

Now, that the year is going to end and the holiday season is fast approaching, we list down our top 10 phones of 2012.

10) Motorola RAZR i – Motorola promotes the RAZR i with an edge-to-edge display, and rightly so. The RAZR i packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD display with dimensions that are the same as the iPhone.

The RAZR i is also the first handset from a major OEM to pack in an Intel Atom processor clocked at a whopping 2GHz, along with an outdated PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and 1GB of RAM. If you don’t want a phone that does not have a massive 4.7-inch+ display, the RAZR i will be your best option.

Under Google’s keen eye, expect Motorola to come up with a stellar handset in 2013 that will shock and surprise every tech enthusiast out there.

9) HTC One S – The HTC One S is the perfect upper mid-range Android handset out there. It has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, 16GB of internal storage, absolutely stellar build quality and a decent 8MP camera.

If the One S failed to set the sales on fire, it was because of the lack of its microSD card slot, and HTC swapping the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor with the older-generation S3 processor in some markets.

8) LG Optimus G – Google’s Nexus 4 is based on the LG Optimus G. Both the devices share the same internal specifications – a 1.5GHz Quad-core Krait processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch IPS HD 768p display, and an 8MP camera (13MP in some variants). It even has a back that has the same disco-ball effect as on the Nexus 4.

The Optimus G was the first Android smartphone to make use of Qualcomm’s quad-core Krait processor. While the handset is not bad by any means, it is not going to be as successful as LG might have hoped for, all thanks to the Nexus 4, that packs in similar specs for half the price.

7) Nokia Lumia 920 – While the verdict is not yet out if the Lumia 920 is as successful as Nokia might have hoped for, the handset definitely has all the ingredients needed to make it a hit.  The 4.5-inch ClearBlackDisplay comes with PureMotion HD+ technology that gives the screen on the Lumia 920 a higher refresh rate than other competing screen technologies out there.

However, the selling point of the Lumia 920, and the reason why it has made it to this list, is because of its 8.7MP PureView camera, which has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

With Windows Phone 8 adding some much needed features to the mobile OS from the Redmond based company, the Lumia 920 might just be enough to pull back Nokia into profitability.

6) HTC One X – The One X is nearly 10 months old, but is still one of the most stunning phones available in the market. The handset sports a stunning 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 32GB of storage space, and an 8MP F/2.0 camera with ImageSense. The AT&T version of the One X swapped the Tegra 3 quad-core processor with a dual-core Krait processor from Qualcomm, which is no slow-couch either.

While the One X might not have sold in large numbers as HTC might have hoped for, the handset did prove that HTC is going on the right way. If the DNA is any indication, the HTC One X2 might just bring back HTC in the game.

5) Google Nexus 4 – When rumors started leaking on the Internet that LG is going to make the next Nexus handset, everyone was doubtful about the handset’s quality and its reliability. Ironically, after the Nexus One, the Nexus 4 is the only Nexus branded device from Google to pack in bleeding-edge specifications. Right from the 768p IPS HD display to the quad-core Krait processor to the 2GB of RAM or the build quality of the handset, the Nexus 4 screams of premium/quality. The disco-ball effect at the back of the phone is a nice addition as well, and makes the phone stand out from the crowd.

What, however, is not premium is its pricing. For only $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version, the Nexus 4 is well worth it just because of its stellar price tag. The Nexus branding means that owners will be the first in line to get future Android updates. With Android 4.2 already on-board, the Nexus 4 is already running the latest version of Android, which includes Photosphere, an enhanced keyboard, lock screen widgets, multiple user profiles and more.

4) HTC DROID DNA – The DROID DNA from HTC is only available in the United States under Verizon’s network and as the Butterfly in Japan. The phone was supposed to be launched in Europe but rumors indicate that HTC might have had a change of heart. The DROID DNA/Butterfly is the first Android smartphone to sport a 5-inch screen with a whopping 1080p screen resolution. Apart from the screen, the DNA/Butterfly includes a blazing fast 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP F/2.0 camera and more.

After quite sometime, HTC is struggling to meet the demands of the handset in Japan, which should come as a sigh of relief for the Taiwanese maker. If the DROID DNA is anything to go by, the One X successor from HTC that will be unveiled next year at MWC, is going to set the bar high for the Galaxy S4 and others.

3) Apple iPhone 5 – With even budget oriented phones coming with a 4-inch+ display, Apple had to increase the size of the display on the iPhone, and it did with the iPhone 5. Instead of making the display wider and taller, the Cupertino company only made it taller so as to facilitate one-hand usage.

Apart from the bigger screen, the iPhone 5 also packed in LTE in a much slimmer (7.6mm) body. The usual generational updates were also present including a blazing fast custom-core A6 SoC from Apple, improved GPU performance, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera with improved low-light performance.

However, the iPhone 5 along with iOS 6 lacked any kind of innovation or the ‘new’ factor. The new version of iOS only brought about minor enhancements and nothing else. Even then, the lack of innovation did not stop Apple from selling more than 5 million units of the handset in its first weekend in the United States. The iPhone 5 might have lacked innovation, but it can beat the combined sales figure of the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 in just a month.

2) Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Samsung has been on a roll with its Galaxy series. If the Galaxy S series is aimed at smartphones lovers, the Korean company has successfully managed to please people out there who want a ‘phablet’ with its Note series. When Samsung initially unveiled the Galaxy Note, it was ridiculed for releasing a device with such a big screen. The Galaxy Note, then, went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. The Galaxy Note 2 has gone a level further and reached the 5 million sales mark within 2 months of its release.

For a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2 packs in everything that once can imagine including a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen, an 8MP camera, oodles of storage, a bunch of sensors and a beefy 3100mAh battery for an all-day battery life even with heavy usage.

1) Samsung Galaxy S3 – If the Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 made Samsung popular, the Galaxy S3 confirmed Samsung’s prowess in the mobile industry. Not only is the Galaxy S3 loaded to the brim specs wise with a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 720p HD Super-AMOLED screen, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot, it can also last nearly a day of moderate to heavy usage thanks to its beefy 2100mAh battery and 32nm-HKMG fabrication process based SoC.

If the hardware of the phone is impressive, the list of all the features that Samsung has included in this phone is exhaustive. While the nature inspired version of TouchWIZ in Galaxy S3 is still ugly and not to everyone’s liking, Samsung has added so many features to it, that it is tough to not use it. These features include Pop-up play, pop-up browser, multi-view multitasking, Smart stay, Smart rotation and much more.

While the phone does look ugly and is still made of plastic, it has been selling like hot cakes all over the world. No wonder Samsung managed to sell more than 30 million Galaxy S3s within 5 months of its launch.

Don’t agree with our list? Feel free to drop in a comment and let us know which are your top 10 smartphones of 2012.

HTC One X Successor Specs Leak; Includes 4.7-inch 1080p Display, 13MP Camera And More!

With Mobile World Congress just a few months away, rumors and news about HTC’s One X successor have started making an appearance on the Internet. @evleaks who is known for leaking information about unreleased devices has posted on UnwiredView, some of the specs about the One X’s successor, codename M7.

The M7 will sport a 4.7-inch display but with a whopping 1080p HD resolution. The display will be better than the SLCD2 display on the One X with better viewing angles, outdoor visibility and color accuracy. Internally, the M7 will be packing in a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, along with 2GB of RAM.

 

Like the One X, HTC will be marketing the M7 with the same tagline “Amazing Camera, Authentic Sound”. On the camera side, HTC will be using a 13MP sensor with F/2.0 and capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD. The camera on the front will be a 2MP wide-angle view like on the 8X. HTC will be retaining the Beats Audio branding on the M7, and will be using a dedicated Beats amplifier as featured on the HTC 8X.

The M7 will have the One X downsides – a sealed 2300mAh battery and “only” 32GB of internal storage. Apart from all the other usual features such as GPS, LTE, the M7 is also expected to boast support for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard – 802.11 ac. Considering that 802.11ac based Wi-Fi routers are not yet a commonplace, I doubt that the inclusion of a 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip on the M7 is true.

HTC is expected to unveil the successor to the One X at MWC in Barcelona next year.

Apollo – The CyanogenMod Music Player Hits The Play Store; Re-written From Scratch!

Remember the beautiful Apollo music player that a CyanogenMod developer released earlier this year? The music player was eventually included in CyanogenMod 9 and 10 builds. However, the development of the music player pretty much stopped from Andrew soon after.

Today, Andrew Neal has released an updated version of the Apollo Music Player on the Play Store — Apollo+. The new version has been completely written from scratch and contains lots of under-the-hood enhancements and bug-fixes. He will also merge the updated app with CyanogenMod sometime soon.

However, the version of the app included in CyanogenMod will be different from Play Store one. The latter will be updated more frequently and contain more features.  The app also comes in two versions – a free, ad supported version and a paid one for a mere dollar.As of now, the app is not optimized for the tablet layout, but Andrew is working on it and expects to add it sooner than later.

The developer is eagerly responding to all feedbacks, including negatives ones and feature requests, over at Reddit. So head over and directly give him your feedback!

HTC One X Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Back in late September, HTC promised that it would be upgrading the two of its One series handsets – the One X and the One S – to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean sometime in October. Now, with just a few days left for October to end, reports are pouring in on XDA forums that the Jelly Bean update for the One X is live in Taiwan and certain other regions of the world.

The Jelly Bean update brings with it quite a lot of enhancements and new features to the One X including an enhanced notification bar, Google Now with enhanced Voice Actions, Project Butter for a lag-free UI navigating experience, and more. HTC has also taken this opportunity to bump the Sense version to 4+. The latest version of Sense is even lighter than before with quite a few unneeded animations removed, improved Camera app, a new Power Saving mode, and other minor UI enhancements.

For the Tegra 3 variant of the One X, the Jelly Bean update also includes a new kernel that brings USB OTG support to the handset and also noticeably improves performance and battery life. The 340MB+ update is being rolled out via OTA, so make sure you have enough battery and access to a fast Wi-Fi network before you start the download.

Via – GottaBeMobile

HTC One X And One S Jelly Bean Update Coming This October

Beside unveiling the One X+, HTC also announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update with Sense 4+ for the One X,  and the One S sometime in October.

The Jelly Bean update will bring with it some much needed smoothness and butter to the One X and One S, along with enhanced voice actions, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, offline speech-to-text and much more.

The Sense 4+ update will bring with it the same software goodies that the One X+ will pack right out of the box including an enhanced Gallery and Camera app, HTC Watch 2.0, a new self-portrait mode in the camera app and slight UI tweaks.

The press release from HTC only states the One X and the One S, and not the AT&T One XL, so it is not clear at the moment whether the company will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the latter in October or not.

The Jelly Bean update for the Tegra 3 One X will include a new 3.1.x based linux kernel, which should solve most of the performance, lags, over-heating and poor battery life issues currently plaguing the One X users.

HTC Unveils The One X+; Tegra 3 And LTE Finally Shake Hands!

After quite a few leaks and blurry cam appearances, HTC has finally unveiled the One X+. The handset is the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship model and is barely an update over the One X.

The One X+ sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 SoC which can clock as high as 1.7GHz in single core mode. The GPU also gets a slight speed bump from 416MHz to 520MHz. Since the AP37 Tegra 3 are higher binned SoCs than the AP33 SoCs found in the One X, there is also lower current leakage from them, which should theoretically help battery life. While the dimensions of the One X and One X+ are the same, the latter is slightly heavier (130g vs. 135g), thanks to a beefier 2100mAh battery.

Other hardware specs of the One X and the One X+ remain the same, except that the latter has a slightly better 1.6MP front-facing camera, slightly better speaker output and more NAND storage (32GB and 64GB).

On the software front, the One X+ will launch with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense 4+ mainly includes some camera related enhancements including an updated Gallery app and some performance improvements.

The One X+ will only be available in matte black color, and will sport an LTE baseband in the United States. This will be the first time that a company has paired a Qualcomm MD915 LTE radio with the Tegra 3 SoC. I am not too optimistic about this combination being battery-friendly though, as Tegra 3 is one of the least power-efficient SoCs out there, which when combined with an external baseband makes matters worse.

The One X+ will be available in Europe and America from October and in Asia from November 2012.

 

HTC One X Android 4.0.4 Update Rolling Out In India

HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone which comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 megapixel camera, NFC and so on. This handset was originally shipped with the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the manufacturer has already rolled out the Android 4.0.4 update in the US and Europe. Now, the same update is rolling out for the One X users in India.

This update comes with general stability improvements, music improvements, enhanced camera capabilities, improved browsing experience and much more. After upgrading your device, the recent apps key will open context menu inside non ICS app, instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense. This update will also brings Hindi, Tamil and Marathi language support. Check out the changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • System performance and stability enhancements
  • Internet browsing experience enhancements
  • HTC Car user experience enhancements
  • User interface enhancements
  • Music improvements
  • New SDK support for developers
  • Hindi, Tamil, Marathi keyboard Support

The latest update is numbered 2.17.720.2 and it will upgrade the handset to Android 4.0.4 OS and bump the UI to Sense 4.1. The size of the update 141.21 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

HTC One S Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 Update Rolling Out Now

A couple of weeks ago, HTC started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 ICS/Sense 4.1 update for the HTC One X. The new update contained a lot of major performance enhancements, an updated Sense launcher without any of the fancy 3D  animations for less reloading issues, and the ability to map the Recents app capacitive key to act as a Menu key instead.

Starting from yesterday, HTC has started rolling out the same update for the smaller brother of the One X, the One S. The update should get rid of the random lags and stuttery animations that many One S userrs have been facing for sometime. There is also a knew kernel and baseband included in this update that should improve the power management and network reception of the device.

Quite a few Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware have leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S3, with there being a strong rumor of the official update landing on 29th August at the Note II unveiling at IFA in Berlin from Samsung. On the other hand, there has been no word from HTC on the Jelly Bean update availability for the One X and One S, especially when the International One X packs in the same SoC as the Nexus 7, the first device to launch with Jelly Bean on-board.

 

HTC One X Gets The Android 4.0.4 Update

HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone till date. This handset originally runs on the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. HTC has recently announced a new software update for this device. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update you’ve been waiting for. The latest update will upgrade the handset to the Android 4.0.4 OS and bumps the UI to Sense 4.1.

Instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense, the recent apps key will now open context menu inside non ICS apps such as Facebook. You can also open the multitasking menu just by long-pressing the recent app key. This update not only brings the general stability improvements to the device, but also enhances the camera capabilities such as white balance and continuous autofocus.

Apart from the changes mentioned above, you can expect enhancements to memory, platform stability and improved overall browsing experience. The company has also added a single sign-on feature for Facebook, which will allow the users to access Facebook in multuple apps and browsers. The latest upgrade to Beats audio is touted to provide an authentic sound experience.

Earlier this week, AT&T has already rolled out this update for the HTC One X. Now, the owners of the international variant will start receiving the Android 4.0.4 update. The size of the update is 148 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

AT&T’s HTC One X Software Update Provides Option To Re-map Menu Key To Recent Apps Button

The HTC One X is a genuine effort from HTC to make a come back in world of Android that is being dominated by Samsung’s Galaxy series. The top-notch build quality, the camera, above average battery life and a screen-to-die for makes the One X a pretty good all-rounder.

Also, unlike Samsung, HTC kept its sanity and used the Ice Cream Sandwich button layout (Back, Home and Recent app). However, since the One X does not come with on-screen navigation buttons, HTC decided to fix the missing menu button in some apps with 48 pixels of an ugly on-screen menu button, when required.

Thankfully, in the latest OTA update being rolled out to the One X from AT&T and HTC, the on-screen menu button has been removed. Instead, users are given an option to re-map the Recent app button to either menu button, with long-press for recent apps, vice versa or just a simple ‘Always open recent apps’.

The 270MB OTA update also brings with it the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.4. Knowing AT&T and HTC, the OTA update might very well close all loopholes that were used to gain root access, so if you want to make sure that you have root access, stay away from this OTA update until the developers find another way to gain root access.

Via – Android Central