HTC One X gets Android ICS 4.04, with Jelly Bean promised

HTC One X gets Android ICS 4.04, with Jelly Bean promised

Summary: The handset maker has started rolling out a tweaked version of its Sense UI and a minor update to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but promises that an upgrade to Jelly Bean is still on the cards

TOPICS: Android, HTC, Mobility

HTC has started rolling out an update to HTC One X handsets that brings Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.04 as well as a tweaked version of the Sense interface to the phone.

The HTC One X is getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Image credit: Ben Woods/ZDNet

A spokesman for HTC confirmed the rollout would begin on Friday in the UK, but that timings for other regions would vary.

"The primary update will include an upgrade to Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), in addition to an improved Sense experience which will enable the ability to map menu functions to the 'recent app' key — improving visual presentation in non-ICS apps like Facebook — and improve tab management in the browser with a dedicated tab-switching button," HTC said in a statement.

Other improvements include refined white balance and a continuous auto-focus mode for the camera as well as a single sign-on for Facebook across websites and apps. The company also said it brought improvements to the Beats Audio software, but did not provide details of the upgrades.

While the update might not be the Jelly Bean upgrade that owners were hoping for, a spokeswoman for HTC confirmed that the Jelly Bean 4.1 update is still planned for the device.

"At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean," HTC said. "While our goal is to bring the latest software updates to as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first."

Topics: Android, HTC, Mobility

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  • wow

    it's only JUST getting ICS? I thought it launched with ICS.

    that's pretty bad HTC. maybe that's why you're bleeding money.
    • ...

      Shoddy reporting, it did launch with ICS. Mine has 4.03.
      • Indeed...

        The One X does/did ship with ICS; this wasn't an oversight - the update brings a slightly tweaked version of the OS and of Sense UI.

        Ben Woods
        • My two cents.

          The update brings it to 4.0.4. On the AT&T version there is a very noticeable performance increase.
          Brian Pace
  • Glad I only buy Nexus devices

    Rocking Jelly Bean right now. It's awesome.

    If HTC has a "stock" option one day I might buy one of their phones again, they make nice hardware. Until that day comes I'm never buying another non-Nexus phone again.
    • it's quite nice

      I don't find the Sense intrusive.. just needless. Waiting for the update to land in Sweden.
  • Thank you HTC..

    HOX is a wonderful device.
    4.0.4 and Sense 4.1 are exactly what all i expected from HTC in the next bunch of updates. This gonna make my HOX even better..
    US and UK got. What about rest of the world...?
    I need this more than the Jelly Bean.! ;)
    Nit Esh
  • Why?

    Why on earth is this just now written? This update hit more than a week ago. Report on when my handset will get Jelly bean!
    Prentice Hill
    • Don't get you panties up in a bunch...

      Don't get your panties up in a bunck. ZDNet will definitely report on when your phone gets Jellybean... I mean, yeah, it'll happen a week after you've already received the OTA, but it will happen.
    • Why not?

      The update is for the international version of the HOX. The AT&T version got the update much earlier...
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