HTC began rolling out an update to its One X smartphone today. Although the update doesn't include Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, it does offer a number of improvements to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. After the update, users will be brought up to Android version 4.0.4.
The 4.0.4 update will bring several new features and enhancements. The OS should now be more stable thanks to memory and platform tweaks. Additionally, HTC has improved tab management within the browser by adding a tab switching button. On the multimedia side, the camera is said to have better white balance and continuous autofocus. Beats Audio functions are also improved. Other features include a single sign-on feature for Facebook.
HTC is also making changes to its Sense user interface. The most notable of these changes is the remapping of the multitasking key. Now, instead of pulling up the multitasking grid in Sense, the recent apps key at the bottom of the handset will open context menus within applications. To access the multitasking menu, users can press and hold the recent apps key.
To see if your phone is ready to receive the update, navigate to Settings, About Phone, and choose Software Updates.
Here's a look at the official announcement of the update from HTC:
As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure customers are receiving software updates that improve their user experience, we are pleased to announce our next upgrade for the HTC One X will be released on August 10th.
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 function to the 'recent app' key (improving visual presentation in non ICS apps like Facebook); improve tab management in the browser with a dedicated tab switching button and enhance camera capabilities such as white balance and continuous autofocus. Furthermore, customers can expect enhancements to memory, platform stability and the overall browsing experience. Other improvements include a Single Sign-On for Facebook allowing user access across applications and browsers and upgrades to Beats audio, which reflect our dedication to providing an authentic sound experience.
From a developer perspective, we are expanding SDK support for Media Link and providing a framework for video call applications to achieve improved performance and quality.