In 2012, we saw the Android smartphone world reach heights that I don’t imagine many predicted. On a spec front, 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM, HD displays, longer battery lives, and incredibly thin bodies. It seems like just yesterday that we were asking DL readers if they had a dual-core or single-core phone, yet here we are, with dual-core phones already becoming a thing of the past.
On a manufacturer front, 2012 was the year that Samsung proved that it really was the only big fish in a bowl full of minnows. We saw Motorola kick off its life as a Google-owned company, HTC struggle to make money even while releasing amazing phones, and LG take its turn as the face of the Nexus phone program.
In this post, I thought we’d talk a bit about all of that by listing out my top 10 phones of the year. (more…)
Today, AT&T announced that customers can get their hands on the HTC One X+ and the HTC One VX on November 16, with pre-orders going live for the One X+ starting tomorrow, November 13. For those not following the devices, the One X+ is just like the original One X, except it features a supercharged Tegra 3 processor that is 4G LTE compatible, clocked at 1.7GHz and Jelly Bean. As for the One VX, it is more of a mid-range Android device, featuring a 4.5″ qHD display, 5MP shooter, Jelly Bean, and HTC’s Sense 4 custom UI.
Any chance one of these are on your radar?
HTC has updated their device FAQ for anyone looking to find information on when and if their device will receive Jelly Bean. Long story short, HTC has made it clear that in general, devices with 512MB of RAM or less will more than likely not receive Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, that probably goes for you too Thunderbolt owners, even with your 768MB of RAM. Other devices from HTC that are equipped with just 512MB of RAM are the One V and Desire C.
We work hard to ensure each of our products has the optimal user experience and therefore some products will remain at their current version of Android. In general, devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1. As we identify other devices that will not be upgraded, we’ll provide updated information.
As for which devices will definitely get JB, HTC says they are prioritizing the update for the devices that were launched in 2012, then working their way back. The company has quite the portfolio to work through, and as you most likely already guessed, it could take quite some time before we see updates go live for the Rezound, EVO 3D, and other once-flagship devices. (more…)
In a little over two weeks, Black Friday will be upon us. Over the last couple of years, we have seen this day become flooded with deals on the latest and greatest in Android products, something that likely won’t change this year. In fact, RadioShack’s ad has already been posted for the world to see, and as expected, includes a number of Android smartphones at rock bottom prices. (more…)
While I haven’t followed the story of AT&T’s HTC One X all that closely, I was under the impression that it had yet to be rooted on software version 2.20. As of today, that is no longer the case, thanks again to @djrbliss. He has created a root tool that will give you temporary root, which then allows you to unlock the bootloader of your device via HTCDev, and potentially flash a custom recovery followed by a rooted ROM to keep root. (Hopefully that made some sort of sense).
The instructions are after the break, but I highly recommend that you hit up the XDA thread at the bottom for full support. Congrats AT&T One X owners, and welcome to the party.
On a related note, isn’t there an $823 bounty for rooting this phone? (more…)
Along with its announcement of the One X+, HTC also announced that Jelly Bean updates for the One X and One S will arrive this month. Yep, we’re talking October. We sort of assume that they mean for the international variants, with a slow rollout eventually through the U.S., as U.S. carriers tend to be the slowest in approving software updates. (more…)
HTC announced the One X+ this morning, putting to bed months of rumors that seem to have dragged on for far too long. The device, as you can see from the pictures, looks very similar to the original One X, however, the insides have been beefed up to make this one of the most impressive phones to date. (more…)
Day 2 of the 2nd Annual Droid Life Reader Appreciation Week is here! Yesterday, we handed out a 16GB Nexus 7, but today, it’s all about the phone side of things instead of tablets. How does an unlocked quad-core HTC One X sound? As one of our favorite phones of all time, we couldn’t be more excited to give this away to one lucky DL reader. Its power and beauty are matched by few if any phones even though it has been on the market for 7 or 8 months. If you haven’t read our glowing review of it, I suggest that you do.
Before we begin though, we wanted to give another big shout out to NVIDIA for putting up some amazing prizes this week including the One X. You won’t find a better gaming experience on any phone thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor and big beautiful screen. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Tegra Zone for all of your gaming needs.
OK, lets give this bad boy away! (more…)