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First impressions of Jelly Bean on the HTC One X



I rooted my HTC One X last night (I have the Tegra 3 model) so I could throw Jelly Bean on it, and so far I have really been loving it. The ROM I used is still missing some key functionality (the camera doesn't work at all, for instance, and there's no Google Now) and so I wouldn't recommend anyone install it on their only phone, but it's amazing to see how responsive the One X is with Jelly Bean on it. Pretty much everything is smoother and faster than on the Galaxy Nexus, and Jelly Bean looks fantastic on the One X's non-PenTile 720p display.

Battery life has been about the same as it was with ICS. The other interesting difference -- at least with this ROM -- is that now the app switcher button is now a menu button, and the way you bring up the app switcher is to hold down the home button for a couple of seconds (which is basically how it was pre-ICS).

Obviously once HTC rolls out their update it'll have Sense layered into it, but just the improvements that Jelly Bean brings in terms of responsiveness will make this a great step up. If I were HTC I'd be rushing to get an update out the door.

UPDATE 7/31 - Almost two weeks later I'm still really happy. Had one issue where I had to revert to stock and reroot to resolve -- which is par for the course with this stuff -- but since then I've been using the HTC One X w/JB as my daily driver with zero issues. The more I use it the more I like it.

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Jayman16

I'm sure HTC will be "rushing" I'll you'll see Jelly Bean in 6-8 months... It is awesome on my Nexus 7 though.
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Met

Actually, HTC said that it would be out very soon. Samsung, who usually takes even longer to release updates, said they'd have JB on the SGS3 in August. Based on these 2 details, HTC should release the update around then too.
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kandekilla

FIrst thing I did with my EVO 4G LTE was remap the buttons. The multitasking button is useless for me. I never used it on my previous phones either. Having a dedicated menu button is way more useful. Especially since I am left handed and having a menu icon on the top right hand corner of apps like the Play Store is a real pain. Can't wait for stock JB roms for the EVO. While I do like the more laid back version of Sense, I is still more bloated for RAM use than it needs to be. Just give me a really simple skin and some widgets.
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ravonemcgeachy

Well being an iPhone and iPad user I have to say I haven't used android for a while and I love jelly bean on my new nexus 7. And google now works seemlessly. I can't wait till it gets more functionality but for what it offers it's great.
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Sushubh

Yeap. The display on One X is fantastic. I miss it after I got rid of it for Nexus. For now, loving having JB on GN. Worth the compromise.

HTC One X running stock Android JB would probably be the best smartphone in the market today :D
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kernco

What they're going to rush is a new device with Jelly Bean on it. Then once sales of that have started to taper off, they'll update the older devices. Wouldn't want someone deciding not to buy a new device because their current one just got better, would we? </cynicism>
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Met

I really hope they don't do that, as they've done several times in the last 2 years. But they did say they're planning on cutting down doing stuff like that since it cost them so many customers and fans.
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frankspin

Have you noticed a drop in quality of the camera? In my experience with HTC phones and rooting any ROM that wasn't Sense based produced sub-par pictures compared to Sense based ROMS. Users on forums could never fully identify why but most felt it was because the camera software in the Sense roms do a better job handling the pictures than the AOSP based software.
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peter

I haven't, but also haven't been taking that many pictures since I've been traveling and been using my regular camera.
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chilko

There is a great mod that improves video bitrate up to 40 mbps and also removes JPEG compression and the results are stunning. This only works with Sense ROMs though.

forum.xda­-developers.com­/showthread.php­?t­=1765416
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Sushubh

Nice. I really wish these companies offer this as a option in the camera app. With 32GB on the phone, what is the point of compressing the images from a pretty decent camera unit on the device!
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chilko

Can you share what ROM are you using?
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peter

Yeah, this one: forum.xda­-developers.com­/showthread.php­?t­=1763240
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chilko

Thank you, thought for this one and now i'm sure.
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Sushubh

I thought HTC officially added support for menu button functionality on the multi-tasking button? imgur.com­/yvmtg.png
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peter

I hadn't seen that, but smart of them to offer the option.
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Sushubh

Right. I replaced my One X with Nexus and am pretty happy with the switch. I have now owned all the three Nexus devices and have never rooted or installed custom ROMs. Getting the One X was a stupid decision considering I am too scared to play with ROMs.

I do miss the display of One X. It's a beaut. I totally agree with you about the point that One X powered with stock Android ICS (and now JB) would have been the best smartphone out there in the market today!
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Met

Is that a custom ROM with that tweak added to the settings? I have the latest stock ROM and it doesn't have that option. On my phone, it's the "Display & gestures" settings, not the "Display, gestures & buttons" settings.
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Sushubh

This screenshot was sent to me by a friend who owns a One X here in India. From what I understand he has not rooted his unit yet coz he is waiting for stable JB builds before doing that. I have asked him again if this is an HTC update or a third party mod.
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Met

It seems it is in stock HTC Sense, but how did he already have that update? HTC just announced their update to 4.0.4 a couple of days ago and that addition is in the change log.

Source: goo.gl­/hPoyO
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Sushubh

He told me that he managed to get the official update earlier. Dunno how though :|
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ParasValecha

The UI of stock ICS/JB is so much better than OEM skins like Sense, TouchWiz or Motoblur. The good thing about Asus's Android phones is that they don't customize it much. It feels pretty much like vanilla Android. This was slightly off topic I know.
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khaled93

This rom has come a long way and was last update at 10/10, Can u give us an update on battery life and overall experience?
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