There's no question – HTC's latest flagship, the One X, is a fantastic device. One major gripe that users have had from day one however (besides broken multitasking) was the pesky menu bar that served to replace its missing capacitive counterpart. Any time users opened an app that wasn't optimized with the Ice Cream Sandwich-style "action overflow" button, the large black bar would appear.

All that is changing for owners of the AT&T-connected One X today though, as a 270MB OTA update (carrying software build 2.20.502.7 and bringing the handset up to ICS 4.0.4) eliminates the bar, instead giving users options to remap the device's multitask key to follow one of three sets of behavior: Always open recent apps, press for menu and long press for recent apps, or press for recent apps and long press for menu.

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Screenshots 2-4: AC Forums

At the moment, no one is sure just what else may be contained in the update (besides 4.0.4's usual fixes and enhancements), as HTC has not divulged its full change log. It is important to note, however, that users at XDA indicate that the update may close all existing root loopholes, meaning un-rooted users (who want to root) should steer clear of the update for now.

Update: HTC posted the changelog and the full RUU for this release. The RUU can be downloaded from here, and the changelog follows.

New features:

  • NFC Capabilities
  • Additional content added to HTC Hub
  • Third party music applications accessible from the Car application.


  • Wi-Fi connectivity fixes
  • Improved Bluetooth automobile compatibility
  • 3G/4G connectivity improvements
  • HTC Sense fixes
  • Contacts synchronization fix
  • Network time fix (clock displays 30 minutes off)

Thanks, John!

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://twitter.com/r2DoesInc r2DoesInc

    Wheres my one s update? oh ya i found it on rootz earlier. jb ftw

  • waha

    great ! Menu bar removed YAHOO !!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Erm... it got bumped to Android 4.0.4... :O Just like Asia's update. It used to be on 4.0.3 (officially).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It is??! Are you serious? Use it for a full day, and if it's really fixed, that's a pretty big deal and may make this phone suck far less than it does (when it comes to EVO LTE in my case).

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

        Suck? Why would you say this phone sucks? There really is no better phone out there right now.

        • leoingle

          There is this phone called S3 put out by this company called Samsung. I hear it is better. It seems that removable battery + sd card = profit.

          • guest

            Yeah, if you like the crayola designed touchwiz and the cheap plastic feel. The way they bend over for apple is icing on the cake.


          • fixxmyhead

            the s3 is made up from that "cheap plastic" as the one x. they both use that poly carbonate plastic its just that samsungs looks more plasticky cuz the back comes off and u can bend it where the one x is just one unibody so u cant tell it looks cheap so it doesnt throw u off but seriously that doesnt affect my purchase. idk why people think they need to have metal phones are u guys that clumsy? and the new touchwiz is awesome less bloated and lighter than the new sense

          • Guest

            @fixxmyhead:disqus --its called build quality. If I'm getting a $500-600 dollar phone I don't want it made of plastic and have more of my $$ going to marketing

            @leoingle:disqus I've always owned a rooted phone, I'm what you'd call a flashaholic.

            My point still stands

          • fixxmyhead

            oh ur one of those people like girls that care more about how the phone looks than the better specs, got it.

          • leoingle

            Touchwiz does suck but there are these things called custom ROMs. Pretty cool, you should check them out.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            TouchWiz doesn't even suck once you replace the launcher. I FAR prefer it to this Sense abomination.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I don't have a problem with either company's physical design - it's the software that I have a ton of issues with.

          • jbo1018

            Nova or Apex solves the TW issue. Plus the S3 is actually a really solid feeling phone IMO. I have held some older Samsung phones and I understand how people can say they feel cheap but the S3 is different.

          • fixxmyhead

            haha nice burn

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            The SIII is my likely solution to this disaster EVO LTE. Btw, the EVO LTE has an expandable microSD too but no removable battery (no big deal for me either way - I always have a portable charger with me).

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Oh, I have a list of problems a mile long. I haven't published them though, but having used many Android devices, I despise this one every day. I can't wait to dump it for something else (SGS III for example).

      • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

        Yep, it is. You get around 60 more mb in RAM and they finally un-derped it. I can run like 4 apps at once, which is pretty AOSP-like.

    • gaurav

      hey are you using the international version of the one x??

      • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

        Nope. AT&T Version.

        • gaurav

          is there any change in the camera app as such and what about the overheating issue!?

          • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

            There was never any overheating problems with the AT&T One X. That was only present in the International Version...

            And I don't believe there were any changes in the Camera App, but its pretty fantastic as it is now...

  • http://twitter.com/thiazzi thiazzi

    Any idea if rooted users will keep root?

    • Jordan DeBarth

      Wait for them to turn the update into a rooted ROM. It could break root.

  • Freak4Dell

    I wish that was an option on all devices (though there is probably some way to do it). I go into a menu a lot more than I go into my recent apps, so I'd love to be able to press for the menu and long press for recent apps (you know, like the home button used to be).

    • Robert Goddard

      AOKP does it... with soft buttons GNEX FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

    Will this be coming to the international One X as well?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

      Yes +1 For this Can somebody answer this Q!?!?!

      • Nikola

        Aug 10

  • randyfromreno

    Another bad decision HTC. You must love Pissing people off, And loosing even more money.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Why is this a bad decision? At least they're trying to fix the terrible state Sense was in at release.

  • Lexster

    Now send it for the Evo LTE please, HTC...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • Stormprobe

    If you're going to push an OTA update, why not a 4.1.x update?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Because it's not ready? Would you rather receive no update for another few months?

  • roboguy12

    Or ya know, they could have had on-screen buttons as is the Android design standard. That way, when the menu button needs to be used, it just appears beside the other buttons as opposed to creating this big problem.

  • Eric

    god.. just read the comments.. too much BS coming from a MOD.. oh God.. time to unsubscribe..

  • gaurav

    noob question* the data on the phone dosent got erased completely when we update it to 4.0.4 does it??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

      NOpe It won't it's a OTA! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

    One X international Users : If you just check the XDA you can find Android revolution HD Rom for your rom that it uses SENSE 4.1 and it also has the Recent button in menu although it's a test based leak from HTC but it's SO STABLE!
    Yes it's easy as that!!!

  • Jack0

    As an extremely bitter Thunderbolt owner, I give it 2 months before another phone comes out and it becomes completely abandoned by HTC.

  • jtv

    Niceeeeee!!!! Release this ASAP for the international version!

  • john

    I love how the galaxy s3 owners haunt every htc one x specific column they can find to troll. If you love your s3 so much, why you keep sweating the one x? You chose your shiny piece of samsung crap now live with it haters.

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    front camera has distorted the image