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HTC’s successor the to One X may have made an early appearance thanks to an Android Police tipster. The photograph shows a device featuring HTC’s revised design language for the 2013 model year, and is very similar to the Droid DNA and the HTC Butterfly. Also supplied are some purported screenshots of HTC’s latest Sense 5.0 UI, which reflects a cleaner, Windows Phone 8-style look.
International versions of the HTC One X have now begun receiving an upgrade to version 4.1 of Google's Android operating system. Updates re being pushed out to devices based on their Customer ID in each region, with phones in Taiwan currently receiving the update. Handsets in Europe, reportedly, have not yet begun receiving the update.
HTC recently introduced the One X+, an upgraded version of its best-selling Android phone, the One X, which arrived early in the year. The X+ now features a black housing rather than white, though the most important changes are on the inside—a quad-core Tegra 3 processor finally paired with LTE for US customers. Electronista checked out the new device at a MobileCon event ahead of its official launch at AT&T.
HTC has revealed its schedule for updating some of its handsets to Jelly Bean later this year. Previously, the company confirmed that part of its One series of handsets will receive the Android 4.1 update, with some software changes found in the newly announced One X+ also being included in the release.
An upgrade to the latest version of Google's Android operating system, version 4.1, will be rolling out to some HTC One X handsets as early as next month. MoDaCo reports that HTC will release the update for unlocked One X handsets in October, while owners of carrier-branded handsets will have to wait for carrier approval. The updates are expected to be completed before Christmas.
The international variants of the quad-core HTC One X will begin being sent out over the air later on this Friday. The phone shipped with Android 4.0, but the detail update still unlocks some new features and functions in the device. HTC's Sense skin will also get some changes, including the multitasking button getting menu functionality.
The HTC One X is now available for $80 on Amazon. Customers signing up for a new or renewed two-year contract can get the HTC smartphone for that price, though AT&T requires a data plan in addition to the monthly voice plan cost. That brings the total monthly commitment for the One X to at least $80.
A web page from Australian provider Telstra indicates that HTC is preparing and update for its One XL and One S smartphones. It would be Android 4.1, though no dates are yet available, with the idea being that the provider has received the software and is now testing it. Exactly how long the carrier will take to approve and/or modify the software remains to be seen.
HTC has posted yet another weak quarterly result (pdf) with profits down nearly 58 percent compared to the same period last year. It follows a precipitous plunge in profit of 70 percent that it recorded in Q1 this year, after Samsung’s Galaxy S II overshadowed its 2011 product range. Worryingly for HTC, its new and critically well-received One-series line-up seems to have done little to turn the company around in the face of the Samsung onslaught led by the Galaxy S II and S III.
Some HTC handsets, potentially including the One X and Evo 4G LTE, are slowly making their way through US Customs, the company reports. A recent update on the HTC corporate website notes that some handsets are passing Customs inspections, despite an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on the devices entering the US.