We knew that HTC’s former top dog and its cousin the HTC One S would be getting a timely update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean sometime this year, but following the arrival of the HTC One X+, which features Jelly Bean out-the-box, its slightly older brother’s update now looks to be waiting in the wings.
The HTC One X is already a capable Android device, but with competition having time to press ahead as the year went on, HTC used the One X+ as a means to keep their brand competitive. Meanwhile, so as not to leave the existing wealth of HTC One X users out in the cold the company were more than happy to announce that the handset would also be enjoying some Jelly Bean goodness around mid-October.
The smartphone centric tech heads at XDA Developers have been able to capture files from the HTC One X+’s native Jelly Bean architecture and massage it to better suit the standard HTC One X. The ROM, dubbed ‘HTC One X MaXimus’ brings Jelly Bean complete with the One X+’s version of Sense; 4+ and is said to be stable a ready to use. Those already utilising the early ROM say that performance is noticeably faster with quick app launching and UI navigation and actually said it was “blazing fast”. Benchmarking results also place it within the realms of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 too.
Caveats must apply to the install process as with all boatloader unlocking, flashing and custom ROM installations; if you’re not comfortable with what you’re doing don’t do it. There’s always a risk of bricking, locking or in some way irreparably damaging your phone. It’s also worth remembering that HTC’s official HTC One X Jelly Bean update is just around the corner, so if you can wait, you may as well.