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HTC says it purposefully made multitasking broken on the One X

0. phoneArena 16 May 2012, 16:12 posted on

Recently, we've been getting a number of e-mails from readers saying that we need to do a story about how the multitasking on the HTC One X is broken. Amazingly, just as we were working on that very article, HTC made a statement on the subject...

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posted on 16 May 2012, 16:19 9

1. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Gee, I wonder if the GS3 will be unable to multi-task, too.

What was HTC thinking? Like their competition needs to shut down some of the main advantages of Android for their Skins???

Whatever. Be interesting to see if this hurts them or not.

posted on 17 May 2012, 12:35 3

76. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i think its just a goodwill gesture from HTC to help SAMMY with even more sales for 2012. good luck HTC.
S3 all the way:)

posted on 17 May 2012, 13:00 2

77. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that just helped kill any interest I remotely had in the phone. camera issues and no multitasking? no thanks.

I bet they implemented it to help save battery since its a bit under sized for the device.

posted on 17 May 2012, 19:52

83. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


so does this happen to the One S as well?

posted on 17 May 2012, 21:03

84. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No the One S has actually proved much less laggier than the one x. . . .and it also has a better camera based on the review. . . . wtf

posted on 17 May 2012, 21:18

85. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


im not talking about lag or anything like that....im talking about multitasking. and both X and S have the EXACT same camera, both are equal in every way. and the X isnt laggy either way...

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:27 1

2. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I love how this article ends with a shot at HTC. And as someone who has run ICS on about four phones, none of them official releases, in all versions I've used you can change the amount of programs you let run as background processes. Can you not do it on "official" versions of ICS?

posted on 16 May 2012, 17:56 1

25. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I can second this. The stock version of android offers this option on the Gnex. Someone just needs to check the develop menu.

posted on 17 May 2012, 04:31

68. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I think if the programs are running in the background you can "restrict background processes" to limit apps that run in the background. I don't believe there's a way to enable background processes because they're supposed to already be enabled as part of the core functionality of the Android os. It looks like HTC went ahead and dismantled that feature to prolong battery life. I bet the phone was getting real bad battery life and that was the only way to extend it.

posted on 17 May 2012, 13:03

78. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there is a difference between apps running in the background that u used and background sync processes. the HTC and the ics function you are talking about both limit active apps that you started.. not background sync apps.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:29 6

3. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 491; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Apple?

posted on 17 May 2012, 00:16 3

53. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


It isn't even that bad with apple devices. Pages don't need to reload when the task was on the background, and with games, you just need to tap on resume and you can continue your game. So HTC... why? Is 1GB of RAM not enough?

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:32 15

4. kindahipdude (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I used to be stoked for the new HTC phones, but now I'm gonna wait a little longer and get the SIII. They do stuff like this, they brag about Beats and don't give you headphones anymore, they have sucky browsers and texting apps...Samsung actually tried to improve the user experience which is why I'll go with them.

posted on 17 May 2012, 02:12 1

61. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


I finally got to check this phone out and i am not impressed. Off white and ceramic feeling just doesnt work for me i hope the sprint version comes out soon it looks nice

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:41 18

5. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


thank you htc
u made my decision easy
galaxy s3 all the way

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:41 19

6. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


What???????

With all that ram, HTC can't provide real multitasking???????

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:56 10

10. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


dr dre using all the ram :P

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:58 6

12. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


considering that sense probably needs just about all of the available memory, it doesn't surprise me that the One X can't do multitasking.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:45 15

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Maybe that's why the One X is being held up at customs; they made it more like the iPhone with their multitasking "solution."

IT'S A JOKE, DON'T SHOOT, DON'T SHOOT!

posted on 16 May 2012, 18:19 2

28. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


its also quite apple of them to say "ur multitasking wrong"

posted on 16 May 2012, 18:26 2

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Snorfle. Yes, i just made up a word. That was funny. :)

posted on 16 May 2012, 18:36 2

32. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Don't put apple in it. Htc jus f'd up, own up to it.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:49 17

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


HTC just keep shooting themselves on the foot...

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:57 5

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Apart from the lack of an SD card slot, this is really the only flaw I see in the One X.

posted on 16 May 2012, 17:18 9

21. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The lack of an SD card was a huge flaw, so will this no multi-tasking nonsense.

The design aesthetic is beautiful, but I need more storage to even be viable, and the cloud is not an option.

posted on 17 May 2012, 17:44

82. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dont forget that it has camera issues right now as well and a tiny battery

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:55 1

9. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Multitasking is one of Androids pros, only way I see this as a positive is for better longer battery life.

posted on 16 May 2012, 23:04 2

48. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


if an app has to restart from scratch every time it is called, it will actually decrease battery life. multitasking on Android != multitasking on a PC.

posted on 16 May 2012, 17:04 1

13. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


This isn't that much of a deal breaker for me. But I'm on Verzion, and since Verizon isn't releasing a HTC One X variant, I'll have to go with the S III if they get it.

posted on 16 May 2012, 17:05 5

14. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


So you can't listen to a music app and browse the internet at the same time?

You can't browse the internet while calling a friend?

At&t is okay with this?

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