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HTC Dismisses ‘Aggressive’ One X Multitasking Issue

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The HTC One X is one of the hottest Android handsets on the market right now, and it has earned a wealth of glowing reviews since making its debut in the United Kingdom back in April. However, some users are becoming disgruntled with the way in which the handset handles multitasking.

In an XDA Developers forum thread entitled “Multitasking is a joke on the One X!”, users have gathered to complain about the handset’s “aggressive” memory management process, which is forcing applications to be killed off in the background much too quickly. One user writes:

What in the world did HTC do to Android ICS mulitasking!? Apps seem to be completely removed from cache every single time they’re closed for ~30 seconds. They also no longer re-open in the same state that you left them! If I leave the browser, it needs to reload the web page. If I leave a game, I need to start from the beginning. If I pause and exit Slacker radio for a minute, the app closes and I can’t even resume my music with the headphones button!

But the worrying thing for One X users is that, according to HTC, this isn’t just a bug that’s going to get fixed. The One X was designed to operate in this way, and HTC is happy with it. The Taiwanese company told Engadget that the existing memory management specifications are designed to balance core Ice Cream Sandwich features with the company’s own Sense UI:

HTC is aware of some questions in the enthusiast community about how the HTC One X handles multitasking and memory management for background apps. We value the community’s input and are always looking for ways to enhance customers’ experience with our devices. That said, multitasking is operating normally according to our custom memory management specifications which balance core ICS features with a consistent HTC Sense experience.

Of course, this does have its advantages, like you can bet your One X isn’t going to get sluggish while you’re jumping in and out of apps, and its battery should keep you going all day long. But as you can see from the comment above, it also has some major disadvantages.

This may not be an issue for some One X users, but it’s certainly an issue for some, as this particular forum thread demonstrates. Unfortunately, One X users are just going to have to get used to it, because it appears the situation isn’t going to change.

Have you had any issues with multitasking on your One X handset?

[via Engadget]


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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...


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