The AT&T HTC One X just got a very welcome update to 2.20.502.7, even bumping the Android version up to 4.0.4. One of the most-acclaimed enhancements included with this update was the ability for users to remap the multitasking button and get rid of that annoying menu bar that appears across the bottom of the screen. But the update also brought another great feature with it, and one that I have been wanting since I first started using Sense 4.0: the ability to use third-party music apps in the Car app.
Previously, if you had a car dock, and you set your phone to automatically launch the car app when docked, you had two options for music: Tune In Radio (the free version, not the pro version if you had already paid for it), and whatever music files you happened to have on your phone.
This didn’t make me very happy, because I listen to most of my music with Pandora and Google Play Music. In fact, I don’t have a single MP3 file on my device, because I use the cloud for everything. But this update fixes that, and since the HTC EVO 4G LTE is a closely-related sibling to the One X, I imagine a similar update is on its way soon for Sprint subscribers like me. Once that update happens, I’ll actually be able use whatever music app I want in the car app – making my car dock infinitely more useful.
Here’s the full changelog for the One X update, in case you’re interested:
- Additional NFC Capabilities
- More content choices in HTC Hub
- Car application update to provide access for third party music applications
- Wi-Fi connectivity improvements
- Improved Bluetooth automobile compatibility
- Increased 3G/4G connectivity
- HTC Sense improvements
- Contacts synchronization enhancements
- Network time correction