Courtesy of Droid Life

Last week we reported that an update to AT&T’s HTC One X version brought an interesting modification to the core functionality of the phone. Till the update, users that wanted to access the menu in certain apps were presented with an ugly black bar at the bottom/side of the screen, that featured that three-point icon that some of you might know.

HTC implemented the black bar as a workaround for a big problem – while Android 4+ deprecates the use of the menu key/on-screen button, not all apps have been adapted to work with the new control scheme. For these apps, HTC’s One devices show the black menu bar, which is not only ugly, but also takes up precious real estate.

The customers’ complaints have not gone unheard, fortunately, as a software update now lets users of the AT&T One X access the menu functionality by long-pressing the multitasking button. Those who actually like the menu black bar can keep it if they prefer.

According to AnandTech, all HTC One X and HTC One S devices will eventually receive the modified firmware, although HTC did not provide a schedule for the rollout. Moreover, it’s not clear if the One X variants from Sprint and Verizon (the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Droid Incredible 4G LTE) will get the update, but frankly, I can’t see why that wouldn’t happen.

AT&T readers, did you get the new update? Do you prefer the long-press to the black menu bar?

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Jose Gurrola

    I haven’t really noticed the black bar issue go away. I will however say that my battery life (with WiFi on all day, automatic brightness on, and constantly on the internet, youtube and text messaging) has increased substantially. I will go to work 8 hours and leave and run errands and get home at 8pm and still have 65 percent battery. before the update I would get a “below 14 percent” warning by like 6 pm and have to turn my screen light to it lowest and turn off WiFi and stop using the internet. I absolutely love my one x and highly recommend it over the GS3. (I have the ATT version btw)

    • MasterMuffin

      Why do you highly recommend it if you also don’t have sgs3 -.- I have used both and sgs3 is better in battery performance, it wins ALL thevpopular benchmarks, it’s also faster in real life, it has less lags and bugs and memory card support and tje list goes on and on and on and ON…..

      • Jose Gurrola

        Because I because I tried the one x for 2 weeks and gs3for another 2weeks. for me HTC had a more android experience to vanilla UI. Lte was faster on one x getting comparisons of 48 to gs3’s 37 mbps download speeds and 30 to gs3 12upload speeds. Also the att update improved battery life significantly. I probably get a day and a half worth of usage from one charge with everything on (see last comment). But the big selling point for me was Samsung’s heavy touchwiz skin. it sucked IMO. Is it a great phone yea sure, but IMO I think and as far as recommending it to someone I would .suggest the one x

        • MasterMuffin

          Yea that touch wiz is REALLY heavy :( but after rooting this phone kicks some ass :)

          • Jose Gurrola


          • MasterMuffin

            You’re right, but I chose sgs3 because of better performance and memory card support and I noticed few bugs and lags in hox (though the lags and bugs aren’t probably there anymore thanks to the updates, but still). But as you said, doesn’t matter which one you choose both are good

          • tony

            All that matters is that ANDROID>IPHONE

          • Jose Gurrola

            Both are awesome phones though. I love them and they can be said that both those phone are the best phones available now. Can’t go wrong.with either one.