Drive time with the HTC One X

, posted: 8-Jun-2012 08:48

One of the more interesting applications bundled with the HTC One X is the HTC Car app. This essentially provides an alternative way to access some of the more common features you may need when in your car. It is designed to be operated with the HTC One X in landscape orientation, and offers larger user interface elements, making the phone easier to use when in a dash mount.

The Home screen for HTC Car has buttons for Phone, Google Maps Navigation, Music, and tunein Internet Radio features. These all surround a clock, with the current weather overview directly underneath. When running the Car app, pressing the Home button will take you back to this, rather than to the standard HTC One X Home screen, and the Task Switcher button is disabled completely. If you press the Back button from the HTC Car Home screen, you are asked whether you want to close the app, and selecting OK will take you back to the standard Home screen.


The HTC Car Home screen

In addition to pressing the four buttons, you can swipe left and right to switch between the core areas of functionality offered by HTC Car. You are given a different user interface view when either of these techniques, with the buttons appearing to be designed to start up the intended function at the same state it was the last time you used it. For example, pressing the Music button will resume playback of the last track you were listening to, whereas swiping to get to the Music screen will show a list of the last albums you were listening to, with playback not automatically resuming.




On the left are the screens shown when functions are accessed from the buttons on the Home screen, contrasted with screens shown when using swipe gestures


Not only is the HTC Car Home screen optimized for use in the car, but the same philosophy has extended to the functionality HTC Car offers. User interface elements are upsized to cater for the larger viewing distance, and screens have had their functionality trimmed to focus on core features with a less cluttered UI.


The phone user interface optimized by HTC Car for in-car use

There are also a range of accessories designed to take the in-car integration even further. This includes a cradle that will automatically start up HTC Car when the HTC One X is placed in it, and will close it once the phone is removed again. There is a bluetooth microphone and speaker which will give you hands free functionality, and an adapter that you can plug into a 3.5mm auxiliary port which will allow you to stream audio wirelessly through your car stereo.

With user interface optimizations designed to make some of the more common phone features easier to use at a distance, and with the specially designed accessories, the HTC One X looks like it will be a pretty good driving companion.

About the author
Hi I'm David, a self employed software developer on the wrong side of 40, residing in Auckland with my wife and two children. I am a passionate All Blacks and Blues fan, gadget junkie, mature aged gamer, and connoisseur of fine heavy metal (and music in general). I currently own an iPhone 4, but am very open to trying new technologies, and can't wait to see what the best of Android can bring to the smartphone table. I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest technological advances in general, and am encouraged to see that the smartphone market is no longer an iOneHorseRace. I’m very interested to see how the HTC One and Ice Cream Sandwich fares in this regard.

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