Socializing with the HTC One X

, posted: 13-Jun-2012 11:36

I’m a voracious consumer of social networks, and in particular am a heavy Twitter user. Therefore any potential iPhone replacement must have excellent social networking support.

During the setup of the HTC One X, I was offered the opportunity to supply credentials for my Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts, which I took to be a positive sign that I will be well served by this phone. And indeed the HTC One X comes bundled with Android clients for these social networks already installed.


But the integration throughout the HTC One X runs deeper than that. In many places, such as the Media Gallery and Music app, content can be shared to all the various social networking platforms and online services that you have configured. This is a welcome change from the iPhone, which at this stage only has native support for Twitter.


One improvement I’d love to see is the ability to share to multiple sources at once. Sharing content in this manner currently involves repeating the process fore each platform you wish to post to.

HTC Sense also includes FriendStream, which allows you to consolidate multiple Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr accounts into a single location. There is also a FriendStream widget which can be used to post to all accounts at once. As a result, this is my preferred method of posting to my social networks, especially when I want to cover both Twitter and Facebook. And if I don’t, I can still use FriendStream, and select the accounts I want to post my musings to. As with the other dedicated social networking clients, you can easily attach content from your media library when using the FriendStream interface.


Contacts you have added to the HTC One X can be associated with various social networks and online services. Once this has been done, you can see their activities in these networks by selecting the Updates option when viewing their contact details. You can also use the People widget to see their latest activity. Adding a contact to the widget will prompt you to select a default action to take when selecting them, so you can also use it as a launchpad for calling or TXTing people you frequently communicate with.


In summary, the HTC One X has excellent support for the most popular social networks integrated through Sense UI, and by bundling clients for the major services, HTC have ensured that this phone is a great fit for users who like to keep their friends in their pocket..

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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