HTC 8X receiving new update to fix post-GDR2 lag and freezing issues

Despite being the first Windows Phone users to receive the GDR2 update, HTC 8X users were nonetheless given the short end of the stick again as some devices began to lock up and become completely unresponsive after the update had been installed.

The bug was said to be related to the music playing process in the phone. This process rendered some 8X phones unusable while playing music with some devices ending up completely bricked. Some of those which didn't, however, experienced a general slowdown of the operating system. Now reports have come in of affected devices in Poland and Australia receiving a new firmware update by HTC which fixes the issues for some users. HTC users can now be relieved in some way that the company still cares about their Windows Phone offering despite cutting off support to its Android counterpart which launched about the same time last year.

This is not the only good news regarding HTC and Windows Phone, last week we reported on rumors spread by Digitimes which alleged that the company was receding to Android, this week the company debunked those rumors and showed their devotion to Widows Phone especially the 8X. Other rumors allege that HTC is creating a version of their flagship Android phone the HTC One for Windows Phone.

Combined, all these show a company that is still very serious about Windows Phone and could provide serious competition for Nokia, the dominant OEM, if it ramps up its game.

Source: AusWinPhone and WP World

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Well, when I got the GDR2 update it also listed an HTC update after it as part of the package, so far I haven't had lag or freezing, if anything it's seen a performance boost IMO.

FloatingFatMan said,
But.. Windows Phone doesn't lag!

that was affecting only few percent of one phone. Most WP users use Nokia anyway which should be fine. Android lags a lot, iPhone lags sometimes but windows phone doesn't/

S3P€hR said,

that was affecting only few percent of one phone. Most WP users use Nokia anyway which should be fine. Android lags a lot, iPhone lags sometimes but windows phone doesn't/

It must be nice living in a fantasy...

nitins60 said,

May be you should wake up and people are not fantasizing

Take off your blinders, clearly WP has had lag issues.

shockz said,

Take off your blinders, clearly WP has had lag issues.

could you please tell me when and where n which device? I personally seen Lumia 520 and have 920 [lowest and highest spec devices]

shockz said,

Take off your blinders, clearly WP has had lag issues.


Indeed, but far from what Android devices been experiencing. My HTC 7 Mozart barely lag, mostly lag caused by apps not optimized properly (Whatsapp/LINE) but my android phone with same amount of RAM (512MB) but with dual core processor suffer from terrible lag. Had to restart the phone to free up RAM.

FloatingFatMan said,
But.. Windows Phone doesn't lag!

if it's just this one device.. sounds more like a driver problem more than anything else...

shockz said,

Take off your blinders, clearly WP has had lag issues.

Individual phones might but not the OS itself.

I have one of the lowest end WP8 devices you can buy and I can barely make it stutter let alone fully spaz out

my 920 lags like a ******. i've sent it in for repair, and they return it still laggy. takes 5-10 seconds to open messaging, and if i try to open an app from a push notification it crashes to the start screen. they tell me the hardware is ok, but it sure lags and runs like crap. my wifes 8x is better though.

920 surely has its laggy moments. Little FPS drops here and there, and the very (very) occasional stutter. A lot has been fixed with GDR2/Amber though and it's a lot less now. The FPS drops seem gone, touch prediction seems a lot improved, directional change responses are up too. pre-GDR2/Amber, have a few background apps running, turn on WiFi and data and go home and scroll up and down a big active tile list .
The stutter was occasional enough to not occur daily. Still nothing since update.

@sweatshopking if messaging app takes 5 seconds something is wrong with the phone, get it changed. It's pretty much instant, and resuming is <0.5 seconds if not almost instant. Crashing apps so far always seem app issues. either games or doing certain actions. Repair might not do nothing if they don't swap out the phone, problems continue, get it swapped out.

Shadowzz said,
920 surely has its laggy moments. Little FPS drops here and there, and the very (very) occasional stutter. A lot has been fixed with GDR2/Amber though and it's a lot less now. The FPS drops seem gone, touch prediction seems a lot improved, directional change responses are up too. pre-GDR2/Amber, have a few background apps running, turn on WiFi and data and go home and scroll up and down a big active tile list .
The stutter was occasional enough to not occur daily. Still nothing since update.

@sweatshopking if messaging app takes 5 seconds something is wrong with the phone, get it changed. It's pretty much instant, and resuming is <0.5 seconds if not almost instant. Crashing apps so far always seem app issues. either games or doing certain actions. Repair might not do nothing if they don't swap out the phone, problems continue, get it swapped out.

Yea the phone is clearly borked. Messaging app opens instantly for me. Well "instantly" when the little fly in animation completes.

No word on when Verizon 8X owners will get this still, eh? Hoping group messaging is available for it. I hope Microsoft will provide more control over text messaging as well. It would be cool to have text messages be routable to a Windows 8 / RT machine.

The OS version will stay the same. This is HTC firmware specific. The updated elements are:
Firmware: 3030.0.34101.401
Bootloader version: 0.0.3030.0(173542)

Got GDR2 and the Amber update on Lumia 928 Tuesday. It's been great.

BTW, WP doesn't have a lag problem by any means. It's always been very smooth, on the 92x Lumias anyways.

Got the firmware update 2 days ago. It fixed a major issue for me with connecting to BT in the car. The call quality would rapidly get worse until it cut out altogether. Other than that, the whole system feels more responsive, much snappier, like it was before GDR2. Never had the music freezing problem.

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