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HTC 8X for Verizon picks up small update, no Windows Phone 8.1 yet

The HTC 8X is a really nice phone that's about to get a little bit nicer for Verizon customers. It's not getting Windows Phone 8.1 levels of nice, but a software update is now available for the handset.

Verizon has just pushed out an update for the HTC 8X. After nabbing the update you'll be on build number 3030.0.42201.605 and baseband 2.00.50.0528_3.

The following improvements will be yours after updating:

  • Roaming enhancements when traveling internationally
  • Improved reliability when sending SMS messages

Not Windows Phone 8.1, but an update for your handset nonetheless. Let us know if you see the update and how it's working out for you. Though early reports in the HTC 8X forums indicate some weird behavior with Wi-Fi after updating.

Source: Verizon (opens in new tab); Thanks, Chris W., for the tip!

112 Comments
  • Still waiting on the Cyan and 8.1 update for my Icon. Hurry Up Verizon!!!
  • THIS
  • This update came to my phone last Saturday evening old news.
  • At least a few weeks or more. But to be fair, EVERY carrier is testing it currently in the US. Patience, young grasshopper! You don't want a phone you can't use or experience bugs with ;)
  • Hmm so you post this in a HTC article? You're a smart one. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Why did u post in an article about HTC.
  • Been a while since I've seen the 8x in a title.
  • Yeah. This site feels like "Lumia phone central"
  • I had a HTC 8X for a while....I thought it was a really nice phone, even better than the 928 besides the camera.... Sleaker phone, no question and buttons that dont get pushed in your pocket (like that always happens on my 928 and now my ICON)
  • Yes, it's a gorgeous phone!
  • That's due to Nokia being the biggest hardware pusher for the Windows Phone ecosystem, without them we probably would't have WP.
  • So agree. Thank you, former Nokia!
  • Nokia was circuling the drain before MS came along and now they and the rabid fan boys are the reason it's not growing!
  • Yeah I feel you. I just ordered a new Lumia phone today, and I'd previously owned an 8X. It seemed most of the time the articles were useless to me because there was never any mention of HTC. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Shhhh.... don't complain too loudly. You might get banned!
  • Even Verizon is trolling now.
  • Better than being totally ignored by Sprint
  • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^my sentiments exactly!!!
  • Speakin' the truth!!!! My poor little forgotten 8XT; never getting HTC again... Or Sprint if I can help it.
  • Did anyone on Sprint get the DP update today?  My 8XT says its up to date...I have a feeling we're being blocked from DP now completely...
  • Verizon 8X here. No developer preview update either. Checking on this one now
  • Love to know that you can find out.  My wifes new 8XT won't find the 8.1 DP at all, and I can't get the update to download...   But you say you have an 8X, so not sure if you're checking on 8XT's, which is what I posted about?  or 8X's?
  • I still don't have it on my 8X. Not sure about the 8XT
  • as of now i still haven't got it. i wouldn't be surprised if we were blocked, but i'll wait a bit longer before giving up hope.
  • I Have seen just one of those in person they look nice but are like a shiny ✨ pokemon you may never see one in person
  • Hahaha :P
  • Got a shiny Audino and saw an 8X the other day. :)
  • I have one but I've only seen one owned by someone else, and it was also the only HTC windows phone I've ever seen lol
  • Both of my kids have 16 GB blue 8x's.  You can pick them up in excellent condition on eBay for <$150.
  • Carriers can do a Software update?
  • Finally an article about the HTC 8x. Just a shame it's not to tell us that windows phone 8.1 is available.
  • The 8x still holds up today. Beautiful device and I'm glad to see it's not forgotten.
  • For sure!
  • Yep! I've had my 8X since just a few months after its release, and it still runs great. Whenever my Android-using friends brag about their new phones, I can honestly say, "Yeah, mine can do that too" about 80% of the time.
  • I want update 12400 for my 8X
  • +8X
  • It was a good tease! They released Cyan for two devices only! And they went back to sleep!
  • If you like windows phone, buy a Lumia, not a Samsung or an HTC.
  • The only non-Lumia WP phones I know are HTC 8x, another mysterious HTC and Samsung Ative S (or Active) are there anymore from those two?
  • Yeah: Htc 8s, htc 8xt, Samsung ativ odyssey, Samsung ativ, huawei w1 and huawei w2. That's all the other option we have!
  • And you never hear about them. So not an option. Lumia Power! :)
  • Because of support and camara that's why lumia rocks!
  • Because of support and camera?? Because of all
  • You forgot the ATIV SE. :P
  • I like Windows phone, but I bought an HTC ... If I got an opportunity to go back & choose all over again ... I would still pick the HTCm
  • Yeah, I really love my 8X for the most part. If I went back and chose from the phones available at the time I bought it, I'd choose it all over again. However, since its release, Nokia phones have gotten way more exclusive features so if I were to replace my 8X now I'd probably go with a Lumia.
  • Lumias are 100% better, and not only because of their features. At least the HTC had a good design (comparing with Samsung)
  • agreed, my ATIV is buggy like an Android and the only positive  I have to say about HTC is... is...well idk. I would've gone Nokia if I weren't on Sprint  
  • It does have wireless charging built in, unlike other versions iirc.
  • Sorry not everyone wants a boring old yuckia, as the sales numbers have shown.
  • Actually have a red HTC 8x and still one of the best looking windows phones made.
  • +8X
  • A beautiful piece of hardware hampered by support. That's why Nokia is doing so well with WP, or rather Microsoft Mobile now. HTC did something awesome with this, but it doesn't even have some nice apps, and some of those apps are actually on Sprint's HTC WP handset, but not for anything else, why?
  • Verizon is NOT trolling. It's very well known that the Verizon HTC 8X has had some issues that other 8Xs have never had (although the 8X in general has had some specific issues, like the SIM problem). We used to not be able to silence the missed call sound, and update after update either fixed or perpetuated long standing SMS or MMS errors. I have yet to restart my 8X to clear the "Cannot send" text message error since this update, which is something I definitely appreciate...crossing my fingers that it hopefully stays this way. Otherwise, we now have arrows on the WiFi and LTE icons on the status bar. The boot splash screen was changed. And at risk of sounding like every commented on WPCentral...the phone sometimes does seem faster.
  • Couldn't have said it better myself.
  • That pretty much sums it up for me too. Hoping for 8.1 but it's nice to get the SMS fix (if fixed).
  • We can blame their implementation of lte ehrpd
  • This actually makes me feel better about WP.  I wasn't sure if that annoying missed call sound and the aggravating 'cannot send' for sms was a WP thing or 8x thing.  I'm running the 8.1 dev preview so won't get this update but at least I now know that the sms thing is a 'known' issue and won't be gooning me for much longer.  I'll be upgrading to a new phone this fall anyway.  This 8x has been my favorite phone ever over the past 18 months and still looks and feels like a brand new flagship device which says a lot about it's awesome design and build quality.
     
  • Wait, can you explain all these issues for me? I've had my 8X since just after release and I don't know what you're talking about =P
  • have u got any way to resolve ur issues, i have same issues, n no update avialable in market too.
  • Even Lumia 520,India.
  • The sim/messaging errors were driving me insane! Hope its finally resolved.
  • Doesn't seem so.  I got this update on Sunday and had the sim/messaging errors yesterday.  A reboot and they went away, but I expect them to come back soon. With that said, my 8X has been a great phone for the past 19 months.
  • I hope to god this fixes the SMS issue that has plagued this phone for the past year...
  • Do we get the update if using the 8.1 developer preview?
  • Not any more, Microsoft pulled it for HTC phones. Was told by the MS Store reps after I couldn't get the update on my 8XT.
  • Is that true?  You'd think Daniel would write up a story about that...that's news...
  • Perhaps Daniel doesn't know; the MS Tech told me he ahd to research it for a while on internal forums, or something like that, to find out... Really pissed me off. Might have to sue Microsoft for false advertising if they never send us the update (they specifically said all WP8 devices will get 8.1, so if they withhold it for non-Lumias...).
  • I got the update, and I was running 8.1
  • I'm hoping this is a prep for 8.1
  • My 8X is broken :(
  • When will other OEMs like HTC and Lenovo bust out the new stuff? I'd like to see new flagship hardware being released for WP throughout the year and not just during the fall/holidays.
  • I keep getting "no update found" on my 8x. Am I missing something?
  • yes, you are missing the update. :P
  • Lol i was going to write the same thing
  • Can Windows Phone 8.1 users get it or no? It doesnt show up when i check for updates.
  • No,because this update is a lower version than wp 8.1
  • Does that mean this will get baked into the official Verizon 8X 8.1 release later on so we can get it?
  • Mine has 8.1 XD
  • Liked my 8x.  The camera was awful, lack of nokia apps and the stillbirth support life hurt it, but it was a great design.  I wish HTC would make another top of the line handset for WP. 
  • Verizon rep told me November is when the W8 is coming.
  • Great so a whole 'nother yeah til 8.1????!!!!! (sarcasm)
  • 8X user since the beginning, bought it once it was released (while everyone else was buying 920s, us VZW users had to deal witht this) but it is a good phone, great build quality, camera is alright, but i do get noticed with its stand out blue. of course i will be getting a Lumia (McLaren) this fall. As for the update, kt was truly needed. For the past 5-6 months my phone hasnt been able to send a text off and on everytime i leave the house. thank the lord it sounds like it is being fixed. Question is: Im on 8.1 dev preview, will i still receive it?  
  • Me and you are in the same boat. I think the phone is a pile. SIM errors, failed texts constantly. Three replacements later, I curse the phone!
  • I don't really think he was saying that. But to answer ur question anybody in the developer preview will nit be getting the update
  • No 8S? I already have L630 but DP for 8S sucks... Push it more HTC! Btw.. Kinda like the sync features between my L630 and HTC 8S.. When I receive a SMS in my L630 for example but it is in my room and my 8S is just beside me.. I can read the SMS in 8S. :) And also themes synced up :)
  • +928
  • My HTC 8x update status says"up to date" But I'm running the 8.1 preview. Badly needing anything to alleviate the failed text messages error! I hate this phone.
  • Which model will receive the update next
  • 1030
  • HTC is not making any comments on 8.1 update.they forgot 8x completely....they r only considered about their one series of Android......
  • Actually a few months ago they did confirm that they are going to release updated firmware for 8.1, but only for the 8X.
  • That's correct HTC has confirmed that the 8x it's getting windows 8.1
  • Is the MMS still not working if you put an AT&T SIM in it?
  • At least HTC wp can powered off charging :(
  • Hope they fix the wifi on the icon. Guess Qualcomm shouldn't have released ac enabled hardware yet if it doesn't work properly
  • I have the HTC 8X and it's a great phone my only complaint is that HTC's exclusive apps suck, I wish I had Nokia's apps
  • +8X
  • Yey finally. But ill wait until wp8.1 as well :\
  • In windows phone, HTC 8x is like the Samsung galaxy pocket in android (search it, xd it's the worst mobile, I think that it had an 2.5 inches screen)
  • How to see the build number of my phone?
  • Hit Settings --> About my Phone --> Religious Preferences. Then select 'Satanic' and sacrifice a small woodland creature to the Lord of Darkness, and the build number of your phone should burn itself into the ground at your feet.
  • Hmmmm
  • Hopefully T-Mobile updates their 8X. I love the 8X but I switched to an ativ s because I wanted some expandable storage. I ran out of space on my 8X. Honestly if the 8X came with a micro sd slot, it would be the greatest phone of all time. Light weight, easy to handle, looks sexy, great looking screen and pretty fast. Definitelywould be the best phone ever, well in my opinion anyway.
  • I still use mine and do not see any new phone that worths the upgrade. 
  • Once I upgraded my 8x to WP8.1 (using Developer's Preview method), the storage issue was fixed. The 8x is certainly an inconic phone, with an excellent form and function. Unfortunately, after gettng an HTC DNA 5" phone for my wife, I can't stop looking at the 5" Nokia Icon.  
  • Got the described Verizon update for my 8X. No issues so far.
  • checked yesterday when i saw the article and the update was not available yet.  checked again this morning and still not there.  i don't roam internationaly but i'm kind of hoping the fix for SMS addresses when sometimes when switches back and forth between wifi and cellular data your texting can fail when you go to send.  it just fails immediately when you hit send and says try again.  it seems like i've experienced this off and on since i've had the 8x and it's only a minor annoyance since it's rare but i have to restart my phone to fix it.  i've had the phone since the day it came out and it's been awesome even through some of the 8.1 dev preview pains which since the last 8.1 update i don't have any bugs in my daily operation.
  • the htc 8s will get any update ?????? plz answer   
  • Has anyone seen this discussion going on on the forums?  The user says that HTC told him that 8.1 won't be coming to the 8X after all.  Does anyone have any more information about this?   http://forums.wpcentral.com/htc-8x/296649-sent-mail-htc-support-their-re...
  • didn't ge this update in india, or 8.1 update
  • hi, i have sim issues and specially SMS not going pls help