AT&T adds Isis support with Android Jelly Bean update for HTC One X


AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is overhauling HTC's One X smartphone to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.

Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in mid-2012 during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content, along with Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates. 

With the upgrade, AT&T is making the HTC One X compatible with Isis, the mobile commerce network it launched in partnership with Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and T-Mobile USA last year. One X owners can now make payments by tapping their phone at participating retailers in the Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City trial markets.

AT&T is also adding support for applications including AT&T Locker (which stores photos, videos and documents in the cloud), AT&T DriveMode (which generates automatic replies to incoming messages in an effort to curb texting while driving) and AT&T Messages (which displays all texts, calls and voicemail messages together in a single inbox). Blog