HTC One Home / Back capacitive buttons problem

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m03sizlak

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As many people have noticed, the home/back capacitive/virtual buttons often do not work.

http://www.pocketables.com/2013/04/...-issues-with-capacitive-hardware-buttons.html
http://www.androidauthority.com/htc-one-capacitive-button-problems-198220/
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40538985
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2231832
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2243961
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40574171#post40574171
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2248951
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvxi6KUR-WA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7zKpBSluKU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v5Oc5-7rbA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxkwyyvOkZ8
http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc-one/270508-home-button-shorting-out.html
http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=24147320
http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc-one/270811-back-button.html
http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc-one/271243-button-issue-htc-one.html
http://community.sprint.com/baw/message/569148

Personally, I find it to be *incredibly* annoying and pretty much ruins the experience of using this otherwise good phone. I have already been to the Sprint store to possibly exchange it, but their demo unit had the exact same problem (and the employee I was talking to had also noticed the problem). I have also ran "getevent -lt /dev/input/event6" from adb shell (/dev/input/event6 seems to be the raw output of the touchscreen, some people said it is event5 on theirs rather than event6). This shows you raw data every time you touch the screen. However I noticed that when my touches of the home button go undetected, nothing is read from /dev/input/event6...so I am afraid it may be a hardware problem. I have 11 more days before my 14 day Sprint satisfaction period ends, so I'm on the fence on whether or not I should return it and wait for a better phone, or exchange it and probably get another with the same problem, or...wait for HTC to try to fix it with software.

Some have said a recent update to the Taiwan version of the One solved the problem...:

doing a bit translation from Taiwan version if you guys can't wait. not sure if I used the correct words though, hope you don't mind.

1.29.709.12(214.04MB)

1. virtual button sensitivity adjusted
2. slow motion video quality improved under low lit
3. better Beats Audio experience
4. better background noise when using headphone
5. better bluetooth device matching

some said back button issue fixed after upgrading.

Further evidence that a software patch fixed the home button:
http://translate.google.com/transla...a=X&ei=fy91Ua_5HYaQqgHi_ICwCA&ved=0CGgQ7gEwAw

Poor Google Translate translation:
Did not receive update notifications

Through Settings> About> Software Update> Check Now

We can immediately receive an update notification

After the update the virtual keys become normal

There is a need to go faster

PS: Please note that this is the official update, Brush, may not be updated automatically through the official update to brush back the official

Here is the response I got from HTC:

Thank you for retrieving the information for me, [xxxxxx]. I did some research and there will be an MR update to fix this issue with the virtual keys. We do not have any information as to the date the update will be released since it will be released via Sprint your network provider, and it is currently being worked on.

I realize that not having the specific details such as the date is annoying, but we do appreciate your patience. I want to thank you again for sending me that information because that really helps us out a lot. Let me know if you have any other questions I may be able to address with you at this time.

Sincerely,

Casey
HTC
 
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chogardjr

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I don't have this issue. I'll pay more attention to it, maybe I'm missing it.

~Sent in beast mode using my HTC One~
 

m03sizlak

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I've noticed that the area to hit is small. You have to hit it exactly.

Sent from my HTCONE using xda premium

Most likely what you are actually noticing is that not all presses are registered and you are rationalizing it by assuming that you just missed the target. In reality, there is a problem with the home/back buttons that HTC needs to fix, soon.
 

ydoucare

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I have this issue as well. Seems like you have to hit the button in almost the perfect spot to get it to register.
 

chogardjr

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m03sizlak

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Lots more confirmations that OTA 1.29.709.12 solved the problem for the Taiwan variant HTC One. WHEN WILL SPRINT/HTC GIVE US AMERICANS THIS FIX?

Here's some information about 1.29.709.12 upgrade (Taiwan version), and some responses I read from other forum.
And... sorry guys, I really don't know when will your updates come. and i don't have the phone yet :eek: . I envy you!
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1.29.709.12(214.04MB)

1. virtual key sensitivity adjusted
Lots confirmed the home/back key issue fixed, looks solid.


2. slow motion video quality recording improved under low lit
Didn't see anyone post about it

3. better Beats Audio experience
Some said the left / right sound are better balanced.

4. reduce background noise when using headphone
a few guys said noise is "significantly" reduced.

5. better bluetooth device matching
a few guys confirmed bluetooth device matched faster.

For anyone interested, the Taiwan OTA firmware is available here:
http://www.androidrevolution.nl/downloader/download.php?file=1.29.709.12.zip
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2182823
 

jaybombz

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Same here. I've found that pressing the button with the pad of my finger vs a tap with the fingertip seems to work more reliably - if only because it covers more of the screen that happens to include the tiny area that registers a button press...
 

m03sizlak

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Same here. I've found that pressing the button with the pad of my finger vs a tap with the fingertip seems to work more reliably - if only because it covers more of the screen that happens to include the tiny area that registers a button press...

I prefer to tap with my fingertip and this is rarely detected by the home/back buttons, which is SOOOO annoying. I'm debating trying to swap it out for a new one. From what I can tell the problem seems to affect EVRYONE, although many people might not notice or be annoyed by it. So the question is, is it truly a pure software fault, or is it a hardware fault that software (ie, an OTA) can mask or at least partially correct.
 

jaybombz

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That's my preference as well - it has been an adjustment and one that I'm not terribly pleased with. I'm surprised the issue didn't show up in pre-release testing but I have to imagine it's something that software can fix with a remap of the area the system recognizes as buttons.
 

m03sizlak

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It's really not an issue with the "area", as I can touch the dead center of the home button and it still won't work. Seems to me that it is either not sensitive enough, or some other problem.

Regardless, word is that an OTA fixed this problem on the Taiwan HTC One 2 days ago, so now I guess we just need to complain loud enough that HTC/Sprint pump out the fix to us ASAP before we all return our phones.
 

2k4mach

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Mines like this as well, you can hit the back button dead on and no response. Hopefully they issue a fix somewhat quickly.

Sent from my HTCONE using Tapatalk 2
 

TucanMobile

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Dec 4, 2007
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Having this problem as well. My device was built April 9th 2013. I can sit there and tap on the home button for 30 seconds or more in every way possible and have no registration of the contact.

This might just be wishful thinking but for some reason clicking the app drawer icon seems to fix the issue right away making me think this is software.

Other than this the build quality and everything else seems perfect.

Sent from my HTCONE using xda app-developers app
 

m03sizlak

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HTC needs to admit they have a problem here and advise us whether we should be returning these or waiting for an OTA patch which will be coming VERY soon.
 

derekwilkinson

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I saw some people talking about this and didn't know what they were referring to.. I got my phone on launch day and have no issues with it, that looks super annoying
 

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