One of the most frustrating things when owning a phone as powerful as the HTC One X is playing a game the phone should be able to handle with ease, and ending up with nothing but lag. The experience, while frustrating, is one phone users know all too well, as this can even happen to dual core devices. While mobile phones aren’t bought primarily as gaming consoles, that doesn’t mean people don’t want them to act like one sometimes.
Thankfully, there’s a fix. XDA Recognized Contributor hamdir has written up a tutorial for users to explain why the One X occasionally stutters on games it should easily run and how to fix it. The process is simple and requires basically no knowledge of anything—just a rooted phone and 5 minutes to read.
The lag has been attributed to the phone’s frequency scaling, which varies depending on how many cores are in use. Even with all 4 cores active, some games apparently do not get access to all 4 of them, and the ones they do get access to don’t always use all the clock speed they can. While annoying, the fix is simple. Simply download an application called System Tuner. Now, in most scenarios, the tutorial would tell you to overclock your phone. This one, however, tells users to change the minimum clock speed. While this tweak would have a great negative impact on battery life if left enabled, battery life shouldn’t change too much if this is only used in-game.