1. Michael Fuller1's Avatar
    I have Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview on my HTC 8S and I read an article on how to get Cortana outside the U.S., and I tried what was said by changing the phone language and region to U.S., rebooted the phone and no Cortana. So, I re-booted 10 times and STILL no Cortana. The HTC 8S and other HTC Windows Phones are really bad! They will not allow non US phones to get Cortana! The HTC 8S is literally one of the worst phones ever! I definitely do NOT recommend anyone to get the HTC 8S.
    04-17-2014 12:39 PM
  2. Alessandro Rizzo's Avatar
    Cortana doesn't work on non-US HTCs
    04-17-2014 12:54 PM
  3. Scanspeak's Avatar
    Even if you manage to install it, the 8S was designed by someone who knew nothing about what the purpose of onboard memory is. You`d end up with a phone that has absolutely no space for anything.

    I did have this piece of crap too, would never ever buy an HTC in my life again. Initially, I thought the OS is not finished, it appeared the HTC was just a dreadfull piece of hardware - low memory, daily self shut downs, their online support was ok but the repair centers, at least in Eastern Europe are slow. After the first repair I got my phone back with all the badges "Tested" and so on - it did not even recognize any SIM card after a mainboard replacement...So, out of about 10 months, it spent two months in repairs.
    04-19-2014 10:35 AM
  4. szymek48's Avatar
    Unfortunately I have to agree. I hate this phone. But it's not as bad as it was thanks to the WP 8.1. Now I can install billions of apps and I don't have to worry about the space on my phone.
    04-19-2014 04:30 PM
  5. thisiswhatklfisabout's Avatar
    I have an HTC 8S and it worked fine with 8.0, and works even better with 8.1. It cannot be compared to the higher-end versions of Windows phones (8X or the Lumia 9xx, 1xxx series), but I think it was clear when you bought it that it offers a "lower end" experience - the price tag had to have been an indicator, not to mention the specs. NB, Cortana is still beta, and it is naturally limited to the US - they want to fine-tune it for their home market and THEN release it to an international audience.

    The low internal memory has been, indeed, annoying, but now, with the 8.1 you can easily overcome this problem as you have to the option of placing the apps and downloads to the SD card.

    The 8S was clearly intended to be an intro model for people who wanted to try the WP experience yet didn't want to invest too much money in it. That's the way the market works, I'm afraid.

    As far as I'm concerned: the 8S design was, by far, the best of the Windows Phones (and, actually, non WP models as well) when I bought it last fall, and I have still yet to find a handset that appeals to me visually like the 8S did. I'm satisfied with it and I hope that I can find half as good a phone next time when I'm buying a new one.
    04-20-2014 02:54 AM
  6. illia2007's Avatar
    You should install US firmware on your device.

    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 620 using Tapatalk
    04-20-2014 03:01 AM
  7. Anshuman Bhadauria's Avatar
    WP 8.1 runs smoothly on my HTC 8s along with Cortana.
    04-20-2014 07:35 AM
  8. my_mcfc's Avatar
    Im from Nepal and i own developer preview along with Cortana and it rocks
    04-20-2014 07:51 AM
  9. QuadraFX's Avatar
    I have Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview on my HTC 8S and I read an article on how to get Cortana outside the U.S., and I tried what was said by changing the phone language and region to U.S., rebooted the phone and no Cortana. So, I re-booted 10 times and STILL no Cortana. The HTC 8S and other HTC Windows Phones are really bad! They will not allow non US phones to get Cortana! The HTC 8S is literally one of the worst phones ever! I definitely do NOT recommend anyone to get the HTC 8S.
    It's not the phone. It's Microsoft that decides not to give non-US users the best toys they have for US. That's all.
    On the other hand, the HTC technical support is really bad - this is what I call a mistake.
    04-23-2014 04:16 AM
  10. azcruz's Avatar
    I love ❤ my HTC 8S with Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana :P

    Sent from my Windows Phone 8S by HTC using Tapatalk
    04-23-2014 04:20 AM
  11. jefbeard911's Avatar
    I have Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview on my HTC 8S and I read an article on how to get Cortana outside the U.S., and I tried what was said by changing the phone language and region to U.S., rebooted the phone and no Cortana. So, I re-booted 10 times and STILL no Cortana. The HTC 8S and other HTC Windows Phones are really bad! They will not allow non US phones to get Cortana! The HTC 8S is literally one of the worst phones ever! I definitely do NOT recommend anyone to get the HTC 8S.
    I have Cortana on my non-US 8S. Works great. A lot of other have been able to install it too.

    Not sure why your having trouble. The order in which you do things is very important. Everything must be switched to US region before you begin..just fyi. Also, Cortana gets installed as an icon in your app list, not pinned to your start screen.
    Also, the region must stay on US for Cortana to be there. It will install but disappear if you change your region back to your local one.

    Anyway, good luck.
    05-01-2014 02:04 AM
  12. jefbeard911's Avatar
    Even if you manage to install it, the 8S was designed by someone who knew nothing about what the purpose of onboard memory is. You`d end up with a phone that has absolutely no space for anything.

    I did have this piece of crap too, would never ever buy an HTC in my life again. Initially, I thought the OS is not finished, it appeared the HTC was just a dreadfull piece of hardware - low memory, daily self shut downs, their online support was ok but the repair centers, at least in Eastern Europe are slow. After the first repair I got my phone back with all the badges "Tested" and so on - it did not even recognize any SIM card after a mainboard replacement...So, out of about 10 months, it spent two months in repairs.
    Not true, once 8.1 is installed and you install all your apps back to your SD card you'll have plenty of internal storage left. I have tons of apps installed on mine and I still have 750MB left on my internal.
    05-01-2014 02:07 AM
  13. sumton's Avatar
    I'd totally switch to HTC if they make another phone similar to 8s Design but with 4.7in screen and higher HW specifications
    8s one of the most beautiful windows phones I ever seen sadly low end HW spec/high price killed it
    Last edited by sumton; 05-03-2014 at 01:52 AM.
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    05-03-2014 01:40 AM
  14. jefbeard911's Avatar
    I'd totally switch to HTC if they make another phone similar to 8s Design but with 4.7in screen and higher HW specifications
    8s one of the most beautiful windows phones I ever seen sadly low end HW spec/high price killed it
    ​The 8X is really nice, but only 4.2in screen. Would work for me but understand many like larger screens. Not a Lumia fan huh? 925/928 is nice.
    05-03-2014 03:37 AM
  15. sumton's Avatar
    ​The 8X is really nice, but only 4.2in screen. Would work for me but understand many like larger screens. Not a Lumia fan huh? 925/928 is nice.
    i like both
    jefbeard911 likes this.
    05-03-2014 04:07 AM
  16. Ranbir Singh4's Avatar
    can some one clear thesteps how to install 8.1 in htc 8s
    05-29-2014 04:55 AM
  17. Ranbir Singh4's Avatar
    please helps step by step menthod to install 8.1 in htc 8s
    05-29-2014 04:56 AM
  18. Josip Zeljko's Avatar
    please helps step by step menthod to install 8.1 in htc 8s
    Go to Windows App Studio - Microsoft and register an account.
    Install the Preview for Developers app from the Windows Phone store on your device
    When you run the app check "Enable preview for developers"
    Go to phone setting and check for updates. A new update should appear
    06-02-2014 03:57 PM
  19. Michael Fuller1's Avatar
    Well. I have decided that from June 2 2015, I will never, EVER get any HTC Windows Phones again. I will be getting a Nokia Lumia which makes people happy, not angry like with my HTC 8S. It's just the worst phone in existence.
    06-18-2014 09:28 PM

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