I have a Cincinnati Bell HTC One S that I've had for about 18 months. I play games and use apps, very rarely use it for pictures(10 max before I move them to my desktop), and never for music. I started having issues with games, and the game help desk said I needed to install the new andriod update. Then, I started having sporadic difficulty connecting to the wifi in my house, and my carrier told me my phone was somehow defective and I needed to buy a new one. That didn't sound right to me, so I started researching.
The phone says it is version 4.1.1, 3.14.422.11 710RD, and when I try to do a manual update, it says there is no update available. I started looking online, rather than through Cincinnati Bell, and I see that a version 4.1.2 version came out for my phone last summer, and many people are even running versions up to 4.4? I also noticed that my phone is set with 6.07GB for Internal Storage, and 9.93GB of Phone Storage.
I then searched the web articles about my phone, my carrier, my version, and HTC updates in general. The general conclusion is that, even though there have been updates released by HTC for the One S, my carrier has not tested and/or made the updates available, and, upon further reading, there are many updates available beyond the official updates that people are using successfully and stably. Therefore, I decided it looks like it's up to me to keep my phone functioning for my specific purposes, so I needed to figure out what was the most successfully and stably used upgrade to my phone/carrier's system, and how to go about applying it.
I searched the web for forums about my phone, and the 3 most popular results were xda-developers.com, androidcentral.com(which seems to focus on non-US, and doesn't have a very active community, regardless of expertise), and cyanogenmod.com(which didn't have any references to my carrier). I went to xda-developers because it has the most active community with members who have direct experience with my phone and my carrier, specifically. After telling them this same story, I've received no answer for the past 2 days. Not so much as a "GTFO!"
I'm guessing I may have been too much a newb to be considered worth helping. So, here are my general questions:
Would my phone be performing better with an updated version/ROM/ruu/whatever-you-wanna-callit?
Since I don't really use any storage for movies, music, or pictures, is there a way to re-allocate the storage so I have more room for apps?
Since I don't really use any storage for movies, music, or pictures, is there a way to get rid of the apps related to them? (Google Play Books, Music, Newsstand, Google Text-to-Speech Engine, SoundHound)
I am obviously a complete newb, but I follow directions well. Can someone please help me out or direct me to what I'm supposed to read?