A few folks have written in, asking about that weird symbol that's in the status bar of their AT&T HTC One X following the recent update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The answer is a simple as it is useless: It's the NFC logo. And it doesn't do a damned thing.
See, there's this push by the group that backs NFC -- that's near-field communication, if you're new to the game -- to make sure everyone knows they have NFC, and to make you actually use it. (They were all over the damned place at Mobile World Congress.)
So, after the HOX got its update, you'll be reminded every time you look at the display that you have NFC, that it's turned on, and maybe you'll want to do something with it. Suffice it to say, we're not a huge fan of symbols without any real purpose. We know NFC is turned on. We turned it on. There's a nice little checkbox in the settings.
And now there's a logo taking up space in the status bar.
Want to get rid of that new NFC symbol? You'll have to turn NFC off in the settings.