Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...
[OTA Captured] Sprint HTC One M8 Receives Update to 1.54.651.8, Gains Extreme Power Saving Mode
The Sprint HTC One (M8) was only released a few short weeks ago, but it has just received its first OTA update. No, it doesn’t update the device to some of those mystery Android 4.4.3 builds we’ve seen lately. Rather, it teaches the device a few new tricks.
The new firmware comes in at software version 1.54.651.8, and it features baseband version 1.05.20.0321_2. In addition to the claimed “Network acquisition enhancements,” this update brings a new Extreme Power Savings Mode. This new mode extends your battery life by “conserving CPU usage, reducing screen brightness, turning off vibration feedback, turning off data connection when screen is off, allowing only essential apps to run, and turning off pedometer.”
The new Extreme Power Savings Mode can be toggled via a status bar quick control. And as you’d expect from the name, enabling this new mode is pretty much a last resort. This is because when enabled, you’ll be prevented from doing pretty much anything with your device other than make calls, send texts and emails, check your calendar, and use the calculator.
The update is currently being delivered in the form of a staged OTA rollout. As such, not every device will receive the update in the first wave. Thankfully, XDA Recognized Contributor Rydah805 managed to pull the complete update for your sideloading pleasure. And if you would prefer to install the update without the new recovery and hboot, Senior Member eric00716 managed to separate the OTA and provide instructions on how to install it.
You can read more in the update discussion thread. And if you wish to get in on the update a bit early, head over to the pulled OTA links above. Finally, if you’re a Sprint HTC One M8 user already and you’ve already loaded the new update, share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they've been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung's flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google's turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google's network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to...