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Chris Gilliam · Mar 10, 2015

SkyDragon ROM: First Sense 7 ROM for the HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 is frequently lauded as a standout among last year's smartphone offerings, boasting a sleek metal design, and a gorgeous software experience. But with the updated UI of this year's lookalike M9 set to hit store shelves later this month, industrious XDA Forums members have been hard at work bringing the latest software advances to the phones we already own. Nowhere is this push for Lollipop and Sense 7 felt stronger than with the previously featured team behind the...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Add Some Aroma Magic to Your Project with Lazy Aroma

With a much certainty, we can say that Aroma is one of the most widely used projects here on XDA. We have talked about it countless times in the past. This system was created by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz, and it has since dramatically changed how we install ROMs, kernels, and flashable modifications by allowing us to select which applications, libraries, and boot animations we would like to have installed. It's almost a given that everyone reading this has already seen a thread with the...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 23, 2014

Create AROMA Flashable Zips in Seconds

Few tools have made ROM installation and customization easier than AROMA Installer by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz. Rather than installing a preconfigured package, AROMA allows users to pick and choose what parts to install and/or what parameters to set. If you're a developer looking to incorporate AROMA installer into your flashable ZIPs, there are plenty of guides that we've featured to help you do so. However, those looking for an automated method should check out AROMA Zip Maker by XDA Senior...

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Samantha · Feb 2, 2014

Flash Different Text Fonts Through AROMA with FontFly

One of the simplest ways of giving your Android interface a new and refreshed look is to change the default font. Achieving this is easy, as all that’s required is switching the .ttf files in one of the system directories, hence the abundance of third-party apps in the Play Store requiring root access. And if you’re a user of one of the few ROMs that can change fonts for you, well, all the better! But for those who are not...

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Samantha · Dec 4, 2013

Revitalize Your Sony Xperia SP with Speedy Droid

Smartphones are pretty high maintenance devices. No matter how impressive the spec sheets are, the phone in your hand will inevitably get cluttered and unkempt with daily use, personalization, customization, and modifications. This is why it's a good idea to have a 'spring cleaning' of sorts every once in a while, just to refresh your device. So for Sony Xperia SP users looking to do so, Speedy Droid may be of interest. Developed by XDA Recognized Developer Divaksh, Speedy Droid...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 18, 2013

Comprehensive Guide to AROMA Installer

Ever since XDA Recognized Developer amarullz created the AROMA installer, we've seen it used in quite a variety of ways. One of the first proofs of concept was the constantly evolving AROMA File Manager by amarullz himself. We've also seen it used for ROM and kernel customization, toolkits, debloating utilities, and much more. The widespread use of AROMA installer should come as no surprise. After all, the installer is both versatile and user friendly. So naturally, quite a few developers have adopted it into their own...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 24, 2013

Primer on Using AROMA Installer with Your Development Work

By now, you should all be familiar with AROMA Installer by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz. As a brief primer for the uninitiated, AROMA installer is a powerful GUI that is accessible via most modern aftermarket recoveries such as TWRP and CWM. The main purpose of AROMA Installer is to allow you to customize the installation of whatever tweaks, ROMs, kernels, and mods you may be installing. A popular example of this in practice is the popular ElementalX kernel for a range...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 24, 2013

Major Update to AROMA Installer and File Manager

It's been some time since we last heard about an update to AROMA. Sure, we publish stories of modifications and tweaks that utilize the AROMA Installer to afford end users choice in customizing exactly what they are installing. However, XDA Recognized Developer amarullz has now given his AROMA Installer a rather hefty update. For those who haven't yet heard of AROMA, we recommend checking out some of our earlier stories on the installer. So what do developers have to gain by upgrading to the...

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Conan Troutman · May 3, 2013

Custom Kernel for the HTC One Brings a Touch of Normality to its Button Layout

Despite being an almost sickeningly desirable, ultra-specced, and feature laden beast of a device---so desirable in fact that this self confessed Samsung fanboy considered making it his next device---the HTC One isn't without it's little quirks. These are quirks that may just be enough to sway somebody from choosing it over a competitor. One of these is the somewhat baffling decision by HTC to offer only two capacitive buttons and opt for an on screen software menu button in the absence of the...

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David Watt · Oct 25, 2012

Terminal Emulator Added to AROMA File Manager

By now we all know what AROMA Installer is and just how useful it has become for ROM developers and end users alike. The recovery-based installation environment has proven to be very popular across all XDA device forums, and is used to customize the installation of ROMS, kernels, and various other mods. And following on from this, AROMA Installer spawned AROMA File manager, which funnily enough, is a handy 'run from recovery' feature-rich file manager. Both of these tools recently...

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Conan Troutman · Oct 8, 2012

AROMA Installer & Filemanager Receives Major Update

Since its release, AROMA Installer by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz has become a pretty popular way for developers and ROM chefs alike to allow users to customize the ROM installation process. If you aren't already familiar, it is a GUI that runs after you select the ROM you wish to flash in recovery. AROMA can offer you various choices such as different kernels, system apps, launchers, themes, or whatever the developer has decided and allow you to choose between. Until recently, it took...

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Former Writer · Jun 13, 2012

AROMA-Based Toolkit for the Samsung Infuse 4G

With numerous tool kits available for a plethora of HTC devices, some Samsung users may feel a little left out. Toolkits are often an integral part of a new user's experience because they provide easy access to otherwise complex development work. Samsung Infuse 4G users now have such a toolkit thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor Zen Arcade. The toolkit is unique as it doesn't run on the PC or while the phone is physically booted, but rather in recovery using the popular AROMA installer. It can flash ROMs and...

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