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December 13, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
One of the advantages to the newer generation of smartphones is excellent dock integration. Depending on the device, you can have desktop mode or car mode. On some Motorola devices, you can can do a little bit more than that. However, docks that provide all the functionality are typically more expensive than docks than can do just one thing. Now, there is a hardware mod for AT&T HTC One X docks that will let them do both at the flip of a switch.
XDA Forum Member ModemJunki released a hardware tutorial that turns a cheap dock into a dock that can be used for both desktop and car modes. ModemJunki explains how the modes are triggered:
The signal to go into dock mode is triggered with a resistor between pins 4 and 5.
10kOhm triggers auto dock mode
68kOhm triggers desk dock mode (also, a 47kOhm triggers desk dock mode)
In the tutorial, users will need a cheap dock they can sacrifice to a good cause. They will then take it apart and make the proper modifications. Among the mods, is a switch that users can flip to trigger desktop and car modes. Once completed, users simply have to put the One X in the dock and flip the switch depending on which mode they want.
For the full tutorial with instructions, pictures, and video, check out the original thread.
Downgrading HTC HBoots has been all the rage this year. Users usually do it so they can downgrade to a HBoot that can be S-Off unlocked. They aren’t the most user friendly procedures, though. In many cases, doing so involves hard bricking the phone and using either Qualcomm’s download mode or a wire trick to bring it back to life, flashing an old HBoot in the process. There is now a similar process for AT&T HTC One X users who are brave enough.
XDA Senior Member yarrimapirate has released a toolkit that helps get your HBoot downgraded to 1.09 for further hacking. While the toolkit seems like an all-in-one solution, there is a lot more going on under the hood.
This is essentially the same method as linked above. The tool bricks the phone and uses download mode to flash an older Hboot. Then, it recovers the rest of the phone. Users who are willing to try this need to be running Linux and need to have a good deal of patience. In some cases, this can take a very long time to work. For those who encounter problems, yarrimapirate includes a troubleshooting FAQ.
To learn more, check out the original thread.
November 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
For most rooted users, experience with ADB and Fastboot is generally limited to rooting and the occasional digital voyage into other types of mods. For this reason, a number of one-click tools have been developed to help the average person better modify Android. Now, the AT&T HTC One X has a one click process to install boot.img files.
Usually, to flash a boot.img, users have to either use Fastboot or flash an RUU. The tool is called HTC Auto Boot.img Installer, and it was developed by XDA Recognized Contributor XsMagical. In order to use it, users must have their bootloaders unlocked one way or another.
The zip file includes two scripts. The first script is for when you are booted into Android and the other is for when you’re in Fastboot. Place the boot.img into the appropriate folder and run the script. It’s a simple tool, but it may save time for the less tech savvy or those who don’t wish to download the Android SDK. That said, we firmly believe that everyone should learn basic Android tools such as ADB and Fastboot at some point!
For more details, check out the original thread.
In most cases, root can be attained and kept through any number of firmware updates. Rooted users simply need to wait for ROM devs to get the stock, rooted ROM up and then flash to it. However, sometimes it isn’t that easy. For instance, things can often be complicated for people who bought the phone after the firmware update. In those cases, new firmware updates still need to be rooted. For the HTC One X on AT&T, the 2.20 firmware has been updated.
What made this so challenging was, of course, HTC. In earlier firmware versions, users could unlock their bootloaders using HTCDev. With the latest 2.20 update, the bootloader was locked down and remained that way. That is, until XDA Forum Member djrbliss released a root method that was able to get past that. Essentially, the method involves using an exploit to overwrite the CID so that HTCDev’s website will recognize it and unlock the bootloader.
To proceed, users download and run a script that runs the exploit. There are two versions currently out—one for Linux and one for Windows. Once the exploit is done, you follow the usual steps for root which include unlocking the bootloader via HTCDev, flashing a recovery, and flashing either a rooted ROM or SuperSU.
If that sounds a little too tedious for you, then there is an easier way. XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000 has already integrated this latest root method into his all-in-one toolkit.
[Thanks to hasoon2000 for the tip!]
The kernel source for the Tegra 3-based International HTC One X was released over two months ago. However, its Snapdragon S4-based sister device, the AT&T One X has left users eagerly awaiting the kernel source release for their device. Well, the wait is finally over!
XDA Forum Member shashank_virgo let us know that HTC have released version 1.73 of the kernel source. While this is a relatively old version that has since been updated numerous times, it’s still a great starting point for the developers to sink their teeth into, and start producing some long awaited custom kernels for the device.
In fact, one dev has already been busy, releasing the first custom kernel for the AT&T variant. XDA Recognized Developer sbryan12144 has compiled the source with his first tweaks, which enable overclocking of the device up to 1.8 GHz. Now, overclocking the AT&T One X to 1.8 GHz is nothing new. However, this does mark the arrival of the first custom kernel for the device.This is only the start, and he promises there are more features to come.
We can no doubt also expect to see a number of other developers come up with their own customs kernels in the near future. Keep an eye on the AT&T One X Development Forum for more kernel activity.
July 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Overclocking a device can have a lot of uses. It can help eliminate the last few traces of UI lag, it can make games run faster, and it’s always fun to point out that a dual core running 1.8GHz is faster than most desktop computers were 10 years ago. Despite the setbacks, users generally enjoy being able to overclock their phones. For the AT&T/Rogers HTC One X/XL and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, overclocking is now available.
Originally brought to the EVO 3D by XDA Elite Recognized Developer coolbho3000, the kernel modules were brought to the AT&T/Rogers One series devices by coolbho3000 as well. The EVO LTE kernels modules were ported from the AT&T One to the EVO 4G LTE by XDA Senior Member Art2Fly.
Despite being for different devices, the method to install is the same. Users adb push the krait_oc.ko module, install the modified thermald.conf, and load the overclock. When finished, users will be able to set their overclock in applications like SetCPU. The removal process is simply restoring the original thermald.conf and removing the added module. For EVO LTE users, there is an easier route as XDA Recognized Developer Dread 7us has created an application to automate the process for those uncomfortable with doing it manually. Proceed with caution, however, as overclocking does have an inherent risk to the hardware of your phone.
To get started, AT&T/Rogers HTC One X/XL users can check out the HTC One series thread. HTC EVO LTE users can check out the EVO LTE thread and, for the automated app, the application thread. For users rocking the HTC One S, coolbho3000′s module may also work for you as well.
One of the risks involved with unlocking today’s HTC devices is that despite your right to hack your device, unlocking the bootloader using HTC’s method involves effectively losing your warranty. This can cause a number of problems. The biggest of which is if the phone has a legitimate problem, HTC may not replace it even if it’s a factory defect. Users can sometimes revert the phone to stock and get a replacement, but often it won’t work.
AT&T and Rogers HTC One X owners can get around this little problem with a tutorial written by XDA Senior Member 18th.abn that doesn’t go through HTCDev. The process is a little complicated. However, if you don’t want HTC to know you’re unlocking the bootloader, it’s the only way.
Users are required to download spoofed partitions and push them to the One X. Next, users push a modified unlock code through the bootloader. This will unlock the bootloader without dealing with HTCDev at all. 18th.abn does say that there’s a script in the works, but until it’s completed users will have to do all this by hand. Originally created for the AT&T One X, support for the Rogers variant was added by XDA Senior Member niceppl.
July 2, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
It’s been a little while since we last visited with the smooth and ultra smooth Rosie mods originally released for the International One X. Since then, the modification has been included in recent releases of Leedroid tweaks. This means that it’s available for pretty much any HTC device with access to Leedroid tweaks.
For those who don’t know what Smooth and Ultra Smooth Rosie is, it is a method of flattening the images on your home screens. As a result, fewer system resources are used drawing it and this gives users a faster, more responsive launcher experience. While it may be better suited for older HTC devices that suffer from lag, users of the One X—both International and AT&T—have reported performance improvements immediately after installing.
Having made its way around the forums, it was a little bit of a surprise that one of the first ports wasn’t to the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X. This has been rectified, however. Ported to the AT&T One X by XDA Senior Member sk806, the mod comes in two versions—standard and landscape-capable. The system app is easy to install, and just requires a simple flash from a custom recovery.
For more information and download links, hit up the original thread.