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Will Verduzco · Apr 24, 2014

Android 4.4.2 OTA Now Available for the Verizon Droid DNA

A couple of days ago, we talked about how the Android 4.4.2 upgrade for the  HTC Droid DNA had received technical approval from verizon for OTA release. We also mentioned how the update was scheduled to go live on Thursday the 24th. Well folks, today's the day of official KitKat for Verizon’s close cousin to the Japanese HTC Butterfly. The OTA was first spotted this morning by XDA Senior Member Spider210, who received a two-part OTA. The first part is a small (~5 MB)...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 22, 2014

Verizon Droid DNA to Receive 4.4.2 KitKat + Sense 5.5 OTA This Thursday

The HTC Droid DNA is Verizon's close cousin to the Japanese HTC Butterfly. It launched all the way back at the tail end of 2012 with Android 4.1, which has since been officially updated to 4.2.2. Now, the device is about to skip over 4.3, and jump straight Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Droid DNA now have reason to rejoice, as HTC has received technical approval for its Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5 update on the DNA. As expected, this is not going to...

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Samantha · Feb 3, 2014

HTC Droid DNA Gets Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5

You may remember that just recently the HTC Droid DNA gained the ability to dual multiple ROMs thanks to an unofficial MultiROM port. So for the folks who've been wondering how this may be of benefit, there’s now a Sense 5.5-laced build of Android 4.4.2 that’s been ported over from the HTC One to the Droid DNA that may serve as a fine starting point. Not possible without the efforts of XDA Recognized Developers sbryan12144 and Zarboz as well as newtoroot, joelz9614, and Hawknest; the...

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Samantha · Jan 30, 2014

Boot Multiple Roms on the HTC Droid DNA with Unofficial MultiROM Port

It seems like XDA Recognized Developer Tassadar's MultiROM seems to be quite the popular method for different devices to boot multiple ROMs nowadays, considering that MultiROM was originally developed for only the Nexus 7 and has since been ported over to a number of other phones such as the Sony Xperia M and the Optimus One. And the community doesn't look like stopping any time soon, as the HTC Droid DNA, a.k.a. HTC Butterfly, has recently received an unofficial MultiROM...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 9, 2013

Rumrunner S-Off Now Available for the HTC Droid DNA

Just yesterday, we mentioned how the HTC Droid DNA was starting to receive its Android 4.2.2 update in the form of a 2-part OTA. While official OEM-provided Android updates are always welcome, they often also come with the unwanted side effect of closing off previous root methods. Luckily, when one door is closed, another often opens---and this new door comes in the form of a new S-off method for devices running software version 3. XDA Recognized Developer beaups managed to bring his Rumrunner...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 8, 2013

Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 Arrives on the HTC Droid DNA, KitKat in Q1 2014

HTC has been quite good about releasing expedient Android system updates as of late. To that end, we've recently seen Android 4.4 KitKat updates for both the HTC One Google Play edition, as well as the developer and unlocked version of the OEM-skinned model. Now, the company has shared its KitKat update plans for the HTC Droid DNA. Close cousin to the HTC J Butterfly, the Droid DNA is HTC's former flagship a few generations ago, and the first mass...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 20, 2013

HTC Sheds Light on KitKat Update Timetable

Yesterday, Motorola shared some insight into its Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plans. They added some devices to the update list, and they even began the KitKat rollout to the Verizon variant of their flagship Moto X. Today, HTC has followed suit by elucidating on their update plans. Not too long ago, HTC publicly stated that they had already delivered the KitKat code for the HTC One Google Play edition to Google. While the update is still yet to be seen,...

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admin · Jul 3, 2013

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're currently testing a system, we call the Development Database (or DevDB for short) on a handful of forums (Galaxy S II, Xperia Z, Galaxy Note...

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jerdog · May 3, 2013

You Asked for Them – You Got Them, and More!

A while back, we took a poll on which handset we should add to the list of XDA merchandise. After a few months of discussion, and honestly just having a lot going on, we're ready to announce the winning selections for addition to our XDA case lineup with CruzerLite. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Apr 11, 2013

Kernel Source Released for Some HTC One Variants and the Droid DNA

OK. It's no big secret. The HTC One is a great and exciting device. You've heard us talk about it---everything from the launch event and preliminary benchmarks to giving the device and its carrier variants a place on our forums. Now, we have kernel source for some One variants, which is great news for those looking to start development work for HTC's latest flagship. And since the device was only recently launched, with many carrier variants still pending release, HTC has done...

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jordankeyes · Mar 30, 2013

Device Review: HTC Droid DNA

FIRST!1!!1!!!one!eleventy!! -- A commonly found YouTube comment Once every generation or so, a device gets to make this same proclamation: first to get a new processor, first to get more RAM, first to get a better camera. This generation, one of the key features appears to be screen resolution and, at least in North America, the HTC Droid DNA claims the prize of "first" device with a 1080p display. Of course, the Droid DNA is not just another pretty face. It...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 20, 2013

FacePalm S-Off for HTC One S, One XL, and Droid DNA

One of the biggest possible hacks for most current Android devices is the ability to completely remove security flags from the bootloader. Most companies these days will give you some way to unlock your device's bootloaders, but many are simply partial unlocks, while others are entirely not unlockable. HTC is one such company that offers what is known as a "developer unlock" through the htcdev service. However, as stated already this is but a partial unlock, which allows you to...

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jerdog · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup. Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA....

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Former Writer · Jan 12, 2013

Flash Image GUI Adds Support for the HTC Droid DNA

For those who are unfamiliar, Flash Image GUI has been around for quite some time. The tool allows users to flash kernels and recoveries with a nice GUI, and all of this is done without requiring them to first reboot into recovery. While recoveries have gotten remarkably friendly over the last couple of years, some would still prefer to stay in the comfort of their favorite mobile OS for the duration of the flash. Now, this tool has added support...

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Former Writer · Dec 3, 2012

New HTC Droid DNA Exploit Helps Unlock a Different Way

In case you haven't heard, the HTC Droid DNA was unlocked despite Verizon's best efforts. The method involved re-writing the CID to fool HTCDev into thinking it was a different phone. While effective, the developers involved thought they could do better. And so they did. Now there is a new way to get the HTC Droid DNA unlocked. XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase, who released the first exploit, also created the second. This one is different in a variety of...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 30, 2012

HTC Droid DNA Gets All-in-One Toolkit

Who doesn't love all-in-one toolkits here? They make the whole process of unlocking, rooting, and flashing a custom recovery on our Android devices so easy, even a novice can do it. No more manual commands, no more searching for drivers, no more reading through multiple guides---just load up the toolkit, follow its steps, and you've got a phone ready to take to the next level. If you're an HTC Droid DNA owner looking into unlocking the bootloader of your device,...

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Former Writer · Nov 26, 2012

HTC Droid DNA HTCDev Unlock Workaround

In case you haven't heard, Verizon is at it again. So far this year, developers have had to tackle the locked bootloader on the Galaxy S III and Verizon stopping HTCDev from unlocking the HTC Incredible 4G LTE. The largest carrier in the US still hasn't learned yet, as they shut down HTCDev from working on the HTC Droid DNA. Or at least they think they did. XDA Elite Recgonized Developer jcase has posted a method to get the bootloader...

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Former Writer · Nov 23, 2012

Insecure Boot for the HTC Droid DNA

Not too long ago, we brought you a root guide for HTC's latest 440 ppi flagship device, the Droid DNA. Now, we are happy to report that there is also an insecure boot kernel for the device. XDA Recognized Developer dsb9938 has released an insecure boot kernel for the HTC Droid DNA. For those who have never used one, such a kernel allows you to have root access when accessing your phone via ADB. As explained by dsb9938 himself: This is simply modified...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 21, 2012

Forums Added for the Droid DNA, Desire C and V, Galaxy Camera, AT&T and Sprint Optimus G

Recently, we added forums for various new devices. First up is the HTC Droid DNA. HTC's late 2012 flagship packs powerful specs, a remarkably high resolution screen, and sleek curves to make any gadget lover drool. Starting with the screen, the Droid DNA (and its Japanese cousin, the J Butterfly) packs the first 1080p mobile phone display. Given the 5-inch display size, this comes out to a remarkable 440 ppi. Not just pretty to look at, the Droid DNA also packs...

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Former Writer · Nov 18, 2012

Rooting guide for Droid DNA Released

As we all know, the first step when a new device is released is to get it rooted. For some devices, it can get pretty messy. For others though, it's a tried and true method that works on many devices. For HTC devices, most of them have a single way of being rooted, starting with HTCDev. Now, the HTC Droid DNA is among the rooted. XDA News Writer HQRaja has posted a root guide for the Droid DNA. It's pretty...

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