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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 17, 2014

Make “OK Google” Compatible with Your Phone and Language of Choice

Being able to say "OK Google" from the comfort of your home screen was introduced alongside the Nexus 5's Google Experience Launcher a few months ago. It allows users to control their devices with just their voice, as saying "OK Google” launches the voice command detection mode. With the newest update of Google Search, "OK Google" can finally detect languages other than English, and it works perfectly fine with other devices, but a little “hack” is needed. XDA Recognized Developer memnoc...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2013

The Evolution of Android – Part I

Android is now 6 years old. Over the years, Android was able to command over 80% of the market, while leaving iOS and Windows Mobile/Phone behind. Thus, this moment is ripe to look back at how the story of the little green robot began. Android was presented in November 2007, but September 22, 2008 marked the "real" beginning. On that day, the HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1) was presented. The beginning wasn't nice and easy, though. Many critics...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2013

Easily Dim the Capacitive Buttons on Many HTC Devices

Hardware capacitive buttons seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many of us seem to prefer the versatility of the on-screen buttons most commonly seen on modern Nexus devices, others instead favor the increased usable screen real estate made possible by having dedicated keys outside of the display. If you happen to own an HTC device, you are probably a fan of dedicated hardware buttons. But that's not to say that you can't tweak them to make them work better...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 18, 2013

Display Your HTC Pride with These Forum Sigs

Do you consider yourself a die hard HTC fan? If so, we can't blame you. Their latest flagship, the HTC One, has been a great success, combining great build quality, snappy internals, and a remarkable screen. If you're a fan, we wouldn't be surprised if you already have something in your forum signature displaying your patronage to Taiwan's most prominent smartphone manufacturer. However, having more options is never a bad thing. XDA Forum Member Sgt-Obst created and shared a collection of HTC-loving...

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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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Former Writer · Dec 3, 2012

PACman ROM for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III and HTC One S

As our readers are no doubt aware, the PACman ROM kang has appeared on a variety of devices. It's a truly unique concept. It represents much of the best that AOSP has to offer currently all in a single package. It's been spreading across XDA, and it seems like it's going to keep going. PACman is now available on the HTC One S and the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III. XDA Recognized Developer klin1344 released the ROMs for both devices. Both ROMs are...

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Former Writer · Nov 27, 2012

Turn Your Gray/Blue One S into a Black One S

When the HTC One S was first released, it came in a sleek gray and blue color scheme. A black variant also appeared. And while the gray and blue variant is pretty sleek, some users prefer the black version. However, not all wish to buy a new phone just to update their aesthetics. There is now a way to acquire the looks of the other. XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor Zarboz released a hardware mod tutorial that helps users deconstruct the...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 19, 2012

Fix Slow Data Speed in 3rd Party ROMs on HTC One S

If you have flashed a custom ROM on your HTC One S and subsequently noticed a drop in your HSPA+ download speed, you're not the only one. Several users have reported speed drops to 3-4 Mbps from 10-14 Mbps after flashing a custom ROM. Luckily, we now have a solution that should bring your data speed back to the HSPA+ levels. When XDA Forum Member TechieGeek started experiencing low download speed on his One S after switching from stock to CM10, he...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 30, 2012

Three HTCs and a Samsung Walk into a (CM10) Bar…

The CyanogenMod crew has added four new devices to their officially supported lineup. This is exciting news, considering the popularity of the devices in question. These four flagship-status devices are some of the most widely-used phones on the market today. The list of devices and maintainers is as follows: HTC One XL (evita) maintained by XDA Recognized Developer h8rift HTC One S (ville) maintained by XDA Forums Member intervigil and XDA Senior Member xkonni HTC EVO 4G LTE (jewel) maintained by XDA...

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Former Writer · Jul 29, 2012

Unofficial CM10 Builds for the One S, X10 Mini, and X8

The march of Jelly Bean 2012 has been a massive success. With dozens of devices getting ports that at least boot and even more scheduled to get them, Jelly Bean has been like a party that everyone is invited to. Well, the fun hasn't stopped yet. In fact, it hasn't even appeared to have slowed down, as even more devices are getting Jelly Bean one way or another. The most recent legion of devices include the HTC One S, the...

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Former Writer · Jul 28, 2012

Improve HTC One S Camera Experience with ZeroCamera

We've brought you news of camera mods being ported and released across XDA. With popular HTC devices such as the Sensation and EVO LTE receiving camera mods, it was only a matter of time before other members of HTC's lineup including  the HTC One S were given such changes. Called ZeroCamera, the mod focuses more on video quality rather than picture quality, but includes both. Developed by XDA Senior Member zeroprobe, the mod increases video quality during 1080p recording. The result is a much...

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Former Writer · Jul 19, 2012

Bootloader Customization Now Open to More S-Off HTC Devices

Not too long ago, we brought you news that allowed HTC EVO 4G LTE users to customize their bootloaders. The process was pretty cool, allowing users to make their bootloader look however they want---including making it look unhacked. After the initial project was released, users clamored for this to be made available to more devices. The requests were heard and responded to. Now, the plugin has been made available to make the bootloader customizer for a number of HTC devices....

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Former Writer · Jun 21, 2012

How to Use Init.d with Any Phone

Init.d has a special place in Android. With it, users can install scripts and mods to run at boot, and thus modify almost any aspect of the phone that they want. There are battery tweaks, performance tweaks, GPS tweaks, signal tweaks, and the list goes on and on. However for these scripts to work, the phone must first have init.d support. Typically, Ramdisks provide init.d support, but sometimes it is possible to gain init.d support without flashing a new Ramdisk,...

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Former Writer · Jun 7, 2012

Fix Common Compile Errors on Sense 4 APKs

While Ice Cream Sandwich brought with it many important and needed changes to Google's star OS, it frustrated many users and developers because many popular tools for modifying files such as APK Tool and APK Manager didn't always work as planned, particularly when OEM skins such as Sense 4 were added to the mix. Currently, Sense 4 is the big culprit as there is apparently a nice list of compilation errors associated with modifying its proprietary files in APK Tool...

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Former Writer · Jun 4, 2012

EVO 4G LTE Dual Core Tweak Ported to One S, AT&T / Rogers One X

We recently brought you coverage of dual-core tweaks  for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. For those who don't remember, the modification boosted performance by forcing the device's second core to remain on at all times. Given the performance increases seen in certain situations, you would assume that this would be ported to its sibling devices featuring the same SoC. XDA Recognized Developer -viperboy- has done exactly this for users of the HTC One S. Once the One S users got in the...

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Former Writer · Jun 3, 2012

Giant Mod Pack with AROMA Installer for HTC One S

As AROMA installer continues to increase in popularity by being featured on more and more and newer devices, it has now found its way to yet another device---the HTC One S. For those who don't remember, AROMA installer allows users to pick and choose the features of a particular mod pack or ROM, and install those that are so desired. Utilizing the AROMA installer, XDA Recognized Themer he_stheone64 has released a massive mod pack with dozens of features that can be installed....

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Former Writer · May 22, 2012

GPS Tweaks for the HTC One S

It feels as thought the quest for better GPS reception and faster GPS locks has been ongoing for a very long time. However, Android users can actually do something about it, as fixes and tweaks to improve GPS have been forthcoming on virtually every rooted Android plagued by GPS woes. While not strictly having any GPS issues to begin with, the HTC One S now joins the fray with a few tweaks to help improve GPS for users. The tweak, originally...

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Former Writer · May 20, 2012

Samsung S Voice Ripped for the World to Enjoy

It's almost assumed that when the stock firmware is released for a highly anticipated device, developers will jump through hoops to make it work for their devices. As is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S III firmware, which was leaked yesterday. Developers have been getting their hands on it to give the users of their phone some SGS III love. Of course, it is assumed that the first thing to start making its rounds around the forum would be...

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