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. And since it uses the AROMA installer, users can pick and choose to customize their experience. From removing bloatware to over a dozen modifications, with ways to remove those modifications, some LeeDroid tweaks, and even some themed AOSP apps and a bunch more, there is literally something in here for every One S owner.
Visit the original thread to get started.
[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor torxx for the tip!]
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 seen on the Desire HD and One X, comes from XDA Senior Member MacroHD. It is available in the form of an easily recovery-flashable update.zip. Users who use this may not see an immediate improvement to their GPS, but MacroHD assures users that it is, in fact, faster. One S owners who want to attempt this should give that GPS Status app a try to help expedite the process. Otherwise, this looks like a nice, safe, and simple tweak to help GPS work more rapidly faster. The mod itself involves a variety of build.prop tweaks as well as gps.conf_V3 tweaks. In his words:
with the faster_gps_fix you may not see a faster result at first try. thats because your device have to redownload the a-gps data. so make sure you have a data connection.
you also can redownload the a-gps data manuall with a market app called GPS-Status for example.
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 Samsung’s S Voice.
Originally posted for the International Galaxy Note by XDA Senior Member Zanr Zij, which showed that S Voice worked on the Note and probably many other Samsung Galaxy S devices, the S Voice has begun slowly making its way from device to device as users figure out whether or not it works for them.
Fortunately, XDA Senior Member dolcedavinci was brave enough to give it a shot and found out that the proprietary Samsung app actually does work on the HTC One S. And of course, this means that it doesn’t require any Samusng-specific framework and will likely work on many, many other devices as well. Installation is simple, just install the apk and give it a whirl.
For additional information, check out the Galaxy Note thread where you’ll find the download link to the apk for S Voice. You can also check out the One S thread to see it working for the HTC phone. Since you can just install the app like any other apk, and thus uninstall it easily, there’s no risk in trying this for yourself on your own device!
May 13, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With the release of new devices, comes the age-old rigmarole of coming up with tweaks and modifications. Most devices will at least get some performance-enhancing mods. And since we’ve all come to accept the sad fact that the manufacturer specified battery life generally overrated, regardless of platform, we undoubtedly see battery-saving tweaks as well. With that, one of the tried and true ways of helping out your battery life is to lower the screen brightness. Since the display generally takes the biggest slice of your battery pie most of the time, this is a powerful last-ditch effort for those looking to squeeze in a few extra hours.
For users of the HTC One S, there is now a mod that lowers the brightness of your AMOLED screen with the goal of improving battery life thanks to XDA Recognized Themer he_stheone64. This was done by changing the values in the brightness control code to make the screen darker than it normally would be by lowering the values 10 to 20 percent.
The resulting mod has been claimed to save up to 10% of a user’s battery during heavy usage periods like playing games, as the phone doesn’t spend so much power brightening up the screen. It is easily flashed in recovery and he_stheone64 has been kind enough to include a mod that’ll return users to the stock values for those not content with the lower brightness. With the mod, though, users will definitely be able to have their screen on for longer without having to worry so much about the battery. It’s not the end-all solution to the best battery dilema, but it’s definitely a step forward for those willing to put up with a dimmer screen.
If you’re looking to save some battery life on your One S, head on over to the original thread for download links, instructions, discussion, and much more.
May 9, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Tool kits are often one of the most useful things a user will ever download. They usually let users efficiently perform a variety of tasks including acquiring root, installing a custom recovery, and flashing various development work ranging from ROMs to kernels. In other words, it lowers the entry cost for new users, and allows even the more experienced users to enjoy easy flashing.
Now, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, there are a variety of tool kits for many HTC devices. Currently supported devices include the HTC myTouch 4G Slide, HTC One S, HTC One X, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Rezound, and the HTC Vivid.
For some users, this tool kit is not exactly a new experience. This is the tool was recently used in the post-update root tutorial for the HTC Sensation. However, it’s worth mentioning all of the great things this tool does for devices. In the case of the One X, the features include:
- Get Token ID
- Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
- Install Recoveries
Interim Custom CWM
DoomRecovery Custom CWM
CWM 18.104.22.168 (Touch)
-Flash Kernels provided
- Link to this thread (Android-Dev / XDA)
- Link to PM me if you need a phone unlocked (Android-Dev / XDA)
- Link to the One X Development thread (Android-Dev / XDA)
- Boot Into Recovery
- Boot into Bootloader
- Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
- APK Batch Installer (Credits to hamsteyr)
- Donate to me (Hasoon2000) -> Donating to yours truly for putting time into this!
In terms of tool kits, this does pretty much everything you’d expect, plus a whole bunch of other stuff as well, such as linking back to the device’s respective XDA-Developers forum. Users looking to get in on the tool kit action should proceed to their appropriate thread:
April 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Getting a new Android phone can be as daunting as it is exciting. However, the new technology, the newest versions of Android and OEM skins, and the superior hardware are just the beginning of the fun. The next step is unlocking the bootloader, rooting the device, getting recovery, and finding a new favorite ROM. It can take awhile even for advanced users to find the methods to do all these things.
For owners of the HTC One S, the relevant methods are conveniently packed into one, neatly kept thread. XDA Senior Member torxx has written such a thread as a beacon to all users looking to do a little more than installing the latest version of Draw Something and sync their contacts.
The tutorial is brief, but every bit as informative as it needs to be. The tutorial guides users through unlocking their bootloaders via HTCDev’s website, flashing a custom recovery, and obtaining root access. The guide does require a little background knowledge, so make sure you understand all steps before getting started.
For the full tutorial and various links, visit the original thread.
March 13, 2012 By: David Watt
The HTC Sensation and HTC Evo 3D were recently treated to an eagerly anticipated Sense 4.0 port by Virtuous development team. These ports were based on the leaked HTC Endeavor RUU, meaning a lot of widgets and apps had to be resized, due to the difference in screen resolution between the two devices and the HTC Endeavor (now known as the HTC One X).
Today, on behalf of the Virtuous development team, Recognized Developer mdeejay brings us the first custom ROM for these two devices, based on the freshly leaked HTC One S Developer Preview RUU. Given the HTC Sensation/Evo 3D and HTC One S share the same screen resolution (540×960), no resizing of widgets or apps is required, meaning greater overall compatibility between the devices.
The ROM is currently in Alpha stages, so don’t expect everything to work out of the box. A list of known issues is provided, such as non working camera, Bluetooth, mass storage and animations. But the developer states that fixes will soon appear. To get your hands on this fresh port, head on over to the HTC Sensation and HTC Evo3D GSM threads.
HTC news probably won’t stop until we get our hands on the appetizing new HTC One line. By now we have have already heard a few things about the flagship One X, and now thanks to XDA Forum Member TMartin, we have a leaked RUU for the HTC One S.
While this may not inherently be useful, as the device has not yet been released, the leaked RUU opens the door for ROM chefs to start making magic. Undoubtedly, we will soon see many ports for other HTC devices based on this leak.
I proudly present HTC One S (aka HTC Ville)……
Thanks to qarclub @ zhangku
Continue on to the original thread to get your hands on the RUU and start porting.
Remember the HTC One product line that we examined during our time at MWC? Now as their launch dates creep ever closer, we are giving the product family a home on our forums. All three high-end devices are poised for flagship status, fusing premium internals and top-notch build quality.
The HTC One X features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7″ 720p Super LCD2 display, 32 gigs of storage, and a full gig of RAM. The HTC One XL offers similar specs and an almost identical design, but swaps out the Tegra 3 processor for an extremely speedy 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and LTE connectivity. The HTC One S also looks appetizing, boasting the same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1 GB of RAM as its XL brother, but with a smaller 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display and 16 gigs of internal storage. And most importantly, the three will feature unlockable bootloaders, courtesy of HTCdev.