February 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
There are many more power users running Android than other, more brand-loyal “Sheeple” platforms. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the Android community is quite familiar with the awesomeness that is Reddit. A while ago, we talked a bit about a Reddit AMA session held by the awesome folks behind the popular Paranoid Android ROM. Now, there’s another Reddit AMA that may be of interest to you, and it’s with the HTC Product Team.
During the AMA session, various Redditors asked a wide variety of questions including update timing and availability, the foundations of Sense UI’s framework, and even the design inspiration behind various products like the HTC One and One X and why “the need/want for removable battery is continually decreasing.” And through HTC’s responses, we learned that HTC plans on righting its wrongs with the HTC One X by supporting the current devices for two years of updates and possibly updating at least certain variants of the One X, and why certain design and product decisions were made. Unfortunately despite being asked explicitely, there is no official word regarding an HTC-made Nexus device.
To check out the whole AMA, you should make your way over to Reddit and read the whole Q&A thread. It’s definitely worth your time if you’re an HTC fan.
January 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We’ve been talking about Android 4.4 updates, both official and unofficial, ever since KitKat was released alongside the Google Nexus 5 back in October of last year. And thankfully, the number of devices with official KitKat firmware releases is finally starting to gain some momentum. Despite this KitKat growth, many other devices have just recently received official Android 4.3 updates and/or leaks. While this isn’t ideal, at least some progress is being made towards relatively new firmwares.
However, there are some notable former flagships that are stuck in Android 4.2 land, and will never see any newer releases in official capacity. This unfortunately includes the HTC One X and One X+, the latter of which is one day shy of being just thirteen months old!
This sad news was first posted to HTC UK’s twitter account yesterday morning. And then in a statement issued to TheVerge, HTC expanded upon this by stating:
We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.
HTC, I can only imagine what your shareholders must be thinking right now. You are barely scraping by financially, only earning a marginal profit last quarter by ridding yourself of Beats. And now, you wish to further alienate your already unhappy customers by not even providing updates for a thirteen month old device? Moreover, Android 4.3 was released only 8 months after the One X+ debuted! And as we’ve seen in all of the various ports to devices with far less powerful hardware, KitKat would run beautifully on the One X and One X+. Words just cannot express… There is no reasonable logic to be found here.
Are you a disgruntled HTC One X and One X+ owner who feels abandoned by this formerly glorious OEM, or have you already said goodbye to the Sense world and moved on to aftermarket, AOSP-derived ROMs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
October 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 for you. XDA Senior Member denversc created an app called Capacitive Buttons Brightness, which does… Well, you guessed it. It allows you to change the brightness of your capacitive buttons.
Currently, the app officially supports the HTC One X (dual- and quad-core variants), HTC One X+, HTC One, and HTC One S. That said, many users have found that it also works on other devices such as the HTC One V, HTC Desire HD, HTC Evo 3D, Motorola Droid MAXX, and LG Optimus G.
The app allows you to change brightness in 3 steps: dim, bright, and off. The default on most Sense-based ROMs seems to be bright, whereas it is usually set to dim on most AOSP-based ROMs. Please note that the “off” setting does not work if you have the GV Integration app installed. Naturally, root access is required… But who here isn’t rooted anyway?
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 banners. Stylish and sleek, these 500 x 100 images are perfectly sized for use in your forum signature. Images for the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One Mini, and HTC Sensation XE are included, as well as images showing love towards HTC Dev and Sense UI.
Sgt-Obst is also taking requests for future devices to be added to the banner list, so head over to the original thread to show your HTC love.
August 28, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Up until recently, loading kernels onto the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X has been a relatively difficult affair. This was due to the fact that unlike its Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered cousin (originally called the HTC One XL), the Tegra 3 variant has not received S-Off. While not everyone would be bothered by needing to be stationed at a traditional computer in order to proceed with kernel flashing via fastboot, it can’t hurt to have these restrictions lifted.
In order to get around the issue, XDA Recognized Developer Thunder07 first looked to kexec. The name should sound familiar, as it has been used countless times to bypass various security measures or add additional functionality to unlocked devices. However, this came with some problems, as managing online hardware proved a tad problematic. Thunder07, however, came up with another way. Named kexec-hardboot, it works by, ”loading the kernel into memory and force restarting the phone with new kernel.” In other words, it’s quite similar to standard kexec, but with the addition of a forced hardware restart.
Installation is simple. First you install a controller APK. Next, you use fastboot (and a connected PC) to flash a provided boot image. Finally, you flash another provided file through recovery, and you should be good to go. Instructions are provided in the thread for loading alternate kernels, and they are similarly straightforward.
It is important to keep in mind that with any major modification such as this, there is always the possibility that something can go terribly wrong, so read the directions carefully several times, and make sure you are willing to deal with the consequences if the flash doesn’t go as planned. If you’ve pined over the idea of loading aftermarket kernels away from your PC, head over to the original thread to get started.
One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place.
There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device’s screen is off or at the lock screen. This has been made possible by XDA Senior Member StephanSch for the following devices:
This mod is also available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 thanks to XDA Senior Member OptimalKiller. The mods come in some variation of a modified NFC APK that is then moved to the /system/apps directory, thus requiring root access. It’s important to note that the mods are compatible with only certain specific builds, frameworks, and devices. Because of this, you have to make sure to download and install the correct version. Also, make some sort of backup to ensure that you can revert the effects if things go awry.
For more information and detailed instructions, visit the threads for the following devices: HTC One, One X, EVO 4G LTE, Sony Xperia Z, Xperia P, Xperia Sola, Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, and Galaxy S4.
August 9, 2013 By: Conan Troutman
For HTC One X+ users who have been patiently waiting for an update to Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5, that wait is nearly over. For some lucky users in Asia, the OTA has already been pushed to the device, bringing them inline with more recent HTC devices. It adds HTC-specific features such as Blinkfeed, enhancements to the Sense music player, and of course the usual generic Android features that came with version 4.2.
The OTA was posted to the forums yesterday afternoon by XDA Recognized Contributor LlabTooFeR, and weighs in at a fairly hefty 485 MB. Unfortunately, most users will be unable to take advantage of it at the moment, unless their device has the relevant CID (HTC_621). It does, however, mean that 4.2-based custom ROMs for the device are on the horizon and should be making an appearance sometime soon.* If your device does happen to have the designated CID and you have not as yet received the OTA, you can flash this manually via recovery.
It’s likely that the OTA will begin rolling out in the US and Europe shortly. But until that time, you can keep up to date with the feedback on this latest update and download it yourself in the original thread.
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. READ ON »
January 19, 2013 By: jerdog
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. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we will pick from the top 3 devices. The voting ends on February 15, so make sure you place your vote for the devices you love!
EDIT: The results are in, and displayed below. We’ll keep you updated as to the final options when they become available.
January 2, 2013 By: Former Writer
Over the last few months, we have been bringing news about the ongoing battle between users and gaming on the HTC One X. In short, the HTC One X seems to have issues with lackluster performance on games that should be a breeze for such a powerful device. One such solution, as linked above, was a CPU booster app. Now, there is a mod that will change the games themselves to work better on the One X.
XDA Recognized Contributor thunder07 released the mod, which is entitled APK Game Modder. It isn’t as its name may imply. There isn’t any game hacking to unlock infinite credits or special items early in the game. This mod is more for performance purposes only. As thunder07 explains:
This App Will Read A Mod Configuration File & Patch Your Game’s APK to increase/decrease graphics Quality to make the game more playable.
In other words, instead of increasing the power of the One X to handle games as they are, this mod will lower the quality of graphics in games so the device can handle them more easily. Many may just go with making the One X more powerful through overclocking the processor, but some may not want to make their already limited battery life even worse. So for some, this may be the way to enjoy games without ruining battery life.
For more details and download links, head over to the original thread.
December 28, 2012 By: Former Writer
In most cases, users are just happy to get an AOSP-based ROM on their devices. Which flavor of AOSP is usually inconsequential, as just having a vanilla experience is more important than which specific vanilla experience. After all, most people consider true Android to be far better than any OEM skin. The HTC One X+ now has not only Android 4.2 AOSP, but also CyanogenMod 10.1, and Android 4.2-based AOKP.
XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer Lloir has released the CM10.1 and pure AOSP ROMs for the One X+. Presumably because much of the same source and proprietary binaries are shared between these releases, the number of things wrong with both ROMs is pretty much the same. As Lloir states:
Data seem’s a bit “funny” so im working on this
camera is buggered to high hell
While the CM10.1 ROM has only the camera as an issue, data problems can be unpredictable and vary from person to person. So it could very well be an issue on both ROMs as well. As the camera is a frequently used feature, many won’t find these ready for daily use quite yet, but work is being done to fix everything.
XDA Senior Member maxwen has been working on the AOKP offering for the One X+. While the number of serious issues seems to be zero, as even the camera is reported working by some, users have had a myriad of other, smaller problems with the ROM. This includes no video recording, paid apps not working properly, and some other minor things. As per the norm, experiences will vary.
December 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
While the momentum on Android 4.1 has slowed and focus has shifted to Android 4.2, it hasn’t stopped developers from bringing it to devices that didn’t have it before. Even if the device already has ICS or Jelly Bean, many users prefer the vanilla flavor of Android. If it doesn’t, then it’s a welcome update they’d probably never get otherwise. Two new devices have gotten AOSP Android 4.1 recently: the T-Mobile LG G2x and the HTC One X+.
XDA Forum Member adampk provided the release for the G2x. It’s based on CM10 and It’s pretty stable. Most of the major issues have been solved such as camera, hardware acceleration, and WiFi. However, there are still some issues being worked on, including RIL and battery indicator. It’s had several updates, and users haven’t reported much else wrong other than what’s listed. However, the big news is that adampk won’t be releasing any more CM10-based updates. Starting with the next update, the ROM will be based on CM10.1. This is great news for G2x users who don’t want to be left behind. It may bring some new issues, but at least it’ll be fully up to date.
XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer Lloir has released a pure AOSP ROM for the HTC One X+. This is actually a very simple ROM because it doesn’t have any influences of other AOSP-based ROMs. How basic does Lloir make this ROM? It doesn’t have any add-ons whatsoever. This even includes Superuser. If you want root, or any other mod, you have to add it before you flash it. Currently, the only thing not working is Bluetooth with headsets, so this is actually a pretty stable release for One X+ owners.
It’s always helpful when an all-in-one toolkit gets released. Not only do they make a number of tasks much easier, but they enable those who aren’t so technologically savvy to have some fun with their devices. For HTC devices, there has been a a series of toolkits. Now, there is one for the HTC One X+.
XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, who created many of the other HTC toolkits, released this new toolkit to help HTC One X+ users get through rooting and a few other tasks. Some of the features include:
- Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
- Install Recoveries
User Provided Recovery
-Flash Kernels provided
User Provided Kernel
- Link to this thread
- Link to PM me if you need a phone unlocked
- Link to the One X+ Development thread
- Boot Into Recovery
- Boot into Bootloader
- Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
- APK Batch Installer (Credits to hamsteyr)
- Install HTC Drivers
Most users who have used it have had only good things to say. However, there are some early issues. If you’re running Windows 8, the toolkit won’t be able to install the device drivers. Additionally, this will not work for the AT&T One X+ due to some issues with the bundled recovery. So if you have the AT&T version, stay off this toolkit for right now.
For additional info, check out the toolkit thread.
The toolkit has been updated to work with AT&T and Telus devices now.