October 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
A little while back we brought you news about the HTC One X receiving a Jelly Bean leak. Unfortunately, the leak was declared developer-only, and flashing it was a rough and potentially dangerous process. However, official Jelly Bean just couldn’t keep HTC One X users away, and now there is a safe way to flash the leak.
XDA Senior Member stuart0001 has released a script that will, among other things, get the Jelly Bean leak installed for you. Using this method, stuart0001 says that users will be able to return to stock or install RUU’s without any hassles. Some of the other features of the tool include:
Display your CID
Update JB FW, inc HBoot 1.28
Flash custom CWM recovery
For the time being, the tool is only compatible with certain CIDs. They include:
So if you don’t have these, you’re still out of luck on installing the Jelly Bean leak for right now. However, if you do have those and want to give the new leak a try, then this is something worth checking out. For more details and instructions, check out the original thread.
ROM developers create their works in a variety of ways. Some apply their mods to a given base and leave it until the next firmware update, updating only when there’s a bug found. Others update their ROMs mercilessly until every little issue is fixed and everything is perfect. In the latter case, fans of the ROM generally have to download the entire package whenever there may be a minor updates. However, there may be an easier way.
An application by the name of OTA Creator was released by XDA Senior Member thunder07. While we don’t usually promote zip wizardry unless its for learning purposes, this little application can actually be helpful to a number of ROM devs. Essentially, what it does is compare a new ROM with an older version of the same ROM and compare the changes. When the changes have been determined, it creates an update.zip, which can then be flashed in recovery.
As mentioned, this could be useful for devs who frequently update ROMs. Instead of releasing a new ROM every week, devs now have the opportunity to release an incremental update that is much smaller of a package to download and doesn’t require flashing the entire /system partition. While this app was originally posted in the HTC One X section, it should work for all devices.
To learn more, check out the original thread.
It’s always fun when new software leaks and users get a chance to try something new. While other devices are having fun with their leaks, HTC One X users have a little bit of software to play with as well. It’s not Jelly Bean, which is a little sad, but it is a small taste of the next version of HTC Sense, HTC Sense 4.5, by means of its camera app. The application has also been modded to add even more features.
XDA Recognized Contributor lyapota released the modded camera APK, stating that it was based on the stock Sense 4.5 camera. In terms of UI, nothing much as changed, but there are several under the hood enhancements. These include:
The MOD add some new options to HTS Camera application.
Settings control – Image encoding quality set compression level.
Settings option – Force audio quality set audio bitrate to 380000.
Settings option – Force video quality set video bitrate to 760000. *
Settings option – Hook volume keys set Volume Keys advanced usage. **
Enabled Scenes for front camera.
* HD resolution 720 and above.
** In checked state.
Short press VolKey Up – start/stop video reccording.
Short press VolKey Down – take picture.
Long press VolKey Up – Zoom In.
Long press VolKey Down -Zoom Out.
For more details, check out the original thread.
September 8, 2012 By: Former Writer
Sound enhancement apps in Android are plentiful. And due to their use in OEM-provided enhancements like HTC Beats, many users have grown to expect similar experiences on all devices. Other music-based modifications have appeared in the forums, including mods that allow for equalizers and sound enhancements to be used system wide on Android phones—meaning that music isn’t the only thing affected by the changes. Ringtones, headset audio, and other system sounds are included as well.
For HTC One X, there is now an application that helps users customize the sound to their liking. MusicBox by XDA Recognized Contributor lyapota does as it claims, and is quite simple to use. Here’s the list of features:
The MOD give HTC Global Sound control on system level & add some non global effects.
Control sound effects
Select beats profile for wired HeadSet
Add non global WOW effects – SRS, HTC, Voice, HTC 5.1
In essence, it’s a new way for users to control their audio profiles. The profiles provided include the standard ones that come with the One X, along with additional profiles. For more info, check out the original thread.
Over the last couple of generations of Android phones, there has seemingly been a battle between HTC and Samsung for Android-powered smartphone supremacy. Both sides have their fans, and both sides have their haters. Given that the specs are usually so similar, it really does come down to a matter of opinion because both manufacturers release amazing smartphones. So if you wanted to sample one’s software on the other, there’s no harm in that. Now, HTC One X users can try out the latest Samsung TouchWiz Launcher.
XDA Forum Member Ppain ported the launcher to the One X. While there are alternatives out there, this version was made specifically for the One X so users should see much fewer issues than ports that cater to everyone. So far, the launcher seems to work on everything from AOSP to stock, as long as the underlying OS is Ice Cream Sandwich. In other words, there is currently no support for Jelly Bean.
So far, users have only reported small issues, such as sizing problems and a very quirky infinite scrolling bug. Ppain has been working on fixing these issues, though, so it has fewer bugs than its initial release. For additional details, check out the original thread.
August 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
For those with custom recoveries and unlocked bootloaders, flashing a kernel is as simple as downloading a flashable zip and installing it using the device’s GUI. However on others, it can be a little more tedious than that, such as require fastboot commands. It is not technically difficult to do so, but enter one line wrong and things can go bad quite quickly. For HTC One X users, there is now a tool that makes the process of installing a kernel from your PC easy.
The tool it multi-platform and open source, so pretty much anyone in need can either use it or build it as they see fit. Originally developed by XDA Recognized Developer show-p1984, it’ll flash any kernel zip with a boot.img and optionally contained kernel modules. Some other features include:
Fully automated install
Install of ANY kernel zip as long as there are modules + a boot.img in there
Detecting your phone
Flashing is device specific to the device you have connected. (safer)
No matter where you are (fastboot/recovery/booted) you can just launch this installer and go!
Built using Qt from zero
I made it opensource (GPLv2), so everyone can pull it and make improvements
Multi-platform (If someone has a mac, build it & give me the file so I can add it.)
Autoupdater (from version 0.2 forward, so you can test this new feature with the release of 0.3 )
Automatic cache erase from fastboot
Currently, there’s a Windows and Linux version available. Any one who wants to build it for Mac is more than free to do so. The instructions come in the tool itself, so users can obtain help while using the application. For more info, check out the original thread.
August 21, 2012 By: Former Writer
Once rooted with a custom recovery, the door flies open, and users can do pretty much whatever they want to their device. Many will simply stay with the stock ROM and enjoy the benefits of being rooted. That doesn’t mean they don’t have options as to what they put on their devices. One very popular task among rooted users is to remove bloatware. For HTC devices, such as the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, you can not only remove bloat, but you can remove HTC Sense as well—though some will say that they are one and the same. What makes this particular debloater cool is that it uses the AROMA installer to allow you to customize your debloat, similar to what we saw on the Xperia PLAY a few days ago.
The script was originally released for the HTC Desire HD some time ago by XDA Recognized Developer Patrics83 along with several others, and then it was ported to the One X and EVO LTE just a short time ago. Both scripts do pretty much the same thing: add and remove various things. More specifically:
All Scripts in a unique AROMA Installer
ROM Cleaner – Will remove as much as possible without breaking HTC Sense Launcher and Widgets! This is the best way to come close to a no-sense ROM and still use HTC Sense!
ROM Cleaner NO-Sense – Will remove pretty much everything and replace HTC Sense launcher
with APEX, NOVA, GO Launcher EX, Holo, Holo HD or Zeam it’s all up to you!
Fully compatible with Sense 4.0, 4.1 and AOSP ROMs
ROMCleaner app-list in a user friendly format
Backup Tool will make your flashing like “a walk in the park”
Follow our “Quick Guide” in the AROMA Installer under “How-to-use” and you will know when and how to run the scripts
So whether your goal is to take out everything that isn’t HTC Sense, or take out everything including HTC Sense, the script is pretty much a one stop shop for removing bloat from your device. It has a good track record as well, as we’ve been writing about this script since its infancy.
HTC made a promises to their customers that the One series line up wouldn’t be neglected like their other devices have been. So far, they’ve been keeping up with their word, as the One series devices have gotten plenty of updates and have been promised Jelly Bean. Of course, it’s perfectly normal to remain skeptical.
Until official Jelly Bean release, though, it’s up to developers to keep the firmware fresh. And for Sense phones, it doesn’t get much more fresh than the newest version of HTC Sense. Now, HTC One X users can get their hands on the first custom Sense 4.1 ROM.
The ROM comes from XDA Recognized Developer mike1986.. ARHD doesn’t do much in the way of theming, but it offers a large feature list over the stock offering including:
Removed software (CPU) rendering – full nVidia Tegra 3 (GPU) rendering
Fully optimized and tweaked
ROOT (su + SuperSu Permissions – Thanks to chainfire)
System signatures check enabled for system security and safety
Improved virtual memory management
Enabled GPU UI rendering
Data, cache and system partitions mounting tweaks
Bloatware applications removed
All /system applications updated to latest available
All /data applications updated to latest available
Improved camera performance
Improved CPU governors performance
Most optimal system scheduler
Disabled kernel debugging for better performance
Zipaligned (Improved RAM management)
Zipalign on boot (for user applications on data partition)
init.d scripts (BusyBox run-parts) support
Auto init.d permissions set on boot
sysro/sysrw commands support
Excellent battery life!
Improved EXT4 performance
You can replace HTC boot animation with any custom one (or use ICS default)
4EXT Recovery (Thanks to madmaxx82)
Most up-to-date system files permissions
Adobe Flash Player support for Ice Cream Sandwich
Support almost 24h a day
For more info, check out the original thread.
Most development work as of late has revolved around getting Jelly Bean onto various devices. As the rush of new Jelly Bean releases slows down, there are more and more mods for Jelly Bean being released. Granted, most of these are patches or fixes to issues on ROMs, but there are a few out there that contain theme elements or other miscellaneous tweaks. Now, HTC One X users running Jelly Bean have one to enable soft keys and disable capacitive buttons.
Created by XDA Senior Member kibaa12 with some help by Recognized Themer mattmanwrx, the mod is currently only compatible with CyanogenMod 10. It comes in the form of a custom recovery-flashable update.zip. Those wishing to revert simply need to flash the second file, which undoes all changes. Not all is perfect, though. As kibaa12 states:
HEADS UP: This Will Disable the Extra feature added in settings>system (tho once u have on screen why would you want to modify the hardware keys)
Glitch: pressing the disabled Capacative keys while trying to use touch on screen becomes unresponsive reverted the second you un touch the cap keys
These aren’t very big problems though. The screen freeze issue only occurs while the capacitive buttons are physically pressed, and it stops as soon as you stop touching the button. Otherwise, users have reported the mod working quite well.
For more details, check out the original thread.
August 3, 2012 By: Former Writer
A while back, we brought you news that the HTC One X wasn’t handling quite performing as well as expected in gaming. There was a tutorial created that explained why the One X was having issues and how to fix them. At the time of its release, the tutorial had a couple of methods to improve gaming performance manually. Now, there is an application available that does it automatically.
The application is called RENOVATE. Created originally by XDA Senior Member henk2484, the source code was sent to XDA Senior Member wilkyyyy who then ported it to the One X. Also in on the project was XDA Recognized Contributor hamdir, who wrote the tutorial for fixing the gaming issues.
RENOVATE is fairly simple to use. Once installed, users can enable or disable Gaming Boost mode. Once enabled, the application does a number of things. As wilkyyy explains:
…it sets all the cores to ondemand, tweaks the sampling rate, up threshold and sampling down factor, enables gpu frequency scaling, switches to the deadline scheduler and tweaks the mnfrees.
That’s quite a bit for one button press. Users have reported that it works quite well, although it does drain the battery quickly. A couple of reports have stated that the battery can be depleted in under an hour if the right game is being played. The game did not lag, though.
For more info, check out the application thread. It has also been added to hamdir’s tutorial, linked above.
July 19, 2012 By: Former Writer
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.
The process for a developer to port this is not hard. XDA Recognized Contributor regaw_leinad, who developed the application and plugin, takes a time out from the stags (yes, that’s really him) to explain how:
it’s basically all written, they just need to fill in the values for their hboot, and embed the hboot.img into the exe. I already have a placeholder for the hboot.img and android-info.txt so a drag and drop over them should keep it embedded.
Regaw_leinad is also creating the application for the supported devices, but wanted to release the plugin first so users had a chance to get it sooner. The current list of supported HTC devices include:
While the list is quite large, one must keep in mind that not all of these devices have S-Off, and users must have S-Off in order to actually use this application. To get started, visit the original thread.
Toolkits have been popping up left and right on XDA recently, and for good reason. They are generally very helpful and give users the ability to use a plethora of tools within the confines of a single application. Typically, most toolkits include basic features such as gaining root access, flashing a custom recovery, and unrooting. Some, however, include much more than that.
Now, the HTC One X has such a toolkit. The toolkit features range from common to unique and, based on version, include:
Flash Kernels & Modules
Reboot The Phone
Reboot Into Recovery/Bootloader
Kernel Repack – Phone on Android with USB Debug Enabled – No Need For The Recovery
Repacked output Format Kernel.Ramdisk.IMG
One Click Root
Reworked Module Flasher
Decreased/Removed some delays
Fixed Faux Module Unzipping Problem
Added RUU Zip Flashing Ability – For Advanced Users
Developed by XDA Senior Member thunder07, the toolkit fills the usual niche of having one-click root and flashing recoveries. It also contains some unique features, such as kernel and module flashing and an RUU zip flashing utility. The broad utility of this toolkit makes it a must have for One X owners.
To learn more, head to the original thread.
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 file manager, and dual storage support for Nandroid backups. Additionally, TWRP added support for the open source scripting engine OpenRecoveryScript, which works in conjunction with the previously covered GooManager.
How do you follow up something as revolutionary as TWRP 2.1? With TWRP 2.2, of course. That’s how! The new release builds on the previous offering by delivering many recovery “firsts.” For starters, this is the first recovery to feature on on-screen keyboard. Why would you want such a thing? How about naming and renaming Nandroid backups! TWRP 2.2 is also the only recovery to split extremely large backups, allowing users to backup and restore /data partitions larger than the 2 GB FAT32 file size limit.
In the words of XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy:
- On-screen keyboard in recovery! — supports long press, backspace repeat, and swipe left deletes everything left of the cursor
- Name new backups and rename existing backups
- Rename files and folders in the file manager
- Pseudo-terminal emulator
- Support decrypting an encrypted data partition on Galaxy Nexus (enter password using keyboard)
- Backup archive splitting — allows backup and restore of data partitions larger than 2GB
- Simplified XML layout support between resolutions
- Added dual storage selection radio buttons to zip install, backup, and restore pages
- Improved zip install compatibility
- Updated update-binary source code
- Numerous small bug fixes and improvements
Eager to get started? I know I am. Head to the links below to obtain the appropriate version for your device: