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htc rezound

For the unaware, HTCLinkify is an application on some HTC devices implemented to  bypass a US Customs import ban. Essentially, it changes the way HTC phones handle alphanumeric entries on-devices.

Since then, developers and users alike have been dancing around whether or not to remove HTCLinkify. While it hasn’t been removed in many ROMs yet, many users have requested its removal. With that in mind, XDA Senior Member AshtonTS posted a simple guide for the HTC Rezound to completely remove HTCLinkify. As luck would have it, the guide is actually compatible with any HTC device with HTCLinkify.

The guide itself is simple. The first step is removing the HTCLinkify apk file using your favorite root explorer app. Then using your choice of build.prop editors, you remove a single entry in your build.prop. Finally, reboot into recovery to wipe Dalvik cache and /cache. HTCLinkify will be gone for good. Naturally, one must be rooted before proceeding. As mentioned, the process is universal so there’s no variance in doing with with any device plagued with HTCLinkify and, in fact, is pieced together using another method by XDA Forum Member iconeo for the EVO 4G LTE.

For the full instructions, head on over to the removal guide thread. To learn more about the removal process, head on over to the original thread by iconeo.

Mac Android

Unfortunately, Mac users sometimes don’t get the same amount of love as Windows and Linux fans when it comes to Android development. Tool kits, root methods, and other tweaks almost always start out as Windows- or Linux-based, leaving Mac users waiting, using virtual machines, or using their friends’ computers. Fortunately, the most important methods and tools eventually see Mac releases.

This is now the case for the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X, where the popular bootloader unlock and SuperCID script has been ported to Mac. Released by XDA Senior Member jnichols959, the script is identical to the Windows and Linux versions. The only real difference being that it’s now compatible with Mac. Now, all users can get unlocked and ready to modify their devices.

The script itself runs in two steps. Says jnichols959:

You can certainly stop the script after it finishes the first step if all you want is Super CID (maybe Rogers folks that are already unlocked but want Super CID). You can also run the script on a device that already has Super CID if you mainly want the script to do the actual bootloader unlock.

Visit the original thread to get started.

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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 action, it couldn’t possibly be long before AT&T and Rogers One X owners wanted in as well. Worry not, as -viperboy- explains:

Hello everybody, I was asked to bring this mod over from the EVO 4G LTE section and since the One X and One S use the same file I am modifying, both devices will get it.

While the modification was not tested by the developer on the AT&T and Rogers One X, it should still work given the device’s similarities with the other variants. However, proceed with caution as it is untested. Users should keep in mind that this is for the Snapdragon S4-toting AT&T and Rogers One X—not the quad-core Tegra 3 International variant.

Visit the original thread for more information and download links.

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Not too long ago, we reported on the AT&T and Rogers One X receiving a one-click root and bootloader unlock courtesy of XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer kennethpenn. What do users inevitably want next? A nice, touch-based recovery, of course!

The vast majority of our readers have either heard of or are currently using Team Win Recovery Project. For those who aren’t familiar, please refer to our previous article covering the release of the touch-based version 2.1. In short, TWRP 2.1 delivers a completely touch-based and extremely user-friendly recovery experience that is as feature packed as it is fun to use.

Now thanks to the coding efforts of TeamWin and device-specific work by XDA Elite Recognized Developer toastcfh, XDA Senior Member eyeballer has released TWRP 2.1 for the AT&T and Rogers One X.

Introduction:
Team Win Recovery Project 2.1, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

Key Features:

  • Touchscreen driven with real buttons and drag-to-scroll
  • XML-based GUI that allows full customization of the layout – true theming!
  • Settings are saved to the sdcard and persist through reboots
  • Ability to choose which partitions to back up and which to restore
  • Ability to choose to compress backups – now with pigz (multi-core processor support for faster compression times)

Those upgrading from the unofficial ClockworkMod recovery port should note that CWM Nandroid backups are incompatible with TWRP. So if this applies to you, be sure to create a fresh backup after installing TWRP on your device.

Head over to the recovery thread to get started with TWRP 2.1 for the AT&T / Rogers One X. Those who instead prefer a one-click method can visit kennethpenn’s thread, which features an unofficial CWM build rather than TWRP. However, if you don’t mind a few more steps, we highly recommend trying out TWRP!

Tethering

In many cases, getting tethering to work on a device requires someone to hack the original, carrier-supplied tethering app, re-releasing it for users to install and use. While this works, it often takes a while for the hacks to pop up and sometimes they can be a bit finicky. Thankfully, AT&T and Rogers HTC One X users now have a simple one-clock solution that restores the original Android tethering functionality that was originally introduced in Froyo, rather than relying on a modified version of the carrier-supplied app.

Released by XDA Senior Member t0mmy, the one click method involves is quite simple for all Windows users to use. However, since it’s a .bat file, this is for Windows users and those with a Windows virtual machine only. Aside from that, however, users have reported that the method works well and has even begun discussion about other—perhaps easier—ways to unlock the tethering, especially if ROM developers want to include this functionality in their ROMs.

For additional information, hit up the original thread.

htc once x

With the resurgence of HTC development around XDA due in no small part to S-Off being achieved, HTC devices are enjoying more freedom and users are having more fun than they have in a long time. With some devices already getting their rounds of SuperCID, it was only a matter of time before newer HTC devices got the same. And now for users of the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X, you can now share in the SuperCID glory.

For those who are unfamiliar, SuperCID gives you some pretty fun freedoms—not the smallest of which is being able to flash any ROM by any carrier onto your device. This is thus quite useful for ROM porting and, if you’re careful, it can be fun to see what works and what doesn’t work from other similar devices. On behalf of XDA Recognized Developer designgears, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer kennethpenn has released a method that gives all AT&T and Rogers One X users SuperCID with a very handy and easy-to-use tool.

The tool is compatible with Windows, and a method has been developed for Linux users as well. Additionally, for Windows users at least, the tool automates the HTC Dev bootloader unlocking process for people who don’t want to go through the hassle of doing it themselves. One click methods for the win.

For additional info and download links, hit up the original thread.

Video Games

One of the most frustrating things when owning a phone as powerful as the HTC One X is playing a game the phone should be able to handle with ease, and ending up with nothing but lag. The experience, while frustrating, is one phone users know all too well, as this can even happen to dual core devices. While mobile phones aren’t bought primarily as gaming consoles, that doesn’t mean people don’t want them to act like one sometimes.

Thankfully, there’s a fix. XDA Recognized Contributor hamdir has written up a tutorial for users to explain why the One X occasionally stutters on games it should easily run and how to fix it. The process is simple and requires basically no knowledge of anything—just a rooted phone and 5 minutes to read.

The lag has been attributed to the phone’s frequency scaling, which varies depending on how many cores are in use. Even with all 4 cores active, some games apparently do not get access to all 4 of them, and the ones they do get access to don’t always use all the clock speed they can. While annoying, the fix is simple. Simply download an application called System Tuner. Now, in most scenarios, the tutorial would tell you to overclock your phone. This one, however, tells users to change the minimum clock speed. While this tweak would have a great negative impact on battery life if left enabled, battery life shouldn’t change too much if this is only used in-game.

For more information, hit up the original thread. It’s worth the read at least, as this is not hamdir’s first grapple with lag issues on the One X.

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Users rocking the AT&T variant of the HTC One X may be feeling a little left out of the HTCDev party right about now, given that the device cannot be unlocked using officially endorsed methods. Luckily, however, the developers here on XDA hate being locked down just about as much as they hate stifled innovation. To that end, XDA Senior Member grankin01 has come up with an easy-to-follow guide that will take you through the steps required to obtain HTCDev unlock on your AT&T One X.

The gist of the workaround is that you first dump an image of your /dev/block/mmcblk0p4 partition. After that is done, simply open the file in a hex editor, look for a certain offset, and modify the CID to read as the Rogers variant rather than the AT&T variant. After this, you’re a few simple adb commands away from dd-ing the modified mmcblkop4 partition into place. Once that is done, reboot to bootloader, verify that you’ve indeed changed the device cid using the fastboot oem readcid command, and then proceed to use the standard HTCdev unlock method.

Those interested in unlocking their AT&T HTC One X should head over to the development thread. Proceed at your own risk, though. A few missed keystrokes could land you a seriously saddening paperweight. Great work, grankin01!

[Big thanks to XDA Forum Moderator Red5 and Moderator Committee Leader NotATreoFan for the tip!]

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 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.

For more info, hit up the One S thread for regional download links and instructions. For those interested in how teh tweak actually works, visit the Desire HD thread.

HTC One X

For those unfamiliar with the popular Super and Ultra Smooth Rosie mods, they are modified rosie.apk files that flatten the images of HTC Sense to improve battery life and performance. For those running newer versions of HTC Sense, keep your finger on the screen as you switch screens, and do it slowly. You’ll notice that HTC Widgets will kind of pop out. While it is very cool—when you notice it’s there—it does contribute to that bloat that many Sense fans complain about. And with the images flattened, it does help lighten the load up a little bit and may be enough to reduce any lag you are experiencing.

The big difference between Super and Ultra is that Ultra Smooth flattens the images completely, whether the screens are moving or not. On the other hand, Super  only flattens the images while you scroll from home screen to home screen, but pops them back out when the home screen is still. While many people are still waiting for their HTC One X to even be allowed in the country, those already enjoying the HTC One X can grab up the Rosie love right now.

XDA Recognized Contributor hamdir has released the modified Roise .apk files for anyone who wants better performance or battery life from his or her device. The mods are easy to install—simply use your favorite root-enabled file manager app to switch out the old rosie.apk for the modified rosie.apk and reboot. However, the modified app does come with a warning from hamdir:

This will only work on ROMs based on the ruu file number included in the zip filename, therefore you will lose any mod applied to rosie, such as transparent app drawer or themes

So be sure you’re installing the right version, and make a backup in case of any problems or if you’d like to revert. Visit the original thread for more information, download links, and more.

CoreControl

There are a number of applications out that help alter your CPU in some way. Whether it’s choosing the governor or overclocking your CPU, the apps available now have been adequate for most purposes. However, with the releasing of quad-core phones mixed with the Android community’s endless need to tinker to perfection, the classic CPU apps may not be enough for some users. Now, the quad-core HTC One X has its own dedicated application to give users a bit more CPU control.

While the app isn’t meant as a replacement for XDA Elite Recognized Developer coolbho3000‘s SetCPU, CoreControl by Senior Member Meltus delivers a very unique feature by controlling how many of the cores are active at any given time.

The app is installed the same way as any as pretty much any other apk. While this very early version is a little rough around the edges,  Meltus has been releasing updates rather frequently, so expect the refinements to come very soon. The main function of the app is unaffected, however, as it does work quite well without major issues.

Of course, you’ll need root access to get it to work, and unrooted users will simply get a force close. For anyone wondering what possible advantages deactivating cores can have, imagine how much battery life gets saved if only two cores are on. Imagine being able to scale back to a single core while the phone chills in your pocket at work. You’ll then have a good amount of battery left when you turn all four cores back on.

For additional information and download links, hit up the original thread for more core control.

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Sometime in December of last year, the US Court and the ITC (International Trade Commission) made a monumentally bad call by granting Apple a victory—a major one at that—in the so-called “patent wars” that have been raging for the last couple of years between smartphone giants HTC and Apple. Essentially, the victory from Apple involved the ability of a browser to be able to recognize alphanumeric entries in a webpage and link them for other purposes.

One of the most common uses of this functionality is the phone number recognition, where if you select text containing a phone number and tap it, the browser will automatically launch the phone application with the number you are trying to call. It turns out that the judges at the ITC deemed this patent infringement and decided in their infinite wisdom to serve HTC an Exclusion (rather than a Cease and Desist order). This doesn’t completely ban exports, but it makes it somewhat more difficult for HTC. Essentially, this gave HTC a small window of opportunity to find a work around to the parts of Android that are infringing Apple’s IP.

Fast forward to today, and we see that the ban itself is beginning to manifest in the form of investigations done at US Customs. Yes, Customs. Due to the ruling, all imports by HTC are being stopped at the US border prior to entry for indefinite investigation. This morning, I found a thread started by XDA Forum Member ncfastls1, which pointed to an article published by The Verge. Essentially, the brand new HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE that were just launched by Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T are being held at Customs for an indefinite period of time. The reason behind this, at least the official one, is that the devices are being inspected for allegations over patent infringement from the ruling mentioned above.

This has been said in the past in my numerous rants against Apple, but are they so insecure about their own innovation (or lack thereof) that they need to spend considerable funds in court trying to get competitors banned from the market? This is not the first time Apple has pulled something like this, as they have been going after Samsung globally. I am in the world of sales as my real life job and one of the most important things I have learned is that you must ALWAYS sell what you make by pointing out the great points about your own products rather than slinging mud at the competition. If your only strategy for being competitive in a global market is to try and find some petty excuse to bring down your competition over things that, although patented have existed conceptually for ages before you “conceived” the idea, I personally feel sorry for you.

Dear Apple,

Your ENTIRE organization lacks morals and free market competition basics, and as such, you are not worthy of having the glory that you now posses. While you may have revolutionized the world as we know it with very well crafted marketing campaigns and some good ideas, you are far from being a true innovator in the field of… anything. Just think for one second about the LEAPS in technology that you would have accomplished, should you have invested in R&D a quarter of the money you spend into advertising and marketing. Then, you would have something worth portraying as a technological wonder, something that would likely be untouchable by others. Something truly genuine that you can call your own, and at the end of the day you could look at with pride. What you have right now is a bunch of reinvented wheels, most of which don’t do much more than other wheels out there.

Redefining concepts and ideas is not what makes a company great; coming up with new concepts is. HTC and other major OEMS have often been in the vanguard by innovating with their products, adding new features, rethinking, and just putting concepts out there to imagine their possibilities. Your last innovation and only major contribution to the world of mobile technology was the inclusion of an accelerometer in mobile devices, and this was with the original iPhone back in 2007. For that and only that, I give you credit. All the newer models of virtually every product you sell have been remakes of previous technology—perhaps a little thinner and a little faster, but all in all, minor changes.

It is because of companies like yours that technology is not further today than where it currently is. You are so adamant in protecting something that you didn’t even invent that you are holding back future innovation. The spirit and basic concepts of engineering are completely missing from your business models. Courtesy of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology:

Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by experience, study, and practice is applied with judgement to develop ways to utilize economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.

Notice the importance of the concept that you are no longer following. Engineering practices are used for the betterment of mankind. What have you done for this purpose? Rebrand an existing technology (MP3 players) and sell them for twice the price? Trying to cripple your competitors by claiming that you invented something that was previously invented, when you simply adapted the technology and closed off any other use of this by others? This can be compared to using a Linux kernel (if it weren’t under GPL license), patenting it, and closing it off so that no one else can use it.

Apple, you are simply a disgrace to the world of technology and to engineering in general. I feel ashamed of being called an engineer in a world where your company roams around freely without even following the most basic of the field’s concepts—a world where the law and justice are blind to the fact that your actions are hindering humanity’s advancement. While I understand that there is nothing wrong with making money, there is something very wrong with replacing engineering with greed.

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Dear HTC,

We have said this in the past, but please, we beg this of you: Allow us to help you grow and make your products better and smarter through REAL innovation. Our site and communities like ours harbor some of the brightest minds in the world of engineering and computing that this world has ever seen. We are willing to help you. Not because we like what you do (read: stop closing off bootloaders) but because we believe that you still have your core principles intact and are willing to work on things that truly revolutionize and improve technology for the betterment of mankind. Please allow us to help you.

Thank you for reading.

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Volume+

While some users enjoy Beats Audio, many others enjoy having more control over their music. OEM music settings like Beats Audio and Sony XLoud have made many users happy, but others still believe that they should have more control over the equalizer.

Unfortunately, on devices such as the popular HTC One X, popular equalizer apps such as Volume+ don’t work as they should—until now, that is. XDA Senior Member Meltus has identified the problem as some coding issues with the One X’s audio_effects.conf. Meltus then created a modified audio_effects.conf that fixes the problems with Volume+ compatibility, and perhaps other equalizers as well. Says Meltus:

While messing with some system files (as you do) I noticed that on HTC devices with ‘Beats’ software, the ‘audio_effects.conf’ file (located in ‘system/etc’) is different from the standard ICS version and is missing a few values. I added the missing ones back in (whilst keeping all the beats stuff intact) and after a reboot, much more EQ control!

If you’re looking for more control over your music, head over to the original thread to get started.

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