All hail root! Recently, it was announced that HTC would not be supporting the AT&T version of the HTC One X (known internationally as the One XL) through the HTCDev website. The reasoning was shaky at best, as HTC mentioned having restrictions. Hopefully this doesn’t signal the slow reversion back to the locked bootloader days. Thankfully, however, the device was rooted anyway.
XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer kennethpenn released a root method for the AT&T One X. Using this method, which is an exploit by XDA Senior Member sparkym3, users can obtain root access. This means being able to do things like install BusyBox, Titanium Backup, and other root-only apps. But so far, we don’t have a custom recovery, and the bootloader remains locked, so we can’t expect truly custom ROMs or kernels just yet. Still, this is a great progress over not being able to unlock the device at all. And hopefully, we won’t have to wait long for even more customization.
To get started, head over to the original thread. To prevent problems problems, it’s highly recommended to read through the entire thread, as posters have been very helpful in providing tips for those having issues.
May 9, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 126.96.36.199 (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:
Not too long ago, we announced the release of the HTC One line and the subsequent creation of a home for these devices within our forum. Then when the device hit store shelves, it was immediately met by a substantial following. Needless to say, the One X is a pretty big deal.
XDA Senior Member MarcoHD now lets us know that HTC has released the version 1.26 and 1.28 kernel source code for the HTC One X. Although the HTCDev website seems to be in and out of service due to the high demand, XDA Forum Member Fightspit has posted a mirror in the thread. Kernel developers now have a base upon which to add their tweaks, and many such as Recognized Developer LorD ClockaN have already begun the process.
[Thanks to dOUbleOfour and svetius for the tips!]
With every new Android firmware release, discussion almost immediately turns to whether or not it can be rooted. Most already rooted users will simply wait for a pre-rooted update in order to not be left without root access. However, some users accidentally update and lose root. Others yet purchase a new device preloaded with the newest firmware and need to achieve root. Sometimes, the firmware update is a whole new iteration of Android, which means it needs an entirely new root method.
This is the case on the HTC Sensation, which has recently been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Luckily, XDA Forum Member theSnakeX has put up the method for unrooted ICS users to root their devices should they be in the awkward predicament of losing root when updating.
The method requires users to download a few things including the Sensation All-in-One Toolkit by XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000. The method isn’t overly difficult, and the longest part is unlocking your Sensation using HTCDev’s website. From there, it’s just running a few tools and flashing root.
What’s particularly interesting about this method is that it may also work for other HTC devices as well. There are reports of it working for the European Sensation XE , and the method does involve using the same rooting procedure as the HTC One X. So this very well may be compatible with any HTC device running ICS, assuming you already have downloaded the appropriate recovery and All-in-One Toolkit for your device. However, any user who attempts this (especially on unsupported devices) should be warned that it could in fact harm your device.
To get started with rooting your newly updated Sensation, hit up the original thread!
One of the first things any device forum needs is a guide or tutorial to help get users back on track who have messed up their phone in some way. With so many ways to mess up a phone, there’s no way to make a guide that can handle any situation. That said, it never hurts to cover the most common problems.
It is with this in mind that XDA Forum Member Setsuna666 has written up a tutorial based on the individual tutorials of other XDA users for the HTC One X. Dubbed Disaster Recovery, it’ll help users who have the most common problems get back on track. The tutorial covers many of the basics, such as what to do when users bootloop, when they’re stuck at the HTC splash screen or even providing the link for if users need to re-lock their bootloaders. It also provides important tools like a RUU for restoring the HTC One X to the stock ROM. Moreover, it gives users quick links to the #htc-one-x channel on Freenode for immediately help and to the XDA HTC One X Q&A forum in case a user has a problem that is not listed in this already extensive FAQ.
For more information and all the help you could ever need, hit up the original thread and get your phone fixed.
In today’s episode of XDA TV, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye teaches us how to root the HTC One X. Shen begins by unboxing his brand new HTC One X. Shen then takes us through the process of unlocking the bootloader, flashing a recovery and getting the HTC One X rooted.
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This Week in Development, new comer Jordan covers all the exciting stories you need to know from the XDA-Developers forum. In addition to Android’s possibly inadvertent fail, he covers ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X, and HTC One V ROMs being ported to the Desire S and Desire HD. Jordan mentions the addition of a forum for the HTC One V. Additionally, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s CASUAL and Shelr articles are discussed. The strangely addictive Crazy Birds game and an Android VNC are covered, along with the accelerometer fix for the T-Mobile Galaxy SII
Check out the video below.
April 8, 2012 By: Former Writer
The AROMA Installer has become a little underground treasure here at XDA. For those who don’t know, the AROMA Installer has slowly been making it’s way around. The installer itself can be loosely compared to Windows Install Wizard, wherein it allows users to choose which apps, mods and tweaks are installed. While it is intended for ROM developers, if users know what they’re doing, they can use it as well.
XDA Senior Member leventccc has brought one of the first mod packs to the HTC One X, and among its features comes comes the AROMA Installer. The mod pack itself has a bunch of fun features all its own, including:
- Sony Bravia Engine
- Volume Wake Option (Enable and Disable)
- AROMA Installer (Touch Screen)
- Black HTC One Boot Animation
- Stock HTC One Boot Animation
- AOSP Android 4.0 Boot Animation Optimized for HTC One X (Very smooth)
- Recent Apps Button Mod to Use as Menu Button (Includes revert package)
- Compatible with Android Revolution HD and ROMeOSx
- More to come
Having a few boot animations is always nice, and the recent apps button and volume wake tweaks bring some functionality for users looking for more than the AROMA installer for their HTC One X.
For additional details, download links, change log and more, check out the original thread.
It’s hard to remember a time when there was such excitement over a new device as now with the newly launched HTC One X. The section is on fire, and many lucky members already have their devices in hand. Others, such as yours truly, are still waiting for the mailman to knock on our doors.
For those lucky enough to already have the device in hand, we now have root, recovery, and custom ROM. According to XDA Forum Member paulobrien, there is no official ClockworkMod recovery available, so in the meantime, he created an interim unofficial CWM Touch release that allows one to aquire permanent root. It is important to note that for this process, one must be unlocked via htcdev. Custom ROMs have also shown up, with XDA Forum Members mike1986., monx®, and Adjust bringing us the first tastes.
March 16, 2012 By: orb3000
In preparation for the launch of the HTC One X, XDA Recognized Developer mike1986. has released a purely stock ROM based on the previously leaked RUU. The release consists of simply extracting the system image and repacking it as a recovery flashable file, which may help those lucky enough to be rocking demo devices.
Since the ROM is purely stock, it is not rooted, but it comes with the possibility to root thanks to an optional secondary download, which adds superuser and busybox. The build information is as follows:
HTC update build 0.96.401.2
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3
HTC Sense 4.0
Release status: userdebug
The developer mentions that this is userdebug version, so an odexed version is not available yet.
This is the latest *stock* Ice Cream Sandwich & HTC Sense 4.0 UI build 0.96.401.2 for HTC One X (codename: Endeavor)
Latest SuperUser with su binary
BusyBox with installation command
For both odexed and deodexed variants
For all ROMs posted in this thread
Continue on to the ROM thread for more details.
Just yesterday, we gave the HTC One X a home in our forums. While some of us are desperately waiting for the April 5th release date, we are glad to see that a Superboot root tool has been released by XDA Forum Member paulobrien.
Running the root tool is as simple as executing a batch file on Windows or a script on Linux and Mac. In the words of the developer:
Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below and you’re done!
Superboot image is also ‘insecure’, allowing you to use ‘adb remount’ as well as having full ADB root access to your device until such time as you reboot after running this process (it’s a non permanent ADB root as it’s a ‘fastboot boot’ and not a ‘fastboot flash’).
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.
March 2, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
You may remember HTC’s Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon from our XDA TV coverage of CES. Back then, Jeff mentioned HTC’s plans on narrowing down their product line to increase focus and deliver a truly flagship device.
Now with the HTC One X, HTC hopes to have achieved this. Sporting 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, they are certainly trying. The exterior of the device exudes HTC’s typical attention to detail thanks to a new technique known as Micro-Arc Oxidation. While the HTC One S also looks nice, the One X is, as Jeff puts it, “what the guys at XDA are mostly going to want to get.”
And to answer the most important question: YES, the bootloaders will be unlockable!
This video, and the rest of our XDA TV coverage of Mobile World Congress 2012, can be found on our YouTube channel!