Social media integration in modern devices is a beautiful thing. This is especially true for those who simply cannot seem to stay away from the likes of Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. All of the aforementioned have evolved quite nicely and have taken root deep within the entrails of our UI. Granted, AOSP in its purest form is free from all this, but the same cannot be said about skins such as HTC Sense. Why do I bring up HTC in particular, you may ask? Sense has, ever since the days of Windows Mobile, been hard at work trying to get you in touch with the world directly from your home screen. Fast forward to 2013 and the release of the HTC One, and we see that we are presently at Sense 5 with Facebook fully integrated into the UI.
That said, there are some downsides to full blown integration like the one in Sense 5. For instance when opened, the gallery application will sync with your contacts’ Facebook profiles and populate your gallery with the pictures. XDA Forum Member Riyal thought that was a bit cumbersome and decided to do something about it. This was done by creating a small mod that prevents the gallery from populating itself with FB contact pictures as well. Moreover, the dev decided to leave the Social thumbnail there, as it serves as a link to open up the part of the gallery that would have otherwise been filled right away with the pics. In other words, the contact pics become an on-demand thing as opposed to automatically loading.
The mod can be either cooked in a ROM or installed by itself. Please take it for a spin and let the dev know if it worked well or not.
By default whenever you are logged in to facebook the HTC Gallery app would download all the profile pictures of your friends and show it in the main window of your gallery thus cluttering the main window of your gallery with pictures that you don’t even own.
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June 7, 2013 By: Pulser_G2
In light of HTC’s persistent refusal to give in, and stop wasting their customers’ money on their failed attempts to lock down bootloaders, it is rather pleasing to note that the Revolutionary team has made its return to the HTC One forums, to present their early-access developer preview of Revone.
Posted by XDA Recognized Developer ieftm, it appears the Revolutionary team have been busy once again. The current tool is clearly labelled as an early access preview, and it is worth heeding the warnings. That said, this appears ready to use if you have suitable experience in working with command line tools such as adb and fastboot.
The exploit takes the form of a single binary, which is pushed to /data/local/tmp (a location where the user has free access to write files to using the adb service, and execute them from within), and run the prepare command (revone -P) in order to prepare the device for the process of gaining S-OFF. The next step is arguably of most interest, where the bootloader can be unlocked, locked (without setting the re-locked flag), relocked (leaving the relocked flag in place), and the tamper flag can be reset.
With the ability to reset flags like the tamper flag, one really must question the usefulness of such a “security” feature. If it can be reset solely using software, does it offer much protection whatsoever? Bootloader locks are a useful security feature when they can only be removed by the legitimate owner, but unfortunately HTC continues to offer incomplete locks to developers, and the community has once again taken it upon itself to right this.
Do bootloader locks help with device security, or do they simply serve to satisfy controlling carriers’ thirst to exert control over devices on their network? Either way in this case, it is clear the Revolutionary team has shown they offer little in the way of security. Those looking to get started should head over to the development thread for more details.
It seems like every time you open the proverbial newspaper. HTC is winning an award for its flagship device, the HTC One. The HTC One comes in various carrier-skinned iterations including variants for AT&T, Sprint. and TMobile. What do we do here at XDA once we get a new device? That’s right, we customize it.
Earlier, we showed you how to unlock the bootloader. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you how to install ClockWorkMod Recovery on the HTC One and then gain root access. This allows you to use a lot of awesome root applications. Check out this video.
May 7, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Recently, HTC released its latest flagship device, the HTC One. The HTC One comes in variants including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. After numerous delays, the phone started shipping. And what do we do here at XDA developers once we get a new device? That’s right, we customize it.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you how to unlock the bootloader on the HTC One. This allows you to be about to install custom recoveries and customer ROMs. You can then gain root access to your device. Check out this video to find out who wins.
May 3, 2013 By: Conan Troutman
Despite being an almost sickeningly desirable, ultra-specced, and feature laden beast of a device—so desirable in fact that this self confessed Samsung fanboy considered making it his next device—the HTC One isn’t without it’s little quirks. These are quirks that may just be enough to sway somebody from choosing it over a competitor. One of these is the somewhat baffling decision by HTC to offer only two capacitive buttons and opt for an on screen software menu button in the absence of the commonly seen, yet commonly missing, Android action bar overflow. This can result in an unfortunate amount of screen space being wasted in certain applications.
That however, is now avoidable thanks to a mod known as HTCLogoMenu, which has been incorporated into a custom kernel for the device by XDA Senior Member tbalden. The mod actually enables the HTC logo between the two capacitive buttons to act as a menu key and offer the user a much more familiar and intuitive hard key setup. The logo can also be assigned to other functions such as waking the device if that is something that you would prefer or even a combination of the two functions, all of which are selectable via the kernels AROMA installer.
This is well worth looking into if you’re finding yourself unable to adapt to the stock configuration of the device. You can find more in the original thread.
April 30, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we covered the release of the HTC One and gave you a quick glimpse of its performance. Shortly after, we gave the One a home on our forums for both the international and some US carrier variants. Now, however, we have also created a forum for the T-Mobile HTC One variant.
Similarly, we covered the release of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and gave the international version a forum here last month. However, now we are happy to also give the AT&T and Sprint variants their place as well.
Those looking to get in on the discussion can do so by visiting the links below to the newly created forums:
April 25, 2013 By: jerdog
XDA encourages collaboration between developers and within the community, so it’s only fair that we seek out opportunities to do so ourselves. Working with the fine folks at Cruzerlite is just such an example. We’ve done some great shirts and a good assortment of cases for the top devices out there, and the response from the community has been spectacular.
Now, we are happy to announce a new case to add to the collection: the HTC One XDA Molded Case. The cases are molded into high-quality TPU to provide the most protection while remaining amazingly thin. The sleek, lightweight design of the case fully wraps around the HTC One, while at the same time raising the front of the phone to protect the screen when face down. These affordable cases are flexible, easy to apply, and easy to remove. They come in several different colors, allowing you to choose the case that fits you as well as it fits the phone. Or, for the hipsters out there, you can have a case for each social situation you might find yourself in.
To really launch this new case, Cruzerlite is giving away ten (10) $14 gift cards and will throw in free shipping. All you have to do is follow @xdadevelopers and @cruzerlite, and then tweet what your first smartphone was with the hashtag #xdacruzerlite. So something like this:
@xdadevelopers @cruzerlite my first smartphone was the Palm OS Samsung i500. #xdacruzerlite
Ten winners will be chosen by Cruzerlite on Friday. So get out there and show your support for the largest mobile development community in the world!
April 16, 2013 By: egzthunder1
We have had some rather long running projects on XDA over the years. Some involve simple, yet elegant things like theming engines (UCCW, VR Theme, etc), while others focus a bit more on the functionality side of things. The case for recovery images is one such area that needs to be constantly evolving due to the evolution of the devices and their inner workings. Pushing an insecure recovery into a device is not always easy. Or rather, it is not as simple as some people make it be. Lots of things and information are required even before beginning the process of loading it onto a new device. For XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and other members of Team Win, this has been the case for a while now, but they always tend to come out on top.
TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is an open recovery project that has been around for a couple of years now. It is a great alternative to the ever popular CWM if you are looking for something with a bit more flair and functionality. This new version, which stands at 188.8.131.52, is loaded with updates and fixes. These changes make the overall experience smoother and more enjoyable. For instance as of version 184.108.40.206, TWRP was given the ability to turn off the screen to save battery while in recovery. Version 2.5 takes that concept a step further and not only allows the user to select the timeout, but now even the screen brightness can be tweaked as well. On top of that, partition handling and selection has been vastly improved, and it is now easier to use thanks to the implementation of a scrollable list. And as if that weren’t enough, not being in the Android UI should not mean that you cannot enjoy a good looking recovery with our ever-growing-pixel-packed screens. So, a theme for 1080 x 1920 was added for devices like the Xperia Z, HTC One, and others. And speaking of which, the recovery is now available for the new beast from HTC… the One.
Please do keep in mind that the new version is still undergoing somewhat heavy testing and there are some bugs that you may run into. On the other hand, if you manage to get this installed, rooting the One will be as simple as using the built in tool to inject SuperSU. Please take it for a spin and report feedback and bugs that you may run into.
Team Win Recovery Project 2.x, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. 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.
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April 11, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
OK. It’s no big secret. The HTC One is a great and exciting device. You’ve heard us talk about it—everything from the launch event and preliminary benchmarks to giving the device and its carrier variants a place on our forums. Now, we have kernel source for some One variants, which is great news for those looking to start development work for HTC’s latest flagship. And since the device was only recently launched, with many carrier variants still pending release, HTC has done a great job of keeping to their GPL requirements.
In addition to the One, HTC also saw fit to
release update kernel source for the Droid DNA to match an OTA that was released back in early February. In other words, the company is now GPL compliant with binaries released two months ago. The DNA, if you may recall, was released quite some time ago. Available since November of last year, it took nearly five months for the device to become GPL compliant. Better late than never, but we can’t help but think how much further along the development community would be for the device, had the GPL obligations been fulfilled earlier. In fact, we’ve even seen better from certain relatively obscure manufacturers.
Let’s just hope that in the future, the One that we’re waiting for isn’t an HTC device’s (up-to-date) kernel source code. Those looking to get in on the goods can find them in the links below.
Update: As pointed out by reader and “HTC Champion” Leigh, my previous statements were somewhat mistaken. Article text has been updated accordingly.
March 18, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA-Developers has added a forum for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an all-in-one-toolkit for the HTC One. Jordan also talks about the Android powered RC car..
Jordan then talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch gives his thoughts on the whole SIM unlocking debacle and XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released an video talking about how to approach designing Android apps. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
While the device itself may have been delayed, that hasn’t stopped people preparing themselves for the day that they are finally able to get their hands on HTCs latest (perhaps make or break) offering, the HTC One. XDA Recognized Developer Hasoon2000 has already released an all in one toolkit for the device. If you aren’t familiar with Hasoon’s work, he has created toolkits for a multitude of different devices, such as the the HTC Desire V, Desire S, Explorer, the One X+, the Droid DNA, and many more.
This particular tool kit follows the precedent and offers a selection of features that any self respecting HTC device tweaker should need at least once, such as unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery and flashing a kernel. For those who might be new to modifying their device, the GUI is actually laid out in such a way that the initial rooting process is little more complex than pressing the appropriate buttons in the right order.
There are also numerous other features, which more experienced users you may well find to be handy time savers. So if you are expecting to get your hands on a shiny new HTC One in the near future, be sure to check out the original thread for more information.
February 21, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just two days ago, we brought you live coverage of HTC’s launch event for the HTC One. We also gave you a preliminary glimpse of how well it performs by putting it through a few standard benchmarks. The device features a powerful quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064T), 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, a 4.7″ 1080p Super LCD 3 display with 468 ppi, a 4 MP “Ultrapixel” camera with an f/2 lens and large pixels, and a 2300 mAh battery. All this is housed in a sleek, 9.3 mm all-aluminum enclosure that feels thin due to its tapered edges and sub-4 mm minimum thickness. Now, we’ve given it a place in our forums. All that’s left is for the device and kernel source to be released, an unlock method, and for developers to get their hands on the device.
In addition to the HTC One, we’ve also created a forum for Google Glass. While not a smartphone or tablet my any stretch of the imagination, Glass presents a very interesting prospect of a wearable computing device that aids you in your day-to-day activities. And what better way to aid in its development than to give our developers space to share ideas and concepts?
Next, we have a forum for the HTC Butterfly. A cousin to the Droid DNA, the device features similar specifications with its 5″ 1080p Super LCD 3 panel and quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The device features 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera and an f/2 lens for better low light capabilities.
Rounding out the list, we also have forums for the Ouya gaming console and for the latest trend in (affordable) wearable computing: smart watches. Which are you most excited about? Let us know, and feel free to visit the forums listed below!