April 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Now that HTC’s previous generation flagship devices are all enjoying their official upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat, many have begun to wonder when these devices would receive the latest iteration of HTC’s Sense UI. First seen on the HTC One M8, Sense 6 brings many key refinements to the Taiwanese OEM’s signature interface such as a heavily updated launcher, improved aesthetics, and much more.
You may recall that about a month ago, HTC’s Sense 6 update plans were leaked out for various last generation devices such as the HTC One M7. The leak’s proposed timetable was then officially confirmed for the M7, with the date being set for some time next month. Now, HTC has gone ahead and updated their software update status pages for US and Canada to show their current stage of progress. Included in the update pages are various versions of the HTC One (M7), as well as carrier variants of the HTC One Max and One Mini.
Currently, all devices in all regions other than the T-Mobile HTC One are in stage two (integration). This means that the bulk of the work has been done, and now carrier-specific software (i.e. bloatware)is being added. It’s unknown exactly how long integration and the subsequent certification will last, but we don’t think it’s impossible for HTC to meet its May timetable.
April 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that a little under a month ago, XDA Recognized Contributor and leaker extraordinaire LlabTooFer posted a tentative update schedule for current generation HTC devices. Last generation’s flagship HTC One (M7) was among the devices covered in the leaked documentation, and the device was slated to receive the Sense 6 goods some time between May and June.
Now, President of HTC America John Mackenzie has gone ahead and confirmed the rumor, stating that the update will arrive to consumer devices by the end of May. This confirmation comes courtesy of Jason’s Twitter account, which read:
Reminder that Sense 6 will push to current HTC One users by end of May. #htcadvantage
As elaborated later in the Twitter comments thread, this update will be rolling out to devices in both US and Canada. That said, it’s unknown at this time whether this includes carrier-branded devices or unlocked and unsubsidized devices only.
By now, most HTC One M7 users reading this will already be on an AOSP-derived KitKat ROM or a Sense 6 port from the M8, but it’s still nice to see official support by way of OEM updates. Are you eagerly awaiting the Sense 6 update or do you prefer to live in a world of non-Sense ROMs? Let us know in the comments below.
[Source: Jason Mackenzie Twitter]
March 29, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Announced just last week, the HTC One M8 (2014) is nothing short of a knockout device. The new One improves upon its predecessor in practically every way imaginable. And barring its arguable camera capabilities, the M8 seems to have set the bar for the first half of 2014 with its combination of style, build quality, and performance.
Naturally, we quickly created a set of forums for US carrier variants of the device. And of course, this included the Verizon HTC One (M8). Now, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase and Recognized Developer beaups have rooted the device using an all-new exploit they call HTC WeakSauce. The exploit is a pre-packaged version of a vulnerability developed by jcase himself. Currently, this is only for obtaining root access, as neither jcase nor beaups own the Verizon M8 themselves. But once they get their hands on their own devices, they will begin work to hack further.
What about users of last year’s Verizon HTC One? Well, jcase and beaups have something for you as well. As it turns out, WeakSauce can be used to root last year’s Verizon HTC One as well. And once you’ve used WeakSauce, you can then use Firewater by beaups and Fuses to obtain S-Off.
If you want to get in on the action, head to the appropriate thread below:
March 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, we took a look at a leaked video that gave viewers a quick walk-through of what was purported to be HTC’s yet to be released Sense 6. While the veracity of the leaked video is still unknown, we do know that Sense 6 is on the horizon. It’s only a matter of time before it reaches consumer devices—well, if the company doesn’t go under before then due to poor sales and perplexing legal practices.
So naturally, the question on everyone’s mind is when and if their current generation HTC devices will receive the HTC Sense 6 goods. Well, thanks to leaked documents courtesy of XDA Recognized Contributor and leaker extraordinaire LlabTooFer, we now have a better idea.
HTC One owners will be glad to know that they’re first in line for the Sense 6 update, as HTC appears to have tentative plans to release the update some time between May and June. One Mini, One Max, and Butterfly S owners should also find comfort in knowing that they’re scheduled to receive the update one month later, some time between June and July.
Unfortunately, this means that other devices such as the original Butterfly, One X, One X+, One S, One V, One SV, Desire 601, Evo 4G LTE, and Desire 700 are probably going to be left in the cold—but we already expected as much. Another interesting tidbit that can be gleamed from the leaked documentation is that Sense 6 is also currently running atop Android 4.4.2—just like Sense 5.5 does at present. However, it’s not uncommon for different versions of Sense to run atop the same Android version.
What are your thoughts on HTC’s update schedule? Are you still bitter about the lack of updates for the One X and X+? Let us know in the comments below!
March 19, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Yesterday we talked about how the European HTC One was finally receiving its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update once more. The device, which initially saw its official KitKat release back in January, later had the update pulled due to issues that certain users were facing. Now, it’s update time for the Australian variants of the One.
Today’s update bumps the Australian variants of the HTC One to software version 4.20.980.1. The firmware, which is currently being delivered in the form of a 308 MB incremental OTA update, is making its way to Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone devices.
Since the update is being rolled out in the form of a staged OTA, not every device will receive the update immediately. Luckily, XDA Senior Member deeevan has mirrored both the radio files and the incremental OTA update for Optus devices that haven’t yet received the update. A TWRP NANDroid image is also in the process of being created, and users may have certain luck in porting the Optus OTA over to other devices. However, it’s not recommended at this time to attempt applying the update directly on Telstra and Vodafone variants without modification.
You can get in on the discussion by visiting the Australian HTC One discussion thread. Those wishing to get in on the update action a bit early should head over to deevan’s mirror for the Optus variant of the device.
[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
Back at the tail end of January, we talked about how the international HTC One received its official update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Not too long after, the update was put on hold due to issues that some users were facing after having upgraded. Now, KitKat is back and currently rolling out to international devices once again.
The update, which is now currently rolling out for the international variant of the device (M7_U / PN0711000), comes in the form of ROM version 4.19.401.5. And just like the previous update that was pulled, this bumps up the device to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. News of this update comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer LlabTooFer‘s Twitter.
Just as before, the update is being delivered in the form of a staged OTA rollout. As such, not everyone will receive the update immediately. However, XDA Senior Member mikeyd85 was kind enough to mirror the update for everyone to enjoy. It is worth noting, however, that mikeyd85′s device has Super CID, so your mileage may vary.
It’s good to see that despite the previous issues, official KitKat has returned to the international HTC One. You can either wait for the OTA or you can download the update manually over at mikeyd85′s post if you dare. And once you’ve given it a shot, head over to the International HTC One Update Discussion thread and the comments below to share your thoughts about the new update.
[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, we talked about how Android 4.4.2 had begun rolling out to the T-Mobile HTC One. We also mentioned that a similar update was on its way for the AT&T HTC One in the very near future. Well, that time is now here, as the 4.4.2 update has begun rolling out for AT&T’s variant of the device.
The update, which comes in at software version 4.18.502.7, started rolling out early this morning. As expected, it packs Android 4.4.2 laced with Sense 5.5. Naturally, this is a staged rollout, meaning that not every device will receive the update immediately. However, thanks to XDA Senior Members clsA and smoley, we have a pair of mirrors on AndroidFileHost and Dropbox, which can be flashed through the stock recovery.
Head over to the Android 4.4.2 update thread to get in on the discussion. And if you’re looking to get in on the update a bit early, head over to clsA’s AndroidFileHost mirror and smoley’s Dropbox mirror.
February 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
HTC has done a reasonably good job in disseminating the KitKat goods to their flagship HTC One, as well as its regional variants. The most recent recipient of the 4.4 update is the T-Mobile variant, which started receiving the staged rollout late last night.
The KitKat update for the T-Mobile HTC One comes in at software version 4.19.531.10, and it bumps up the Android version to 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 5.5. As expected, the update packs all the same features that we saw in the Verizon update not too long ago.
The update is being delivered in the form of a staged rollout. Naturally, this means that not every device will receive the OTA immediately. However, the update was captured and mirrored by XDA Recognized Developer mwang for everyone’s early side-loading pleasure. So if you wish to get in on the update a bit early or create a ROM derived from the official OTA, head over to mwang’s mirrored OTA update thread.
And in other HTC One KitKat news, the update for the AT&T HTC One is coming soon as well. As announced on Twitter by HTC’s executive director of product management, KitKat for the AT&T HTC One has received carrier approval and is scheduled for OTA delivery shortly, and we’ll be sure to share the update once it’s been captured.
Good job with the timely updates, HTC. These are good times to be an HTC One owner. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
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.
February 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat 4.4.2 is now available for the unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 3 is available for 50 devices and their is now a way to turn your Moto G into a Play Edition! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Complete Action Plus, Jordan taught us about ART the Android Runtime compiler, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Quickr. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 11, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
In its relatively short lifespan, the highly regarded HTC One has proven to be no stranger to expedient software updates. The device, which initially launched with Android version 4.1, saw a rather expedient update to KitKat on its developer and unlocked editions just one month after the release of Google’s latest OS.
Naturally, carrier-branded updates are taking a bit longer, but HTC has already owned up to and apologized for this. To that end, we’ve already seen the update start rolling out to carrier-branded devices on Sprint and Verizon. But since 4.4.2 has already been live for European devices, it was only a matter of time before the developer and unlocked models also gained a taste of the latest version of KitKat with a helping of Sense 5.5.
Now, Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 has begun rolling out to the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One. The update comes in the form of a 312.22 MB update, bringing you to software version 4.19.1540.4. And apparently, all developer and unlocked devices that are running stock firmware are now receiving the update when manually checking for updates.
Share your experiences with the latest Sense-laden KitKat update for the HTC One in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the update discussion thread to get in on the discussion. Good job on the timely updates on your latest flagships, HTC—now update the One X!
February 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
In late November of last year, we were all quite surprised to see that certain variants the HTC One became the first heavily-skinned devices to receive the KitKat lovin’. Sure, the formerly Googorola Moto X already had the privilege of enjoying the KitKat goods for some time. But let’s face it, the Moto X’s skin is essentially as close to stock Android as you can get without being on stock Android.
Unfortunately, the early KitKat availability for the HTC One applied only to the developer / unlocked phones and to its GPe variant, rather than any carrier-branded devices. Now, Verizon HTC One owners can sing a little victory song, as their devices can now enjoy the official KitKat lovin’. This comes just under a week after the same could be said for the Sprint variant.
The official word comes directly from HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management Mohammed Versi:
HTC One Verizon Owners! We have received technical approval for the OS 4.4 + Sense 5.5 update today. Expect the OTA out shortly. Thanks!
We’re glad to see a relatively expedient KitKat update make it out to a carrier-branded device because as we all know, carriers are “evil” entities that delay updates and add bloatware. Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to make your way over to the Verizon HTC One forums.
January 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Ever since Android 4.4 KitKat was released on Halloween of last year, the race has been on for device manufacturers and carriers to deliver the update goods as expediently as possible. OK, fine—that last part (“carriers”) is a bit of a lie. But thankfully, they’re not completely resting on their laurels.
Just two days ago, we talked about HTC’s very public apology letter owning up to missing their self-imposed update schedule on the US carrier-branded variants of the critically acclaimed HTC One. In the public apology letter, John Mackenzie stated that updates would be expected to make their way to consumer devices within the next week or two. Now in a strange twist of fate, the official KitKat update is now available for the Sprint HTC One.
The update comes as software version 4.06.651.4. At present, it is only available for update via “customer initiated request.” In other words, it’s time to start mashing that “Check for Updates” button. Sprint’s support forums also state that the update will officially begin batched rollout on February 11th.
If you’re the lucky owner of a Sprint HTC One, make your way over to your device’s home forum and the 4.4.2 discussion thread to learn more. We’re glad to see that the update appeared on at least one US carrier variant by the end of their 90-day window, especially given the complexity of the update process mandated by carrier approval and the like. Good job, HTC. Now while you’re at it, give us support for the One X and One X+.