November 30, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Although it may seem like only yesterday, Android 4.4 KitKat was officially launched an entire month ago, alongside the release of the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5. Since then, we’ve seen copious amounts of work to bring these KitKat goodies over to older devices. Most of this effort has come in the form of unofficial ports, but the new Google-owned Motorola shocked us all by delivering Android 4.4 to the Moto X in record time, beating out both Google Play edition devices in the process.
Motorola’s fast turnaround time is certainly quite an impressive feat, and one that bodes well for the future of the company. That said, we shouldn’t expect much different from a Google subsidiary. Furthermore, the Moto X is pretty much as close to vanilla Android as you can get in a phone nowadays, outside of the Nexus lineup and Google Play edition devices.
Now, HTC is leading the pack with its Android 4.4 rollout for the HTC One. The update is now being rolled out to all developer edition devices, as well as unlocked units not purchased from carriers. While this says nothing about carrier-branded devices, we can’t imagine that carriers will enjoy the bad publicity of lagging far behind the unlocked variants.
Naturally, this update to KitKat also features HTC Sense 5.5. This comes as the first official Android 4.4 update to any truly OEM-skinned device, demonstrating that OEM customizations do not necessarily have to result in Android firmware update delays.
Readers, what are your thoughts on HTC’s impressive update turnaround time? Let us know in the comments below!
Good work, HTC. We hope other manufacturers can follow in your footsteps.
[Source: HTC Twitter Account]
November 29, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The Google Play Edition of the HTC One was updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Then, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition got official KitKat too! 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 kernel source for the previously mentioned KitKat devices are available, and how KitKat was also ported to the Google Nexus One. That’s not all that covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for BootManager, XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler showed us how to launch an app with Google Now, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Dial2Draw. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Just yesterday, we covered how Google had finally decided to update the HTC One Google Play edition to Android 4.4 KitKat. We say “finally” because HTC had stated that the update was ready ten days earlier on their official Twitter account.
Regardless of timing, the update is a good thing—even if the Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T variants of the OEM-skinned Moto X managed to receive their updates before either of the two Google Play edition devices. But up until now, this only helped the few who actually purchased the Google Play edition devices. Now thanks to a guide by XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer graffixnyc, you can essentially turn your standard HTC One into an HTC One Google Play edition.
We’re not going to lie to you. This is going to be a somewhat complicated process, and it’s not meant for the faint of heart. As such, you need to already be S-Off. You also need to have a working knowledge of ADB and Fastboot. And as stated in the OP, “This procedure is not easy and is not really noob friendly, well flashing the RUU is not really difficult but it’s the prerequisites that are more complex/risky.” In other words, proceed with caution. And if you’re confused, it’s best to turn around and walk away slowly.
Make your way over to the original thread to get started. Just please do yourself a favor and read through the entire OP and make sure you know what you are doing before getting started. Nobody likes ending up with a paperweight.
November 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Yesterday, we saw Google release the Android 4.4 KitKat OTAs for its two Google Play edition devices: the HTC One GPe and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. While these releases are great for GPe device users looking to experience Google’s latest and greatest on their rather expensive phones, and even for those with standard devices looking to enjoy GPe-based ROMs, they’re not helpful to those interested in creating source-build KitKat-compatible ROMs and Kernels for their devices. Thankfully, HTC and Samsung have both released the GPL-compliant kernel source code for their devices running KitKat.
The Samsung goods can be found on Samsung’s Open Source Release Center, and the link of interest is the one labeled GT-I9505G_NA_KK. For HTC, the goods can be found on HTCDev. From there, simply select the HTC One Google Play edition as your device, and Android 4.4 as your OS. In addition to the kernel source, HTC also includes the framework support files for the device, weighing in at a healthy 371.7 MB.
Were you waiting for Samsung and HTC to release the kernel source? Are you planning on building your own KitKat ROM or kernel? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 forums to get in on the action.
November 25, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
The Android 4.4 craziness is ongoing. More and more devices are getting official updates to KitKat. Today, we are happy to announce that the Google Play edition of HTC One is now a member of the KitKat family. A few days ago, we wrote about how HTC had delivered a GPe KitKat code to Google, and they were waiting for Google to push the update. It appears that wait is over, as the first batches of HTC One devices have already received their OTA updates.
Soon, all HTC One devices should receive the update. But if you want to get in on the action early, XDA Senior Member saturn_de posted a link to the OTA zip. This update is 320 MB, and it contains all the KitKat goodies we’ve seen on the Nexus 5 except Google Experience Launcher. Fear not, as it can easily be taken from the system dump of Nexus 5.There are also plenty of alternatives available on the forum with even more customization. The update can be sideloaded or directly flashed to the phone with the stock recovery. All you need to do is put the package on your local storage and apply the update.
If you can’t wait to get the newest update for your HTC One Google Play edition, download the update here and share your opinion with us in the comments.
Yesterday, Motorola shared some insight into its Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plans. They added some devices to the update list, and they even began the KitKat rollout to the Verizon variant of their flagship Moto X. Today, HTC has followed suit by elucidating on their update plans.
Not too long ago, HTC publicly stated that they had already delivered the KitKat code for the HTC One Google Play edition to Google. While the update is still yet to be seen, we can only assume that it will make its way to users quite soon. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the standard version of the HTC One. However, HTC’s Jason Makenzie had previously stated the company’s plans on updating all North American carrier variants within 90 days of KitKat’s October 31st release.
Now, HTC has set a firm date on its update plans for both the carrier-branded variants of the HTC One and the Droid DNA. According to HTC’s Twitter page, the One will see official KitKat love by the end of January, and the DNA will receive the goods by the end of Q1 2014. But after the One’s delayed update to Android 4.3, let’s just hope this doesn’t become another HTC Thunderbolt situation.
Are you happy with HTC’s proposed timetable? Let us know in the comments section below.
November 15, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
After a wait that seemed like eternity, Android 4.4 KitKat was released 16 days ago, alongside the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5. Not too long afterward, we saw OTAs and factory images appear for some of the more recent Nexus devices.
Unfortunately, the Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 are still yet to be seen. However, Google’s Sundar Pichai stated that the updates would arrive “in the coming weeks.” Further bolstering that timetable, HTC’s Jason Mackenzie told Engadget that the update would reach the GPe HTC One within 15 days.
Now, it seems as if that time is almost here, as HTC has now submitted the KitKat code to Google for the HTC One Google Play edition. As seen on the official HTC Twitter account:
Good news, we’ve delivered KitKat code to Google for HTC One GPE. Timing of push via PlayStore to be determined by Google.
Are you disappointed that the GPe updates are lagging a bit behind the recently updated Nexus 4, 7, and 10, or are you just happy that these updates are coming relatively expediently? Let us know in the comments section below. Hopefully, it won’t take Google long to push out this update.
November 2, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
If you ever spent any appreciable amount of time with the venerable HTC HD2, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the name Cotulla. After all, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla and the rest of the Dark Forces Team developed the vastly powerful MAGLDR bootloader for the device.
As a brief recap, MAGLDR for the HD2 unleashed the full potential of the device, allowing users to easily install an almost limitless number of alternative operating systems, an install an Android recovery, and even play Tetris directly from the bootloader.
Now, Cotulla and the DFT team have begun the journey of bringing similar hackability over to the HTC One. Nothing is available just yet, but given Cotulla’s impressive track record, it’s basically only a matter of time. There are no concrete development goals just yet, but possibilities include installing old school Windows Mobile 6.x, running Windows RT and/or Windows Phone 8, and much more. And once MAGLDR is finished for the One, he is planning on working on UEFI.
Make your way over to the development thread to learn more and keep up on the progress. If you own an HTC One, things may get pretty exciting in the future…
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Moderator Ghost for the tip!]
November 1, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn’t the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. Now the question in everybody‘s mind undoubtedly turns to when their device will get the update. Luckily, we now know the roadmap for certain key devices. READ ON »
HTC promised superior phonecall sound quality on their flagship HTC One when they unveiled the dual-membrane microphones and the accompanying Sense Voice software. Consisting of a High SPL membrane and a High SNR membrane, the set up is supposed to rid of any unwelcome, outside sound interference in recording and calls by ‘assigning,’ different noise levels and sensitivities to their respective microphones.
With all this technology, it’s unfortunate that many HTC One users have suffered low quality sound including muffled and robotic-sounding voices during calls, rather than the promised better sound quality. This may be attributed to the fact that noise suppression kicks in when the device is at certain angles and positions, such as on your shoulder.
In order to combat the issue, XDA Senior Member grgsiocl has created a mod that essentially disables the noise suppression software. It has been tested to work with deodexed devices running 4.2.2 and 4.3. However, before you dive right in right away, it’s also recommended to take a look through the thread to see whether device variants or individual ROMs may be compatible or not. If the mod has had undesired consequences or you simply don’t notice any difference, grgsiocl has also provided a handy flashable zip file for Android 4.2.2 that reverts the effects.
To find out more, visit the original thread.
October 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The Official Android 4.3 firmware for the International HTC One is rolling out! 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 an article reporting that Samsung posted the Android 4.3 kernel source for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, as well as how to avoid bootloops upgrading to 4.3 on the device.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK gave us an Android App Review of Switchr, Jordan released an an event recap of the Big Android BBQ, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Floating Texts. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
October 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Hardware capacitive buttons seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many of us seem to prefer the versatility of the on-screen buttons most commonly seen on modern Nexus devices, others instead favor the increased usable screen real estate made possible by having dedicated keys outside of the display.
If you happen to own an HTC device, you are probably a fan of dedicated hardware buttons. But that’s not to say that you can’t tweak them to make them work better for you. XDA Senior Member denversc created an app called Capacitive Buttons Brightness, which does… Well, you guessed it. It allows you to change the brightness of your capacitive buttons.
Currently, the app officially supports the HTC One X (dual- and quad-core variants), HTC One X+, HTC One, and HTC One S. That said, many users have found that it also works on other devices such as the HTC One V, HTC Desire HD, HTC Evo 3D, Motorola Droid MAXX, and LG Optimus G.
The app allows you to change brightness in 3 steps: dim, bright, and off. The default on most Sense-based ROMs seems to be bright, whereas it is usually set to dim on most AOSP-based ROMs. Please note that the “off” setting does not work if you have the GV Integration app installed. Naturally, root access is required… But who here isn’t rooted anyway?
October 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
A little over a week ago, Samsung started updating its flagship Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 with the XXUEMJ5 firmware. We all knew that it was only a matter of time before a similar update appeared for HTC’s flagship, the HTC One. Now, that day has come. Android 4.3 is here for the HTC One, and it’s packing a rather significant surprise.
Along for the ride with the Android 4.3 update is the latest version of its custom UI, Sense 5.5 that was first seen on the HTC One Max. This brings multitasking UI improvements, an updated interface to its video highlights feature, improvements to the media player, and more. However, the biggest whammy is how the new update finally lets you disable BlinkFeed.
While BlinkFeed has been one of the most prominent features of HTC’s custom overlay, few users actually used the feature—some going so far as to switch launchers in order to avoid the feature. And now, HTC is allowing users to disable it entirely.
For the admittedly few of you still running stock software on the international model, you can simply wait for the OTA to appear on your device. US carrier variants, however, will have to wait for some time. And if you’re looking for a pre-rooted version, head over to the HTC One forums and find a build that suits your needs.