July 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, the Sprint HTC One M8 received its official update to the recently released Android 4.4.3. Now, HTC has released the GPL-mandated kernel source code for this update, as well as for an upcoming Android 4.4.3 update to the HTC One M7 (Developer Edition).
The kernel source for the Sprint HTC One M8 corresponds to software revision 2.16.651.4_R2, while the kernel source for the M7 Developer Edition corresponds to its 6.07.1540.1 update. Both kernels come in at Linux version 3.4.0, and they are for their devices’ respective Android 4.4.3 updates. As always, these files are of no major consequence to traditional end users. However, aftermarket kernel and ROM developers looking to create or update source-built development projects will undoubtedly find them helpful.
If you’re a third-party ROM or kernel developer looking to work on the M7 developer edition or Sprint M8, head over to the HTCDev source links below to get in on the action. That said, given the source code update for the M7 developer edition, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the update start rolling out in the very near future.
July 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android L Developer Preview has been ported to HTC One! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is how Google may consider changing the SD Card access rules in final Android L and the story about enabling Chromecast mirroring from Any Device! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
With each passing day, we grow closer and closer to the eventual release of Android L. We could just sit around, waiting for Google to release the source code and system images, but waiting for an official release is far from being fun. XDA members love porting fun, and custom ROM development provides the required dose.
The Android L port for the Google Nexus 4 was more or less expected, and came relatively shortly after Google released the developer preview images for the N5 and N7-2013. Not many expected to see a HTC One (M7) port, but XDA Senior Member ssrij and a team of developers managed to port the Android L Developer Preview to this former flagship device.
The port is still in alpha stage, and some things simply don’t work. Running Android L on first generation HTC One was made possible thanks to ramdisk and kernel modifications, so it might not run as it should. However, the Developer Preview was made to show people how the Android L will look like and what functions we should be expected.
June 25, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We still don’t know what the “L” in Android L stands for, but we’re already salivating at what this update will bring to consumer devices. Promising improved performance, a refreshed UI, better battery life, and much more; L is a legitimately significant release, and possibly the most important version since Ice Cream Sandwich.
With all of the new features introduced in L, it’s no wonder that many users are now wondering when they’ll get to experience this latest version on their own devices. We already know that the developer preview will be available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) tomorrow. And now, HTC has taken the opportunity to commit to releasing Android L updates to all variants of the HTC One M8 (2014) and One M7 within 90 days of receiving the final software from Google.
HTC Customers and Enthusiasts,
HTC is excited about the new features in Android L release and we can’t wait to share them with you. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible as part of our HTC Advantage program. We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices. HTC Advantage protects your smartphone investment, ensuring you have the best smartphone experience long after purchase.
This is certainly good to hear from HTC. And thanks to their great track record in meeting (or nearly meeting) their own self-imposed deadlines, we’re optimistic about this actually coming to fruition. Obviously we don’t yet know when Android L will be released, but it’s reasonable to assume a late Fall / early Winter timetable, which means that L will reach consumer HTC One devices some time early 2015.
This past Saturday, we talked about how the AT&T HTC One would finally catch up to the other M7 variants and receive its official update to HTC Sense 6. As a quick refresher, the update first made its way to the developer and unlocked variants of the HTC One M7 about three weeks ago. A couple days later, the T-Mobile variant of the HTC One M7 receive its taste. And then last week, the update hit the Verizon and Sprint variants. Now after quite a long wait, the update is finally here for the HTC One M7 running on America’s second largest carrier.
As foretold by HTC’s VP of Product Management Mo Versi earlier this week, the update began rolling out to consumer devices earlier today. The update comes in at a rather portly 673 MB, and it’s presumed to carry the same goodies that we’ve seen before in previous Sense 6 updates such as a revised camera/gallery, improved BlinkFeed, Extreme Power Savings mode, and more.
As is nearly always the case, the update is making its way out to consumer devices via a staged OTA rollout. As such, not every device will be in the initial wave.
Additionally, the update has not yet been captured and mirrored, so there’s no direct upgrading to AT&T’s latest bloat-ridden update just yet. However, XDA Senior Member Wonders_Never_Cease released an unbloated Sense 6 build.
Despite the delays, it’s definitely better to be late than never. Head over to the link above or mash that check for updates button to get in on the action.
June 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Today will undoubtedly be remembered the day of Android 4.4.3–at least among us die hard Android fans. Immediately following yesterday’s official release, we’ve seen quite a bit of Android 4.4.3-related activity. Early this morning, we saw the Android 4.4.3 OTA make its way over to the WiFi-only variant of the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Just a few hours later, we talked about all of the changes made in 4.4.3. Not too long after, Motorola began updating its “Moto” devices to 4.4.3. And finally, Google began rolling out the 4.4.3 incremental OTA to the flagship Nexus 5.
Now, we’ve just gotten word that Android 4.4.3 has started making its way out to various Google Play edition devices. The first to receive the updates are the Google Play editions of the HTC One M7, HTC One M8 (2014), Galaxy S 4, and Sony Z Ultra. For those keeping track, we’re still waiting for updates on the GPe variants of the LG G Pad 8.3 and Moto G. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if these updates surface rather quickly–especially the update for the G, in light of Motorola’s announcement earlier.
Naturally, these updates will make their way out to consumer devices via staged OTA rollouts. As such, not every device will be in the initial wave. However, XDA Recognized Contributor / “Resident Archivist-in-Chief” oldblue910 has an utterly fantastic series of stock OTA reference threads for all current GPe and Nexus devices.
Finally, HTC has gone ahead and published the GPL-mandated kernel source code for the two HTC GPe updates above.
Let’s not act too surprised at the expedient release of these updates. After all, due to the lack of OEM customizations and direct updates from Google, this is to be expected. That said, today’s a very good day for GPe device owners.
PS. Don’t forget to show your appreciation to oldblue910 for taking the time to maintain these OTA reference threads by clicking “thanks” on his thread OPs if you haven’t already!
May 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Two weeks ago, we saw the Sense 6 roll out to the developer and unlocked variants of the HTC One M7. A couple days later, the T-Mobile variant of the HTC One M7 receive its taste of Sense 6. And then earlier this week, we saw HTC Sense 6 updates roll out to the Verizon and the Sprint variants of the device.
With so many M7 device variants receiving Sense 6 updates, many on America’s second largest mobile carrier were quick to wonder when the AT&T HTC One would receive its taste of the updated Sense goods. But thanks to a tweet by HTC US President Jason Mackenzie, which was quickly reiterated by VP of Product Management Mohammed Versi, we now know that the update will start rolling out to consumer devices early next week.
It is safe to assume that this update will bring the same goodies seen in the previous Sense 6 updates that have made their way to other variants of the M7. These updates all brought several key features that were previously exclusive to the M8 such as an updated UI, improved BlinkFeed interface, and updated first party apps.
To learn more about the update and/or install a preview build, head over to the later pages of this thread in our AT&T HTC One forums. Good job, HTC in almost meeting your self imposed deadline of updating all HTC One variants to Sense 6 by the end of May. Since this slight delay by a few days isn’t your fault, but rather due to AT&T’s certification process, we won’t hold it against you.
May 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back on Monday, HTC USA Product Manager Leigh Momii stated that the Sense 6 update for the Verizon HTC One M7 was set to roll out to consumer devices some time this week. When Sprint updated its support documents to state that the update would begin rolling out to its variant starting today, many wondered when the Verizon model would receive the update since it was announced first. Now, we’ve just gotten word that the rollout for the Verizon model has finally begun.
Coming in at software version 4.10.605.3, today’s update 642.8 MB update for the Verizon M7 brings all that we’ve seen in Sense 6 updates for other devices and M7 variants. This includes a revised BlinkFeed interface with more content options, improved UI design, a revised camera and gallery UI, and some minor home screen improvements. In addition, there are some device-specific fixes to bugs involving ISIS Wallet payments and the inability to power on the device.
This update has begun making its way out to consumer devices through a staged OTA rollout. As such, not every device will be in the initial wave. Luckily, XDA Recognized Contributor dottat and Recognized Developer santod040 were kind enough to mirror the OTAs for those who are unrooted and running stock recovery. And if that’s not enough, dottatt even repackaged the update as an RUU that can be flashed via TWRP as a complete update on S-Off devices.
To learn more about the update, head over to this thread. If you wish to sideload the OTA update on your own device, head over to dottat’s mirror or santodo40′s mirror, and if you want the complete update in RUU format, head over to dottat’s repackaged firmware thread.
May 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just a couple days ago, we talked about how the Verizon HTC One M7 was poised to receive its update to Sense 6 some time later this week. Back then, we also speculated that the updates for the Sprint and AT&T models wouldn’t be too far off since HTC listed them listed them as being undergoing certification in their software updates page. Thankfully, this speculation proved to be correct, as Sprint has now begun the process of rolling out the update to consumer devices.
Today’s update comes in at software version 5.03.651.3, and it bumps up the device’s Sense version to 6. And just like the update we saw for the Verizon M7, it brings several new features that were previously exclusive to the M8 along for the ride. This includes new functionality such as Extreme Power Savings mode, an updated UI, a few updated first party apps (Camera, Gallery, TV App), and a refreshed BlinkFeed interface.
The update hasn’t begun rolling out to consumer devices just yet, but it is slated to begin today. However, it’s important to keep in mind that as always, these updates will be delivered in stages that can take several days or more. You can view this update’s release notes over on Sprint’s site and get in on the discussion in this thread.
May 27, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier this month, the Developer and Unlocked variants of the popular HTC One M7 received their official updates to Sense 6. Not long after, T-Mobile updated its variant to Sense 6 as well. Both of the aforementioned updates brought features that were previously exclusive to the M8 over to HTC’s last year flagship. This included features such as Extreme Power Savings mode, an updated UI, a few updated first party apps, and a refreshed BlinkFeed interface.
Now, this same update is about to make its way to the Verizon HTC One M7. While there’s no official statement from Verizon just yet, HTC has now updated its update support page to state that the update is complete. This means that it has already received carrier certification and its release can be expected imminently. So when will this update hit consumer devices? According to HTC USA Product Manager Leigh Momii, it will happen this week.
The good news doesn’t end with the Verizon variant, however. as the updates for the AT&T and Sprint variants are now undergoing carrier certification. Naturally, these updates will take a bit longer, but since the development and integration work has been already done and they are just waiting for carrier approval, we can’t imagine that it’ll be too much longer.
Verizon HTC One users looking to get in on the update discussion should head over to this thread.
May 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that just a few days ago, we saw a Sense 6-laden update roll out for the developer and unlocked HTC One. And a few months prior, we saw an update make its way to the Sprint HTC One M8 (2014), which brought the new Extreme Power Savings Mode. Now, two very similar updates are making their rounds to the T-Mobile HTC One M7 and T-Mobile HTC One (M8), respectively.
First up, we have the last generation HTC One M7 on T-Mobile, which is now the first carrier-branded M7 to receive Sense 6. This OTA updates your device to software version 5.14.531.1, up from the previously available 4.19.531.10. It comes in at a rather hefty 695 MB, which is to be expected given that this brings the device to Sense 6.
Although no official changelog exists on T-Mobile’s update support page for the M7, it’s safe to assume that this update packs the same goodies that we saw make their way to the developer and unlocked devices earlier this week. In short, it should brings most of the M8’s software features to the M7. For a refresher, Sense 6 includes an updated UI color palate and support for multiple themes, an updated BlinkFeed interface with more news sources, and a simplified camera, gallery, and app tray. In addition to the Sense 6 features, it’s highly likely that this update also brings the new Extreme Power Saving mode to the M7, as well as a button to clear all recent apps—just like we saw in the update to the developer and unlocked M7.
Next up, we have T-Mobile’s variant of the M8. This 229.8 MB update brings the device to software version number 1.57.531.7, up from the previously available 1.12.531.19 build. As stated on T-Mobile’s software update page for the M8, this update brings a number of improvements such as improved battery life, the new Extreme Power Saving mode, and improved WiFi performance. And for those curious about what the new Extreme Power Saving mode actually does, it extends your battery life by “conserving CPU usage, reducing screen brightness, turning off vibration feedback, turning off data connection when screen is off, allowing only essential apps to run, and turning off pedometer.” It can be toggled via a status bar quick control. And as you’d expect from the name, enabling this new mode is pretty much a last resort. This is because when enabled, you’ll be prevented from doing pretty much anything with your device other than make calls, send texts and emails, check your calendar, and use the calculator.
Both updates are currently making their way out to consumer devices via staged OTA rollouts. Unfortunately, however, not every device will be in the initial wave. Luckily for T-Mobile M8 owners, XDA Senior Member altimax98 was kind enough to pull and mirror the M8′s update for use on stock, unrooted devices running the stock recovery. Alas, there is no captured and mirrored update just yet for the T-Mobile M7, but once someone captures it, you’ll be able to find it in this thread.
May 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just under a month ago, we talked about how HTC updated it software update page to display its progress in delivering Sense 6 to previous generation devices such as the HTC One M7. In the time since, we’ve seen certain variants of the the HTC One Max receive the update, and that only left us wondering when the previous One M7 would get to enjoy the Sense 6 goods as well.
Luckily, the time is now, as HTC has begun rolling out a Sense 6-laden update to developer and unlocked variants of the HTC One M7. This update comes in at software version 5.11.1540.9, and it brings most of the HTC One M8 (2014)’s software features to the M7. For a refresher, Sense 6 includes an updated UI color palate and support for multiple themes, an updated BlinkFeed interface with more news sources, and a simplified camera, gallery, and app tray. In addition to the Sense 6 features, this update also brings the new Extreme Power Saving mode to this older device, as well as a button to clear all recent apps.
This update is gradually making its way to consumer devices via an OTA update. However, not every device will be in the initial wave. Luckily, XDA Senior Member alray was kind enough to not only capture and mirror the OTA update, but also provide a TWRP-compatible Nandroid for your direct flashing pleasure. So if you want to get in on the update a bit early or wish to port this update to other variants head over to this post in the M7 software update tracking thread.
May 8, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back at the tail end of last month, we talked about how HTC had updated its software update pages to display their progress in bringing Sense 6 to older devices. At the time, every available HTC One Max variant and practically all of the M7 devices were receiving carrier bloatware as part of the “integration” stage.
Now less than one month later, almost all of these devices are prepping for release in the “certification” phase. However, one stands above the rest in receiving the Sense 6 update first, and that’s Sprint variant of the HTC One Max.
The update, which first began making its way to consumer devices earlier today, comes in at software version 3.02.651.5. As expected, it brings Sense 6 to the device, as well as practically all of the features of the HTC One M8 (2014) except for Motion Launch. This includes new gallery and camera apps, BlinkFeed improvements, Sense TV enhancements, a button to clear all recent apps, and the Extreme Power Savings mode we first saw a little while back on the Sprint HTC One M8.
The update will eventually make its way out to consumer devices on Sprint over the course of the coming week or two. However, XDA Senior Member nfinitefx45 has gone ahead and mirrored the OTA for your sideloading pleasure. Naturally to install this, you need to be on stock software and be running the stock recovery.
Head over to the captured OTA thread to get your fix early. And if you’re on another carrier, keep your eyes peeled, as the update will be hitting your device soon as well!