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Will Verduzco · Nov 26, 2013

Kernel Source for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Editions Running KitKat

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 25, 2013

HTC One Google Play Editions Joins KitKat Team, OTA Available to Download

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....

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Will Verduzco · Nov 20, 2013

HTC Sheds Light on KitKat Update Timetable

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,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 15, 2013

KitKat Coming Soon to the HTC One Google Play Edition

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...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 2, 2013

DFT Team Begin Work on MAGLDR and UEFI for the HTC One

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...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Android 4.4 Coming Soon to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Moto X, New Droids, HTC One and SGS4 GPe; No 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus

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....

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Samantha · Oct 29, 2013

Disable Noise Suppression on the HTC One

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 25, 2013

HTC One Android 4.3 Rolling Out (Intl), Samsung Posts Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Kernel Source – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2013

Easily Dim the Capacitive Buttons on Many HTC Devices

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2013

Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 Rolling out to the HTC One

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 21, 2013

Google Nexus 5 Leaked on Play Store, International HTC One S-Off Available – XDA Developer TV

The Google Nexus 5 mistakenly appears on the Play Store! 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 Ubuntu Touch is officially available for the Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and an article on how Rumrunner S-Off is now working on the international HTC One! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 18, 2013

Rumrunner S-Off Now Working on International HTC One

Not long ago, we wrote about how XDA Recognized Developers beaups and Fuses had achieved S-Off on the Verizon HTC One using their recently developed Rumrunner S-Off. This was much needed for the device, as the Revone S-Off that worked on other devices didn't work on the Verizon part. Adding insult to injury, Verizon quickly closed off the previously working HTC Dev unlock for the device. Thankfully beaups and Fuses were able to give back device freedom to Verizon HTC One users. Unfortunately, though, there was still another group in...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 8, 2013

CASUAL-Based ClockworkMod Recovery Flasher for HTC One

A few days ago, we talked about XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's new site Casual-Dev. The site's aim is to show developers how to leverage the open source CASUAL software as a platform from which to launch their own development works. Now, we have news of one of the first development works based upon Adam's work, and it comes in the form of a ClockworkMod Recovery flasher for the HTC One. The recovery flashing tool comes from XDA Forum Member MightyBear007, and...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 7, 2013

Rumrunner S-Off Achieved on the Verizon HTC One

The Verizon HTC One is a fantastic device if you take it at face value. By that I mean that when you compare to other phones, it has a class-leading screen, aesthetics and build quality that are a notch above most of its competitors, and it is just an overall nice piece of hardware. Unfortunately, however, the device is less than open towards aftermarket development. Despite HTC Dev unlock being possible on the device upon release, this was quickly closed off, and HTC Dev...

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Kevin TechNinja · Sep 24, 2013

Device Review: HTC One

Before Samsung and Apple were on top of the mobile smart phone world; HTC, Palm, and Blackberry were the Big 3. We all know that Palm quickly disappeared, and that Blackberry is losing market share daily and will be a forgotten memory soon. HTC is still around, but no longer as seen as a leader in mobile devices. HTC ran into a few problems with their devices, and some may argue that they became greedy by releasing too many devices...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 18, 2013

Display Your HTC Pride with These Forum Sigs

Do you consider yourself a die hard HTC fan? If so, we can't blame you. Their latest flagship, the HTC One, has been a great success, combining great build quality, snappy internals, and a remarkable screen. If you're a fan, we wouldn't be surprised if you already have something in your forum signature displaying your patronage to Taiwan's most prominent smartphone manufacturer. However, having more options is never a bad thing. XDA Forum Member Sgt-Obst created and shared a collection of HTC-loving...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2013

All-in-One Toolkit for the HTC One

So you've got yourself a shiny new HTC One, and you want to get started playing with it. Obviously you'll want to do things like apply Revolutionary Team's Revone S-Off. You'll probably also want to then flash a custom recovery, and then root your device. All of this will ordinarily take a moderate amount of time and effort, right? Not anymore, thanks to XDA Senior Member squabbi and his GUI-driven toolkit for the One. Squabbi's extremely user-friendly toolkit allows Windows users to do...

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Samantha · Aug 11, 2013

Activate NFC at Any Time

One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place. There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device's...

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Conan Troutman · Aug 9, 2013

Android 4.2.2 / Sense 5 OTA Rolling out for the HTC One X+

For HTC One X+ users who have been patiently waiting for an update to Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5, that wait is nearly over. For some lucky users in Asia, the OTA has already been pushed to the device, bringing them inline with more recent HTC devices. It adds HTC-specific features such as Blinkfeed, enhancements to the Sense music player, and of course the usual generic Android features that came with version 4.2. The OTA was posted to the forums...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 5, 2013

Android 4.3 OTA for Google Play HTC One and SGS4 Available, Chromecast OTA Blocks Root! – XDA Developer TV

An OTA update of Android 4.3 for the HTC One of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is available and so are the kernel sources. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about the new Free Software Foundation completely open source mobile operating system and news about the Google Chromecast OTA that prevents rooting via the current method. Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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