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.
October 21, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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 TV Producer Jordan released an interview with Developer Dees_Troy (Ethan Yonker), and Dees_Troy’s Big Android BBQ presentation is available. Jordan also interviews ThaPHLASH. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
October 18, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 need of a new bootloader exploit. These were the people with the newer 1.54.0000 Hboot.
Since both Revone and Rumrunner for the Verizon model failed to work for 1.54.0000 users, things looked bleak. Luckily, beaups and Fuses were able to show their collective might and adapt Rumrunner for use with various HTC One models, including those that were previously unexploitable.
It is important to note that for this to work, you must be HTC Dev unlocked, you must have working drivers, and you must be running the correct mainver and firmware version. And since this is a potentially dangerous operation, you are advised to read everything many times, and follow every instruction to the letter.
[Many thanks to XDA Moderator Jonny for the tip!]
October 8, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 it was built using the CASCADE IDE, and packaged into its own complete CASUAL with CASPACkager. The actual recovery flashed is the well regarded ClockworkMod Touch 126.96.36.199 by XDA Recognized Developer Flyhalf205, which is the official CWM release for the device. More information can be found in the recovery’s release thread.
If you’ve been looking for a nifty new way of installing CWM on your HTC One, or simply want to see the open source CASUAL project utilized by another developer, head over to the original post. If instead you’d rather install the recovery manually, head over to the original recovery thread. Again, what makes this cool is not so much the (admittedly great) recovery image. OK, that’s cool as well. Rather, the most exciting part is that Adam’s open source CASUAL platform is now being leveraged by other developers as a delivery method.
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 unlock was no longer possible. This would be no cause for concern if the previously covered Revone S-Off worked for the device. In fact, true S-Off such as what is achieved by Revone allows for even greater modification than the HTC Dev unlock—and you get the added bonus of keeping a non-voided warranty.
Luckily, XDA Recognized Developer beaups took up the challenge, and has released Rumrunner S-Off for the Verizon variant of the HTC One. The actual S-Off exploit used in Rumrunner comes from Recognized Developers beaups and Fuses, and root comes from jduck.
If these names sounds familiar, they should: Beaups (along with Elite Recognized Developer jcase, Recognized Developer dsb9938, and Forum Member dr_drache) were responsible for the Facepalm S-Off that worked with many HTC devices such as the One X and Droid DNA earlier this year. That was then, and this is now. And now, we have Rumrunner S-Off. And Fuses, well, there’s Moonshine, Lazy Panda, JuopunutBear… Shall I go on?
As stated in the thread, in order to use Rumrunner, you must be on both the stock ROM and stock kernel. This doesn’t mean stock+root. This doesn’t mean “almost stock.” The steps required are fairly straight forward. However, be sure to read and understand the instructions before doing anything. You don’t want to end up with a shiny aluminum paperweight.
To get started on your own device, make your way over to the original thread.
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 in one year, rather than perfecting one device like Apple or Samsung. HTC saw this as a flaw and started to make improvements with the HTC One family last year.
Last year’s HTC One family featured great design, specs, and was seen as a very underrated line. HTC wanted to build upon that foundation this year with the latest edition to the HTC One family. Can this phone bring HTC back to the top?
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 banners. Stylish and sleek, these 500 x 100 images are perfectly sized for use in your forum signature. Images for the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One Mini, and HTC Sensation XE are included, as well as images showing love towards HTC Dev and Sense UI.
Sgt-Obst is also taking requests for future devices to be added to the banner list, so head over to the original thread to show your HTC love.
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 basically everything they’d need to get started playing around with their new device. It lets users start out by installing the requisite drivers, and provides methods for unlocking the bootloader with HTC Unlock or using the much more powerful Revone. It then also allows you to change the device CID, flash a custom recovery of your choice (you can select from CWM, CWM Touch, TWRP, or even upload your own), root the device, flash an image to a specific partition, and execute basic ADB commands for commonly used functions and sideloading apps.
If you’re looking for an easy and streamlined way of getting started with your new HTC One and are a sucker for well organized and user-friendly interfaces, squabbi’s toolkit may be up your alley. Head over to the utility thread to get started with the user-friendly modifications.
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 screen is off or at the lock screen. This has been made possible by XDA Senior Member StephanSch for the following devices:
This mod is also available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 thanks to XDA Senior Member OptimalKiller. The mods come in some variation of a modified NFC APK that is then moved to the /system/apps directory, thus requiring root access. It’s important to note that the mods are compatible with only certain specific builds, frameworks, and devices. Because of this, you have to make sure to download and install the correct version. Also, make some sort of backup to ensure that you can revert the effects if things go awry.
For more information and detailed instructions, visit the threads for the following devices: HTC One, One X, EVO 4G LTE, Sony Xperia Z, Xperia P, Xperia Sola, Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, and Galaxy S4.
August 5, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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 weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about not calling yourself a programmer. Later, he released a video talking about the pitfalls of creating an Android app. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 3, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Nine days after the release of Android 4.3, the update to the latest flavor of Jelly Bean has started rolling out to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Whether you’re building AOSP-derived ROMs for their vanilla variants or are simply an end user of their aforementioned Google Play editions, these are exciting times.
The two Google Play edition devices received their updates in a rather timely manner. Though the update wasn’t quite as expedient as it was on Nexus devices—most Nexus devices, that is. And as expected (and legally mandated by the GPL), the sources and framework files were made available before the OTA release.
Those looking to get in on the discussion should visit the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One forums. Inside, you’ll find various captured links for the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One OTAs. I’ve included one for each device in the links below. And if you’re looking to build a ROM for the devices from source, kernel sources and binaries for their respective devices can be found below as well.
HTC One – HTC Dev Center
Samsung Galaxy S 4
August 1, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
OK, let’s face it. Finding that exact right volume with which to listen to your tunes isn’t always as simple as one would initially believe. With songs having varying average sound levels and dynamic ranges, it’s hard to get it just right every time. Making matters worse, most devices have very coarse software volume adjustment, making it impossible to get it just right on any given song. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Matt has taken care of the latter issue with his volume step modification for the HTC One.
The volume step modification is compatible with various popular Android 4.1- and 4.2-based ROMs including (but not limited to) CyanogenMod 10.1, AOKP, the Google Edition ROM, Sense-Based builds, as well as several others. He even offers both 30- and 45-step mods for certain ROMs. For most ROMs, Matt has given the option to apply the modification, as well as to uninstall it. However, if there’s no uninstall option for your own particular ROM, you can simply reflash the original ROM zip and reapply any /system partition changes you made after the ROM flash.
To get started, simply head over to the modification thread. Getting started is as simple as flashing the appropriate update.zip through your custom recovery of choice.
We’ve all seen them before. You know, those fancy UI mockups that show how an app would look on a particular device. They not only help put the finishing touches on your app’s Play store listing, but they also help give your app a good first impression of being highly polished—before users even get a chance to try it out. And you know what they say about first impressions.
So how would one go about creating one of these mockups? Well, one way to do this would be to manually take an app screenshot and overlay it atop a Photoshopped image of your target device of choice. However, that could range in quality from excellent to laughable, depending on your skills with your favorite image editor.
This is where XDA Forum Member bydox comes in. Hoping to make the process more streamlined and increase overall end result quality, he released a set of minimal design mockups for five popular devices, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Google Nexus 4, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920, and a certain unnamed fruitphone. All phones other than the Lumia and Nexus 4 are available in 2 colors: black and white. The Nexus 4 is only available in black, and the Lumia 920 is available in six different colors. The goods come in the form of 300 dpi PSD and PNG files, allowing you to export high resolution images once you’ve found what part of your app you want to highlight.
Head over to the original thread to start putting the finishing touches on marketing your app.