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.
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?