July 21, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One Mini is receiving Sense 6! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the comprehensive guide to help you get started with CyanogenMod Theme Development. Also, be sure the check out the article showing you how to control Tasker with your Samsung Gear 2! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan released a video showing you how to root the LG G3. Finally, Jordan talks about our call for talent for XDA Developer TV. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
June 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
If you’re an HTC device owner and you frequently find yourself using your phone while on the road, you probably have become well acquainted with Car Mode. For those unaware, HTC Car Mode is a user interface mode that puts together all of the most useful functions that you may find yourself using while in the car. This includes navigation, your phone dialer, music, and voice commands.
While Car Mode is a great feature addition, HTC decided to limit its functionality quite a bit in Sense 6. Most likely to encourage more responsible driving and to discourage drivers from playing with their phones while on the move, HTC removed some features that were available in previous versions. The most noticeable example is the loss of status bar pulldown functionality and the ability to easily switch between applications for multitasking.
Luckily, this is XDA, and our community frequently finds ways around OEM-imposed limitations. To that end, XDA Senior Member Ambious created an Xposed module that brings back all of the missing functionality on Sense 6-powered devices. Naturally, in order to run this modification, you need both a device running Sense 6, as well as Xposed Framework.
You can reclaim your missing features by heading over to the module thread. However, please be careful when driving. There’s good reason why HTC removed these functions for the general population, and that’s because you shouldn’t be texting (or playing with your mobile device) while driving. But if used wisely, this can serve as a time saver for when you’re not actively driving, and you need to access your device.
If you are an Xposed user and you own (or have owned) a Samsung or Nexus device, chances are that you’ve heard of XDA Recognized Developer wanam‘s fantastic Wanam Xposed modules. We first talked about wanam’s module for Samsung TouchWiz ROMs back in August of last year. Not too long after, a similar module popped up for Nexus devices. For those who don’t remember, these modules allow users to enjoy quite a few additional features and added customization without much effort.
Now, wanam is back with another customization-enabling Xposed module. As one would expect from its name, XSense is meant for HTC Sense devices. XSense brings quite a bit to the table for Sense users running Xposed. This includes call recording, additional app rows on the BlinkFeed launcher, a reboot menu with more options, the ability to skip music tracks with the hardware volume buttons, dual-pane preferences, tweaked status bar clock notifications, and much, much more.
Thanks to the power of Xposed Framework, XSense allows users to tweak their stock or near-stock ROMs without any permanent modifications. The only requirement is that you’re rooted, have Xposed Framework installed, and be running a stock or near-stock Sense-based firmware based on KitKat.
It’s nice to see wanam bring his bag of tricks over to Sense-based devices. You can learn more by heading over to the module thread.
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 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The original Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch gets an update to Tizen. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews a few of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the release of Sense 6 for the Verizon HTC One Max and the kernel source for the Moto E and KitKat source code for the Razr M/HD! 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 the Always Correct. Then, Jordan reviewed the dual-screen YotaPhone. Later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WebScrapbook.
Finally, don’t forget to check out some of the great stories from this that didn’t quite make it into this video such as how the next version of Android will bring even more headaches for the root community and the new official file manager for Windows Phone 8.1.
May 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen several variants of HTC’s former flagship M7 receive their official updates to Sense 6. This started with the Sense 6 roll out to developer and unlocked devices, and continued with updates to the T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T variants of the device.
All of these M7 updates naturally lead many to wonder about the status of the M7′s larger sibling, the HTC One Max. But other than a Sense 6 update for the Sprint variant released at the beginning of this month, carrier variants of the One Max have taken somewhat of a back seat to the M7. But now, the Sense 6 update has finally arrived on the Verizon variant of the HTC One Max (despite not yet showing up on HTC’s Software Updates page), and it brings all the goodies that we have seen on other recent Sense 6 updates for last generation HTC devices.
The update, which actually started making its rounds yesterday afternoon, comes in at software version 3.08.605.1. But before we get too excited, this particular update lacks a few of the goodies that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in Sense 6 updates for other HTC devices. Most notably, this build does not bring the new Extreme Power Saving mode or HTC Backup. However, it still brings the device up to Sense 6, which is a step in the right direction.
As is nearly always the case, the update will eventually make its way out to consumer devices over the course of the coming week or two. However, XDA Recognized Developer Flyhalf205 has gone ahead and mirrored the OTA for your sideloading pleasure. And if you’re S-Off and you want the complete update in fastboot/hboot-flashable RUU format to restore a non-booting phone, XDA Recognized Contributor dottat (who also brought us the RUU for the Verizon M7 Sense 6 update) has you covered.
If you’re rocking a Verizon HTC One Max and wish to update to Sense 6, head over to the links above to download either the sideloadable OTA or the repackaged RUU (for S-Off users). Alternatively, Flyhalf205 has a lightly-modified and pre-rooted custom ROM that adds back the features missing from this update.
[Many thanks to dottat for the heads up!]
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 19, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Sense 6 for the unlocked and developer edition HTC One M7 and T-Mobile variant has been released! 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 Android Silver may possibly replace the Nexus program, as well as the system dump of the Moto E and how it now has TWRP and root! 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 RAM Usage & Play Store Link. Then, TK showed us how to root the Oppo Find 7a. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Sky Weather. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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!