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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Dec 30, 2014

Analysis of New HTC Flagship, the HTC “HIMA”

New leaks provided by @upleaks point towards a new HTC device, codenamed “HIMA” (model HTC6535LVW), that sports an interesting set of specifications. The source provided a screenshot of an AnTuTu benchmark information sheet that gives us insight on what to expect from HTC’s latest and greatest. It is assumed this will be a flagship device, as its interior will be made of some of the highest end specifications planned for early 2015. Let’s see what’s inside: Operating System The sheet...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 13, 2014

Unofficial CM12 for the HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation was the first device to ship with the "brand new" Sense 3.0 back in 2011. This former flagship smartphone stayed on Ice Cream Sandwich when HTC decided to abandon it and focus on the One line. Now, the Sensation is almost four years old. Despite this, many still use it as their primary device. Development for this device is still quite active, and as a result we can see a quite functional Lollipop build. The unofficial CyanogenMod...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 8, 2014

HTC One M7 GPe Gets Lollipop, Verizon G3 CM11 Nightlies – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop is available for the HTC One (M7) Google Play Edition! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia S, Ion and Acro S and be sure to check out the article talking about Cyanogen to update the OnePlus One globally, even in India! That's not all that's covered in today's video!...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 7, 2014

HTC Releases Kernel Source for One M7, M8 GPe Devices

A few days, we talked about the Google Play editions of the HTC One M7 and M8 getting an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Those updates, in addition to the totally new user experience, gave developers a chance to use the updated binary files, which were built to handle Android 5.0 without issue. HTC did its homework accordingly, and has now released the kernel source in a timely fashion. Most big OEMs respect open-source licensing and release the GPL-compliant kernel source...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 6, 2014

HTC One (M7) GPe Gets Lollipop, OTA Captured

Android Lollipop still has a very low market share, with less than 0.1% of the overall Android devices connected to Google Play services. This number will soon change, as some devices are getting official updates from their manufacturers. Just two days ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 received an Android 5.0.1 update in Poland. We didn't have to wait long for the HTC's response. The Taiwanese OEM started to push the Lollipop update for the Google Play edition of the HTC...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 21, 2014

TWRP for Nexus 6 and 9 Available, Unofficial CM12 Alpha for HTC Explorer! – XDA TV

Team Win Recovery Project for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is available now! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 for the HTC Explorer and be sure the check out the article talking about Android 5.0 Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia Z3. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 20, 2014

Small But Eternal: HTC Explorer Receives Unofficial CM12

When HTC officially announced the HTC Explorer, they most likely weren't thinking that this device will be such popular handset. The device which originally shipped with the Android 2.3.5 is still in use by many--and rather unsurprisingly, the Explorer received an initial, unofficial port of CyanogenMod 12 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. To make this happen, XDA Recognized Contributor kirmaniarslan used resources provided by TeamHackLG and LegacyXperia groups. After adding a bunch of patches to adapt this archaic platform to Android...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 14, 2014

Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

Just yesterday, after quite a long wait, we finally had the pleasure of seeing the Lollipop factory images appear for some Nexus devices. These devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, but make up only a small percentage of phones and tablets released by the various OEMs. While some phones will get official ports of Android 5.0, others will have to rely on custom ROM development. The Google Nexus 6 is rather expensive piece of hardware, so many of you set your...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 11, 2014

Remove ItsOn from Your Sprint HTC One (M8)

One of the most famous writes of all time, Joseph Conrad, once stated that it's only those who do nothing who make no mistakes. We can apply this quote to Sprint,  which added the ItsOn service to their version of HTC One M8. ItsOn was designed to provide intelligent and granular control of mobile network communication---and it's doing that, but not quite as expected. It didn't take long to notice that this service is a massive battery drain that often...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 2, 2014

HTC Announces the Quick Charge Compatible Rapid Charger 2.0

Batteries in our smartphones are growing in capacity with each passing generation. However, our smartphones still seemingly like to die at the least expected moments, hence the invention of power banks. Power banks can be used to charge your device for a bit. But even though they can be convenient to own, they're generally nowhere near as fast as a real wall chargers. While we all wait for a smartphone (other than today's larger phablet devices) that can last more...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 21, 2014

T-Mobile HTC One M8 Gets Selfie-Friendly Android 4.4.4 OTA

The T-Mobie variant of HTC One (M8) just now received an over-the-air update bumping the Android version to 4.4.4, the final revision of KitKat. While this version of Android is overall considered a rather small update, the Taiwanese OEM added the HTC EYE Experience, which is a huge step in pleasing all selfie lovers. From now on, taking a self-shot photo is extremely easy. You can take a perfect snap by holding the phone still for two seconds or saying, “Say Cheese.”...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 14, 2014

Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, and Android L to be Unveiled Tomorrow?

We know that rumors can grow tiresome after a while, and there have certainly been quite a few surrounding the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 releases. Now, there's a new set of rumors that place both of these releases, as well as the official release of Android L, tomorrow. The plot thickens after Forbes magazine announced that Google will release at least one of its devices tomorrow or Thursday (October 16), which means that we may likely...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 6, 2014

Moto X Available in the UK, Repartitioning The Moto Defy and HTC Pico, and Making Sony Small Apps – XDA TV

The Moto X (2014) is now available in the UK! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the Motorola Defy gaining new life with a system repartition and be sure the check out the article showing you how to make your own small apps! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 3, 2014

Dynamic Partition Reallocation for the HTC Pico

Some older devices have a hard time keeping up with the latest Android releases. Despite processing power capable of running even the newest revisions of Android, the limited storage on many devices ends up preventing many legacy devices from enjoying the latest versions. A few days ago, we talked about a Motorola Defy repartition script that enlarges the /system partition, allowing users to load bigger ROMs. A similar modification was made for the late-2011 HTC Pico by XDA Senior Member...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 1, 2014

MultiROM Makes its Way Over to the HTC One (M8)

While browsing our forum, you will undoubtedly find more than a few enticing ROMs available to download. Original or not, it would take eternity and a day to test them all. Luckily there are some solutions to make the process seamless. One of them, MultiROM, gives users a chance to try a few ROMs at the same time--all without flashing and wiping with each installation. This project has been ported to several devices including the LG G2 and Sony Xperia...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 25, 2014

Party Time–The HTC Dream G1 is Six Years Old!

A few interesting events took place six years ago. In the USA, the biggest chart-topping song was “Whatever You Like” by T.I., while in the UK people were enjoying Kings of Leon's “Sex On Fire”. The weather was nice as well in September, but probably the most exciting event took place in the city of New York where HTC announced their first smartphone running Android OS. The HTC Dream on T-Mobile was officially presented to public. Today, the G1 is...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 15, 2014

HTC Desire 816 Gets Custom ROM, TWRP, and Kernel, Google Adds Android Apps to Chrome OS – XDA Developer TV

The Moto G on Boost Mobile receives its Android KitKat 4.4.4 release, finally! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the HTC Desire gets a custom ROM, recovery and kernel and be sure the check out the article talking about Google adding Android apps to Chrome OS! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 13, 2014

HTC Desire 816 Gets Developer Treatment with Custom ROM, Recovery, and Kernel

In the last few days, we've talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue. The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816...

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Samantha · Sep 7, 2014

Customize Your HTC One Max with Xtended Settings

The HTC One Max is HTC’s answer to the incredibly successful Note series by Samsung. With top notch specs, a beautiful screen, and running Sense 6 (as of a couple of months ago), the One Max is a great device to have in your hand if phablets are your thing. If you happen to be an owner of the One Max and are looking to further customize its interface, in a big way or small way, you may want to...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 4, 2014

[OTA Captured] Verizon HTC One M7 Gets 4.4.3, RUU Created

Although well into its product cycle and surpassed by the newer M8, the Verizon HTC One is one of the American carrier's former flagship devices. This shows in everything from the device's fantastic HTC build materials to the frequency with which Verizon sends out OTA firmware updates. Today, the Verizon variant of this venerable device has started receiving an OTA firmware update to Android 4.4.3, and not only has it been mirrored for your OTA sideloading pleasure, but it has also been converted to RUU...

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