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egzthunder1 · Dec 7, 2013

Has Technology Become a Disposable Commodity?

I am, and have always been, an early adopter of a lot of things, particularly when it comes to technology. My cell phone voyage started back in the year 2000 with a Nokia 5110. Back then, only a handful of people had phones, and seeing someone on the street with one was a somewhat rare sight. Nowadays, the same cannot be said. Cell phones have become a massive commodity---one that gets a lot of attention, and certainly one that is...

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jerdog · Nov 14, 2013

Shock and Awe: OEMs Cause Android Security Issues

It should come as no surprise that here at XDA, we are always calling on the OEMs to do a better job of removing the bloat of their custom UIs (Samsung - we're looking at you and your now insane TouchWiz size) and improving the overall user experience. What may come as a shock to some, though, is that a recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University says that those same OEMs, and their incessant need to have a custom...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 19, 2013

Quick Guide to Decrypting an HTC RUU on Ubuntu

If you own or have owned an HTC device, chances are that you have come across a ROM Update Utility. RUUs are Windows-based utilities that do as their names suggest: They update your mobile device's ROM. What do you do if instead of installing the ROM directly, you would rather extract the ROM contents from the RUU? Thankfully, XDA Recognized Contributor matt95 has created a series of guides aimed at doing exactly this. Matt95's first guide shows you how to build and use...

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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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jerdog · Aug 19, 2013

XDA:DevCon 2013 – Thanks are in Order

So it's been a week  since XDA:DevCon 13 passed, and I am still blown away by the excitement, energy, and community that flowed out of the event. With top-notch speakers and sponsors giving their all, and a hotel staff that was committed to making sure everything went smoothly, there was hardly a chance for Uncle Murphy (the bad luck icon, not our amazing opening speaker Mark Murphy) to make an appearance. Going into this event I didn't know what to...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 7, 2013

[BREAKING] S-OFF Available for the HTC One from Revolutionary

In light of HTC's persistent refusal to give in, and stop wasting their customers' money on their failed attempts to lock down bootloaders, it is rather pleasing to note that the Revolutionary team has made its return to the HTC One forums, to present their early-access developer preview of Revone. Posted by XDA Recognized Developer ieftm, it appears the Revolutionary team have been busy once again. The current tool is clearly labelled as an early access preview, and it is...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 24, 2013

Goodbye Samsung! Hello HTC! Steve’s Change in OEMs – XDA Developer TV

If you’ve seen XDA Developer TV Producer Steve’s video on switching from Windows Phone to Android, you know Steve has no problem sharing his thoughts. He has been reviewing apps on the different operating systems. He has been using Samsung Devices to represent Android and Windows Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung ATIV S, respectively. However, his satisfaction with his Samsung devices has waned and he is switching to HTC. Steve takes the time to explain why Samsung...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 12, 2013

Firefox OS for HTC Explorer, Kernel Source for HTC One and Droid DNA – XDA Developer TV

HTC has released the source code for the HTC One and updated source for the Droid DNA. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is a discussion of the Firefox OS Port for the HTC Explorer and a bunch of forum additions. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve had a cross-platform Instagram App Shootout...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 27, 2013

Extract & Repack RUUs with HTC ROM Extractor

If you are an HTC user, you are more than likely be familiar with RUUs or ROM update utilities, the format in which HTC provides their stock ROMs and updates. For those unfamiliar, they are basically a ROM for a particular device, packaged inside an executable file that is to be run from a PC. While they do provide a safe and easy way for people to update their device, they are somewhat inflexible for anyone who might wish to...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 19, 2013

Preliminary Benchmarks of the New HTC One

In case you are waking up late today, HTC launched their new flagship phone this morning: the new HTC One. The device sets the bar for HTC's 2013 lineup in many ways including hardware specifications, aesthetic design, build quality, camera image quality, and of course screen. Are you curious to see how it performs in some popular benchmarks? Read on to find out! Update: Seeing is believing. I've added benchmark pictures past the break. I've also added in AnTuTu benchmark...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 19, 2013

Live from HTC’s NYC Press Event (Unveiling of the HTC One)

We're here live at HTC's press event in the lovely (and frigid) Manhattan, where we anticipate many important flagship products will be launched. Much speculation has been made regarding the possible official appearance of a certain highly anticipated device. At this point, it seems all but certain. Update: That's a wrap. The new HTC One has seen the light of day. Those interested should visit our preliminary benchmarks article. Also, those looking to watch the entire presentation themselves can do so courtesy of...

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jerdog · Feb 6, 2013

HTC Thunderbolt Receives Lackluster ICS Update

Let's face it: HTC is far from being the model of the open source development world. While they still have a large following, their recent earnings statements are an indication that their followers are no longer following them. Their deliberate snubs at the development community, and the users who depend on them, have ranged from complete lack of required GPLv2 kernel source code to locked bootloaders and then allowing a pseudo-unlock which prohibits the flashing of partitions. With a net profit of...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 5, 2013

HTC, XDA, and Everything in Between

As many of you know by now, last couple of weeks have been quite intense in terms of what is happening in this little underground world of ours. Just as a means of providing you with a brief tl;dr summary, essentially one of our own devs, who goes by the name of XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer jmztaylor was sent a take down request by HTC of North America. The issue/explanation for this request was two-fold. Part A involved the fact...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 16, 2012

Temperature in Hell Has Dropped–Apple and HTC Settle!

Apple is the forbidden fruit in the mouths of virtually everyone in the mobile device world. We have seen the company's tireless crusade against Android manufacturers due to mainly Android's ever increasing user base and Apple's infinite claims that others steal their ideas. One of the longest battles in this saga has been against HTC, which has lasted almost 3 years---pretty much ever since Android was introduced into the world of mobile devices. Apple bombarded HTC with various patent claims,...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 23, 2012

The Weekly Apple FAIL Update

OK. This isn't exactly a weekly update, but the battle that seemed to be over just a little over a month and change ago is still seeing some remnants of action. 10/11/12 was a fantastic day for Android enthusiasts as well as Samsung and Google since the patent-based ruling over the Global Search feature on Android was overturned by an Appeals Court in the US. When this happened, we all saw a faint ray of light coming in through the...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 3, 2012

Truth About Mobile Device Screens – Explanations, Comparisons, Misconceptions – XDA Developer TV

On today’s XDA Developer TV, Mad Scientist Erica presents us another short documentary video. Today’s topic is screen display technologies, or more specifically mobile device display technologies. With a bevy of devices sporting differing screen display technologies, Erica delves into this topic showing the strengths and weaknesses of each product. In this video Erica talks about what LCD and AMOLED screens are, how they are made, and the science behind them. Then, she talks about some common misconceptions of display...

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Former Writer · Sep 11, 2012

Root any HTC Device with HTC Quick Root

A little while back, we brought you news of a universal method that could root almost any ICS device. It was a great guide, and many users still use it, but that doesn't mean it's the only universal root method out there right now. Very recently another multi-device root method was released, but this time for any HTC device. The tool was created by XDA Recognized Developer lyriquidperfection, and does more than just rooting. It gives options based on whether your...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 2, 2012

Bypass HTC Server Problems When Unlocking Bootloader

As most of us already know, HTC started offering bootloader unlocking support on its HTCDev website mid last year. However, many users have been experiencing problems when trying to unlock their bootloaders using the HTCDev website. The issues include the site appearing to be down much of the time, seemingly due to server overload, or crashing in the middle of the unlocking process. XDA Senior Member nicholaschum has posted a method that can potentially help with these issues, allowing you to easily...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 27, 2012

Flash on Nexus 7, More CyanogenMod 10 Alphas, HTC Abandons Desire HD – XDA Developer TV

Jordan is back today to talk about some exciting and important news from the XDA Portal. A while back, there was an announcement that Adobe Flash would not be supported on Jelly Bean. Jordan covers news on how the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean devices can get flash. Jordan talks about the petition to get Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD, after HTC announced this device would not be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich. Jordan mentions XDA Elite Recognized...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 23, 2012

Jelly Bean on Desire HD, Kindle Fire, Nexus One, and Universal Root for ICS – XDA Developer TV

Jordan is back today to talk more about Jelly Bean news from the XDA Portal. Jordan covers CyanogenMod 10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab. The HTC HD2 also gets an unofficial CM10 alpha release. Jordan talks about universal root for Ice Cream Sandwich phones. In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean OTA for the Nexus S. Also mentioned are Jelly Bean ports for the Galaxy S II i9100, HTC Evo 4G, Nexus One, MyTouch 4G Slide,...

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