First Custom Android 5.1 ROM for the One M9 Released
The One M9 has received a few minor software updates since it was released in April mostly to attempt to improve the camera quality, and with some success. One update that unfortunately hasn’t yet made its way to HTC’s 2015 flagship is its eagerly awaited increase to Android 5.1 and in this regard it is a little behind main rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4.
However, where manufacturers drag their heels developers are usually quick to provide, and today brings news of the first custom ROM based on the latest core version of Android, beating HTC themselves to the finishing posts. LlabtooFeR has released Maximus HD 5.0, based from the recently leaked 2.7.401.1 firmware, which not only provides a peek at what can be expected from the impending official update, but also packs extra features of its own.
You’ll need to be rooted and S-Off to benefit from this update, and a clean flash is necessary for the ROM’s installation, which of course involves a full device wipe. Once you’re up and running though, a few unique features are available to you. A new display color control setting consisting of a simple Cool > Warm slider, allows you to increase the colour saturation if you prefer a more AMOLED-like experience. Multi-user support is also now present despite being included in previous official versions of Android, and the volume panel has expanded out to include a few useful quick controls for Do Not Disturb functions. Along with those features there are a host of smaller fixes and optimizations that come with the 5.1 update, and the welcomed addition of custom ROM stalwarts like zipaligning, deodexing and init.d support. LlabtooFeR also claims to have improved performance, battery life and camera quality, which if true, makes this a compelling option over the now surely imminent official update.
Head over to the Official XDA Developers Support thread to check out the full list of features, and to introduce your HTC One M9 to Sense 7 running on top of Android 5.1.