Over the weekend I installed a custom rom, Android Revolution , on my HTC One. I mentioned yesterday I did this with the blessing of Three UK, although they will probably deny they actually said this, but they did! I got fed up waiting for the HTC One software update that would improve the camera considerably.
The process to go from a Three branded phone to a unlocked bootloader, rooted and custom rom took me hours but I was reading all I could find about how to do this process and having difficult understanding the language. However, now I realise what everything means in idiot language, the process isn’t really that difficult. I will write a guide, linking in various articles next week.
So why is my phone supercharged. Well for a start it has a stock version but the latest version available for the HTC One. This includes all the latest versions of the stock apps, the camera fixes and other bug fixes, new Sense 5 features, battery optimisations, speed and memory optimisations and special tweaks. During installation of this custom rom you have two screens where you can select or deselect whether you want certain apps or tweaks installed or not. For example, you can deselect Facebook if you never use it. You are also given the option to install extra apps that are important and would more than likely install afterwards. As the phone is rooted, I now can have additional features using Apex Launcher. But sometimes the simplest of tweaks make the world of difference.
Instead of always having to reach for the power button to switch on the HTC One, I can press the volume down. Genius as I hold my phone in my my right hand. Next handy tweak is a long press on the back capacitive button brings up the menu. So now more three dots at the bottom of the screen in some apps. The battery icon now shows the actual percentage. And system toggled are now shown in the notification centre.
I have been so impressed with this setup that I went on an app spending spree in the Play store. I now have a complete range of android apps and games to envy my iOS collection.
My next quest is to connect game consul controllers: PS3, Xbox and Moga Pro and play some game classics. I already have the SNES emulator installed and have been playing old game classics of mine from Super Mario World to Karting.
And so far what I have done is rock solid. And to change the rom is now a quick 15 min job, thanks to Titanium Pro backup.