This tutorial will show you how to unlock the bootloader on your phone using either the official HTCDev.com solution, or an unofficial third party way.
For a while HTC had a reputation of being a company that was (to a certain extent) hacker friendly. Whilst they didn’t openly approve of rooting and flashing neither did they take active steps to prevent anyone from performing such a task.
That notion quickly vanished when the HTC Thunderbolt was released. With a little work the hacking community soon realized that this and other HTC handsets were being released onto the market with locked bootloaders. This made rooting and flashing a very difficult if not impossible process.
This raised a few concerned voices within the hacking community to the point that HTC eventually responded and released their own tool for unlocking the bootloader.
Android market share now stands at 50.1% and Samsung and HTC hold 86% of the Android phone market between them.
Android has retained its position as the leading mobile OS, growing its market share to 50.1%, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel.
The company’s figures show that HTC and Samsung are dominating Android handset market sales, holding 86% share between them, and that the HTC One X has already moved into the top 10 of best-selling phones in the UK over the last twelve weeks. The impending launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to continue Android’s surge over the summer.
The success of HTC and Samsung comes at the expense of other manufacturers, however. Sony’s share of the market stands at 10.4%, despite the release of the generally well-received Xperia S. LG holds less than 1%.
Source: Kantar Worldpanel
We review the HTC One S, the ultra-thin and stylish new Android phone.
HTC’s One series may be dominated by the quad-core possessing One X, but another handset, the One S became available at the same time. The One S may be smaller and lack the One X’s leading edge processor, but that doesn’t mean it is without merit. Far from it, in fact.
The HTC One S is available for £420 SIM free and also on higher rate deals on contract. Its price marks it out as towards the higher end, and so do its specifications.
The processor, for example, is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual core offering, which is not to be sniffed at, and it is helped out by 1GB of RAM. There’s an 8 megapixel camera with flash which can capture a still while you are shooting a video – a rather neat trick.
The Galaxy S3 and the One X are the two biggest Android phones of the year. But which should you choose? We’ll help you decide with our head to head comparison.
They’re the two biggest Android phones of the year, and the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X share many things in common: 720p screen, quad-core processor, high-quality camera and more. So how do you decide which is the right phone for you?Design and build
There’s little between the two in size. The S3 is 2mm taller, a touch wider and a little lighter, and includes a slightly larger display (4.8″ as compared to 4.7″). Both devices feel great in the hand but the One is noticeably superior in both design and build quality, carved from a single polycarbonate block, while the S3 continues Samsung’s tradition of plasticky build.
Interestingly Samsung has kept the Menu button that Google is trying to phase out of Android. HTC removed this in favour of a task switching button, which results in a virtual menu button appearing at the bottom of the screen in many apps, one of the complaints we noted in our One X review.
Discover everything you need to know about Android tablets in the brand new issue of Android Magazine.
Issue 11 of Android Magazine has gone on sale with an in-depth look at the world of Android tablets. Whether you’re looking to buy, are just starting out, or want to find the best apps, this issue has something for you.
We also review the two stunning new devices from HTC, the One X and the One S, as well as show you how to de-Google your phone.
The HTC One X is one of the most hotly awaited phones so far this year. Does it live up to the hype? Read on for our full review.
The One X is one of HTC’s most important launches ever. The company lost its way in 2011 – too many handsets largely iterative and generally indistinguishable from each other led to a bloated and confused range and a slump in sales after years of seemingly unstoppable growth.
HTC’s response was to say that it would streamline its approach, focussing on fewer but better quality devices. The One series, which actually consists of three devices, is the result of that new approach. And with the One X, the flagship model, it is clear that HTC is very serious about regaining its lost ground.
The HTC One X is quite simply unrivalled in terms of its design and build quality. With its tough polycarbonate shell it feels rock solid, yet is also thin and beautiful to look at.