Convert Your HTC One to Official Google Play Edition HTC One

Although stock android might not be everyone’s favorite, many prefer the uncluttered stock android skin to OEM skins like Sense and TouchWiz. As the stock android is not bogged down by several different (sometimes unnecessary) pre-loaded apps and services, it usually performs better than manufacturer skins. Getting the complete stock android experience was limited to Nexus devices, which were (and still are) pretty hard to get outside USA for a proper price. But since last year, we are seeing the release of Google Play Edition devices, which boasts stock android on spectacular hardware of different OEMs, such as the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

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Downgrade HTC One from Android 4.4.2 to Android 4.3: Return to Stock

For some reason, you might want to downgrade your HTC One from Android 4.4.2 to Android 4.3. For example, I updated my AT&T HTC One to Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0 by converting it to Developer Edition. After using it for some days, I wanted to revert it back to stock conditions. You might want to do it before returning it to AT&T for warranty or other issues.  If you just try to flash a lower version RUU, you will most likely get error message. The problem results from the fact that higher Android firmware from HTC usually comes with a higher version of HBOOT. So, whenever you try to flash an RU.exe, it will show you error as it cannot flash a lower version HBOOT to a device which already has a higher HBOOT version. We need to manually flash a lower version HBOOT first and then use RUU.exe to return to complete stock.

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Convert Your AT&T HTC One into HTC One Developer Edition and get Sense 6.0

Who doesn’t hate carrier branding of beautiful and powerful devices? Carriers actually cripple the full potentials of the phones/devices and make unnecessary delays in getting software updates. So, if you have a SIM-unlocked AT&T HTC One (or T-Mobile version) outside USA, chances are you are not getting the OS upgrades in time, even not at all. Sure, there are ways to flash the update manually (OTA.zip ir RUU file), but how about turning your phone into the HTC One Developer Edition, which ensures updates directly from HTC and lesser carrier bloats? Moreover, the developer edition is one of the very firsts to get any software updates. There are some extra settings (such as, ability to select GSM/WCDMA/LTE radio) in the developer edition. So lets get our hands dirty and turn our beloved AT&T HTC One into HTC One Developer Edition.

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Update AT&T HTC One to Latest Android 4.4.2 Sense 5.5

If you have a SIM-unlocked AT&T or T-Mobie HTC One (M7) outside USA, there’s a good chance that you won’t get the OTA updates for your device. You need to update your device in the “dirty” way. I was having serious troubles updating my AT&T HTC One from Android 4.3 (Sense 5.0) to Android 4.4.2 (Sense 5.5). Roaming around XDA Developers forum, I came to compile a solution. Here’s the step-by-step guide:

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How to Get Working Internet on Linux Mint/Ubuntu from Behind A Squid Proxy

Almost all of us have to encounter proxies in our work environments. Sometimes those are useful (providing security and firewall), and sometimes those are just a pain. For example, at my work place, I have to go through a Squid proxy. In this tutorial, I will show how to set a Linux Mint/Ubuntu (and possibly other distros) computer to get “internet connection” from behind a proxy. By “internet connection”, what I mean is to get the Synaptic package manager (or APT) and other applications (like the browsers) send http requests through the proxy. Let’s get to it.

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Synchronize Nokia 700 with Google Account

It is very easy and straight-forward to sync your Google account (calendar, contacts, email, etc.) with your Android phone. But if you possess a Belle device (such as, Nokia 808, 701, 700 or 603), it is not that simple.  Many of us tend to store their contacts on Google and also want to sync the contacts and calendar with their phone. The following tutorial will show how to do exactly that for a Nokia 700 with Belle FP2.

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