OnePlus One: Return to Stock

OnePlus One, the 2014 flagship killer, is truly an awesome phone. You can’t get a phone better than this in any respect at this price point. I am using this phone for a while now and I couldn’t find anything wrong with this phone that justifies the low price. CyanogenMod and OnePlus teams have put really a lot of effort to offer us an experience as close as possible to a Nexus. The phone also has a great developer community working constantly and bringing us new amazing ROMs. However, you might, sometimes, want to go back to the stock ROM CyanogenMod 11s, which itself is pretty nice. It offers a lot of customizability and very good and fluid performance. I am going to show the steps for restoring stock firmware on the 64GB OnePlus One.

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Downgrade Motorola Moto G to Android 4.4.4 from Android 5.0

Although it might seem like an unnecessary topic, but someone might want to revert back to Android 4.4.4 KitKat from Android 5.0 Lollipop. Several reasons come to mind – you might not like the material design, you might experience performance problems with the Lollipop or you might want to go back to the stock firmware of your region instead of using the GPE firmware or the Brazil firmware. No matter what, you might want to go back to KitKat. Follow the steps below to do that. Please be cautious that this might soft-brick your phone and the way to un-brick it is to flash the lollipop firmware again.

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Upgrade your Motorola Moto G to Android 5.0 Lollipop

If you have a Motorola Moto G (2013) and still haven’t received the Android 5.0 OTA notification, you can manually upgrade your device to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This tutorial will exactly show you how to do that. I am trying to write this tutorial in such a way that both the single SIM version and the dual SIM version of Moto G can be upgraded.

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Unlock the Bootloader of Motorola Moto G

Moto G is one of the most widely appreciated phone of 2013. With this phone, Motorola has showed that you don’t have to spend a premium to get a very acceptable smartphone experience. What’s even more amazing is the developer support behind this device.  The XDA Forum for Moto G is very active and there are tons of custom ROMs and custom kernels available for this tiny beast. However, you would need to unlock your bootloader first to taste those different ROMs and kernels. In this tutorial, I will list the steps for unlocking the bootloader of your MOTO G.

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Getting S-OFF on your HTC One (M7)

HTC devices usually come with Security-ON or S-ON, which prevents you from changing the Cellular ID (CID) or Model ID (MID) of your device, flash OTA updates manually and many other things. To put this more simply, if you are the kind of guy who likes to tinker with their phones, you will need Security-OFF or S-OFF. Going S-OFF won’t change anything from the user-perspective, you will still have the stable device you had before and you will get OTAs like before. Also, don’t confuse this with rooting or unlocking your bootloader, those are separate things. For example, my HTC One is S-OFF with locked bootloader and no root. I get official OTAs without any trouble. S-OFF is required when I convert my AT&T HTC One to Google Play Edition or Developer Edition. Follow the following steps to get your device S-OFF.

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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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