Add Beats audio to any Gingerbread ROM [UPDATE]

March 1, 2012
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Jealous of HTC's partnership with the Beats audio company, coming to an HTC One phone near you? If you know your way around a custom recovery, you needn't be. Like Sense UI before it, HTC's proprietary audio technology has made its way to other phones thanks to XDA Developers member fuss123 (never change, guys). He's reverse-engineered the Beats application, which is basically an advanced equalizer, and wrapped it up in a flashable package that works on any ROM based on Android Gingerbread, stock or custom. As if you needed more confirmation that Android modders know how to rock.

To apply the mod, just download the ZIP file found in the source thread, copy it it to your phone, reboot into ClockworkMod or another custom recovery, and flash it like any update package. Bada bing bada boom, you've got the Beats audio app on your phone. OF course, expensive Beats headphones are not required (though they might like you to think they are) and the experience of activating Beats can be generally though of as "bass-heavy". Note that applying the software update will not magically cause that stylish red "B" to appear on your phone.

This sort of modification generally requires root, so consider yourself on your own as far as support goes, and remember to make a Nandroid backup. Currently the update doesn't work in Honeycomb tablets or Ice Cream Sandwich, probably because there's no HTC machines that use both the newer operating systems and Beats audio. That should be rectified once the HTC One phones come out ; even the budget-oriented One V features Beats.

UPDATE: We've been informed that the XDA thread quoted above is a re-post of this thread, with the original work and package coming from someone referring to himself as RockoDev. Cheers, and sorry for the mix-up.


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  • nooner

    Some may not agree, but I kinda see this as stealing beats software from htc

    • lol

      yeah, i think so.. but i will close one eye and think that they reverse engineer it (as what they did) and somehow created a different software but with the same functionality.. 

      so yeah, not stealing, at least for me.. haha!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

      Actually its not stealing software, its looking at the EQ settings of beats, coping them over to open source EQ and recompiling back into a zip to flash. The devs are simply saying oh its this loud ok lets set it at that. There is no loss off software or proprietary code its just a value setting.

  • 柯梦 南

    Thanks,
    expectBeats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/destriut Garrett OConnor

    Gave credit to wrong person the person who actually ported it was RockoDev
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1525226 

  • Edwardhidalgo57

    @Garrett OConnor just sent them a email about it

  • RockoDev

    RockoDev thanks for the support guys

  • http://twitter.com/mobilityupdate Mobility Update

    You can also easily add beats audio on Galaxy Note, a non-HTC smartphone. Here is the tutorial – http://mobilityupdate.com/phones/galaxy-note/beats-audio/

  • Steven Pilipow

    THANKS! can’t believed it worked but it did!!