HTC One goes vanilla Android with CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly

May 10, 2013
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All you proud owners of the HTC One will be happy to learn that one of the most popular custom ROMs for Android is now available for your device. Well, all unlocked models of the HTC One at least. The popular developers behind CyanogenMod have finally released a nightly build of CM10.1 for the handset. Say goodbye to Sense, and Blinkfeed.

The HTC One runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC's 'new Sense' which is better than their previous UI overlay, but it's still not stock Android that many love. You'll be losing Blinkfeed and many other aspects of HTC's software, but will be able to enjoy the absolute latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean instead.

Of course with CyanogenMod Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has tons and tons of customizations, tweaks, settings and more that makes it one of the best ROM's around, so that's a major plus too. The developers took to XDA and confirmed the nightly builds have pushed out to servers, and will be available for download soon. Also, this is a nightly build, and not a stable M release of the custom ROM.

Earlier this week CyanogenMod announced stable RC1 milestone builds of Android 4.2.2 CM10.1 for over 40 devices, and while the One isn't on the list, it is now officially being supported by nightly updates. As expected you'll need to unlock that bootloader at HTCDev, get a custom recovery, and flash the lastest CM zip and Google apps to be up and running. For those looking for more information hit the XDA link below to enjoy some vanilla Android on that HTC One. No details on Beats Audio support, or the UltraPixel camera, so we'll update when we know more.

SOURCE: XDA Developers -Thanks to all who sent this in!

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  • jatin singh

    cant i get beats audio back on cyanogen mod?

    • Brian Luczkiewicz

      Why would you want to make everything sound worse?

      • AndrewSamy

        sorry, but the beats audio driver is known to improve sound quite a bit.

      • Dylan Neild

        I think “improve” is a subjective word. I had to turn Beats off on my One because I just wasn’t thrilled with the over-compression Beats brought to the party. It does make the “Boom sound” speaker sound better, but what it does to headphone and bluetooth output is just tragic. To each their own though.

        To the original question, you’ll still get great audio quality from the One when using Cyanogen, even without Beats software components. The One has much higher quality audio output hardware than competitive Android devices and this will be apparent regardless of what ROM you use. The One is substantially louder than a Nexus 4 or Xperia ZL (I’d say at least 10db louder), and it has much frequency balance to my ears. Legitimately the One is basically as good as an iPhone for music playback quality, something few Android devices can claim. The Beats software has nothing to do with this.

      • disqus_0EH9DXfntD

        Because “10db louder” actually means “twice as loud”, that’s quite a serious claim.

      • Dylan Neild

        This may be pretty close to accurate. A dimed Nexus 4 or Xperia ZL on a highly compressed track is loud for me, but not painful. It also sounds awful, with a kind of “mushy middle” and unrefined high frequencies.

        A dimed HTC One is painful. It sounds gorgeous two steps from the top though. Mind, this isn’t the whole story.

        The Xperia ZL in my experience has about the same headphone jack quality and loudness of the Nexus 4. This makes sense as they both are using more or less reference design around the Snapdragon S4 as far as I’ve read. The HTC One, on the other hand, is not only louder but has a flatter frequency response across the spectrum, lower noise levels, and higher dynamic range.

        As I said, the HTC One has as good as an iPhone for music playback quality and the vast majority of other Android devices aren’t even remotely competitive.

      • neutron76

        I would agree with Dylan. Having listened to quite a number of devices including various Samsungs and iPhones, the HTC One has much better audio quality and power overall, not just loud noise. The benefits of Beats is quite subjective; I even find it helps with some tunes, hinders others.

  • JohnnyNines

    I like my HTC One a lot. Button use is a learning curve from Galaxy S II. My version is from Bell Canada and includes an FM radio which does not seem to be available at all carriers. Camera exceeds requirements. Built in memory eliminates need for App2sd programs, and 32gb is massive on this type of device. Even better if you offload to cloud. Love it.

  • David

    I just ditched my iPhone5 for an HTC One, and the sound is incomparable. The HTC One blows an iPhone 5 out of the water, it’s not even close. You can hear all the highs and lows, and not just that tinny one speaker sound from an iphone. Seriously, neither phone is gonna sound good in a loud party, but if you’re sitting in a room chilling with friends and throw an iPhone 5 on the table, it sounds like shit. Whenever I do that with my HTC One, people are like, “Wow, that’s amazing.”