IC Market is retired (closed)

Since no matter how many time i post in forums, someone always misses that line and asks again.

InsertCoin Market is retired and no longer maintained. Most of the mods I already included as optional mods in AROMA install wizard or as tweaks in the tweaks app. Its was too much resources hog to keep maintaining IC Market. Sorry.

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HTC One M9 Auto Brightness Issue and How to fix it

If you are using a HTC One M9 as you daily driver chances are you noticed yourself that the auto brightness doesn’t scale up pretty good especially if the environment lighting is dim. Most of the time for the phone is the same if the environment is pitch black or you have some dim lighting, making is pretty hard to watch the screen because of the reduced backlight.  One M9 owner even asked HTC Support about this particular issue and their response was “amazing” : “The M9 was designed to save energy , since We are HTC are concerned and committed with the environment.” As you can see lot of BS.

The Issue

Since this problem annoyed the hell out of me, especially since I like the lighting to be low in my house and I was doing a lot of picture viewing on my phone and most of the time was rather hard to make a difference between 2 colors I started to investigate it.

Problem #1:

Starting with the M9 HTC is using a new auto brightness algorithm which doesn’t do a very good job. Sure if you have some skill you can force your phone to use the good old one but that doesn’t do much good either because:

Problem #2:

The light (proximity) sensor reports bad values. In the same place with the same lighting the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S6 sensors reported 8-9 LUX while the HTC One M9 sensor reports 2-3 LUX . As to why this is happening I can only speculate: quality of the sensor, placement of the sensor or bad code. I can safely assume is not a problem with my particular device due to the many reported issues on the same problem (forums are full of posts regarding it)

Problem #3:

I compared HTC One M8 vs HTC One M9 side by side, full brightness (backlight cranked up to max on both) and the M8 screen is brighter.

The Solution

I asked @HTC on twitter to look into it and they’ve asked for my phone IMEI and my email address. In all honesty I haven’t replied to them because I could already see from their answer where this is going.  So I was alone in my issue and I wasn’t going to give up. I tried tuning the auto brightness algorithm and while I was doing decent progress, the fact that the sensor reported 0 LUX even though there was some light in the room made it impossible to me to differentiate in code between pitch black (0 lux) and low lit room (sensor should have been reporting at least 1 unit above 0 but for some reason it was still reporting 0) so while i could make it brighter at 0 LUX value and was working rather good in low lit rooms, it was too shiny when it was pitch black.

The best solution was to give up HTC Auto Brightness and use a 3rd party app to handle it, which with a bit of tweaking and getting used to is almost perfect. The app in question is available in Google Play Store, has both free and paid version and doesn’t require root (at least for the basic functions). It’s called Lux Lite or the paid version Lux Auto Brightness . For the auto brightness issue the free version will suffice.

I really hope HTC can find a solution for this because is frustrating for me at least. Until then long live Lux Auto Brightness.

InsertCoin Nightlies (May 13th) for M7 / M8 / M9 published

Uploaded and released InsertCoin Nightlies  for all One devices. Grab them while they’re hot.

 

HTC One M7 Nightlies

HTC One M8 Nightlies

HTC One M9 Nightlies

 

 

InsertCoin Nightlies (May 6th) for M7 / M8 / M9 published

Uploaded and released InsertCoin Nightlies  for all One devices. Grab them while they are hot.

 

HTC One M7 Nightlies

HTC One M8 Nightlies

HTC One M9 Nightlies

 

 

HTC One M8 Android 5.1 and Sense 7 Update Date

According to @HTC_UK Twitter account Android 5.1 with Sense 7 update for HTC One M8 will be available in August 2015.

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Given HTC’s history it will probably be last week from August so we still have about 4 months to wait. Hopefully some leaks will pop up earlier and until then at least we have HTC One M9’s Sense 7 running flawlessly on HTC One M8

Benchmark: HTC ONE M7 vs M8 vs M9

A friend of mine benchmarked M7 (stock rom) vs M8 (running InsertCoin) vs M9 (stock rom). Full article here (Warning! Written in Romanian!).

While the article is written in Romanian, the video of the benchmark is in English so take a look below.

It seems sometimes optimized software closes the gap between newer and older hardware (M8 running InsertCoin Rom vs M9 running latest stock rom)

HTC ONE M9 vs Samsung Galaxy S6, a real life subjective comparison

Earlier this week I asked your opinion about this year’s phones. Seems so far M9 is leading. I’ve spent some time with both HTC ONE M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 (not EDGE) and while the time spent with them was short, was enough to form an opinion.

Software:

Samsung’s Touchwiz is improved by a lot compared to previous versions. It doesn’t lag anymore but it feels unfinished, the looks of it make it look like it’s intended target were kids and teens, it doesn’t seem unified, ergonomics is pretty bad and sometimes it feels like you are running parts from 3 Custom UIs not one. But at least is smooth-er 🙂
HTC’s Sense looks professional, it is smooth, it is intuitive, you find the things you need were you expect to find them.
Sure I might be subjective since I’m used to Sense more than with Touchwiz, but as I said, this is a subjective review and it is my personal point of view.

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Flagship smartphone for 2015

If you are in the market for a new phone this year, or you already bought one, what is / was your preference ?

If you feel like you need to argument your choice do it so in the comments below.

What flagship smartphone you fancy in 2015?

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HTC ONE M9 S-OFF Available

After a couple of weeks since release HTC ONE M9 got S-OFF. Only issue is you have to be unlocked via htcdev and rooted prior to running the Sunshine app. So if you like your device freedom and have a few bucks to spare head over to TheRoot.Ninja Website download the app and profit

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What is S-OFF and why should you care?
S-Off stands for Security Off and gives you total freedom on your device, you can change you CID / MID, reset flags like unlocked or tampered, flash unsigned firmware on your device or change it from a carrier device to a WWE or Developer One. But with great powers comes great responsibility so make sure you know what your doing after you S-OFF your device. Or at least read some tutorials 🙂

To M9 or not to M9?

HTC One M9 has been presented at MWC and probably by now is available in most parts of the world. Either if you have one already, or you read the good (and bad) reviews or played with one in a store, most likely you made up your mind about it. Would you upgrade your current phone to HTC One M9? Will go for other flagship phone? Or you are happy with your current phone. Leave your thoughts below, and here’s my 2 cents about it:

The good:
– design is more refined
– SoC is more powerful (but is pretty hot)
– bigger battery
– Sense 7 (which is still best custom UI)
– camera?
– more RAM (again looks good on papers, but 64 bit eats more memory, so is kinda of the same)

 
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