An HTC One smartphone is displayed in a mobile phone shop in Taipei. (Credit: Reuters)
An HTC One smartphone is displayed in a mobile phone shop in Taipei. (Credit: Reuters)Reuters

Early in the year, HTC had disbanded the software update service to One (M7), thus leaving the device with 5.0.2 Lollipop OS.

However, CrDroid, one of the top custom ROM developer communities, have some good news to share with tech savvy readers who are still hanging on to the 2013 HTC flagship smartphone.

They have released a new firmware based on the latest AOSP (Android Open Source Project) v5.1.1 Lollipop. It brings performance enhancements and personalisation options such as:

  • SlimRoms custom Lockscreen shortcuts
  • Power menu in navring
  • SlimPie control options
  • Blacklist option
  • Sound panel option in power menu
  • Superuser indicator (including notifications, status bar icon and more)
  • Force expanded notification option
  • Volume panel time-out option
  • Many more features to improve user experience on HTC One M7

Read more: HTC One (M7) Software Update Service Ends with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop; Don't Wait for v5.1 Stability Software, Says Company

Prerequisites (Things to remember before installing the CyanogenMod CM12 Nightly):

  1. This new crDroid Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware has to be installed on the HTC One M7 model only ; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  2. Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation
  3. Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  4. Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (HTC One M7) will not be recognised by the computer.
  5. Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is a chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted mid-way.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step Installation Guide for crDroid Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on HTC One M7 (GSM) model:

Step 1: Download crDroid Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) in to your PC.

Step 2: Connect HTC One M7 to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

Step 3: Then, place Android 5.1.1 Lollipop zip file and Google Apps files into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have been rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery tool.]

Step 4: Later, place boot.img file in to the android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory

Step 5: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 6: Perform the regular Bootloader mode sortie, by press holding 'Volume (Down)' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 7: After entering the Bootloader mode (on the phone), go to android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory (on the PC) and open Command prompt, then type in: 'fastboot flash boot boot.img' and press enter.

(To enter Command prompt: Shift + right-click >> open Command Prompt)

Step 8: Then, type - 'fastboot reboot' and press enter. Then, follow instructions displayed on the screen. Select BOOTLOADER option to enter Recovery Mode.

Step 9: After entering the Recovery mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset' [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 10: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'.

Step 11: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 12: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 13: Then tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure for Google Apps [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options]

Step 14: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (HTC One M7) will take a few minutes (only for the first time) to complete the booting process.

Head to Settings >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of crDroid Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM.

[Credits: Team Android]

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