Switching between Sense and stock Android on the HTC One made easy

Switching between Sense and stock Android on the HTC One made easy
The HTC One is a great smartphone and its Google Play edition is definitely not any less cooler. But if you've read our comparison between the two, then you should be aware of that already. The problem with both, however, is that neither of these smartphones can switch to the other's interface, or at least not out of the box. In other words, an HTC One bought from any given carrier ships only with Sense UI, while the Google Play model runs solely Android in its stock form.

MoDaCo.SWITCH aims to put an end to this. It is a brilliant piece of software allowing one to switch back and forth between Sense and the pure Android user interface. There is no need to boot into recovery or to flash ROMs over and over again. Best of all, most information is shared between ROMs so the user has access to the same data no matter which UI is on. That includes the applications installed on the device and their data as well. 

But before you head over to the project's page, there are a few things you should know. MoDaCo.SWITCH is still in beta so it might not work perfectly on your HTC One. Moreover, MMS data and call logs can't yet be shared between the two UIs. Those of you who want to give it a shot anyway are free to do so. 

And by the way, MoDaCo.SWITCH may soon come to the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well, as long as the project raises enough funding. Financial support for the developers is accepted via IndieGoGo.

source: MoDaCo, IndieGoGo

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  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

oh no! I think HTC miss the point people want stock to get faster update directly from Google. If HTC customise the phone then HTC will need to support it. Same slow OEM update.

5. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Actually, updates are a bit later than true stock android, but supposed to be much faster than sense version updates, cause of much less customization and testing required when implementing the little htc features on the google play edition rom. Also, htc made it for the people who wanted a stock experience on the htc one handset, not just for the updates... Thousands of people have been praying for an htc nexus device, so htc delivered a nexus-like version of the one to keep everybody happy.

2. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

That's pretty damn slick. Might actually end up getting the HTC One over the S4 now cuz of this...

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Wait for updated s4/htc one with a snapdragon 800.

3. Lucasonic

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I can imagine how this can go very mainstream; it won't be too long before rom developers will be exclusively incorperating the idea of having multiple interfaces within one package. On a side note, I hope that guy in the video doesn't mind getting his Twitter account stolen...

6. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

use nova launcher instead. it's more or less the same as stock android jellybean

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