The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, have finally been unveiled and there has been a showering of stuff from both the devices for the past few weeks. The developers have already started porting the apps and widgets from the new phones for other devices.
Just a few days ago, I shared my port of the HTC One M9’s stock camera app for all Android devices running AOSP, CM or Nexus based ROMs. As I said in my previous post, I had also been working on porting a lot more apps from the M9. Having gone through a lot of hard work, encountering errors and fixing them, I am finally here with something worthwhile. It was really a difficult job but all’s well if end’s well!
I have always been a fan of the Sense UI (I never owned a HTC phone though). Since I wanted to experience the One M9’s apps and widgets on my Nexus 5, the outcome is here. Having flashed the ported apps on your device, you’ll be able to enjoy the HTC One M9’s Sense 7 based BlinkFeed home launcher, weather clock widgets and a number of multimedia apps. Here’s a list of the contents of the flashable Zip:
- HTC One M9 Home Launcher
- HTC BlinkFeed
- HTC Weather
- HTC Keyboard
- HTC Gallery
- HTC Music Player
- HTC Video Player
- HTC Clock
- HTC Voice Recorder
- HTC File Manager
- HTC Widgets: WiFi, Hotspot, GPS, Screen Timeout, Screen Brightness, Background Data, Auto Rotate.
- HTC Camera (get it here)
- A rooted Android device with a custom recovery.
- KitKat or Lollipop based ROM
- Approximately 150 MB free space on system.
How to Install
As I already mentioned above, the HTC One M9’s apps and widgets have been packed in a flashable Zip. It simply means that you must have root and a custom recovery installed on your device to be able to flash it.
Method 1: Flashing via Recovery
Note: For more detailed steps on flashing Zip file in CWM/PhilZ/TWRP recovery, please refer to this guide.
- Download the ported apps in flashable Zip: HTC_One_M9_apps.zip
- Copy the file to your device.
- Reboot into CWM/TWRP/PhilZ Recovery.
- Create a backup of your ROM using the Backup option.
- Now select the Install option, navigate to HTC_One_M9_apps.zip and select it.
- Confirm installation and wait until it’s flashed.
- Finally, reboot your device.
Method 2: Pushing Apps Using Root Browser
In case you don’t have a custom recovery installed on your device, you can try pushing the apps into System> apps & System> priv-apps folders using a root file browser app. Please note that the package contains a lot of proprietary files (lib.so) that also need to be pushed into appropriate directories. After copying the files into the System directory you’ll have to fix file permissions to rw-r–r– (0644) for each file and then reboot the device.
I hope you like the ported apps from the HTC One M9. Please share your feedback below via comments, or on my Google+ page.