Jul 12 AT 11:51 AM Dima Aryeh 15 Comments

Run Sense 5, AOSP on HTC One with MoDaCo.SWITCH

A lot of HTC owners now face a difficult choice between Sense 5 and an AOSP ROM. Now that the Google Play edition device is out, the stock ROM has been ported to the retail HTC One, enabling users to flash either ROM at their leisure. But what if we told you that you can have both? MoDaCo.SWITCH was created to give you just that.

While a simple dual boot would be cool, MoDaCo.SWITCH is so much cooler. Not only can you switch between an AOSP ROM and the European 4.2.2 Sense 5 ROM with a reboot, your data is shared between the ROMs. So, if you install an app in one ROM it will show up, data and all, in the other. You’ll no longer have to back up and restore incessantly to keep your data consistent.

The video is simply a demo; SWITCH is not released yet. However, once it completes the testing phase, it’ll be released as a public beta. Then you’ll be able to try it out for yourself! Of course, modding your phone always poses a bit of danger, so it should be done at your own risk. Are you HTC One owners excited?

Source: MoDaCo

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Adryan maldonado

    YES IM SUPPEERRR EXCITED!! This is probably done of the greatest news I’ve heard. This is truly the best of both worlds. We get to have our cake And eat it too.

    • Jon Garrett

      but at what cost? how much memory will this take up? will your device run slower? overheat? battery drain?

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      • Tangent

        I don’t imagine it will take much if any memory, just some storage space. I can’t see why it would cause it to run slower or overheat in the slightest… I’m betting they just have both ROMs set to write to the same place. Not only does that keep both updated and identical as far as accounts, apps, etc, but it reduces overall storage use. You won’t have 2 instances of everything.

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  • uknowme

    That’s awesome! I would be all over that if I had a HTC One.

  • Kia Dargahi

    This sounds fantastic! Just one question though, won’t running two roms slow down the phone to an extent?

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Not really, because the two ROMs are only residing on the system partition and not running at once. When you switch between the two, the data partition is still the same, so the data sharing can be done, but no, there won’t be any slowing down as you’re not actually running two OS at once.

  • Nate B.

    It would be nice if this comes to all HTC One variants and future Google Play Edition phones. Imagine running Key Lime Pie and whatever updated version of Sense when Key Lime Pie arrives. Pretty sweet. And since it shares one data making it synced saves so much time. No need to reset and set things up. It’s nice to boot between two ROMS but it makes more sense to do it for the AOSP and skins like it’s done in the video.

    • surg3d

      Good point. I wonder if this will make it to CDMA variants. Really impressive though!

  • Owenh10

    Would the phone need to be rooted?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      It will need to have a custom recovery.

      • clocinnorcal

        So yes it will need to be rooted.

  • donger

    Definitely good for the rom folks.