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Paul O’Brien Developing a HTC One 1-Click Switch Between Stock Android and Sense 5

HTC One users must be a happy lot.  The phone is actually the best in the market, at least according to them, and they have the option to easily turn their carrier phones with Sense 5 operating systems into stock Android AOSP without all the bloatware.  Now, imagine having both operating system options in one device, and having a feature to easily switch between them with a single click!

HTC Switch

Well, if you have HTC One, famed Android developer Paul O’Brien may soon have a program that will enable you to switch between the two almost completely different interfaces on your phone without having to do any re-installations or turn your phone off.  Paul’s project, called ‘Switch’, will enable dual booting which essentially means that the HTC One will have two different operating system utilizing the same hardware, enabling users to take advantage of the very different features of the clean and stylish uncluttered Stock Android interface and the many useful features that HTC Sense overlay offers.

Paul O’Brien is the leading Android developer who made the Modaco HTC One Custom ROM.  He posted on twitter that he is working on the ‘Switch’ project with the ultimate goal of offering users a simple, fast and effective way to enjoy the best in both worlds of AOSP and Sense 5.  The project is still in progress and just as you would imagine, being the first of its kind ever attempted on a smartphone, but we don’t know when we might get it.  If this project is successful, it may just open a new front for dual mobile operating systems.  A switch for Galaxy S4 and other high end smartphones may be developed in the near future.

Since switch is basically two operating systems in one phone, could there be a switch for mobile devices that run completely different operating systems in the future?  Will we see a ‘Switch’ that enables users to have one device but run android and another operating system, say Mozilla Firefox, or Windows Phone, and be able to switch between the two easily?  Let’s wait and see.

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Source: Paul O’Brien via Android Authority 

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  1. A 3rd-party method of switching operating systems is nice, but what we really need is the same type of competitive disconnect between phone HW and SW that the PC industry has enjoyed for decades. People should be free to install whatever operating system they desire on their mobile devices. The recent revelation of the NSA’s systematic violation of every American’s rights and privacy, along with similar actions by other governments, should compel every “Free” person to insist on the ability to install a hardened, encrypted OS that is, as much as technically possible, immune from both the Machiavellian machinations of would be fascists as well as the ubiquitous misappropriation of personally identifiable data by greedy advertisers, both aided and abetted by the likes of Google, AT&T, etc!

  2. It should work with the Google Edition as well. But we can’t be certain till it is actually out or the developer confirms.

  3. “Since switch is basically two operating systems in one phone, could
    there be a switch for mobile devices that run completely different
    operating systems in the future? Will we see a ‘Switch’ that enables
    users to have one device but run android and another operating system,
    say Mozilla Firefox, or Windows Phone, and be able to switch between the
    two easily? Let’s wait and see.”

    Not to diss the author, but the ability to run multiple OS’s on one phone has been around for many years. The HTC HD2 can run the stock WM6, and can boot into Android, WP7, Ubuntu, and MeeGo. This ability has been around since 2010.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=531

    And, booting an Android phone into multiple ROM’s is a reality too.

  4. That’s why it called the “ONE”, all you will need is one phone to do what all users really want to do. HTC need to invest as much as they can in supporting this movement. IPhone 5 will be useless once he pulls this off, fingers crossed and my HTC One ready to amaze…

  5. Now, if he pulls this off, I hope other OEMs follow suit. I’d love to take advantage of this

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