One of Android’s most beautiful features is that it is relatively easy to modify and customize the device. By this, we are not talking about what one can do with the iPhone – change the wallpaper, ringtone and add a jazzy case – but because much of Android is open source, this means that anybody is free to download, amend, modify and otherwise tinker with the code. Over the years, we have seen a cottage industry cropping up of ingenious developers modifying Android ROMs so as to adjust the software running. There are several reasons why we may wish to modify the software on our device, including updating to a newer version of the operating system, improving performance or battery life, and removing third party “value added” applications that our carrier likes to install so as to encourage their use.
There are a number of tools necessary in order to modify the software on our devices, including the device Recovery application. One of the custom Recovery applications is developed by Team Win, and is called TWRP – Team Win Recovery Project. The stock Android recovery application uses a combination of volume and lock keys, but TWRP uses a touchscreen based interface, which makes it much easier to navigate and use by experienced and new users alike. The developers have also allowed TWRP to be completely customizable in itself and as the graphical user interface is XML-driven, it may be themed too. TWRP has become one of the more popular recovery applications – and the team have just updated the application to 188.8.131.52, which includes support for the newly launched OnePlus X. TWRP also includes specialist code designed to prevent a device from detecting that you have changed the system, which means that – in theory – you can still receive over-the-air software updates. This could be useful if you have removed a number of third party applications installed onto the device, although in the case of the OnePlus X, this is not so likely as the device comes with a relatively clean operating system.
The OnePlus X has divided opinion: the mid-range device seemingly flies in the face of OnePlus’ stated “never settle” tagline, being based on 2014 flagship hardware and so asking customers to settle for a mid-range device. However, the X is also good value for money and by all accounts, is superbly built, too. For customers where “good enough” is just that, but they also want something stylish and well constructed, the OnePlus X could be just the handset. Whilst the device is already very configurable, now it’s easier to modify the software on the device in order to customize it to your own particular requirements, this increases the appeal of OnePlus’ mid-range device.