MoDaCo switch

Paul O'Brien demos seamless switching between Google Play Edition and Sense software

With the recent release of the Google Play Edition HTC One, two software versions now exist for the same hardware: Google's 'stock' version of Android (as found on the Google Play edition), and HTC's Sense version of Android (as found on all other models). Those who are willing to unlock the bootloader on their phones and install some custom software gain the ability to switch between these two different versions of Android. Each version has its benefits and drawbacks, making staying on one exclusively a difficult decision.

Thanks to Paul O'Brien's newly developed MoDaCo Switch, users can now have their Android cake and eat it too. Visually an app like any other located in the app drawer, the MoDaCo Switch -- when pressed -- presented the user with two options: Stock (HTC Sense) or Google Play edition (AOSP). If AOSP is selected while on HTC Sense, the phone will quickly shut down and immediately reboot into the Google Play edition side of the phone.

More, and a video, after the break.

Source: MoDaCo

The killer feature of the MoDaCo Switch is that only one set of data and applications is used.

What does this mean? The Google accounts, apps, game data, and basically any other user data, is shared between the Stock side and the Google Play Edition side. Install an application while using HTC Sense side, and that application is there when the phone is rebooted into the Google Play edition side (and vice versa). According to O'Brien, this improves on existing dual boot solutions in that there is no continual merging of data or trying to keep the two Android versions in sync.

The MoDaCo Switch will work with two of the most popular custom Android recoveries, ClockworkMod recovery and TWRP recovery. O'Brien also says that this switch has the potential to work with other custom ROMs as well, not being limited to only HTC Sense and AOSP (CyanogenMod anyone?). The pending release of the MoDaCo Switch is to be announced on the MoDaCo website and/or Twitter feed.

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droidhead_1 says:

Now this is great news!

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NoNexus says:

is everything sync'd? IF I am sense and get a text, when i switch to GPE will my text come in here?

trooper54 says:

If all of the apps use the same data set, your test wouldn't come in if you switch to GPE, it would already be there.

Razieltov says:


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Fantastic! The decision to grab an HTC one may have gotten easier

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jeffreytz says:

That's pretty awesome.

DaGODFather says:

This just made my decsion on getting the One a whole lot better :)

JHK1984 says:

I think it's much simpler/less cluttered if you just stick to one rom and run with it... why bother switching from one to another back and forth.
I respect both Sense and GE, they have their pros and cons.
But I don't think I want to have them both... there's no need really.

NoNexus says:

The added features of the camera.

GE editions are seriously lacking compared to the Sense editions. It is sorta the same reason that I have the ASOP camera on my SGS3 in addition to the TW version, I wanted photosphere.

BoB16731 says:

Umm you can install the sense camera on the GE roms

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NoNexus says:

link? I don't think so.

Zoe depends on Sense framework. Otherwise you could put zoe on Cyanogen or a Nexus

drewgalyen says:

And I've got the GPE camera on my Sense 5 phone too.

NoNexus says:

I am talking about going the other way around. The Sense camera on the GPE rom.

I have the AOSP camera on my TW Rom and it works fine, but the reverse is not true. The TW camera needs the TW framework to function

NoNexus says:

So from you link the answer is no, you cannot get the HTC camera in full on a GE rom

BoB16731 says:

It's a known fact that zoe would not work lol

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NoNexus says:

That's what I was saying

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TornZero says:

Zoes DO in fact work. They appear properly when uploaded to Google+. You just can't view them in the Gallery.

JHK1984 says:

Switching rom so that you can access a camera app... is beyond inefficient.

vindogg80 says:

To each their own... I think its a plus. Sometimes I like one thing, others I like another. Its no different than having a few different ROMS that you like and switch between, just easier. If the data is all seemless and syncs through its great. For example, while at work and during the week I'd keep GE software on there, and on weekends or social events probably use sense for its social features. Don't have the phone, but just thinking out loud.

Shawheim says:

One of the advantages of having both stock sense along with the GPE software would help alot with CDMA carriers like Sprint, which allow you to update the PRL. If you were just running GPE you couldnt update the prl, you would have to flash back to sense to update the PRL.

Erckul says:

OH MAN!!!!! This is amazing.

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gksmithlcw says:

Any idea if this will work on a Sprint or Verizon model??

uh60james says:

As long as a GPE ROM becomes available for CDMA phones I don't see any reason it wouldn't.

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Seriously these people are nothing less than genius---Amazing concept...TY dude...

bselandry says:

This is GREAT! Hoping we get the Verizon release for this soon really want to get this phone and try this out!

acrewdog says:

Does soon include August 1?

Cubfan says:

Did he just videotape his password on Twitter?

Wizzy says:

OMG! And passwords can't be changed either!!!

Cory S says:

Videotape? Showin your age :P

NastyNeil says:

If I do this will I still get normally pushed updates and be able to install them with no problem?

Wizzy says:

This is interesting and convenient. But, other than running a newer version, I don't see many advantages in the Google edition. HTC got it bang on with Sense.

bespinct says:

There doesn't need to be an advantage. Often preference is enough.

Wizzy says:

Preference usually forms from a perceived advantage. But Android is about choice, and for that reason, bring it on! It just doesn't interest me. Vanilla Android for me just means less features. They're relying on the OEMs to provide more rapid featuresets.

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MonkeyNews says:

I agree. Sense is so clean and easy to use its not even funny. Great job.

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dovlek says:

Good now bring it to other devices!

mrichards5 says:

This is AWESOME! I want this!!!

3Dee says:


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codiusprime says:

This is absolutely fantastic! Very cool option for One users.

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Tony Romano1 says:


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ne0ne says:

This is exactly what I wanted when the first GPE rom came out. Can't wait.

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On last week's Twit Leo La Porte claimed to be dual booting his HTC One between TrickDroid ROM and GPE ROM without data wiping. I suspect he was just dirty flashing the two, but but he did attribute it as an amazing feature of TrickDroid...

byg.nick says:

Awesome! i would love to see someone apply this to the S4..

djisia87 says:

how many GBs it needs to have both OS versions?

Tower72 says:

last I read the dev was aiming to keep the whole thing below 500mb or something like that