HTC’s Front Logo on the One Smartphone Mapped as the Third Button (Video)
With its current flagship model HTC has found it necessary to implement a number of features that set it apart from the other Android handsets. One of these is the placement of only two capacitive buttons on the front side, with the HTC logo in between.
What HTC has done with the One smartphone in terms of means to control the Android OS many not be to everyone’s liking. Though the two buttons can be customized to act as the user feels on a long press, the lack of a third button is still something many would have wished for. Preliminary tests have shown that the mapping of the HTC logo as a button could be possible, as it seems to register touch input.
XDA Developers members are not known for leaving anything undiscovered and it did not take them long to realise how to make of the HTC logo a working third button. XDA kernel developer tbalden has released its custom variant to be installed on the HTC One and make the use of the front logo possible. It is also possible to use the button as a Home2Wake to turn on the screen out of sleep with a simple touch of the logo. Below are two short demo videos: