Last week, I attempted to install a tweaked version of Google Now onto my unlocked and rooted HTC One X. After some unsuccessful text editing to a file that needed to be changed to allow this mod to work, I damaged the file system of my SD card. After wiping the storage card, my device could no longer find the card. With this device having the built-in and non-removable storage, I simply decided to restore to factory settings. Even after a factory restore, my SD card would not mount. So I went into recovery and just started wiping everything hoping that this nightmare would eventually resolve itself. Well, little did I know (due to my lack of experience in ROM wiping), that by wiping the ROM it would also erase any possible way for my phone to boot up into a usable state. So now, I am left with a phone with no ROM and no mountable SD card. So I dialed up a friend..........
Bill Stebbins came to my rescue. On the eve of his vacation, he took the time to take a Skype call from me where we spent an hour or so trying different methods attempting to bring this device back to life. We tried several different things but with no success. Lucky for me, Bill was not ready to throw in the hat. He kept looking for answers and eventually found one. But what was required of me would take me out of what I like to call my "comfort zone". So I opted instead to ship the One X to Bill's house and this allowed him to work his magic.
Within what seemed liked minutes of Bill receiving the device, he had not only restored the device to it's factory state, but he also re-rooted the device for me. I can't thank Bill enough. If I had to figure this out on my own, I would have probably ended up calling it a lost cause. But the device will soon be back in my hands again and I can put this ugly experience behind me. In the time I was without my HTC One X, I was not without an Android device. As I was very much enjoying my Nexus 7 in it's pure Google form.
So I want to conclude this story by sharing with you two lessons learned.
1) If you are considering a switch to Android, go with the Nexus lineup. As attractive as other devices running Android might be with their high-end specs and fancy eye-popping skins, go with the pure Google experience. The devices are still top of the line and you can be assureed that your device will always be running the latest software.
2) Make social connections with people who know the Android OS inside and out. Tune into great podcasts like the Simulcast where you will find knowledgeable people like Bill Stebbins and others who really stay on top of the platform.
I have lots to learn about Android. Stay tuned....another androidXperience is soon to come.
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