Update: It has come to our attention that inappropriate credit was given for the Huawei U81xx releases. The builds for the U8160/U8180 are actually based on original work by XDA Recognized Developer psyke83 in this thread. Similarly, work on the U8120 ultimately comes from XDA Senior Member joilaroi in this thread, and work on the U8150 comes from XDA Recognized Developer tilal6991 in this thread. Please refer to those threads for the original works.
Despite not having their own forums, there are a lot of obscure and unpopular devices with outstanding developer support. It’s generally assumed that the big name devices will get updates and AOSP, but when lesser known devices receive support, it seems almost like a bigger accomplishment. Now, the Huawei U81xx series has gotten CM9.1 and CM10, the Samsung Rugby Pro has CM10 along with an official update to Android 4.1, and the Rugby Smart has a 3.0 kernel.
The Huawei U81xx CM9.1 and CM10 modified ports were released by XDA Recognized Developer Alberto96. So far, users are reporting that the ROMs are pretty well done. Of course, these are early releases, so there are a myriad of small bugs and issues that need to be fixed. However, there has been no reports of any serious issues. They may not be daily driver ready, but they’re well on their way. So if you have a U81xx series device and you’re looking for some AOSP-based goodness, these are worth at least trying out.
XDA Senior Member kemonine96 has posted the CM10 for the Rugby Pro, along with the Odin package for the official Android 4.1. This is a double dose of Android 4.1 for the Rugby Pro as users can now choose between AOSP and official 4.1. For the official update, root and recovery from the prior versions still work.
Lastly, XDA Senior Member Motorhead1991 has released a 3.0 kernel for the Samsung Rugby Smart. It’s experimental right now, but most have reported that it’s still pretty useful. Here is the list of working and not working:
touch and display
**USB storage mode
(* Does not work on my ported ROM, but works otherwise)
(** Does not work on currently public builds, updated ones will be out shortly)
(*** Still broken on CM10, KemoNine96 is looking into it)
So if you’re on the Rugby Smart and you’re looking for a new kernel to try out, this is definitely something to look into for better overall performance.
For additional details, check out the following threads: