Will Verduzco · Mar 29, 2014 at 08:00 am

Bluetooth Tethering ROM for the Omate TrueSmart

As we’ve touched upon in the past, MediaTek-based devices are more often than not a world of hurt for aftermarket developers. No, the devices built upon MediaTek platforms aren’t inherently bad. Rather, MediaTek themselves willfully fails to comply with GPL requirements by requiring a paid “Source Code License” in order to obtain code that should be freely available under the GPLv2 license terms.

The  was launched earlier this year at CES 2014But while the device has been otherwise highly regarded, it is unfortunately based on the MediaTek MTK6572 SoC. Because of this, development for the device has been an uphill battle. But when talented developers like XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy are on the task, not even MediaTek can get in the way of device modification and enhancement.

While the Omate TrueSmart offers solid functionality out of the box, the stock ROM lacks certain features that power users would find handy such as full native Bluetooth tethering to your smartphone. In addition to the working Bluetooth tethering, the ROM features a fully working settings app that allows users to modify account settings, various build.prop tweaks, and root via SuperSU.

Adding Bluetooth tethering functionality has proven difficult, as no freely available source code exists. But using source code for a different device based on the same MTK6572 SoC, Dees_Troy  managed to get it working on the TrueSmart. Unfortunately, Bluetooth tethering had to be slowed down in order to prevent the driver from crashing. And even when slowed down, the operation is still somewhat unstable and may disconnect from time to time. However, this is still a very major step forward for development on the TrueSmart.

If you own a TrueSmart and wish to get a bit more out of it with a custom ROM, head over to the original thread and give this build a try!


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Emil Kako · Jan 31, 2015 at 02:59 pm · 2 comments

Do You Prefer Physical or on Screen Buttons?

More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.

DISCUSS
Pulser_G2 · Jan 31, 2015 at 02:08 pm · no comments

New AOSP Branch Details Potential Build System Upgrades?

While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...

XDA NEWS
GermainZ · Jan 30, 2015 at 09:29 pm · 1 comment

Send Links to Any Nearby Device with CaastMe

There already are many solutions on the Google Play store if you want to send a link to one of your devices -- but what if you wanted to do it quickly without having to install any software or logging in to a website on the recipient end? Most apps require you to do either or both, which can be a hassle (or even a security risk) in some cases. Luckily, XDA Forum Member wyemun has developed CaastMe. Inspired by...

XDA NEWS