Conan Troutman · Apr 11, 2013 at 08:00 am

Firefox OS Port for the HTC Explorer

The HTC Explorer, or Pico as it’s known to friends, is a humble device sporting a 3.2″ screen, 512 megs of RAM, and a slimmed down version of HTC Sense. Despite its small size and lower than average specs, it has still managed to acquire enough of a loyal user base and attention from the development community to secure itself a home here on XDA.

In addition to the various Android-based custom ROMs for this device, there is now also a version of Mozilla Firefox OS (formerly known as Boot 2 Gecko) available for users to flash. If you’re not familiar with Mozilla’s open source smartphone OS, their developer pages will answer any questions you may have. The port comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer cute_prince. As you would expect, it’s not quite ready to be used as a daily driver, but it’s certainly worth a look if you have some time to kill.

The “not working” list is as follows:

  • SIM card detection,
  • USB mass storage,
  • Video recording,
  • Bluetooth.

Although we list SIM card detection as not working, some users have reported that they were able to get the device to detect the card after some fiddling around. This then allowed the SMS function to be used.

Check out the development thread for more information and what to expect if you flash this. It might not be fully functional, but hey: It has to be better than Sense, right?


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