Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
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,
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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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
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