CyanogenMod 12.1 for HTC Desire 816

The Android 5.1 madness is ongoing. CyanogenMod 12.1 has been released for the mid-range HTC Desire 816. The man who did the porting job is XDA Recognized Developer Grarak. Keep in mind that CyanogenMod 12.1 is yet to be officially released, so there might be bugs.

Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 Builds for HTC Desire C

XDA members h1gh1 and kirmaniarslan proved that the newest versions of Android can work with just small issues on legacy devices. Check out the port of Cyanogen 12 made by these two for the HTC Desire C, with not so great hardware specs.

CyanogenMod 12 for HTC Desire 601

XDA Senior Member uberlaggydarwin put together a port of CyanogenMod 12 for the HTC Desire 601. It’s still in the early version and works only with a GSM variant on the phone. A few bugs will be ironed out pretty soon. If you have HTC Desire 601 in your pocket, CM12 is a ROM that you should give a try.

HTC Desire 626 Forums Now Available

If you are interested in HTC’s latest mid-range offering and its future development, look no further! We now have forums for all the development, rooting and flashing needs of the Desire 626. Check it out and join the community if you are an adopter!

CyanogenMod 12 Available for HTC Desire S

The HTC Desire S, also known as the HTC Saga, was released with Android 2.3 upgradeable to Android 4.0.4. The community didn’t allow this device to die and now, thanks to XDA Senior Member kylon, the phone has received a functional port of CyanogenMod 12!

Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

Just yesterday, after quite a long wait, we finally had the pleasure of seeing the Lollipop factory images appear for some Nexus devices. These devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, but make up only a small percentage of phones and tablets released by the various OEMs. While some phones will get official ports of Android 5.0, others will have to rely on custom ROM development.

The Google Nexus 6 is rather expensive piece of hardware, so many of you set your eyes on alternatives like the OnePlus One or HTC Desire 816. If you own one of these, we have some great news for you.

Thanks to XDA Senior Member Nburnes and the CyanogenMod team, OnePlus One users have a chance to test a fairly functional build of CyanogenMod 12. Keep in mind that CM is still in pre-alpha state, so it’s far from stable. The OPO port has a few issues involving Bluetooth, NFC and some other minor aspects, but is pretty stable for an initial release.

The HTC Desire 816 also received a port of CM12 thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Grarak and XDA Senior Member v_superuser. This ROM is still at a very early development stage, so there are only a few things that actually work. We hope that it’s only a matter of time to see the issuesfixed.

If you can’t wait for official updates to come, head over to the OnePlus One Android L discussion thread or the HTC Desire 816 Lollipop development thread.

HTC Desire 816 Gets Custom ROM, TWRP, and Kernel, Google Adds Android Apps to Chrome OS – XDA Developer TV

The Moto G on Boost Mobile receives its Android KitKat 4.4.4 release, finally! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of the HTC Desire gets a custom ROM, recovery and kernel and be sure the check out the article talking about Google adding Android apps to Chrome OS! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV newcomer droidmodd3rx released a video sort of reviewing OmniROM. Then, rirozizo showed you how to make your GPS lock faster. And if you missed it, be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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HTC Desire 816 Gets Developer Treatment with Custom ROM, Recovery, and Kernel

In the last few days, we’ve talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue.

The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816 owners have a proper reason for celebration, as XDA Recognized Developer Grarak and XDA Senior Member v_superuser laid the cornerstone for the future development for this device by releasing a CyanogenMod 11. This port is still in quite an early stage and some things simply don’t work. However with a bit of a luck, everything should be fixed in the not so distant future.

There is more of good news for Desire 816 users. The device has been given an official TWRP support. This means that the latest version of the recovery is available to download and should work without issues. Grarak also created a first custom kernel that will enhance the Sense experience.

As you can see, many good things have been happening lately in the Desire 816 community. If you are an owner of this phablet, feel free to visit the CyanogenMod development thread to get some taste of source-built sweets for your device.

Forums Added for the HTC Desire 610 and LG G3 US Carrier Variants

We recently added two new sets of forums here on XDA. The first is the affordable and mid-range HTC Desire 610, while the second set consists of US Carrier variants for the popular LG G3 flagship device.

Starting things off on the LG side, the LG G3 is the company’s flagship for 2014. Just like what we saw with the international version, the US Carrier variants of the G3 are high end devices. They all feature a 5.5″ Quad HD IPS LCD, which runs at an eye-numbing 1440×2560 resolution. The device is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is available at either 16 GB or 32 GB. The G3 also features a 13 MP camera with “laser autofocus” and a scratch-resistant polycarbonate finish.

Next up is HTC’s more modestly priced device. polycarbonate finish. The HTC Desire 610 is a mid-range device with a 4.7″ running at a resolution of 540×960. It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It features 8 GB of internal storage and an 8MP camera.

Are any of these devices high up on your list for potential next devices? Do you fancy the G3’s insanely sharp screen and high end specs, or would you rather save a few dollars and go with the Desire 610? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below.

Guide Shows How to Quickly and Easily Root and Install a Custom Recovery on the HTC Desire 816

At this year’s MWC, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC  released a couple of new devices. The best known is undoubtedly the HTC One M8 (2014), but this flagship wasn’t the only smartphone that was revealed. There was also a much more affordable giant, the HTC Desire 816.

Packing a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and HTC Sense on board, it has become a popular and affordable choice for many XDA members. But despite its popularity, one thing was missing: root access. But now thanks to an easy guide by XDA Senior Member v_superuser, Desire 816 users can easily root their devices and install a custom recovery. The method described in the thread uses a CWM recovery port by XDA Senior Member kinghunki, which allows for the rooting process to take place, and good old SuperSU. The phone also needs to be unlocked using the HTCDev.

If you are a HTC Desire 816 owner, you can head over to the guide thread to get in on the rooting action.

CyanogenMod 11 Available for the HTC Desire Z

In recent months, we have talked about various devices getting official and unofficial KitKat builds. Some devices were never slated to receive and update due to technical limitations, but developers have spent countless hours porting device trees, libraries, and kernels to iron out bugs and squeeze the most performance from these older devices. The level of success is different for every device, but people have tried crossed some pretty impressive boundaries.

The HTC Desire Z was released in late 2010, and it is one of the few smartphones that offers a physical keyboard. A little over 3 years after its launch, the Desire Z received an unofficial port of KitKat by XDA Recognized Developer Flinny, who ported CyanogenMod 11 to the Vision and Saga. The ROM is still considered alpha, but a list of working things is getting longer from one release to another. It’s impressive to see older devices getting so much support from developers.

A change log, links, and release notes can be found in the development thread.

Forums Added for the Nokia X, HTC Desire 816, LG G Pro 2, LG G2 Mini, and Xperia M2

Just yesterday, we announced the creation of forums for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Now, we’ve created quite a few new forums for other devices announced earlier this week at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

First up, we have the highly anticipated Nokia X. While the Finnish OEM’s first entry into the Android world isn’t exactly for everyone, there are quite a few things the budget-friendly X gets right.

Nokia wasn’t the only company to make waves at MWC. HTC announced the mid-range Desire 816, which finally lives up to its name for the first time in the product line’s history. LG was busy as well, announcing both the flagship G Pro 2 phablet and the diminutive G2 Mini. Finally, we also added a forum for the mid-range Sony Xperia M2, which can be seen as a direct competitor to the Desire 816.

Do any of these newly announced devices have what it takes to make you part with your hard-earned cash? Let us know in the comments below!

HTC Desire HD Gets Sense 5.0 Port

The  has quite the history. With a 4.3-inch screen on the outside and a single core 1GHz CPU on the inside, it became available all the way back in 2010, rocking some truly ancient software that’ll challenge even the most studious of historians—namely Android 2.2 Froyo and HTC Sense 2.0. It was upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense 3.0, and was graciously promised by HTC an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich. Unfortunately, HTC didn’t keep their promise and backpedaled, essentially crushing any hope for Desire HD owners to experience the benefits of later, official releases.

But as we’ve witnessed time and time again, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And in this case, the HTC Desire HD finally sees Sense 5.0 (and Android 4.1.2) running on its screen. The Sense 5.0 port comes thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member S.a.M.e.R_d, who managed to port the HTC modified skin and the associated features and improvements such as Blinkfeed, from the HTC Desire 500.

Quite a few functions are working as they should, including the backlight, root access, mobile data and text messaging, but the port is still a work in progress, and this can be seen from the broken camera, audio, WiFi, and SD Card.

If you’re a loyal HTC Desire HD user, or someone who’s simply interested in the development progress of a relatively ancient device, head over to the development thread for more details and discussion.

Update: The port has been discontinued. Nothing to see here folks.