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Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

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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 Cyanog. . . READ ON »

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

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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 o. . . READ ON »

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

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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 . . . READ ON »

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

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&#. . . READ ON »

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

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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 rec. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod 11 Available for the HTC Desire Z

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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 po. . . READ ON »

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

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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 p. . . READ ON »

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HTC Desire HD Gets Sense 5.0 Port

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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, t. . . READ ON »

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HTC Desire HD Gets Source-Built 4.2.1 ROM and Kernel

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In the world of smartphones, some devices never cease to amaze us. And while it may not exactly be the HD2, the HTC Desire HD is certainly shows its lineage. HTC may have long declared end of upgrade support for this once flagship, the developer community hasn’t forgotten it at all, and it has been dual booted, made to natively run Ubuntu, given the latest HTC Sense ports, and received working ICS and Jelly Bean 4.1 custom ROMs. The latest in this series of developments for the device is the AOSP-based codefireX Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM brought to us by XDA Senior Member synergye.

The ROM is completely open-source, and is built with an optimized Linaro toolchain for those who believe this helps perf. . . READ ON »

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All-in-One Toolkit for the HTC Desire C Brings Root and More

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We’ve recently brought you a considerable amount of all-in-one toolkit news. They’re excellent for new device users, especially for those with devices that were just released. Very recently, we added a bunch of new forums, including the HTC Desire C. It didn’t take long, but there is already a toolkit for the HTC Desire C to give root and other goodies.

XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, who releases these things frequently, released an all in one toolkit for the device. As we’ve come to expect from hasoon2000’s toolkits, it works very well and has a number of useful features. Some include:

- Install HTC Drivers
– Get Token ID.
– Unlock Bootloader (Must plac

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Root and All-In-One Toolkit Released for the HTC Desire X

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As the world of Android evolves, new devices grace our doorsteps and we set it upon ourselves to hack them senselessly. Recently, we added a bunch of new sub forums. One of which was for the HTC Desire X. It was only a matter of time before the device got root and other fun tools to use and now it has one.

XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000 has released another HTC toolkit for the Desire X. This is great news for future Desire X owners because it offers a number of features which are perfect for those just starting out. Some of the features include:

- Install HTC Drivers
– Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
– Install Recoveries
User Provided Recoveries
CWM
Kernels
User provided k

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Sense 4.1 Has Been Ported to the HTC Desire HD

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With all the new devices being released, or about to be released, some might ask where the love is for older devices. OEMs haven’t been the greatest when it comes to delivering updates. Even if the device is capable of running it. However, that’s when the developers at XDA step in and deliver updates. The HTC Desire HD is one of those devices that just keeps on rolling. Not long ago, Sense 4.0 was more or less made stable. Now, Sense 4.1 has arrived.

XDA Recognized Contributor torxx has released the first Sense 4.1 ROM for the Desire HD. It just goes to show that OEMs really don’t always know what they’re talking about when it comes to what their devices can handle. It’s running full Sen. . . READ ON »

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PACman ROM Ported to HTC Desire S and Desire HD

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We’ve recently posted a number of articles about a hybrid ROM known as PACman ROM. Originating on the Xperia Ray, it was later ported to the Samsung Galaxy Ace and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. PACrom is now making it’s way across a number of other devices on XDA.

PACman merges some of the best features from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod into one uber-featured ROM. The latest devices to receive a PACman port are the HTC Desire S and the old favorite, the HTC Desire HD, both thanks to XDA Senior member blindndumb.

The Desire S ROM should be considered a test ROM, with a number of known bugs at present, including problems with the front camera, speakerphone, and WiFi Hotspot.

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