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.

HTC Desire HD Gets Source-Built 4.2.1 ROM and Kernel

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 performance. All features other than Bluetooth are working, and there are a lot of customization options to tweak it just the way you want. An additional kernel is also available from the same developer that brings several performance enhancements to the device on any Jelly Bean ROM.

You can learn more and download the ROM and the kernel in the ROM thread and kernel thread.

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

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 place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
– Install Recoveries
CWM
User Provided Recovery
-Flash Kernels provided
User Provided Kernel
– Link to this thread
– Link to PM me if you need a phone unlocked
– Link to the One X+ Development thread
– Boot Into Recovery
– Boot into Bootloader
– Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
– APK Batch Installer (Credits to hamsteyr)

No one has tried the toolkit yet, but hasoon2000’s offerings rarely have an issue that isn’t immediately fixed, so it should be good to go. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to root and unlock the bootloader, this will help.

For more details, check out the original thread.

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

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 kernels
– Link to this thread (XDA)
– Link to PM me if you need a phone unlocked (XDA)
– Link to the One S Development thread (XDA)
– Boot Into Recovery
– Boot into Bootloader
– Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
– APK Batch Installer (Credits to hamsteyr)
– Donate to me (Hasoon2000) -> Donating to yours truly for putting time into this!

Given that this device is brand new, that takes a lot of guesswork out of a lot of activities root users do when they get a new device. With root, unlocking the bootloader, and custom recoveries already taken care of, devs can focus on ROMs, kernels, and other fun stuff for Desire X owners.

To check it out, go to the original thread.

Sense 4.1 Has Been Ported to the HTC Desire HD

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 Sense 4.1 on top of Android 4.0.4 and contains a number of features. Some include:

Lagfree
Fully fixed camera
Sense 4.5 skins
Rooted with SuperSU
Deodexed
Zipaligned
Extended Quick Settings
Advanced Power Menu
UI Optimization
Team Blackout kernel
Newest BusyBox
Excellent battery life
GPU UI Rendering
RAM Optimization
sysro/sysrw permission
Better CPU Performance
init.d scripts support
Improved EXT4 System
Removed 3-dot menu
Removed bloatware
Custom Bootanimation
1% stock battery
Many other tweaks! (see tweak package)

While it is stable enough to be run as a daily driver, some users have reported assorted small issues—nothing serious, though. For the most part, it’s some HTC widgets not working, the tweak package causing some force closes, and other miscellaneous issues.

If you’d like to give the latest HTC Sense a shot on the Desire HD, check out the original thread.