Way back in 2009, HTC released their third Android smartphone, the HTC Hero. The device shipped with Android 1.5 (Cupcake) or 2.1 (Eclair). Yes, that’s how long ago it was! In it’s day, it was a very popular device here on XDA, attracting a good number of developers. But as with all older devices, it has since slipped by the wayside and has become somewhat forgotten. For most people, that is.
Within the last few months, both the CDMA and GSM versions of the Hero have received both Ice Cream Sandwich and, more incredibly, Jelly Bean custom ROMs added to their arsenal.
For the CDMA version, XDA Senior Member tvall brings us Ice Cream Sandwich based CyanogenMod 9. Development has slowed of late, but the ROM appears to be functional, with only camera and USB mass storage not functioning.
CyanogenMod 9 on the GSM Hero is brought to us by XDA Senior Member jordfaz. Again, there are a few minor issues, such as GPS and hardware acceleration, as well as some minor issues with the camera. Despite this, the ROM is otherwise functional.
XDA Senior Member Shelnutt2 has gone one step further and has brought Jelly Bean to the CDMA Hero in the form of CyanogenMod 10. Of course with builds of this nature, there are a number of known issues, such as audio, camera and hardware acceleration, but these are being worked on by a number of members in the ROM thread.
Not to be outdone, the GSM Hero also has CyanogenMod 10 thanks to XDA Senior Member jordfaz. Based on the CDMA version mentioned above, the same known issues apply. The ROM is an alpha build and should only be flashed if you wish to help with development or provide feedback.
If you’re an HTC Hero owner and want to try out one of these newer Android flavors, head over to one of the development threads:
August 31, 2012 By: jerdog
While running CyanogenMod on a CDMA device has many advantages, one glaring disadvantage is the ability to update your PRL (Preferred Roaming List) or data profile, which are only available via stock ROMs. Often times if you need to run a GPS fix or update your PRL, you need to backup your CM9 install, restore to a previous stock ROM, do the ROM dance, run the desired process, dance a jig, restore to CM9 install, and hope for the best. Well now you don’t, thanks to the Epic Touch CM team.
The Epic Touch CM team has put together a nice temporary ROM which boots the FF18 stock firmware from the /EMMC partition on the Samsung Epic 4G Touch without changing your current ROM. This temporary ROM allows you to do the following, and more:
- Update Profile
- Update PRL
- Sprint Activation
- Dial codes and diagnostic mode
August 31, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
To all Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9203 users waiting to get official ICS on their device, we’ve got news for you! The ICS update was recently spotted on SamMobile. Although the OTA may be pushed out to your devices very soon, those who can’t wait can download and install it manually right away.
This is the European I9103XXLQ9 Update and it was spotted here on XDA by Recognized Contributor ardatdat. As is the case with every official Samsung ROM, this one is also TouchWiz based. Not being a carrier-specific version, this can be installed on any Galaxy R i9103 and contains no carrier bloatware apps. Here are some more details:
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
You can grab the firmware from SamMobile and flash it to your phone using Odin or Heimdall. Though keep in mind that it will overwrite your recovery if flashed directly, so if you want to retain it, you might want to wait for a custom ROM, or flash a custom kernel with recovery after flashing it.
For more information, visit the discussion thread.
Since the announcement from Asus that Jelly Bean would be bestowed upon its Transformer series all the way back to the original Transformer, the development scene for the TF101 has been booming with activity. There have been new ROMs, new patches, and an overall renewed sense that this device, while being over-powered by its younger brothers, still has quite a bit of life left in it.
The work of XDA Forum Member RaymanFX manifests yet again in this sub-forum, and this time it does it in the form of a brand new recovery. Most Android users are undoubtedly familiar with ClockWork Mod, which is a custom recovery image used in a large percentage of unlocked devices. With it, you can flash ROMs, kernels, other recoveries, zip packages, and much more. This latest installment of the infamous recovery, created by XDA Recognized Developer Koush, brings in some much desired functionality to the device. The main appeal is that much like TWRP by Team Win, this recovery is touch enabled (at least one of its versions is), so banging on the volume rockers to get to the folder that you need is not a problem anymore. Another nice feature is that this recovery, unlike many of its predecessors, has the ability to back up the kernel as well.
Please do keep in mind that this is just the initial release of this recovery, and as such it has somewhat limited functionality. Upcoming revisions promise to bring in the ability to browse the internal SD card. This means that, unless you feel like booting and rebooting while getting in and out of recovery, you will need to make sure that whatever you are planning on flashing is in the external card.
You can choose your flavor if you’d rather not have touchscreen capabilities on recovery. Please leave some feedback for the dev if this worked the way it should, and look forward to newer versions being released shortly.
ALL MY RECOVERIES HAVE A FULLY WORKING BACKUP SYSTEM (CAN BACKUP KERNEL) !
You can find more information in the original thread.
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August 29, 2012 By: jerdog
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has recently received the ICS update, and now its little sibling can join in the family fun. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi now has an update to ICS available via KIES for those who have chosen to remain stock.
For those who prefer to take full control of their device, XDA Senior Member safariking has put together a package that you can flash via ODIN. The package has been rooted, deodexed, and zipaligned for your pleasure. Safariking also promises that a custom recovery-flashable version will be made available soon.
Visit the original thread to download the package and join in the conversation.
August 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great weekend on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about controlling your appliances with your Android Device and overclocking your Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan mentions the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 receiving its first custom ROMs.
August 24, 2012 By: jerdog
The HTC Thunderbolt was one of the first LTE devices on Verizon, but quickly faded into the background as the HTC Rezound was launched. HTC however stated via Facebook that the Thunderbolt would be receiving an ICS update by the end of August, along with all of the other promised devices, though we’re coming up on the end of the month, with still no official date of release.
Never fear though as leaks are bound to happen, and according to PhoneNews the official update from Verizon has leaked. The version number in the leak is 7.00.605.2, and you can visit the XDA discussion thread where they’re discussing the leak and where to download it here. There are reports of some running the leak with no issues, and others stating they are having numerous force-close issues, so your-mileage-may-vary. For those running this device, keep checking the Thunderbolt development section for a ROM based on the leak to pop up.
August 23, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
There are many different browsers available for your phone. Some people prefer stock, whereas others swear by third party browsers. What if you want a stock-like browser with additional features? Well XDA Recognized Developer appelflap has provided us with a great application that meets these desires.
In this video TK reviews the ICS Browser+ application. He shows the options of the application and shows how the application looks and works. TK compares this application to the standard browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Be sure to check out this app review.
August 22, 2012 By: jerdog
Sony has been one of the most proactive handset manufacturers as of late in releasing updates to their Android handsets, as we reported earlier this year. Now they’re rolling out firmware updates for the Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray beginning this week. They had this to say on their Xperia Blog:
Starting from this week, Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray will receive a new Ice Cream Sandwich software update that comes with bug fixes, performance tweaks and other improvements.
Xperia mini pro, Xperia neo L and Live with Walkman are next up, and will start to receive their serving over the next few weeks.
If you’ve already upgraded to ICS, you’ll receive a notification in your phone and be able to download it over-the-air. For those guys on Gingerbread, you’ll need to plug in and upgrade using PC companion or Bridge for Mac. For more information, please visit http://www.sonymobile.com/update.
As is always the case, you stand to lose root on your device with these updates if you’ve already applied a custom ROM. So if that is important to you (and why wouldn’t it be?) you can wait for the talented developers on XDA to provide a solution for you.
August 17, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
There was a lot of great news published on the XDA Portal this week, and in case you missed it or you prefer your news read to to by a man with a beard, Jordan is here to help you with that. In perhaps the most epic news of this week, Jordan talks about what happened to the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III. What happened to it? Oh, that’s right it got an unlocked bootloader! Also covered is the article regarding Google Voice calls on the Nexus 7.
Jordan mentions XDA Elite Recongized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler’s Q&A Video and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s app review from this week. Jordan mentions the HTC Desire HD receiving Ice Cream Sandwich. Finally, Jordan mentions the awesome story of the Jelly Bean leak for the International Galaxy S III.
August 16, 2012 By: David Watt
A few weeks ago, we reported on HTC’s disappointing decision not to provide an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Desire HD. Not even a petition with over 15,000 signatures was enough to persuade them to change their mind. It did however, force them to release an official statement:
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
As we know, the developers here on XDA are never ones to let things lie. XDA Senior member QD2DC and the Team blackout development team have now given HTC a large two fingered salute by releasing the first fully functional Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM with Sense 3.6. Ported over from an HTC Incredible S build, the ROM is 100% complete and has no known issues. The ROM also comes with Team blackout’s own custom kernel for additional performance.
If you’d like to give the ROM a try, head on over to the original thread.
August 14, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Smartphone cameras have come a long way—from being mere spec entries in the mid 2000s, to the serious point-and-shoot competitors of today. While most smartphones today come equipped with pretty decent cameras for point-and-shoot purposes, there is often room for improvement. If you’ve got a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray and want to add features like fast photo capture and smooth HD video recording with high quality stereo sound, we’ve got a mod for you.
XDA Senior Member Rizal Lovins has taken MooDeD Camera ICS for Xperia Arc by XDA Senior Member jader13254 and modified it for the Xperia Ray, adding a few improvements in the process. The mod is meant for Ice Cream Sandwich only, and has been tested to be fully working on the official 4.0.4 ICS ROM for the device.
The mod can be flashed from a custom recovery. After installation, be sure to clear data on the camera app. For more information, head over to the forum thread.
USB On The Go is an incredibly useful feature that opens up a myriad of new ways to make use of your device, whether its taking advantage of external storage or USB peripherals. It’s something that HTC Sensation owners have unfortunately been deprived of for some time. For a device to support USB OTG, the function must be enabled in the kernel running on that device. This was sadly not the case in HTC’s stock kernels. In true XDA style, XDA Senior Member SebastianFM decided this wasn’t good enough and has enabled this feature in his custom kernel.
The kernel itself is based upon the latest sources from HTC, and is compatible with Android 4.0 Sense based ROMs. It includes a wealth of extra features that you might expect from a custom kernel, but the one I’m sure most users will be excited about is USB OTG. SebastianFM has even gone to the trouble of putting together a comprehensive guide to making the most of this feature. Normally it’s simply a case of using a USB OTG cable to connect to the external device, but due to the fact that the Sensations board isn’t capable of supplying power to a USB device, users will need to take a few extra steps. All of this however is covered in depth in the guide. If you intend to try this out on your device, I highly recommend making that your first port of call.