Custom recoveries such as the venerable ClockworkMod Recovery are (in addition to Superuser and SuperSU) likely some of the most widely utilized programs developed on XDA due to the functionality they bring and the doors that they open. As such, CWM has been ported to countless devices, and has become the preferred method of flashing custom ROMs onto virtually anything that runs Android. It seems that the CWM fever expanded into devices that were never meant to run this type of recovery image such as Windows Mobile devices. Now, we are all familiar with this thanks to the likes of the immortal HTC HD2 and its ability to run virtually any OS, regardless of platform. However, the HD2 is not the only WinMo device capable of running Android or CWM.
XDA Forum Member jianC just released a version of the famous recovery for the HTC Rhodium (AT&T Tilt 2 or T-Mobile Touch Pro2 for those of you in the US). The device still keeps on getting some support from developers, and the Android project is one of those ideas that are keeping the device alive. This recovery accomplishes standard custom recovery fare by allowing you to perform basic functions such as clearing cache (standard and Dalvik) as well as flashing ROMs and kernels. This is a particularly useful feature for those who have installed Android on NAND (i.e. those who have given up on WM completely).
Installation is accomplished through Fastboot, so make sure that you have the Android SDK on your system along with the proper drivers for your device. The port is fully functional, but any and all feedback regarding bugs is always welcome. If you still have your TP2, take it out for a spin and let the dev know how it is working.
This is just a recovery I compiled from the latest available code from the CM10 source. It does not offer any major upgrade in function from ACL’s latest cwm recovery, but is slightly aesthetically different.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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For those of you that are not familiar with the work of NRGZ28, he is one of the most active chefs at XDA and lately (over a year or so) has increased the quantity and quality of his ROMs, which are of the Energy Series. His ROMs cover many devices including: Leo, Rhodium, Topaz, Raphael, and more.
Through this interview, we shall learn more about NRGZ28, that recently also has become a Moderator.
orb3000: Hi NRGZ28, I know I am taking your precious time so I appreciate a lot for agreeing to this interview. First, how did you get started in the gadgets/mobile/devices world?
NRGZ28: I’ve loved gadgets every since I was a little kid. Phones… a few years ago. Windows Mobile phones ? Around 2007 or so.
orb3000: XDA has played a very important role in all our lives. How would you describe your personal experience at XDA?
NRGZ28: XDA-Developers is THE site to go for anything related to Windows Mobile [and now Android]. It’s a invaluable resource that HTC and Microsoft should use more to their advantage. Although nobody can say they aren’t already doing that.
For me personally, XDA has been like a drug. Once you have a little, you can’t stop.
orb3000: What is what moves you to cook ROMs?
NRGZ28: The excitement to play with new apps, mods, builds. Everytime a new build comes down the pipe with new software in it, I’m like a kid in a candy store. And of course… I have to share that with everyone else that uses my ROMs
orb3000: You cook for so many different devices, what are the most important challenges you face?
NRGZ28: The most important challenge is, of course, keeping up with all the threads and the sheer amount of posts they all get daily. I most rely on the automated reply emails XDA sends me.
orb3000: Your Energy ROM thread in Rhodium section has almost 2 million views and is (I dare to say) the most visited thread at XDA. Talking a little bit about numbers, which are impressive for sure, tell us about the number of downloads you have per month, what is the most downloaded ROM?
NRGZ28: The most downloaded ROM has be the Blackstone series of ROMs. The HD2 comes in as a close second and third would be the Rhodium. The Touch Pro ROMs used to be most downloaded, but I would guess most people now moved to the newer, faster WVGA devices.
orb3000: You are used to receive tons of PMs, e-mails, Twitter messages, etc. asking you to include something on your next ROM, fixing this and that, but what would NRGZ28 ask of your fans?
NRGZ28: Enjoy the ROMs as delivered and customize them as you see fit. After all, that’s why there’s Salt, Pepper and sauces on every restaurant table, right ? For you to personalize your food to your taste after the chefs cooks it for you.
orb3000: What are your plans on short term? We can see you cook a ROM at least once per week (I know I´m too short on the estimate). What is what you are working into this days? Any preview you want to share with us?
NRGZ28: I’m working on also providing stock-looking, lean ROMs, such as the ROMs provided by other chefs like Dutty and Miri. That will be a while though as it requires a major restructuring of my kitchen
orb3000: Continuing into the future, what are the plans for NRGZ28 on a mid/long term? Are you planning to work with WP7? If so, what are the challenges you see coming?
NRGZ28: We’ll see what happens with WP7 when it comes out or at least when we’ll have hardware for it to play with. The biggest challenge would be “unlocking” the customizing potential of WP7 through custom ROMs of course. We’ll see…
Well NRGZ28, thank you very much for giving this interview, I know people will think, let him go back to Cook!, so congratulations for your fantastic contribution to mobile world, I am sure you will have a special place among those who opened new possibilities and challenges.
If you’d like to ask NRGZ28 a question, feel free to leave it in a comment below, and we’ll include it in part two of this interview, coming soon!
If you’re a developer/chef that wants to be interviewed, please send me a PM.
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April 19, 2010 By: orb3000
So, you’d like to test Android on Rhodium, but you don’t feel comfortable with wiping your device and installing a new OS? Member Reefermattness just updated his cab which now supports CDMA Rhodium as well.
Originally posted by Reefermattness
This is NOT an emulator, nor is it a full ROM! Haret.exe closes down Windows, and boots Linux off of your Storage Card to launch Android. To boot back to WinMo all you need to do is reset your handset!
This thread is more specifically for the Rhodium, as this is the handset that I own, and can troubleshoot and test. So if you have specific questions about a different handset, please find your corresponding thread in post #2, however, this build will support the following devices: Diamond, Raphael, Kovsky, Topaz, Rhodium, & Blackstone.
- NEW Mar 31 New Startup Utility Updates: Force CDMA checkbox enables the use of MrPippys combined CDMA & GSM Rootfs! (For .rar CDMA users add “htc_hw.force_cdma=1″ to your startup.txt!)
- NEW Mar 31 New Thanks to MrPippy’s work the CDMA and GSM rootfs have now been combined!!
- NEW Mar 31 New system.sqsh from babijoee! Adds Gallery, Calculator, and Desktop Clock. Updates to some apps as well!
Continue on to the application thread for more information.
Member d0ugie has done extensive research testing batteries of Rhodium and Nexus one devices to help members to choose the best battery replacement. His updated cab provides in depth information regarding charge and other values.
Originally posted by d0ugie
We all want better battery life, no question, more than processor speed (some of us even underclock), resolution, 3D drivers; pretty much everything takes second place in our hearts to battery life. In response to that demand there are a lot of companies out there selling batteries for our phones either at the same mAh rating of the OEM (the one that came with the phone), a higher mAh rating but the battery’s the same dimensions as the OEM and does not require a deeper cover and batteries that are both larger in capacity and physical size — or so they allege.
Usually these batteries are cheaper than the OEM’s, mAh for mAh at least. By the way, mAh ratings, or milliamp hours, think of it in terms of the size of a gas tank you installed in your car. The higher the figure, the longer you can use your phone.
There are battery threads all over XDA but only with vague data so I invested in equipment to rate the batteries myself, under the guidance of electrogeniuses as you can read in this thread, in order to tell you what to expect in addition to giving you figures such as how many amp hours you get on the dollar as maybe a cheap battery with an exaggerated or oddly defined rating is worth getting over an expensive and better one if you’re on a budget.
Not counting all the man hours that Telek, amit77 and I have put into coming up with the most reliable way to produce data, so far I’ve spent over $200 on different equipment to get to where we are now. By the way, OEM = made by the people who made the battery that came with your phone. I’m not asking you to donate yet or reimburse me for my troubles, rather I’d like you, the next time you buy a battery I haven’t already tested, to mail it to me first so I can run a couple tests after which I will FedEx it to you at my expense. If that interests you, PM me.
If you are a battery manufacturer or reseller and you stand by your claims and trust me to run legitimate tests on it that are consistent with every other test I publish in terms of procedure, PM me or post publicly.
For more information continue on to the thread.
Sleuth255 has updated his apllication myRadar to version v1.3.
Originally Posted by Sleuth255myRadar is a location aware radar application that makes use of Wunderground and Accuweather US webservices to show real-time, animated Radar Images of your local area regardless of where in the US you might be. This application requires myLocation services to function automatically.
Note: the ROM based HTML viewer control that myRadar uses to pull web service data is broken in cooked WM6.5 builds from mid 23xxx up to 28205 (which tested good when I built for Raphael). The problem renders the viewer unable to “go online”. No 21xxx ROMs are affected tmk. This includes all shipping WM6.5 builds & derivatives. Hopefully we’ll get to the root problem itnf and it won’t require a re-flash to correct
Auto-resize issues corrected. The shown map resizes correctly.
HTC G-Sensor enabled. Simply orient your device for the view you prefer.
Re-boot after installing to activate G-Sensor changes.