The HTC Explorer was never one of the most popular smartphones to grace the pages of XDA. The Explorer is a low end device that was released in late 2011. With only a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM, it was never going to grab any headlines. This is what makes the recent high level of development activity on the device all the more impressive.
First up, XDA Senior Member oblikas brings us TWRP. The popular touchscreen driven recovery system allows you to do much more than flash a ROM. While it does work as intended, at version 188.8.131.52, it’s not updated to the latest version at the time of writing.
Next up, XDA Senior Member derefas has managed to port HTC Sense 4.0 to the Explorer. Given that the device originally shipped with Sense 3.5, this is an exciting port for Explorer owners, giving their device a complete refresh. The only listed known issues with the ROM are occasional USB issues, Bluetooth, Wifi and Superuser, though these last three issues have been fixed by the dev and will be working in the next ROM update.
Further to this, XDA Senior Member sam_0829 has impressively ported Sense 4.1 to the device, using the HTC Desire HD as a donor. The main functional parts of the device such as radio, sound and camera are all working, but as the Desire HD has a much higher screen resolution, a large amount of the ROM needs to be re-sized to fit the Explorer’s 320 × 480 screen. The dev has created a thread in the hope that others will be able to provide help in re-sizing, so that a usable ROM can be put together.
If Sense isn’t your cup of tea, and you prefer a more true Android experience, there are a number of ROMs available that are more suited.
XDA Senior Member sakindia123 has been busy, and brings us unofficial builds of both Cyanogenmod 9.1 and 10. The Ice Cream Sandwich based Cyanogenmod 9.1 ROM is fully functional with no known issues. The Cyanogenmod 10 ROM is almost completely working, with the only issues being with video decoding and voice search.
Another non Sense option is an unofficial AOKP ROM, built from source by XDA Recognized Developer flowish. This ROM has no known issues and of course has all the standard AOKP features.
Finally, if you haven’t been hiding under that rock of late, you’ll no doubt have heard of PACman ROM, an amalgamation of the best features from Paranoid Android, AOKP and Cyanogenmod 10. This port of PACman ROM is brought to us, again, by XDA Senior Member oblikas. Given the ROM has only just been released and is in an alpha stage, there are a few issues at present, including the camera, audio and USB mass storage.
There are of course many other custom ROMs available in the HTC Explorer Development forum. This article is just intended to highlight some of the more recent development taking place.
If you want to try out any of these ROMs, check out the relevant ROM thread:
Since the ICS-based CM9, CyanogenMod has been shipping with some of its own apps such as Trebuchet Launcher and Apollo Music Player. This has continued with steady active development on the Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10, as we saw a couple of months back with the excellent CM10 Messaging app. The latest CM app to join the list is the CyanogenMod File Manager. READ ON »
November 2, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Extra! Extra! Read All About It—Android 4.2 and more mobile phone developments! In this video, our friend Jordan mentions the Transformer TF700 getting an official release of CyanogenMod 10. Jordan talks about this week’s XDA Developer TV Videos. This includes XDA Developer TV Producer Azrienoch’s reviews of Hax Launcher, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Big Android BBQ 2012 Unboxed the XDA Way, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s app review of Picture Password LockScreen.
In Android 4.2 news, Jordan mentions the keyboard with gesture typing being leaked. Jordan also talks about the newly announced features of Android 4.2, including Photo Sphere, Gesture Typing, Multi-User, TV Connect, Quick Settings, and more. Finally, Jordan talks about the new forums for the Nexus 4 and 10. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
October 29, 2012 By: David Watt
By now, we are all quite familiar with CyanogenMod 10. When a device you own receives official CyanogenMod 10 nightlies, you know it’s good news. So we can now make Asus Transformer TF700 owners happy by reporting that CyanogenMod 10 nightlies have come to the device, brought to us by XDA Senior Member dasunsrule32.
In this instance, the majority of features are working as expected, with only a small list of known issues:
Anything not on this list should be working as expected, so TF700 users basically have an almost fully functional CyanogenMod 10 ROM. Of course, you should backup your data before flashing this ROM make sure you read the instructions posted in the thread before flashing, as they contain important information.
If you want to try CyanogenMod 10 on your device, head over to the ROM thread.
October 29, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Today, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone development. Jordan mentions the AT&T HTC One X getting root for 2.20 firmware. Jordan talks about the exciting Big Android BBQ news, like the articles on the Exploits and Vulnerabilities session and the article thanking the people who made the device museum a success.
In CyanogenMod 10 news Jordan mentions the unofficial version for the Samsung Galaxy R. Also, Jordan talks about the Jelly Bean OTA news for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III. Finally, Jordan talks about the flashing the Razr i with homemade fastboot images. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
The Samsung Galaxy R, a lesser spec’d variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, was plagued with hardware problems not long after it’s release, and production was soon halted. Due to this, it’s certainly not one of the busier device forums on XDA. That said, we can report that the Galaxy R has now received an unofficial port of ever popular CyanogenMod 10.
XDA Senior Member Adam77Root (with the help of XDA Senior Member karthik050782) has worked his magic and has managed to get a semi-stable release together for Galaxy R users. Though currently labelled “Alpha 2,” the list of working features is enough to get most device owners salivating:
From that list we can see that the majority of features that define a smartphone are working as required. The only issues listed as not working are:
There are a few workarounds required for various thing, but considering the ROM is still in an alpha state, the functionality of the ROM is impressive.
October 26, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions the PACman ROM being ported to the HTC Desire S and Desire HD. Jordan talks about Big Android BBQ news from the Future of Android Development and XDA – Past, Present, Future sessions.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the alpha version for the Nook Color. Also, Jordan talks about the Jelly Bean alpha news for the Galaxy Player 5.0. Jordan mentioned XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s App review of Screen Standby. And finally Jordan talks about the job announcement for XDA. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Although the news of Jellybean/CM10 landing on various devices is certainly slowing to a crawl, it’s by no means finished. Despite being a somewhat older and under-powered device (by today’s standards), the Barnes & Noble Nook Color has recently received an alpha version of CyanogenMod 10.
The project was a long time in the making, with contributions from a whole bunch of people. Check out the development thread for a full list of the “scoundrels and miscreants” involved. The build was posted by XDA Recognized Developer fattire. Now that all the technical hurdles have been overcome, the end result is an officially CM-supported build that is really quite functional despite its alpha status.
There are bugs, but nothing that makes this build unusable for everyday activity, unless you have some fairly specific needs:
So if you’re still rocking the original Nook Color and would like to give it a new lease of life with the latest version of Android, check out the development thread for all the relevant info and instructions on installing this build.
Update – It seems that since writing this the issues with OpenGL, HD YouTube and H264 video playback are now fixed. Thanks to krylon360 for the heads up.
October 22, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great weekend at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions the Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch’s bootloader being unlocked. Jordan talks about the exciting XDA-University announcement.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the unofficial port for the MyTouch 4G. Also, Jordan talks about the Xperia Pro getting a mash-up of CyanogenMod10, AOKP and ParanoidAndroid. Finally, Jordan talks about his experience at the Big Android BBQ. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
October 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
The last time we brought you news on the Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G, it was getting root and recovery. Since then, developers have been working to make it a more fun to device for flashers. After a few months, the Blaze 4G not only received CM9 but also CM10. On the same day, no less.
XDA Senior Member erikmm ported CyanogenMod9 to the Blaze 4G. Despite it being a first release, it is perfectly stable with the only known issue is that rotation is a bit laggy. Anyone looking for AOSP-based ICS on the Blaze 4G now has a good ROM to try out.
For unofficial CyanogenMod10, XDA Senior Member dr4stic did the heavy lifting. Unlike its CM9 sibling, CM10 does have quite a few issues. This includes some random rebooting, CM Updater freezes, and a reboot bug that is triggered by notifications due to a non-CM driver being used for the Blaze 4G buttons. Most of these issues are slated to be fixed in future updates, but for now this probably isn’t daily driver material due to the reboots.
Consequently, the CM10 port to the Blaze 4G also works on the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. Also developed by dr4stic, the ROM just needed a couple of kernel tweaks. Presumably, the same number of things are wrong since it is essentially the same ROM for both devices. XDA Forum Member ktempleton is maintaining a thread specifically for the Exhilarate folks here.
October 8, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great weekend at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions the Nabi 2 Tablet for Kids getting root. Jordan mentions the article about rooting your Galaxy Nexus without unlocking the bootloader. Jordan mentions XDA Developer TV Producer Azrienoch talking about the events at the Big Android BBQ.
A few months ago, we saw the Droid X2 receive an almost fully functional CM9. Now the Droid X2 is getting some more love with CyanogenMod 10. The ROM is currently in alpha 1, and as you may have guessed, XDA Recognized Developer dragonzkiller is the developer. The same person who brought both CM7 and CM9 to the Droid X2 now brings you CM10, which is stable enough to be used as a daily driver. The impressive working list is:
After reading that list, you may be asking yourself “what doesn’t work?”. That’s what is great about this alpha 1 release, you will find very few issues. For example, some ICS/JB apps will crash, the camera has some issues, and there are a few stability issues. But for the most part, it is very usable. For more information, check out the original thread.
October 1, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Want to keep track of all the wonderful development news that happened over the weekend here at XDA? XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions that the HTC Radar joins the Windows Phone 7.8 ROM club. Jordan mentions NVFlash for the Asus TF300. Jordan mentions simultaneous USB OTG and changing on some Xperia devices.
In CyanogenMod 10 news Jordan mentions the unofficial release for the Samsung Galaxy S. Also, three flavors of CyanogenMod are available for the Sony Xperia T. Pull up a chair and check out this video.