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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 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.

cm101

With Jelly Bean 4.1 development finally winding down after an exciting summer, Jelly Bean 4.2 seems to be picking up. The CM10.1 ports began a couple week ago, and they probably won’t stop for quite some time. Now, the HTC Desire Z and G2 have a port of CM10.1.

XDA Senior Member Flinny released a port on behalf of the Andromadus team. If you’re unfamiliar with the team, they’re a group of devs who work on devices with hardware that isn’t really supported anymore: things such as hardware keyboards and trackpads. The port is surprisingly stable for an initial release. As Flinny explains:

All of the stuff learnt from the AOSP builds has been incorporated so basically all hardware should work to the same level as it does in the AOSP4.2 builds.
If a feature is not there then it’s not been ported/merged by CM yet, I will merge them as they do.
Vision – Trackpad unlock still inoperative.

The track pad doesn’t work right now, but most of the other features should. Users have reported that the ROM works pretty well so far, with only a minor issue here and there. However, it is still an alpha, which means there may be bugs that have not yet been found. If you have a G2 / Desire Z and you like AOSP, then this is definitely something to try out.

For more info, check out the original thread.

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HTC Desire Z

Over the last few weeks, we’ve reported on a number of seemingly impossible development stories, such as the almighty HTC HD2 and it’s cousin, the HTC Desire HD, both receiving unofficial Jelly Bean updates. Not to be left out, the HTC Desire Z has gained itself an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 Jelly Bean port, thanks to XDA Senior Member Flinny and the Andromadus dev team.

As expected with most early builds on a somewhat old device, there are some known issues still being worked on:

  • Wake issue (Kernel)
  • Video playback glitches (mainly in landscape, turn off HW overlay in developer settings as a work around for now)
  • Video camera (Doesn’t work at all yet)
  • Wifi tethering (Annoying me…)
  • Glitches on panorama camera (Overlay again same work around)
  • Improve io, integer and float handling (Kernel)

Despite these early problems, the ROM is certainly otherwise usable, and gives Desire Z users a sumptuous taste of Jelly Bean goodness.

If you fancy a bite, head on over to the ROM thread.

Paranoid2

Despite being an older device, the HTC Desire Z/G2 still has a good amount of developer support behind it. The device also has a loyal fanbase of people who are very fond of its hardware keyboard. ICS and Jelly Bean builds are available for the device, which is more than can be said for some newer devices. What it did not have, up until a few days ago that is, was a ROM capable of running in hybrid mode.

For those unfamiliar, Paranoid Android is a true hybrid ROM, which allows users to choose layout and density on a per-app basis. This means that you can find a happy medium between the different UIs. For example, you can retain the traditional settings menu while running the tablet version of apps like YouTube.

XDA Senior member NeverGone\RU decided that it was time to bring this to the Desire Z, and has ported Paranoid Android to the device. The ROM is still in an alpha stage and has a few bugs as you might expect. However, it is usable and provides a great starting point for others to step up and help the project along.

If you’d like to try this for yourself, head over to the original thread and see what all the fuss is about.

Bootloader Customizer

Not too long ago, we brought you news that allowed HTC EVO 4G LTE users to customize their bootloaders. The process was pretty cool, allowing users to make their bootloader look however they want—including making it look unhacked. After the initial project was released, users clamored for this to be made available to more devices. The requests were heard and responded to. Now, the plugin has been made available to make the bootloader customizer for a number of HTC devices.

The process for a developer to port this is not hard. XDA Recognized Contributor regaw_leinad, who developed the application and plugin, takes a time out from the stags (yes, that’s really him) to explain how:

it’s basically all written, they just need to fill in the values for their hboot, and embed the hboot.img into the exe. I already have a placeholder for the hboot.img and android-info.txt so a drag and drop over them should keep it embedded.

Regaw_leinad is also creating the application for the supported devices, but wanted to release the plugin first so users had a chance to get it sooner. The current list of supported HTC devices include:

  • HTC EVO 4G LTE
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • HTC Incredible S
  • Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One V
  • HTC One XL
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Tattoo
  • Droid Eris
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Incredible
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Aria
  • HTC Desire Z
  • HTC EVO 4G+
  • HTC Vivid 4G
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Desire C

While the list is quite large, one must keep in mind that not all of these devices have S-Off, and users must have S-Off in order to actually use this application. To get started, visit the original thread.

Downgrade Ahead!

The trend over the last month or so on XDA has been getting a number of devices downgraded so they can get to a bootloader that can still be unlocked with S-Off. Those devices are, of course, almost all HTC devices ever since the release of HTCDev, which unlocks the bootloader while maintaining S-On. In the march of obtaining S-Off, a few devices have already had a contingency plan in place to get users down to a software version that can be properly hacked.

XDA Forum Member Setherio has been maintaining and updating a thread for nearly a year now that allows the HTC G2 and Desire Z, the HTC MyTouch 4G and the HTC Desire HD to be downgraded to Froyo in order to then update to a rooted Gingerbread ROM. The process is quite a long one, but that is to be expected when it serves as a guide for multiple devices. The process runs users through gaining temporary root, the entire downgrading procedure—including Fastboot downgrades—and then reminding users to not apply any large OTA updates to avoid being thrown back to unrooted Gingerbread and forcing them to start the process all over again.

As root methods for newer iterations of Android have been getting more and more difficult for HTC devices, any method that can bring full root should be looked at. As usual, be extremely careful when completing the steps, and make sure the steps you are following are indeed for your device.

For much more information, a plethora of download links, and even some troubleshooting help, head over to the original thread and let the downgrades continue!

HTC G2

The HTC G2 (otherwise known as the Desire Z) has one of the best feeling keyboards of any phone ever released. Despite a questionable z-hinge style slide that most users have found a way to look past, the device itself has lived a good life in terms of development—and the development hasn’t stopped yet. There are still ROMs coming out to make the phone run faster and, as it turns out, there are even mods coming out to make the keyboard better.

XDA Forum Member teferi released a modification that falls into the latter category of modifying the keyboard to give users more options when it comes to the key mappings on their hardware keyboard. The modifications are easy enough to install. Users will need ADB on their computers and simply push the files into the correct spot. Teferi was even kind enough to post each command step-by-step, which eliminates guess work for those who are a little less tech savvy.

Once installed, the keyboard changes in the following manner:

- left softkey is now “\”/”|”/”`”
- right softkeys are now “[“/”{“/””
- alt-z is now “^”, since .com is tab now

As if that weren’t enough, the developer has also given users a link to his Github where you can find the open source software he used to dump and modify key mapping files. For additional information, check out the original thread for the downloads and instructions.

boot-image-bootloader

HTC has taken to Twitter again to announce that several new models are now supported by the company’s official bootloader unlocking solution. The devices that were added are the HTC Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status and T-Mobile G2.

As we said earlier, HTC is making pretty good progress in getting as many device bootloaders unlocked as possible, which we can only applaud.

You own of the aforementioned devices? What are you waiting for, head over to HTCdev to get your bootloaders unlocked!

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Up, up, down, down, menu, back, power. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever used a standard Android recovery, I’m sure it does. Why is it that accessing the recovery partition on a modern, touch-screen device feels a little like entering the Konami code? Thanks to 4EXT Recovery Touch by XDA forum member madmaxx82, this is no longer the case for the HTC SensationDesire S, Incredible S / 2, Desire HD / Inspire 4G, and Desire Z /G2.

Making full use of the your touchscreen, EXT4 Recovery Touch allows you to accomplish all the typical Android recovery fare in a touch-friendly manner. Additionally, the recovery is extremely themeable, meaning that you can customize the recovery to your heart’s delight. If that’s not enough, the recovery even detects and displays your local time. Those concerned about performance needn’t worry, as the developer assures us that speed is unhindered due to the asynchronous UI rendering and a low overhead. The feature list, according to the developer:

  • includes all of the many features from 4EXT Recovery Classic, see 2nd post
  • brand new user interface: “4EXT UI”
  • touchscreen only!
  • extreme theming capabilities!
  • nearly ALL YOU SEE is changeable.
  • “worker bar”: create your own custom animations, there are (nearly) no limits! Use any shapes/sizes/animations et.c.
  • extra low cpu needed for that: absolutely no negative impact on backup/restore speed.
  • async UI rendering for optimal performance for the “heavy tasks” like backup/restore
  • based upon the extremely, rock solid version 4EXT Recovery Classic v2.2.7 RC5
  • with little enhancements: “preserve theme” now works
  • Detects your local time zone
  • Displays your local time
  • Correct time is used for backups you start from within recovery
  • .. explore the new interface to see more

Looking to get in on the action? Just head over to the appropriate recovery threads to get started:

[Thanks to Whiskey103 for the heads up!]

AndroidFlasher

As we’ve stated in the past, one of the highlights of the Android OS is how it allows you to customize almost every aspect to your every whim. Often times, however, you wish to change more than the superficial by delving into the world of radio, bootloader, recovery, and splash screen modification. Assuming you have already achieved S-Off status on your device, XDA forum member danward brings us the perfect tool for your hacking needs.

Assuming you have USB debugging enabled and have the appropriate hboot drivers installed, Android Flasher allows you to flash these previously difficult-to-flash areas in just a couple of clicks. The Windows-based app currently works on the following HTC phones: Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD, EVO 4g, EVO 3D, Desire S, Incredible S, Thunderbolt, and Sensation. In the words of the developer:

This application flashes the specific parts of your device, ie. Bootloader, Recovery, Splash screen, and Radio.
It has taken many hours and much extensive research and testing on multiple devices to make a straightforward, efficient and reliable program to offer you the freedom in device customisation you are otherwise denied.
The app allows you to quickly customise your device in a way that is simple and alot goes on behind the scenes to guarantee you don’t get caught with error messages.
The splash screen is the image before the boot animation, (by default the white HTC logo.) With this application you can change it in under a minute.

If you’re interested in giving this a shot on your own device, make your way to the application thread. You’ll finally be able to (easily) get rid of that annoying HTC splash screen once and for all.

ext4

One of the most important tools that any Android flashing addict must have is a reliable, good, and feature rich recovery image on their devices. This wonderful creation allows you to perform things like flashing, cleaning, partitioning of your card, more flashing, connect via USB to the pc, and so much more. Having the best one is always a tough ordeal as it takes testing of features and tons patience. Well, if you are a Desire Z or G2 owner, your search maybe over because XDA member madmaxx82 brings you 4EXT. This recovery will allow you to do a lot of things that you will not be able to do with other recovery images, including theming it (in case you are not satisfied with the regular black background and stock color from whichever one you are currently using.

The features are just too many to list here, but if you do have this device, we strongly suggest that you take it for a test drive. If you find any bugs, please leave some feedback. One last suggestion would be to read the install instructions properly as flashing this the wrong way may have bad repercussions.

4EXT Recovery is now also available for the Desire Z / G2.
For the Vision, currently only one newer version is available which is 2.1.6 RC2.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks TheRomMistress for the tip!

fusion1

Good day for all of us waiting for Sense 3.0 to be already on our screens! XDA members capychimp and rmk40 got the first 100% working ROM´s for HTC Desire HD and Desire Z, including their variants the Inspire 4G and G2. The weather animations are working smooth and general performance is quite good -tested on Inspire 4G- but as any first version some stuff must be modified to make it work even better.
Remember to fully read the instructions before you start, it´s a delicate process.
Please leave your feedback.

Originally posted by capychimp
Hello Flashmaniacs

This rom is based on Leaked Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) – HTC Kingdom build 0.81.651.0

RC Team presents
RCMix HD KINGDOM First real sense 3.0 rom for dhd
Features:
Base – Leaked Android 2.3.3 build 0.81.651.0 WWE (Gingerbread)
Deodexed
Kernel: Stock
Busybox, Root, Superuser…
Rom Manager
ES file explorer
Sense 3.0
Extra quick setttings
Languages supported
WWE -

Originally posted by rmk40
Welcome to our latest creation, Virtuous Fusion. It is the first fully functional, properly scaled Sense 3.0 ROM for the G2/DZ. Before going any further, it is important to note that Fusion is a different product than base Virtuous. The “Fusion” ROM will exist until Sense 3.0 has natively become available on our devices, if ever. Virtuous proper will continue to be updated and maintained as it always has been, following official HTC releases.

Fusion was made possible by the amazing work of Flemmard and Diamondback, who reverse engineered the m10 format and built an encoder/decoder.


Continue to the Inspire 4G ROM thread.
Continue to the Desire Z ROM thread.

P.S. Hey Azrienoch!, you better talk about this one next week :-)

Thanks to TheDeadCpu for the tip!

The Weekly Q&A: Week 29

March 20, 2011   By:

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Xda-Developers is a great source of information. Part of the reason for this is the general attitude of the members here. Websters Dictonary defines community as “joint ownership or participation.” By working as a community, the members of XDA have been able to come up with answers to some of the most difficult questions posed in the mobile world. Part of my job as a XDA News Writer is to find those answers and provide them to you in a quick and easy to follow manner. Thus begins another addition of The Weekly Q&A. This week we will be focusing on HTC Visions: G2/DZ.

Q. Is there a volume limitation? If so, is there a tweak to increase the volume (of the speaker mostly, and also earphones)? [Original Thread]

A. Open Dspmanager then enable equalizer, increase each bitrate of the EQ slightly. Put the signal strength to moderate than play a song with a lot of bass to test. If its distorted, decrease the bit rate or turn signal strength to slightly. I combine dspmanager with power-amp for some insane eq. – (Thanks to melodicjunkie)

Q. I was looking for stock Rom from era.

I’ve found out that stock era is: 12.28e.60.140fU_26.04.02.17_M2
While on the forum there can be found: 12.28e.60.140f_26.04.02.17_M2

The only difference is in radio, in the first one there is fU while in the second only f. Could somebody explain me what is a difference and if it is negligible? [Original Thread]

A. The “U” is added by you phone if you are on a carrier that offers HSUPA. That means you have both “4G dl AND 4G ul” if it was just “f” then you would only have 4G dl. (Thanks to TheNewGuy)

Q. Is there a way that I can use the original launcher instead of the ADW launcher on CM7 RC-2? [Original Thread]

A. You can find the mod here in the Nexus S forum: THREAD.

Download the first file and flash through recovery. You’ll lose all your homescreen placements and widgets you have set up with ADW.

If you want to flash this over nightlies every day, you need to follow a specific order to not lose your placements again.
1) flash CM7 nightly via recovery (not ROM manager)
2) after install, stay in recovery (don’t boot up into the ROM!), go to Advanced > Reboot recovery
3) after recovery reboots, flash the launcher mod (Thanks to martonikaj)

See [GUIDE] Install Stock 2.3 Launder over CM7 for more details.

Q. I made a backup image of my stock rom right before I installed CM. Is there any way that, if I backup my current configuration and reflash my backup of the stock rom, I could copy the package for swype over to the SD card to be reinstalled on CM? [Original Thread]

A. If you have a nandroid backup of a ROM with functioning Swype (which it sounds like you do), there’s an app around somewhere on here called SwypeRestore.apk that does it for you. (Thanks to chinly43 & funkeee)

Q. Why does NO ONE trust visionary to root? I’m always seeing posts about how people are getting stuck mid-root, but they’re using another root program. [Original Thread]

A. There were reports of the “Attempt permroot” function in the app failing, especially after applying the G2 OTA or if their phone came with it pre-installed (and it’s uncertain whether or not the app was updated to properly support the OTA). After it failed, the phone would be in an unknown state (sometimes stuck on the HTC screen, sometimes in a bootloop, sometimes unable to temproot anymore, etc.). A lot of the time, once the phone was in this state, other methods of rooting wouldn’t work as is. What made the problem worse was that if you had the OTA installed, you couldn’t use the shipping ROM to restore completely back to stock and start over without at least having temproot to downgrade your version number.

That’s why people tend to not trust Visionary anymore. Once reports came out of it being hit or miss, it became more prudent to recommend the other methods that were at least more easily recoverable from if something messed up. That being said, I don’t think there is a problem with it if you are only using the temproot function. I just wouldn’t recommend anyone hitting the permroot button anymore when safer methods exist. (Thanks to ianmcquinn)

That wraps up another edition of The Weekly Q&A. If there is something you feel may be “newsworthy” or you would like to share a solution that you came across, please PM me or another News Writer.

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