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CyanogenMod 11 Available for the HTC Desire Z

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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 po. . . READ ON »

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CM10.1 Test Builds for the HTC G2 / Desire Z

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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 w

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Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 for HTC Desire Z / G2

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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…
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First Hybrid Rom For The HTC Desire Z / G2

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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.

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Bootloader Customization Now Open to More S-Off HTC Devices

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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:

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Desire HD, G2, Desire Z, and MyTouch 4G Froyo Downgrade

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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 . . . READ ON »

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Custom HTC G2 Key Mapping Improves Hardware Keyboard

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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 . . . READ ON »

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HTC Adds Bootloader Unlock Support For Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status, T-Mobile G2

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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!. . . READ ON »

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Save Your Hardware Buttons, Lose the Heartache With 4EXT Recovery Touch

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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 deli. . . READ ON »

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