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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 14, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 Available for the HTC Desire Z

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...

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Former Writer · Dec 9, 2012

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

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...

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David Watt · Aug 9, 2012

Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 for HTC Desire Z / G2

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...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 24, 2012

First Hybrid Rom For The HTC Desire Z / G2

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...

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Former Writer · Jul 19, 2012

Bootloader Customization Now Open to More S-Off HTC Devices

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....

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Former Writer · Apr 23, 2012

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

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...

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Former Writer · Mar 22, 2012

Custom HTC G2 Key Mapping Improves Hardware Keyboard

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....

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liwen · Jan 17, 2012

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

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...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 8, 2011

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

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 Sensation, Desire S, Incredible S / 2, Desire HD / Inspire 4G, and Desire Z /G2. Making full use of...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 6, 2011

Hack to Your Heart’s Content With Android Flasher

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...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 24, 2011

New Fully Featured Recovery For G2 – 4EXT Now Available

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,...

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orb3000 · May 7, 2011

First Sense 3.0 Based ROM Fully Working on Desire Z/G2 and HD/Inspire 4G

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...

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TheRomMistress · Mar 20, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 29

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...

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orb3000 · Feb 26, 2011

Polished T-Mobile G2 Battery Cover

Some members like to go deeper when personalizing their devices, even further than just software. XDA member znanoDA took a step into personalizing the body of the device itself, making a chrome polished finish for the battery cover of the G2. All started because the plastic layer started to peel, which is a problem many will be familiar with. After noticing this, he decided to use sand paper to get rid of the plastic. The finished work looked nice and...

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ElCondor · Dec 22, 2010

Rosie Remaps Updated: Change the “Personalize” Button on your Desire Z

Personally, we think the HTC Sense softkeybar - or dock, whatever you want to call it - hasn't been organized well enough. It consists of the programs button, the phone launcher and the personalize button. Although it looks good, there are a few things that could have been designed better. The phone button is really too big. We understand that it's an important launcher, but this is just too much. In fact, there could easily be four buttons instead of...

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ElCondor · Dec 11, 2010

Forum Merge Coming Up Soon: HTC Desire Z and T-Mobile G2

After some research, developers discovered that the custom ROMs for the Desire Z were able to run on the T-Mobile G2, and vice-versa. The hardware of both devices is almost identical. XDA member steviewevie suggested svetius (the user experience admin) about this and he decided to merge the forums soon. This means that developers won't have to start different threads for both phones - making everything just a bit easier for everyone: Originally posted by steviewevie I think it's going to...

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mic_888 · Dec 1, 2010

Trackpad Wake For Your HTC Desire Z

We all know how annoying it is to have to press the power button in order to wake your device, especially when your device sports a trackpad. Well, HTC Desire Z owners can rejoice since you now have a trackpad wake tweak to solve this problem. XDA forum member JupiterDroid has posted instructions on how to install the tweak, which is based originally off another tweak in the HTC Vision (G2) forum. You will need root access on your device -...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 24, 2010

Get Swype Back on Your Desire Z

All Desire Z owners have been cranking out roms, mods, and more over the past couple of weeks. One of the most popular ones out there is undoubtedly CyanogenMod. However, applying this to your device has a small consequence, you will lose Swype. What is more, since Swype can only be used by officially licensed devices, you will not find swype apks floating around XDA. XDA member oldsk00lz has figured out a method to install CyanogenMod and keep Swype. Not only that,...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 24, 2010

Alt Tab Your Way Around Your Desire Z with QuickSwitch

Ahh... the Desire Z. Without a doubt, an excellent piece of hardware with the OS to match. All sorts of possibilities open up when you have a hardware keyboard on a device and this is not the exception. XDA member Stratrix decided to make an "Alt Tab" type of application to assign keys from the keyboard to launch your favorite apps. Basically, you assign an x number of apps to a particular key and whenever that key is pressed. What...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 11, 2010

Desire Z Permanent Root and Flashing Guide

As you are probably aware, the whole new Desire family was successfully perma-rooted thanks to the collaboration efforts of many devs in and out of XDA. A few days have passed already, and we can see that all the hard work from the devs is paying off with people reportedly able to fully root the devices with very few cases (if any) of people bricking their devices. In order to avoid this, the rooting process has been simplified a lot, and XDA...

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