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Posts Tagged: HTC Desire Z

Polished T-Mobile G2 Battery Cover

February 26, 2011   By:

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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 shiny. The original poster mentions that he used the following materials:

  • Automotive Wet/Dry sand paper
  • 400-600-800-1000-1500-and finally 2000 grit

Be aware that the only responsible for making this will be you, so proceed with caution. If you have another method, please join the thread and share your experiences.

Originally posted by znanoDA
Polished G2 Battery Cover

So the clear coat on the battery cover to my phone was peeling so i decided to polish it

Used basically wet sanded it with the sandpaper in the order described and used eagle one nano wheel polish.

Continue to the original thread to see more pictures of the finished work

rosie remaps

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 three, allowing for a better user experience. Moreover, the Personalize button is completely useless: you can bring it up using the menu button or by a simple tap-and-hold on the home screen.

Four customizable buttons, that can be assigned to apps, settings, switches, and other things, would be a great option. To start, XDA member the1wingedangel created a hack for the Personalize button.

Originally posted by the1wingedangel

Well now you have options. I’ve made many different files to remap it to various common apps, and its growing with requests. (Check the image at the bottom of this post to see the corresponding icon changes)

[Options]:
-Browser
-HTC/Google messaging app
-HTC contacts app
-Gmail
-Gvoice
-Maps
-Gtalk
-Market
-Gallery
-Facebook
-Turn off screen (this one requires the Kill Screen app to work, see my thread here)

Yeah, that’s a lot of options. And we suppose the list will only grow bigger. Currently, it’s only for the Desire Z, but we’ll keep an eye on any further updates.
We hope that HTC will add such a feature in their next versions of HTC Sense – it really is a great improvement.

You can find more information in the mod thread.

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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 be a very very good thing, because after all the G2 and DZ are essentially the same phones and run the same custom ROMs, so it will be good to have everything in one place. I think it will also encourage people who develop things to check how they work on both the G2 and DZ.

Keep an eye on further updates in the general forums of both devices to see when it happens. We don’t know yet how the merge will work exactly, but we’re sure that the mods are working to get this working well. For discussion, check out the original thread.

Trackpad Wake For Your HTC Desire Z

December 1, 2010   By:

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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 – preferably permanent root, else the tweak will not persist on subsequent reboots and the tweak will need to be reapplied. The tweak also requires GScript Lite, which is available free in the Market.

For full instructions and to download the script, head on over to the modification thread

Get Swype Back on Your Desire Z

November 24, 2010   By:

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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, but the dev has also made an app to make the process easier for all users.

If you are interested in this, make sure you drop by the thread and leave some feedback for the dev as well.

If you were like me, you rushed right into installing CyanogenMod. Whoops, found out there is no swype installed. What to do?

Hopefully you made a nandroid backup like me. I didn’t want to do a full nandroid restore just to extract the files. So I did this…

You can find more information in the application thread.

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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 about the Alt Tab you ask? By pressing the coma button in your hardware keyboard, you can go back and forth between apps currently running in your device.

Please leave some feedback for the dev to see if there is any room for improvement.

Story:

I am a proud Desire Z owner and have to say the Vision is amazing with its keyboard. One thing I still hate about day to day tasks is switching between Google Talk and MSN apps. I hate reaching up to the notification bar from the keyboard.

So I wrote an app to solve this problem. I call it QuickSwitch.

By taking advantage of the quick keys on the keyboard, I wrote an app that basically launches other apps. It’s configurable which apps you want favourit-ed and how many running apps to show. I also made it mimic alt-tab function by pressing Quick key 1 and comma. This would switch back and forth between apps very quickly.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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HTC Desire Z

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 member gtrab has posted a very complete guide on how to permanently root your Desire Z without any problems.

The step by step tutorial will show you and provide you with everything you need to free your device from its chains and allow you to flash custom roms, themes, and run apps that you normally wouldn’t be able to use. The guide will also show you how to flash stuff into your device. So, if you haven’t done this yet, get rooted and truly start playing with this wonderful piece of hardware. Remember that some level of knowledge is required, so read everything twice if you are not certain of what you are doing.

INTRO

1.- I can confirm I made this process myself TWICE and everything is working OK:
I got PERMANENT ROOT on my American (NAM-Bell) hardware Desire Z

2.- I can also confirm that after permanent rooting, then I used a simple stock HTC RUU app to flash a Generic (Euro) software (aka “cross-flashing” or “debranding”)
What is “RUU” ?? –> scroll down to post 3 to learn a bit more about “flashing” (soon…)

3.- After efectively and easily cross-flashing (“debranding”) my American Desire Z with a stock RUU, I have tested my phone and I can confirm everything is working OK with the stock HTC Sense software on my American NAM-Bell Desire Z: my 3G internet is runing well, market is working a treat, all the original HTC Sense apps are there… EVERYTHING seems OK

4.- This also confirms that American and Euro/Asian firmwares (ROMs) are INTERCHANGEABLE

5.- On a sidenote, this also confirms that Euro and NAM radios are interchangeable !! (but that will be another thread and I am currently using the 1900MHz band only) You can find some neat basic info about radios on post 15 by user Lennyuk

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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CMW

Most Android owners know (or at least have heard of) ClockworkMod, which is basically a recovery system to play with system partitions on the OS. CWM allows you to make NANDROID backups, wipe different parts of the system (cache, Dalvik, etc), and even allow you to flash update.zip from your SD card. Based on yesterday’s success in rooting almost all of HTC’s newest handsets, XDA member stridger decided to try and make this recovery alternative work on his Desire Z. According to the dev, the process is a bit “hacky” right now and recommends to wait unless you are absolutely desperate to play with the system.

The thread contains very detailed step by step instructions and downloads, so if you are knowledgeable enough and feel like playing with this a bit, give it a go.

Hi all,

I have just managed to get clockwork recovery work on the Desire Z. It’s a bit hacky at the moment, and will probably get much easier in the due course. I am not going to post every little step that you can find out by googling, and please be aware that I am not responsible for any bricks etc. This is playing around with the phone internals, so be careful.

The reason it is this hacky is that we do not have an engineering bootloader for the Desire Z yet.

You can find more information in the mod thread.

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romreport

Many reviewers have been positive about the changes HTC made to its custom Android UI, HTC Sense. Especially the htcsense.com service, which offers many features to keep track of your lost or stolen phone, is well received. However, because HTC doesn’t update its older phones to have this new version of Sense – which is a bit odd in our opinion – you will have to buy either the Desire Z (Vision) or the Desire HD (Ace, we will be calling these devices by those names in this article). To solve this, some developers ported the ROM from one of those device to other phones. This means that you can enjoy all the goodies of the Sense HD on your own phone!

To make it easy for you, we’ve created a list which includes all Sense HD ROMs, sorted by device. We also added a short description of every ROM, so you can almost immediately see whether that ROM fits your needs! In future, you can expect more of these posts on the XDA portal, but more about that later. Keep in mind that all the ROMs listed below are running Froyo, and that they are all not completely stable, the camera and with some ROMs, Bluetooth won’t work. Please follow all instructions that are given by the developer strictly to prevent damage.


Motorola Milestone

MotoFroyoSense | Offers not only Sense HD, but also some nice features from MotoFrenzy. These features are basically hardware keyboard enhancements, such as shortcut keys. XDA member Dexter_nlb also included a special patch which overclocks the phone if wanted. Source: Ace. Visit thread.

T-Mobile G2

The developers are still trying to find out a way to port the Vision ROM to the T-Mobile G2. We thought it shouldn’t be that hard, considering the identical specifications of both phones, but it seems more difficult than first thought. We’ll keep you updated when it comes out though.

HTC HD2

Darkstone Beta 2 | Good reliable ROM for the HD2 containing all new features from the Ace (except for the camera, of course), credits to XDA member DarkStone1337Visit thread.

MdeejayFroyo HD | Ace port too, developed by XDA member m-deejay. To compare the Darkstone ROM to this one, it’s best to just try both out. Visit thread.

HTC Incredible

IncDoes | XDA member IncredibleDoes offers two flavours of his port: one is the Vision port, and the other is the Ace version. These are completely ported ROMs, so everything will be the same as the Vision/Ace.
Visit threads: VisionAce

SkyRaider Sense |
This is not a complete ROM port, but rather a hybrid of various UI elements from various phones. XDA member ihtfp69 implemented some parts of the Ace UI, for example the Skins feature and the application history in the notification area. Source: Ace. Visit the thread.

HTC EVO

The HTC EVO is known for its capability of 4G networking, but unfortunately, the Vision and Ace aren’t.

JT_ROM DesireZ EVO |
This ROM by XDA member jdeloach is based on the Incredible’s IncDoes ROM port, and thus offers the full Sense HD experience on your EVO. Source: Vision. Visit thread.

EchoHD | Complete port of the Ace, by echoside. Visit thread.

HTC Desire

RCMixHD | Considered to be a reliable ROM featuring complete Sense HD experience. XDA member Robocik frequently updates the ROM with new fixes and enhancements. He also included some nice videos to the thread, so you can see whether you like it or not. Source: Ace. Visit thread.
AuraxTSenseH | Based on the Ace port by ownhere, this ROM offers a great experience with many features, like an app which enables you to adjust the CPU frequency, a theme and many more. Created by XDA member NeoPhyTe.x360. Visit thread.

Google Nexus One

NXSenseHD | NXSenseZ | XDA member eViL D: has also released two versions of his Ace ROM, so both the Ace and the Vision ROMs can be run on your Nexus One.
Visit threads: Ace | Vision

These are all the ROMs on XDA containg Sense HD. Is your phone not listed? It is always possible that new builds appear for other devices too, so we recommend you check the development forum of your phone frequently.

XDA ROM Report is a weekly article about the very core of XDA: ROMs. If you have any suggestions of ideas for new articles, you can contact me or any other news writer. If you like this article, please let us know in the comment section below! Also, if there are any errors, or any mistakes in the content of this post, feel free to let us know.

HTC Desire Z

XDA member kholk has posted a guide to obtain partial root for the Desire Z (aka HTC Vision). While this will not allow you to flash any custom roms just yet (not that there are any available at the moment), it allows users and devs alike to start playing with the device in the way it was originally intended. This method was also tested on the G2 (which is the US counterpart of the Desire Z) and also proven to be working.

Now that partial root has been found, the full root and ability to flash custom roms in this brand new device seems a lot closer to our grasp.

HTC Vision // Desire Z Temporary Rooting

1. Download this package: MegaUpload
2. Copy the content of the package in a folder called “temproot” in your SDCard root.

3. Execute this script:

You can find more information in the tutorial thread.

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Desire Z ROM Ported to HD2

October 2, 2010   By:

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While the Desire HD ROM port was well received and is now available for many devices, XDA developer m-deejay presents us a port from the Desire Z ROM to the HTC HD2, hot from the oven.
Although many features are the same, the developer states that the ROM is much faster than the Desire HD ROM. Unlike the Desire HD ROM, this ROM also contains a working compass and call menu. One disadvantage of this version is that the camera isn’t working yet. Remember that this is version 1.0, so we expect even better versions coming soon.

Originally posted by m-deejay

Based on Official final ROM Desire Z (Vision) 1.22.405.1

News in 1.0:
First Release / Build
VERY FAST & STABLE! (faster than Desire HD ROM)
Lastest libs from gauner1986
Lastest haret.exe

Want to try it out? Continue on to the ROM thread.

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