Say what you wish about HTC and their recent shenanigans, but despite their recently announced and frankly staggering drop in profits, they still make devices that many people cannot wait to get their hands on. They usually follow this up by releasing another version with a random letter placed at the end of its name. Jokes aside, their latest flagship Windows Phone device, the HTC 8X, was no exception and proved to be a hit with WP users.
One of the biggest bugbears that power users have with the Windows Phone platform is the lack of custom firmwares for many devices. Some are effectively stuck on whichever carrier branded ROM the phone is shipped with. Thankfully for 8X users though, XDA Elite Recognized Developer xboxmod has devised a way to unbrand the device and install an unmodified stock HTC firmware. The process is applicable to all PM232***/c620e devices with a bootloader of version 162966 or below. This method bypasses the CID check and can also fix a bad flash or bootloop, so it may be handy to know even if you have no intention of unbranding.
You’ll need a few things before you start, namely a Y cable, SD card or flash drive, and the appropriate .nbh files provided in the guide thread. After that, it’s essentially a case of flashing the right thing in the right order. Once complete, you should have a fresh ROM free of any carrier enforced bloatware.
Check out the forum thread for more information.
Not too long ago, we witnessed the surfacing of the first WP7.8 leaks on XDA. As a result, virtually every WP7 device featured here that could be flashed with a custom ROM (due to being fully unlocked, HSPL’d, etc) enjoyed a slew of new ROMs. Many devs have not been swayed away at the thought of WP7′s impending demise, and have stayed behind trying to make the best out of the very capable HW used for WP7 phones. Since we are getting very close to WP8′s actual release, we cannot help but wonder: Will our current devices be able to unofficially enjoy this new OS, or will we have to “bite the bullet” and go along with Microsoft’s wishes for you to buy new hardware to enjoy the new OS?
There are many possible angles to attack these questions, but historically, the only limit to the imagination of our developers has been ridiculous differences in hardware requirements. And even still, some oldies are still fighting the good fight. For those devices that are not meant to die just yet and want to try the new OS, XDA Recognized Contributor Football leaked the brand new HTC 8X RUU. The system, of course, is far from being a useful ROM to flash on any device not meant for this. However, once a few devs get their hands on this software, this may very well change.
Please make sure that, unless you absolutely know what you are doing, you do not try to flash this on your current device or else you run the likely risk of killing your phone. Other than that, for those of you who stayed behind with your unlocked WP7 devices, your patience has just paid off!
Here available RUU for HTC Accord aka 8X
You can find more information in the original thread.
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