September 13, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
In the last few days, we’ve talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue.
The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816 owners have a proper reason for celebration, as XDA Recognized Developer Grarak and XDA Senior Member v_superuser laid the cornerstone for the future development for this device by releasing a CyanogenMod 11. This port is still in quite an early stage and some things simply don’t work. However with a bit of a luck, everything should be fixed in the not so distant future.
There is more of good news for Desire 816 users. The device has been given an official TWRP support. This means that the latest version of the recovery is available to download and should work without issues. Grarak also created a first custom kernel that will enhance the Sense experience.
As you can see, many good things have been happening lately in the Desire 816 community. If you are an owner of this phablet, feel free to visit the CyanogenMod development thread to get some taste of source-built sweets for your device.
June 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
At this year’s MWC, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC released a couple of new devices. The best known is undoubtedly the HTC One M8 (2014), but this flagship wasn’t the only smartphone that was revealed. There was also a much more affordable giant, the HTC Desire 816.
Packing a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and HTC Sense on board, it has become a popular and affordable choice for many XDA members. But despite its popularity, one thing was missing: root access. But now thanks to an easy guide by XDA Senior Member v_superuser, Desire 816 users can easily root their devices and install a custom recovery. The method described in the thread uses a CWM recovery port by XDA Senior Member kinghunki, which allows for the rooting process to take place, and good old SuperSU. The phone also needs to be unlocked using the HTCDev.
If you are a HTC Desire 816 owner, you can head over to the guide thread to get in on the rooting action.