December 8, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
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 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 delight. If that’s not enough, the recovery even detects and displays your local time. Those concerned about performance needn’t worry, as the developer assures us that speed is unhindered due to the asynchronous UI rendering and a low overhead. The feature list, according to the developer:
- includes all of the many features from 4EXT Recovery Classic, see 2nd post
- brand new user interface: “4EXT UI”
- touchscreen only!
- extreme theming capabilities!
- nearly ALL YOU SEE is changeable.
- “worker bar”: create your own custom animations, there are (nearly) no limits! Use any shapes/sizes/animations et.c.
- extra low cpu needed for that: absolutely no negative impact on backup/restore speed.
- async UI rendering for optimal performance for the “heavy tasks” like backup/restore
- based upon the extremely, rock solid version 4EXT Recovery Classic v2.2.7 RC5
- with little enhancements: “preserve theme” now works
- Detects your local time zone
- Displays your local time
- Correct time is used for backups you start from within recovery
- .. explore the new interface to see more
Looking to get in on the action? Just head over to the appropriate recovery threads to get started:
[Thanks to Whiskey103 for the heads up!]
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 have the appropriate hboot drivers installed, Android Flasher allows you to flash these previously difficult-to-flash areas in just a couple of clicks. The Windows-based app currently works on the following HTC phones: Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD, EVO 4g, EVO 3D, Desire S, Incredible S, Thunderbolt, and Sensation. In the words of the developer:
This application flashes the specific parts of your device, ie. Bootloader, Recovery, Splash screen, and Radio.
It has taken many hours and much extensive research and testing on multiple devices to make a straightforward, efficient and reliable program to offer you the freedom in device customisation you are otherwise denied.
The app allows you to quickly customise your device in a way that is simple and alot goes on behind the scenes to guarantee you don’t get caught with error messages.
The splash screen is the image before the boot animation, (by default the white HTC logo.) With this application you can change it in under a minute.
If you’re interested in giving this a shot on your own device, make your way to the application thread. You’ll finally be able to (easily) get rid of that annoying HTC splash screen once and for all.
Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device’s development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs listed with “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Check out our list! READ ON »
November 18, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Google’s Mobile Product Manager Hugo Barra recently stated that the company had no plans to update the Nexus One to Ice Cream Sandwich, citing that the handset was simply too old to run the newer operating system. Many users felt unnecessarily abandoned, believing that a former flagship device under 2 years old could hardly be considered “too old” for updates. Having used a Nexus One as my primary device for eight months, the news made my heart sink ever so slightly.
Ironically enough, the first ICS SDK-port for the Nexus One actually had already appeared four days earlier. However, as is the case with the majority of SDK-ports, the lack of hardware acceleration made things dreadfully sluggish. Instead, AOSP builds are indeed the Droids you’re looking for.
Four days ago, we broke news of the ICS Source Code release and predicted an imminent rush of AOSP builds. We are happy to announce that not only has XDA forum member dr1337 begun the Nexus One AOSP porting effort, but several other devices have joined the tide. Thanks to the hard work by XDA forum members dizgustipated, MongooseHelix, stritfajt, jaybob413, onecosmic, Chaosz-X, and zFr3eak; the Nexus S, Droid Eris, Hero, Hero CDMA, Galaxy S I9000, Desire, and Desire HD now have their first tastes of Google’s latest treat.
Without further ado, here are the links to get started on your own device:
While none of the releases have quite the level of polish required to be made daily drivers, their mere presence just days after the source code release speaks wonders of the amazing talent housed within our development community.
If there are any other AOSP builds that I have left out, please send me a PM through the forums, and I will promptly add them to the list!
September 15, 2011 By: orb3000
If you have an HTC Desire HD / Inspire 4G this may be of your liking. XDA member Euphorie made some versions of the App drawer/Rosie transparent. This mod will work on the Android Revolution 6.1.0 ROM and can be found in three different versions:
- 5×5 Appdrawer + 75% transparency background
- 5×5 App Drawer + 75% transparency background + no scroll stops
- 75% transparency background + no scroll stops
The developer is also open if you have any special background transparency percentage request.
Originally posted by Euphorie
since he_stheone64 posted some nice guides for Rosie and FInixNOver made some exciting mods. So i made some transparency versions of app drawer.
Files without transparency will be posted today or tomorrow by FInixNOver
5×5 Appdrawer + 75% transparency background.
5×5 AppDrawer + 75% transparency background + no scrollstops
75% transparency background + no scrollstops
Hope you enjoy it
Also if someone want some custom background/transparency % i can do it, just request.
Continue on to the original post.
September 14, 2011 By: orb3000
It seems HTC is very active this month as we have seen the announcements regarding several new Android devices such as the Bliss, the Sensation XE (Europe only for now), and Runnymede. Talking about the latter, we have interesting news.
Based on XDA Recognized Developer capychimp´s work, XDA member proxuser presents the first Runnymede Sense 3.5 Android 2.3.5 ROM for the HTC Desire S. This version of Sense 3.5 is different from what we have seen on ROMs based on the Bliss leak, which it was like a transition step into this new Sense.
This version is based on the WWE RUU 0.82.401.1 and just like with any first version, some bugs are expected. Sure we will see more devices with Runnymede ROM´s pop out on the following days.
Originally posted by proxuser
This rom is based on Runnymede WWE ruu
0.82.401.1 android 2.3.5
* Secure sms and block list, trashcan, enable in sms settings
* Keyboard slide in animation
* Crt added
* Added advance power menu
* User apps auto install written by rmk40 readded, known from kingdom
* 3D homescreen option added
* Initial release
Desire HD users have erader fc but we don’t have it. Looking bugfree for now. need testing..
creator of rom: capychimp
Continue on to the Desire S thread.
Continue on to the Desire HD / Inspire 4G ROM thread
Not too long ago, we covered the glorious effects of combining Android love with XDAddiction. That hardware modification was both glorious and extremely classy. However, what is one to do if (s)he prefers glossier finishes? After stripping paint and polishing metal, XDA forum member mynthix has found out!
Though the Chrome Desire HD has garnered a much more polarized response than the previously linked HD2 mod, this has sparked others in the the thread to follow suit and share images of their customized creations! One such forum member, xTremePower, shared his polishing technique:
for this, I used :
sand papers : P220 –> P600 —> P2500
after I used “Belgom Alu”
It’s designed specialy for polishing aluminium
I passed it 8 times for erase all scratches
Now it is a real mirror
Interested in hacking up your device and viewing people’s masterpieces? If so, be sure to venture forth to the original thread.
[Thanks to newly-appointed Senior Moderator M_T_M for the tip!]
September 2, 2011 By: orb3000
This has been a very busy week in terms of HTC news and to finish it, lucky owners of HTC Desire HD and Inspire can now enjoy the first custom ROM loaded with Sense 3.5. XDA Recognized Developer capychimp, responsible for bringing you the first ROM with fully working Sense 3.0, amazes us again with the latest installment of HTC’s famous Sense UI. This ROM is based on Bliss WWE RUU 1.10.401.0 Android 2.3.4.
This is the first release and some bugs are expected but as with other releases, you just need to give it some time for it to be fully functional. Please let the developer know about your experience with the ROM by leaving your feedback.
Originally posted by capychimp
This rom is based on Bliss WWE ruu
no chinese leak
1.10.401.0 android 2.3.4
Added advance power menu
user apps auto install written by rmk40 readded, known from kingdom
3D homescreen option added
camera acting up
bluetooth wont turn on
you tell me
Continue on to the ROM’s original thread.
Thanks to srikanth.naidu for the tip
Last minute entry:
Thanks to the tip of kartkk we let you know that Sense 3.5 ROM is also available for Desire S, yo can find information here
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We have seen the HTC Desire HD as the successor of the legendary HTC Leo, and now it is really following the steps taken by its predecessor. XDA member michyprima shows how to dual boot by a “simple” C-written executable which will start at your device boot waiting for you to make a choice of the desired ROM. In other words, Dual Boot lets you to have 2 Android installed ROM´s, one on NAND, and the other on your SD card. The developer mentions that if you intend to boot Sense ROM´s you must choose a Sense Kernel. No-Sense ROM´s will be able to boot with the Sense Kernel though, but will need a fix for the bluetooth, which will post some way to make this as easier as possible.
Lucky one with an HD/Inspire? Step in and give it a try, just leave your feedback please.
Originally posted by michyprima
[DEV] Dual booting on Desire HD
Welcome to the first dual boot menu for Desire HD
What it is, and what it does.
It is nothing more than a C-written executable which will start at your phone boot waiting for you to make a choice. When you choose, it will init the android you want. That lets you to have 2 android install, one on nand, one on sdcard, without booting through fastboot or switching boot.img
Wonderful. What I need to make it working?
Basically you need nothing more than a SD card and your desire HD.
You said I need an sd card. I need to prepare it somehow?
Yes, you do. You will need a tool which supports creating fat32 and ext4 partitions. There are a couple for windows (EASEUS). If you have linux, it is included in your distro for sure. Your partition table should look like this:
Continue to the Dev thread.
Thanks to udK_dev for the tip
When HTC released their 1.72.405.3 OTA update for the HTC Desire HD, it could not be rooted and many people got stuck with the stock ROM. Now, thanks to XDA member CuBz90 we have a downgrade method. After this process, you can use any root (+ S-OFF) method you want, your device will be just like any other Desire HD with older build version. Downgrading will completely reset your device to factory defaults, so remember to back up.
The whole process is delicate, so be sure to know what you are doing before proceeding.
Originally posted by CuBz90
Here is a guide to downgrade from 2.37 [100% Confirmed]
Special thanks to har0ld for guiding me through this
1. Create a Goldcard (I strongly recommend using the Goldcard Helper from the Android Market)
2. Download this ROM – Mirror
3. Put the PD98IMG.zip onto the root of your SDCard
4. Boot phone into Bootloader (hold volume down whilst power on), follow the steps and continue to update
June 26, 2011 By: orb3000
Without further introduction, we continue with the second part of this interview with XDA Recognized Developer capychimp; in case you missed it, part one can be found here.
orb3000: What were the main obstacles you found during the process of cooking the first Kingdom Sense 3.0 version?
capychimp: the main thing was the mic, no matter what I did I could not get non HTC apps to work, until some friendly user, who I sadly forgot the name of, gave me a hint on libaudio.so, rmk and I thought it was all ok using the one from kingdom cause of the hardware and so, but there was a slight change anyways and got fixed with changing the lib to one made for Desire HD, and then of course making things look good, but now we kinda got the hang of it .
orb3000: You are also well known for giving great (almost real time) support for members using your ROMs, how do you manage?
capychimp: well, I try to give the support I can, I get great tips and suggestions all the time, so only fair to share back, lucky I have a job where I can use a lot of time on xda if things are working at my job I actually do nothing (great job hehe) but sometimes I take a break on a day or two to kinda get head cleared, but it is a lot of work and time, and wife is not always happy about it.
orb3000: We know you are on version 1.7 or your Kingdom series, what are the bugs/fixes/problems yet to be solved on future versions?
capychimp: still some sizing issues, SRS is still an annoying thing, but we got it on a temp fix by music player from Desire HD Gb Sense 2.1.
orb3000: Do you think you are close to get a final version? If so, when we can expect it?
capychimp: I don’t think there ever would be a final version, well unless HTC release Sense 3 then it’s just to mod a stock ROM, many Chefs do that so question is if I would do it too, I mean anyone can mod a stock ROM and have a great ROM, theme it and be popular, but what’s the fun in that? The fun is porting something not meant to work on your device, so on Kingdom there would probably always be something, a lot of users on xda so always one who finds something, but I think once SRS, video playback switching between land and portrait fixed we are close on something like a final.
With this question we close the second part of this interview and we hope you are enjoying it so far. If so, please let us know what you would want us to ask on the third and last part.
June 22, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Are you a Desire HD owner who’s grown tired of the bright colors of the stock power down animation? If so, XDA forum member tigcf has created just the modification for you. While the htc logo has been retained, the bright splash screen has been replaced with black in this release.
In the words of the developer:
I’ve made a dark downanimation.zip to replace the stock one from HTC. It’s like the original one, but on dark background, to go with the dark splash screen and bootanimation that’s floating around in the ARHD rom thread. Tested in my Desire HD (480×800). Don’t know if someone else had already made this, but I couldn’t find any…
Open root explorer and paste the downanimation.zip to /system/customize/resource. Then define permissions to rw-r–r–.
Feel free to use it and comment on it! If someone knows how to make things like this flashable and wants to do so, please do!
This surely sounds appetizing to all of the DHD owners out there, so be sure to continue on to the modification thread to get your fix.
June 18, 2011 By: orb3000
If you have an HTC Desire HD or Inspire 4G, surely you are aware of the great ROMs made by XDA Recognized Developer capychimp. He was one of the first Chefs presenting a Kingdom based ROM with Sense 3.0 fully working. We wanted to know a bit more on how capy made this possible, so please join us on this interview and feel free to send us any specific question you’d want us to add to the interview.
orb3000: Many thanks for your time on the interview. How did you get started with cooking?
capychimp: Well I bought a HTC Magic phone back in days, because I heard you could put the sense software from hero on it, so why pay more when you could “upgrade” so that made me google how to, which lead me to the unlock for rooting it, and then how to find a ROM, which linked to XDA. At first I was just a big noob at flashing ROM´s, but with time I got tired of all the apps put in from the chefs, so I decided to learn how to sign a ROM, so I could remove apps and add what I wanted. So, I grabbed the best ROM for the phone and started that, but with time it was not enough, so little by little searching XDA, yes I actually searched the forum, I learned more and more (should be a hint that the search can take you far).
orb3000: Did you have ROM´s for other devices?
capychimp: I made ROM´s for HTC Magic only, but wanted a new phone. So, now I cook for the DHD and also got a working ROM on the Sensation too (just tested by a nice guy) but in HTC Magic I teamed up with robocik, who went on Hero, so we worked close and could port most things to both Magic and Hero as they are close. This allowed bug tracking and fixes for each other. Hence, the name RCmix R for robocik and C for capychimp and mix, cause we port as our strong feature.
orb3000: Regarding your Kingdom series ROM´s for DHD and Inspire. How did you start on this?
capychimp: Kingdom started of course because it was Sense 3, but took some time until diamondking started hex editing which got me going in it too, and the RMK from G2 and I teamed up on a joint release for our devices and sharing info, the Rosie and lock screen got edited in the m10 tools by Diamondback and Flemmard, and with time improved in the layouts and values, but the real kickoff was after trying the first pyramid, more guys got their eyes opened and that gave some help on it, so what started it was a Dev forum wanting to work together.
Here we close the first part of the interview. Let us know if you have questions for capy.