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Former Writer · Jan 12, 2013

All-in-One Toolkits for the HTC Explorer, Desire V, and Desire S

There are quite a few excellent toolkits for HTC devices that we have covered in recent memory. They can be very useful tools by helping lower the cost of entry for users trying to safely and easily root their devices, install recoveries, and unlock bootloaders. Now, there are new toolkits for the HTC Explorer, HTC Desire V, and the HTC Desire S. XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, who has developed a large number of toolkits for HTC devices, has added the Explorer,...

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David Watt · Oct 25, 2012

PACman ROM Ported to HTC Desire S and Desire HD

We've recently posted a number of articles about a hybrid ROM known as PACman ROM. Originating on the Xperia Ray, it was later ported to the Samsung Galaxy Ace and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. PACrom is now making it's way across a number of other devices on XDA. PACman merges some of the best features from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod into one uber-featured ROM. The latest devices to receive a PACman port are the HTC Desire S and the old favorite, the HTC Desire...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Sep 18, 2012

HTC Lockscreen Shortcut Provider Removes the Rosie, Keeps the Lock Screen

HTC Sense has always been bittersweet. On one hand, it offers a lot of functionality, it looks beautiful, and the Sense Clock is an iconic symbol of the HTC brand. On the other hand, some consider it to be buggy and bloated. Even though Sense 4 was an attempt to scale back the bloat and streamline HTC experience, they are still a few good updates away from making that actually happen. One thing many ROM devs and users like to...

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David Watt · Aug 13, 2012

Extra Helpings of Jelly Bean Goodness for HTC Desire S

With all the recent Jelly Bean development taking place across various device forums on XDA, owners of some of the aging devices may be starting to feel left out. Owners of the HTC Desire S need not worry about this. Over the last week or two, a plethora of Jelly Bean based ROMs have been developed for the device. First up, XDA Senior Member blindndumb brings us a Paranoid Android port. The unique hybrid ROM has been making it's way across the forums...

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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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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Former Writer · May 26, 2012

First Custom 4.0.4 ROM Released for the Desire S

There's nothing quite like getting a new version of Android for a device. Of course, that means that developers go back to the drawing board with a new base to work with to re-release their ROMs on the new version of Android. This would be the case for HTC Desire S, which now has a firs taste of the latest version of ICS. XDA Recognized Developer mdeejay, along with the Virtuous Dev Team, has released VirtuousSaga, first custom ROM with Android...

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FallenWriter · May 23, 2012

HTC ICS Update Schedule Released

One of the most common questions here at XDA over the past several months has been, "When will my HTC device receive Ice Cream Sandwich?" Now, thanks to a tip from XDA Senior Member neoofoox we have our answer. Although we previously mentioned the devices confirmed to get ICS from HTC's blog back in March, it was only recently that HTC finally confirmed their timeline for this year's releases. According to HTC: What is the overall timeline of Android 4.0 updates?...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 13, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This Week in Development, new comer Jordan covers all the exciting stories you need to know from the XDA-Developers forum. In addition to Android's possibly inadvertent fail, he covers ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X, and HTC One V ROMs being ported to the Desire S and Desire HD. Jordan mentions the addition of a forum for the HTC One V. Additionally, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's CASUAL and Shelr articles are discussed. The strangely addictive Crazy Birds game and an Android VNC are...

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Former Writer · Apr 8, 2012

HTC One V ROM Ported to the Desire S and Desire HD

With the release of new Android devices, it is inevitable for their software to get ported to other devices from the same OEM. We've brought you some of this recently with the Xperia S UI being ported to various older Xperia devices. With every new generation coming out, it's going to end up on an older generation device, one way or another. For the HTC Desire S, that time is now. XDA Senior Member proxuser has ported over a ROM...

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ElCondor · Mar 17, 2012

HTC One V ROM Ported to Desire HD and Desire S

The HTC One V's similarities to its older brother, the Desire S, make  it ideal for developers to port ROMs between the devices. XDA Forum Member proxuser has come up with an Android 4.0.3 ROM sporting HTC Sense 4.0 for the Desire S and also the Desire HD. One would assume that this ROM could be much heavier and less stable than stock because it is built for a more powerful device, but the developer assures us that this is simply not the...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 14, 2012

HTC Details its Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plan

The billion dollar question right now in the Android world is whether or not your device will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As they so humorously put it: Few innovations have improved upon ice cream as much putting it between two cookies and making a sandwich. Which is why we all want Ice Cream Sandwich! Ok, that’s not the real reason, but we’re all excited about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to HTC. While there is constant speculation...

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Former Writer · Feb 9, 2012

Downgrade Desire S Without Using HTCdev.com

The well known website www.htcdev.com is slowly becoming the go to website for HTC users who want to unlock their bootloaders and get s-off on their bootloaders. However, sometimes there are easier ways for people who don't want to register their device with HTCdev and want to have the option to retain their warranty. It is with this in mind that XDA Member shadi22 has posted a method that allows users carrying the HTC Desire S to downgrade from the...

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Former Writer · Jan 14, 2012

Popular AGPS Patch Now Available on HTC Desire S

For those who are unfamiliar with AGPS Patch, XDA Senior Member crypted gives a brief explanation: This patch was created to provide quick GPS locking across North America. But, it has been ported into a worldwide solution for multiple devices. Using a general ROM without this has resulted in 10+ minutes of GPS delay. Also, GPS lock kept being lost. By using this patch, most people experience a GPS lock within 10 seconds (2 - 20 seconds range can be...

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Former Writer · Dec 24, 2011

HTC Desire S Gets A HTC Runnymede Port

Tis the season to be awesome and with that in mind, XDA Recognized Developer/development super stud aamikam has released a fully functional HTC Runnymede port for the HTC Desire S just in time for some Christmas flashing. The change log on the ROM is extensive (read:ridiculously long), but here's some of the highlights for you Desire S owners: Ext 4 OC Odex or Deodex (we personally like Odex better) Fully Optimized and tweaked Zipalign on boot Defrag DB's on boot...

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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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Sam Caplat · Nov 22, 2011

HTC Posts Kernel Source Code for Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S

I wrote an article two days ago slating HTCdev and their tardiness in GPL compliance. I was harsh and unforgiving, and quite right too. We’re not here to play devil's advocate or apologise on their behalf. The article listed phones the kernel source code hadn’t been published for. Some devices remain unpublished, but a small collection have been published today, including the Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S. Well done, HTC, hopefully we'll see full GPL compliance soon. Please visit...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 30, 2011

Official OTA Update For Desire S… With Sense 3.0!!

Remember how Google announced during the I/O conference that devices would have a support life (meaning updates) up to 18 months of their release date? Well, it seems that HTC is being true to Google's words. There was a statement a while back that said that the Desire S would not have support for Sense 3.0. Well, guess what just rolled into XDA member andy1120's phone as an OTA update? It seems that the lucky owners are in Orange in the...

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