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 latest hboot version so that they can attain s-off without all the hassle of the website.
The tools required are easy to obtain and include:
2.misc_version (download attachments below)
3.OLDEST RUU for your “REGION/ BRAND”.. i repeat, specific region to avoid customer ID error.
4. adb (you know how it works)
5. phone in USB debugging mode.
The process is a tad complicated and requires using ADB, so be sure that if you give this tutorial a shot that you carefully read the instructions and follow them. Once everything is flashed properly, then it’s just a matter of running over to revolutionary.io and using the tried and true s-off method.
For those carrying the HTC Desire S and want some s-off goodness, check out the original thread for downloads, full instructions and all your s-off needs. Once you’re rooted and s-off, don’t forget to make that backup before you go flashing anything.
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 expected). Typically, a device using this patch will lock onto 7 – 9 satellites. Users have reported up to 11 satellites being locked at once. Without this patch, the average satellite count is 4.
Well, now users who own a HTC Desire S join the already impressive list of supported devices who can utilize this patch. With three ways to install the device, including ClockworkMod, ADB Push and just copy/paste the files into the correct directories, users of all knowledge bases will be able to find the way that suits them best.
Additionally, scripted’s original thread contains pro tips for getting your GPS to work better and an FAQ that has virtually every possible reason why your GPS isn’t functioning from the case getting in the way of signal to a rare bug that prevents usage entirely.
While there’s a list of supported devices, scripted says:
you can use any build with any phone. You may have good luck with specific builds that do not fit your phone or carrier criteria. If you’re curious, test it and see.
So for anyone who’s interested, check out the thread linked above.
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:
Odex or Deodex (we personally like Odex better)
Fully Optimized and tweaked
Zipalign on boot
Defrag DB’s on boot
Native screen capture
Beats audio, Dolby, SRS, and EQ in music player
HTC Quicklaunch widget from bliss also added
Unlocked more settings in Browser
All Gapps and market apps updated to newest versions
All other stock sense 3.5 goodies included
For a full list of tweaks, changelogs and all the shout outs, you can check out the original thread found right here .
Some early reports indicate that there’s still a few bugs to work out and aamikam is quoted as saying
Ok guys, remember this is the first release and has not been tested on all the devices yet so please post feedback, Thanks
So if you happen to flash this beautiful piece of work and find something, it’s been asked that it gets reported so it can be fixed.
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.
November 22, 2011 By: Sam Caplat
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 www.htcdev.com to download your required resources.
September 30, 2011 By: egzthunder1
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 UK. The update has been confirmed by quite a few blogs and on top of that, the OP has provided screen shots that clearly show the device running Sense 3.0 with Android 2.3.5. Quite a few people are still waiting for the OTA to roll in, but it looks like this unannounced, much needed update is the real deal.
The question now becomes, which phone will be next? Please share your experiences with other Desire S owners if you happened to receive this little gift.
Just got up and noticed there is an update showing on my Desire S, downloaded it and it adds Sense 3.0, software version is now 2.10.401.4 and Android version 2.3.5.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Thanks shrome99 for the tip!
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
XDA member aoprea informed us about Microsoft’s new acquisition: Skype. The latest version is now ready for download, supporting video calls. Unfortunately, not all devices are supported. In fact, only a few will be capable of using this:
Google Nexus S
HTC Desire S
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
The latest version also features a major UI overhaul and SMS support.
We wonder why it´s only supported on a few devices, having great phones with front facing cameras. If you are one of the lucky owners of any of these devices, you can get the app on the market or directly in the Skype page.
Let us know your comments please, perhaps we can make Skype re consider and include some more.
Originally posted by aoprea
Skype 2.0 video released
The number of devices suported is very limited:
* Google Nexus S
* HTC Desire S
* Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
* Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
Strange decision for skype with only this devices suported ….
Continue to the discussion thread.
June 10, 2011 By: egzthunder1
It is amazing how HTC has been able to turn the page on what it could have meant an absolute PR disaster as well as a sharp drop in sales. Listening to customer complains, HTC decided that it would no longer lock the bootloaders for the upcoming devices HTC Sensation, Kingdom, and so on. However, it seems that HTC’s involvement with the community and the people who buy their stuff is far from over. Apparently, they quite enjoyed the overwhelming positive response to consumer requests and they have decided to start listening a bit more. XDA member GODZSON was participating in a Facebook conversation between a few people and HTC, and someone requested, or rather asked, if there was a possibility of getting the newest version of Sense (3.0) in older devices like the Desire S (if you can call this device “old”). Well, here is HTC’s official statement on this matter:
“There are aspects of the latest HTC Sense that won’t work on some of our previous devices. We are working to incorporate other aspects that will”
I guess HTC should look into our beloved little site a bit more often. They are right in the sense that certain aspects of the UI will not work on many models. Most of these are related to hardware differences between them. For instance, when the Kingdom port was opened up and the Sense 3.0 framework and widgets were analyzed, it was found that many of these had 3D elements, which of course would not be compatible with a device running a non-3D screen or carrying a 3D camera. Also, graphic drivers are a problem (in fact, the biggest problem according to some of our devs). But other than that, Sense 3.0 has been ported to multiple devices including the EVO 4G, Desire HD, and a couple of others. And truth be told, they are working amazingly well, minus a few glitches of course. Everything else has already been tackled for them. All widgets have been re-sized to fit snugly and well in a WVGA device screen (keep in mind that these were designed for a qHD screen, which has a higher resolution), so that part is done. The infamous weather app is almost completely ported in the Kingdom ports as well as others. Personally, I am running a GB rom (Synergy by XDA members XxXViRuSXxX, myn, and a few others) on my EVO which is running a Sense 2.1 base rom with about 80% of the elements from Sense 3.0, and weather works better in my EVO than it does on the HTC Flyer, which actually is running Sense 2.1 for tablets, which happens to be almost identical to Sense 3.0. Did I mention that this rom is in pre-beta? Maybe, HTC should look in here if they need help.
So, is this the sign of a new beginning for HTC? Does this mean that they will start supporting their devices for longer than 6 months before scraping it for newer models? How far back do you think their support will go to? Please share your thoughts with us.
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Thanks GODZSON for the tip!
February 18, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Looks like HTC opened up the flood gates this past week at MWC (Mobile World Congress). They have introduced their upcoming line up, which explains why their performance was not as strong at CES. In any case, since we haven’t really had a whole lot coming from HTC lately (aside from the Inspire and the Thunderbolt), we felt that it was in the best interest of our community to try and get us moving with the current. All of these devices are running Android, but the biggest surprise from this line up is HTC’s entrance into the Tablet wars. Although, to be fair the HTC was here first with other “large devices” such as the HTC Shift, which even though was considered an UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC), still was close to and resembled the Tablet concept.
If you have any information, dumps, or anything that may help speed up development for any of these, please do not hesitate to share with the rest of the community.
You can visit Wildfire’s Home forum here.
You can visit Desire S’s Home forum here.
You can visit Incredible S’s Home forum here.
You can visit Flyer’s Home forum here.
You can visit ChaCha’s Home forum here.
You can visit Salsa’s Home forum here.