It has been quite some time since we last brought you a downgrade-in-order-to-root guide. As many devices aren’t always easily unlocked after an update, this being especially true for HTC phones obtaining S-Off, reverting to an older firmware version is sometimes the only way users will ever get their phones unlocked again. This is the case for the Droid Incredible 2 and S-Off.
The downgrade tutorial was written by XDA Senior Member dets34, and it is a long one. First, users verify that they have all the correct software. Then, users run through the tutorial itself, detailing how to safely downgrading the firmware. Lastly, the classic S-Off tool Revolutionary makes an appearance, and it is used to obtain S-Off.
This is a very well laid out tutorial, and dats34 even includes helpful tips, tricks, and troubleshooting to help those who get stuck. Given that downgrading can potentially be dangerous, it is highly recommended that users observe caution and read the instructions carefully before getting started.
For the full tutorial, head over to the original thread.
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 as to which devices will be added to the ICS list, not very many firm answers are to be found. Luckily, HTC has just released a public statement as to which devices are slated to receive Google’s latest tasty treat.
Timing is the next important question. HTC has spoken up on this issue as well, stating that the updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE would begin in the coming weeks, with the Sensation 4G andSensation following thereafter. However, the schedule still remains unclear for the other devices slated to receive the OS update.
As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.
While many of us are still irked at the fact that HTC’s first generation Snapdragon devices such as the original HTC Incredible and the legendary Evo 4G are not on the update list, their omission is understandable given that not even the HTC-built Google Nexus One is receiving ICS in official capacity. However, the fact that these devices will be receiving Sense 3.6 rather than Sense 4 is a bit of a bigger blow. However, you can bet that our developer community will have that covered, as they have already begun to do so.
Source: HTC Blog
[Thanks to all who sent in the tip!]
Verizon subscribers will rejoice on the fact that the awaited Droid Incredible 2 is almost here. Acclaim by many as one of HTC’s best devices to ever hit the big red, the DInc 2 has made its way into the world of XDA. And considering the popularity of its older brother, wew expect that there will likely be lots and lots of good stuff going for it. Some of the main specs include a larger screen, sitting at a large 4 inches, an 8 megapixel camera with HD capabilities, and much more.
Also, the Droid Charge seems to have made its way over here. This new 4.3 inch beast by Samsung seems to be something to be reckoned with. This is Verizon’s second 4G LTE enabled device and the specs are nothing short of impressive with an 8 MP camera with LED flash (thank you Samsung for realizing that phones need flash for cameras to work in conditions other than bright daylight), 720p recording, a beefy 1 GHz processor, and more. According to some early adopters and online blogs that have had a chance to test it, the battery seems to die much quicker than expected (much like the Thunderbolt), but once tweaks start coming in, that is bound to increase.
Do you have one yet? If so, please share your comments and findings with the rest of the community.
You can visit the DInc 2 home on XDA here.
You can visit the Charge’s home on XDA here.