May 9, 2012 By: pstevep
With Ice Cream Sandwich quickly spreading across Android devices like wildfire right now, new drivers for the Adreno 220 GPU found in the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 have surfaced. These drivers can potentially lead to improved 2D UI rendering performance in ICS and, of course, increased benchmark scores.
XDA Senior Member gjcamp has produced recovery-flashable update.zip files that work across multiple devices with this hardware. Every phone running the Adreno 220 from the HTC Evo 3D to a couple variants of the Samsung Galaxy S2 may be able to benefit from these drivers, and there are currently seven different devices for which gjcamp has created threads. In his words:
…I have seen dramatically improved result on my Quadrant 3D scores with “Force 2D GPU rendering” UNCHECKED in the Setting->Develop Options Menu of this ICS Release. With this option checked I have seen improvements on both 2D and 3D. Although results are slightly degraded for 3D from post update the 2D results have doubled in value.
I can confirm this myself on my own Evo 3D that Quadrant scores were improved with these new drivers. Similarly, the 2D UI rendering does seem to be smoother, but this is always hard to measure objectively. As anyone who flashes bleeding edge tech to their phone knows, there could be side effects.
You can get started by visiting the threads in their respective sections listed below:
Even if your device isn’t explicitly, the drivers may potentially work on your device, provided that you’re running an Adreno 220 GPU and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, if your phone’s not on the list, be extra careful and be sure to have a working backup to revert to.
Not long ago we brought you great news of the EVO 3D receiving its first taste of ICS through a leaked firmware. Not even 24 hours after the leak, there were already a few developers making releases and repackaging the RUU as a flashable firmware update. It was rather comforting to see HTC showing their flagship phone from last year some love, and users were pretty happy as well. However, not everything is sunshine and kittens with the ICS leak, and now users are finding themselves in quite a pickle.
It was first documented in a question thread that many users looking to roll back to Gingerbread in order to regain some functionality. Apparently, many users suffered from decreased signal and had difficulty in maintaining a 3G connection, instead having to suffer through the dreaded 1X icon. That, along with reports of loss of VPN functionality, prompted some users to look to revert to Gingerbread until a more stable release emerges. If only it were that easy.
XDA Senior Member yousefak has posted a warning that states that, currently, there is no way to get back to Gingerbread from the ICS update, and that is a really big problem. As it turns out, the leak was for the Virgin Mobile version of the HTC EVO 3D and wasn’t really intended for the Sprint version or any other version for that matter.
The warning states the full list of issues, referring to the big ones specifically and the less important ones as other bugs, along with the reason users can’t just switch back and updates on the progress being made to fix this situation. As of right now, XDA Recognized Developer Chad.Goodman is working on a fix, but reports state that it’s not going well so for anyone on the ICS firmware, so users who tried out the leaked frmware may be stuck for a while. Yes, it’s HBoot 1.50 S-On all over again. Worry not, though, as there are several people working on getting it fixed.
For updates on the fix, more information, users should check out the official thread. For those who haven’t flashed the ICS update yet, it is highly recommended that you either do not flash it until a fix is found or only flash it if you’re aware of, and okay with, what it’ll do to your device.
With the recent and successful launch of the HTC One line, HTC has been due for something equally large on the software front for a bit now, and the ICS leak for the HTC EVO 3D suggests that the device should be getting an official release relatively soon. Hopefully, anyway.
The leaked ROM shows that HTC may still have some interest in their former flagship phone for Sprint, although given the difficulties in rolling out large updates, it is possible that we won’t see an official release until after the launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. XDA Recognized Developer dastin1015 has posted the RUU up for users to check out and, more importantly, for developers to get their hands on it to bring even more ICS goodness to the EVO 3D.
For users attempting to flash, approach with extreme caution as it’s been pointed out by XDA Recognized Developer kittykat858 that the mount points are wrong. Luckily, that’s currently being worked out, so it’ll be available to everyone soon. Additionally, there is already some custom ROMs being made based on the RUU for both the GSM and CDMA versions of the EVO 3D. So if you’re not confident in flashing the RUU just yet, there are some custom ROM alternatives.
April 27, 2012 By: egzthunder1
You may recall that not too long ago, we wrote an article about the first ever port of the HTC Endeavor (One S) for the EVO 3D, brought to you courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer TMartin. Well, as it turns out due to some time constraints on his end, the dev could not update the ROM as much as needed and thus, it never really took off from the pre-alpha state. That was until now because thanks to the generous donation of an EVO 3D, XDA Recognized Developer newtoroot has been brought into the game to help TMartin with the port.
In case you are not familiar, the HTC One S is one of the latest devices released by HTC, a variant of the One X, which comes loaded with ICS 4.0.3 as well as the all new Sense 4.0 interface. The appeal of this project is really a two-fold ambition: A. Sense 4 will not be coming to the EVO 3D anytime soon (the official update to ICS is rumored to come with Sense 3.6); and B. because porting stuff is fun and some people claim that it cannot be done. All in all, we do it simply to break limits.
In any case, newtoroot just released a brand new ROM in beta stage taking on TMartin’s work. The dev has been able to get the ROM working in such a way that it literally jumped from Pre-Alpha to Beta in a matter of days. Some of the things he fixed were:
Having said that, this ROM is still in beta and as such, many could consider it a non daily driver. The ROM has no Bluetooth or working cameras. And on top of that, transition animations must be turned off since the kernel being used right now does not play well with these animations, and causes continuous freezing of the screen. Last thing are actually the device’s sensors, which seem to be somewhat laggy, particularly the accelerometer. The latter actually causes some freezes due to the device trying to go to the mode being requested (landscape or portrait). Due to HTC still not having released the new ICS kernel for the EVO 3D, the correct drivers for the device are not yet available, but are being worked on. So, there is hope that we will see a more complete ROM very soon.
Please leave any thoughts or comments on the thread and if you happen to come across a bug that is not reported, please leave the feedback clearly in the thread so that it can be reviewed by the dev.
Ok this is something i threw together for you guys to hold you off while tmartin and myself work on a really solid rom… I want to say Thanks to tmartin and the user who donated the device i cant remember his name at the moment but ill add him in the OP later… without them this would not be possible for you guys so show them some love….
You can find more information in the original thread.
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While it is still impossible (legally, anyhow) for users to transfer CDMA devices from one big provider to another (e.g. Sprint to Verizon), it is quite possible to switch from a big CDMA service provider to a smaller one. With tutorials on how to flash various CDMA devices to smaller carriers such as Boost or Virgin Mobile, users with CDMA devices may very well have more freedom than they initially assumed. For instance, owners of any of the HTC EVO devices, including the HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Shift 4G and the HTC EVO 4G can now flash their phones to a service provider named Page Plus.
XDA Senior Member Nevell has written a universal tutorial for all three devices that will get them off of Sprint’s network and onto Page Plus’ network with a little patience and a few modified files. The process is pretty long and will definitely take some time for first time users. The list of required software is pretty decent as well, including:
CDMA WorkShop (Paid or Demo) http://www.cdma-ware.com/workshop/demo/cdma_workshop.rar
Page Plus PRL’s (See below)
APN Backup and Restore
Page Plus APN’s
Of course, you’ll need to be rooted in order to get the MSL and the HTC Drivers, including the Diagnostic Drivers to make it work as well. Next, there are many of small tasks, from obtaining the MSL to changing the APN. All in all, not a difficult process, but users attempting to do it should be very careful to follow all instructions to the letter to avoid messing anything up.
More information, the download link for the Page Plus files required for flashing, and the full instructions can be found in the original thread.
It seems that HTC has created quite a bit of hype recently with their release of the HTC One series and the recently introduced EVO 4G LTE (an One variant for Sprint). Despite there being some ports with functioning Sense 4 frameworks, the simplistic and cleaner look of Sense 4 is, at this point, just a long term objective for Sensation and EVO 3D owners. Much like it has been historically on XDA-Developers, the road to Sense ports is always long, but there are people who will jump to the occasion of trying to come up with “fixes” for the cravings of the masses.
XDA Forum Member Will972 has recently released a clone of the Sense 4 clock and lockscreen only available for the EVO 3D, and for certain ROMs so be careful as to which ROM you apply this. The clock is very well done, and it will provide your home screen with that Sense 4 look that most people are after.
Please leave some feedback for the dev and make sure that you have the appropriate ROM to install this on.
NOTE BEFORE FLASHING : This patch is available only for SHOOTER BEATS …
cause my Rosie is include in this patch..If u wanna add those thing ( if ur not on Shooter beats rom) :
-Donwload the patch
-Extract idelcreen_base and sense 4.0_clock
-Push it on system/app with root explorer
-Reboot and done
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Touch-based recoveries have been appearing all over the place over the last few months, but there have been some phones left out of the loop. For some devices, it’s because the test recoveries are in beta and aren’t bug free enough yet for the average user, and for others, there’s hardly any work being done at all. One day, we’ll all have touch-based recoveries because let’s face it, they’re just better when they work. Well, for the owners of the GSM HTC EVO 3D, your wait for touch recovery is now over. XDA Recognized Developer nickiberli brings us Ext4 UI with a fun user interface and a plethora of other features.
The interface looks really cool. And based on the extremely long feature list, it also packs quite the punch. Features range from having all the perks of the old non-touch Ext4 Recovery to some unique features like the ability to take screenshots—which is a fantastic way to report problems during flashing—and even to small things like auto-excluding /cache and /dalvik from backups to save space and calculating how much space would be required to make a backup. This recovery is shaping up to be one of the best options for the GSM EVO 3D. As if functionality weren’t great enough, you can also theme it. Joy!
Supported features include:
- brand new user interface: “4EXT UI”
- touchscreen only
- extremely fast
- much more useful features than the already feature-packed 4EXT Recovery Classic v2.2.7 RC5 (see 2nd post)
- optionally save space by configuring recovery to exclude /cache from backups
- you can configure recovery to save even more space by excluding dalvik-cache from backups
- calculates real space needed to complete a backup to save you from troubles
- detects your local time zone
- -> correct time is used for backups you start from within recovery
- allows you to change md5sum check behaviour
- displays and updates your current battery level in real time
- scrollable texthistory (drag down the statusbar)
- built-in interactivity (yes/no questions) for updater-scripts
- built-in screenshot functionality
- extensive 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
- backups even faster than with usual recoveries.
- .. explore the new interface to see more
- includes all features of 4EXT Recovery Classic
For additional information,screen shots, download links and more, check out the recovery thread.
The HTC EVO 3D development scene has been on fire since the release of the 1.5 HBoot downgrade method and the Live CD to make the process easier. With AOSP releases on the horizon and mods aplenty being released, it’s almost like the first few months of it having S-Off all over again. XDA Senior Member thesparky007 has taken the best of the newer generation of modifications and wrapped them up in a single, easy to flash update.zip for everyone.
The mod includes a number of fun little features that add not only functionality, but also bring a number of widely called for user preferences, including the recently released removal of the carousel animation. Additionally, the mod has scrolling wallpapers and features a 4×5 Rosie to make better use of the EVO 3D’s tall screen shape. Thus far, the response from users has been very positive and no one has experienced any issues in the thread. As usual, though, it’s always a good idea to have a Nandroid backup handy for those unplanned mess ups.
For additional information, check out the modification thread for download links, some thread discussion, and the list of users who helped make this all possible.
Not too long ago, we brought you coverage of the HTC EVO 3D HBoot downgrade, which allowed users to finally rid themselves of HBoot 1.5 and achieve true s-off status. And as expected, it’s taken off like wildfire. Since then, users and developers alike have breathed new life into the HTC EVO 3D forums, as now users can do whatever they want to their phones.
However, there are still some out there who just aren’t as comfortable as they’d like, and haven’t gone through with the somewhat difficult procedure. While the concept of overly simplified tools is a hot topic here, there are some who believe that simplified tools are useful and even preferred over longer, potentially riskier solutions. To that end, XDA Forum Member closeone has created a tool that will the less facile go trough the process with minimal difficulty. It’s a bootable live CD that automates as much of the process as possible, leaving only the need for just a few simple terminal commands.
The Live CD, which has been updated several times and is has both a stable release and an experimental release, comes with very easy to follow instructions and a full FAQ from closeone on how to use it and exactly what work is involved on the side of the user. Users have reported that the Live CD works well and is significantly easier than the manual process.
According to XDA Member Advocate Admin and News Guru egzthunder1, it should be noted that there are some dangers associated with the Live CD.
The method will completely brick the 3D if you try to brick it while it is S-OFF. Apparently, emmc mode does not activate if you are S-OFF already, so corrupting the bootloader will only result in a permanent brick. Unknownforce added this to the OP on his guide.
So if you’re S-OFF do not, under any circumstances, attempt to use this method as it will cause you many irreversible problems.
For more information, download links, FAQ, discussion and more, check out the Live CD thread. Remember to be careful, as even simplified rooting methods carry an inherent risk.
March 27, 2012 By: egzthunder1
One of the most hands-on activities that anyone with a piece of equipment could do is to take it apart to peek at the insides. However, what could one possibly gain from doing such a thing? Well, aside from learning a bit about components, getting a clue as to how the devices actually work (and that they are in fact, not “magical” as some people will try to make you believe), and losing the overall fear of messing around with electronics, you may learn to spot what is wrong with your device. This is a very important skill if you always have devices with you and are prone to do things like bump them against tables, sit on them while having them on your back pocket, or throw them in the toilet/washing machine. Sending your device for out of warranty repairs from damage like the one previously described can in fact be costly, but what if you could do this yourself? Parts are cheap enough to make it worth your while.
However, where does one start? Surely, you will not dare opening your device without knowing what you will find beyond those 6 Torx screws, would you? You need a reliable guide and for those of you sporting the HTC EVO 3D, XDA Forum Member repairsuniverse has you covered. His dismantling guide can be used to learn about the insides of the 3D as well as teaching you the ins and outs of changing your screen and digitizer, among other parts that should be intuitive from following the guide.
Please ensure that you have all the necessary tools in order to carry out this delicate operation. The right tools will ensure that you don’t mistakenly damage your device. So, please follow every step carefully and most importantly… have fun!
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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Every now and again, there are is a tweak, a mod or a tool that most users can’t imagine not having. Things like Theme Chooser on CyanogenMod or the Rosie re-map function for most HTC devices, some modifications are so useful that they become common place in ROM feature lists. This is the case with LeeDroid tweaks, a mod pack by XDA Recognized Developer j4n87 that has become so popular that most ROM devs have added the tweaks to their ROMs, and those who haven’t have been urged by their users to do so.
The modification, available for the HTC Sensation and both the GSM and CDMA flavors of the HTC EVO 3D, gives users an application that can apply a very large number of mods from the MIUI battery bar to removing the paginated scrolling from the app drawer. Here’s a list of features available for just the status bar:
hide and reorder quicksetting
hide specific notifications icons: alarm/gps/bluetooth/wifi/data/headset/volume
choose clock color
toggle for hide date on notification pulldown or show clock
center date/clock on notification pulldown
Battery Tweaks with MIUI Battery bar – + transparency!
OWN SIGNAL TWEAKS – choose up to SEVEN different colors for wifi/data/signal bars – DYNAMIC colors, dependent on signal strength – two icons sets to choose!
custom statusbar caption
quick quicksettings toggle: if not notification to clear, show immediatly quicksettings
toggle tabs on/off
That’s just the status bar mods. There’s some for the Rosie, the lock screen and others. The full list of modifications and tweaks is truly long and impressive and it’s very highly recommended that users of the Sensation and EVO 3D at least check it out.
You can find LeeDroid Tweaks in either the EVO 3D GSM or CDMA threads, and for those with ICS on their HTC Sensation, the Sensation thread. As usual, make a backup before flashing, and get ready to enjoy one of the biggest single tweak packs out there.
Not every aspect of an OEM skin is a wanted feature. Sometimes features—especially pointless features—are just annoying and a waste of processor power. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the carousel animation on the HTC EVO 3D. For those who don’t know, a user can swype across the screen and if they do it too fast or too far, the home screens will spin in a carousel motion for two full revolutions and then land on the same home screen it started on. Annoying, right?
EVO 3D users can finally get rid of what is one of the most pointless features of the OEM skin. XDA Senior Member ozkaya has released a mod that will remove the carousel animation and return the phone to its proper working condition. Unfortunately, the compatibility list for the mod is small, including InfectedROM for Sense 3.0 and Sense 3.5, along with the latest base of stock ROM. The list is sure to grow, however, as this is one of those mods that users have been clamoring for since release day. Presumably, it won’t be long until all the devs pick it up, and make it work with their ROMs.
Installing the mod is easy. Simply wipe cache and dalvik and flash over recovery. You can find all the download links and additional details in ozkaya’s thread. If your ROM isn’t supported, check back every couple of days, as more ROMs are sure to make the list sooner or later. And, as always, make a backup before applying the mod, just in case something goes awry.