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!]
March 13, 2012 By: David Watt
The HTC Sensation and HTC Evo 3D were recently treated to an eagerly anticipated Sense 4.0 port by Virtuous development team. These ports were based on the leaked HTC Endeavor RUU, meaning a lot of widgets and apps had to be resized, due to the difference in screen resolution between the two devices and the HTC Endeavor (now known as the HTC One X).
Today, on behalf of the Virtuous development team, Recognized Developer mdeejay brings us the first custom ROM for these two devices, based on the freshly leaked HTC One S Developer Preview RUU. Given the HTC Sensation/Evo 3D and HTC One S share the same screen resolution (540×960), no resizing of widgets or apps is required, meaning greater overall compatibility between the devices.
The ROM is currently in Alpha stages, so don’t expect everything to work out of the box. A list of known issues is provided, such as non working camera, Bluetooth, mass storage and animations. But the developer states that fixes will soon appear. To get your hands on this fresh port, head on over to the HTC Sensation and HTC Evo3D GSM threads.
February 25, 2012 By: egzthunder1
It looks like it has been a week filled with updates for everyone. Some official and some, well, not so official. HTC seems to be dead last in terms of updating devices officially to ICS, and we believe that the main culprit of all this is none other than Sense 4.0—the newest iteration of HTC’s unique UI.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen news regarding leaks for several RUU’s, the most notable one being the one for the upcoming beast known as the HTC Endeavor. Thanks to our friend, XDA Recognized Developer TMartin, we now have the first ever Sense 4.0 ICS ROM for the EVO 3D CDMA.
The ROM itself is, according to the dev, in early pre-alpha state. This means that this is suitable for a test device that you may have somewhere in your drawer, but certainly not for a daily driver. Having said that, the ROM has quite a few working features for something in such an early stage. For instance, it boots, SD card works well, sound works well, and it seems to be quite snappy in terms of performance. However, don’t expect to have mobile data or even be able to make calls just yet. This is only for testing purposes as you will not be able to do much with it.
If you do happen to flash it, make sure that you leave some feedback in the original thread. Big thumbs up to Virtuous Team for their work on the EVO 3D GSM and Sensation as well!
What to expect:
- It Boots!!!!
- First boot takes a little while…especially after you first unlock to get to setup
- Android 4.0.3
- Sense 4.0
- Working sound
- SD Card works
You can find more information in the original thread.
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February 25, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
The HTC Sensation and EVO 3D have seen many Ice Cream Sandwich builds come and go in their respective development sections. However, the ICS development work to date for the devices have either been based on Sense 3 or derived from the Android Open Source Project.
On behalf of the Virtuous development team, XDA Recognized Developer m-deejay brings us the first custom Sense 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich custom ROM for these similar devices. The custom ROM is based on the leaked HTC Endeavour RUU 0.96.401.2, and has been debloated and optimized for performance. However, being in beta status, not everything may be working perfectly just yet.
In the words of the developer:
This series is for ROM’s that are not feature complete, are test builds that may or may not receive any future updates. We generally would not recommend these builds for people that rely on there phone 100% of the time, they may, assuming you can live with bugs or missing features be suitable for daily use.
February 22, 2012 By: egzthunder1
For many of us, having notifications on the top bar is an ultimate necessity for today’s Android. You can learn about things that go on in the background that may be automated such as Market updates to some apps, and other useful things such as getting notifications about e-mails, text, messages, missed calls, etc. However, there comes a point during your day where having 10 small icons on your top bar can become a bit of an eyesore. Among these notifications, you may have a few that you may want to keep handy as you intend attending to them at a later time but don’t want to go through each and every app to get rid of these notifications.
If this sounds like your case, then you will be happy to see what XDA member gruesomewolf has in stock for you. Slide to Clear will allow you to get rid of individual notifications in a flash by simply holding them and sliding them to the side of your screen. Something worth noting is that the mod itself is not compatible or included with other Tweak sets such as Leedroid (a compatible version can be found in the second post).
Installation is simple, just flash the provided zip through Recovery. However, if you have doubts or feedback, please let the dev know.
This mod will add Slide to Clear Notifications to your status bar. Anyone who has ran CM knows what Im talking about, for those that dont I have a little video.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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February 21, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
UPDATE: HTC Dumlock has now been updated to work seamlessly with any aftermarket recovery. Full details can be found directly on the TeamWin website.
When we first learned that HTC would be unlocking the bootloaders of its devices, enthusiasts everywhere relished the idea of complete device freedom. Later, HTC started to make true on its promise by unlocking its Verizon and AT&T bootloaders.
Unfortunately, though, all was not perfect with HTC’s unlock tool. Unlocking an HTC Sensation or EVO 3D using the official method results in being unable to flash to the boot partition via recovery. Instead, the more cumbersome fastboot protocol must be used.
Now thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy of TeamWin, we have a solution. The aptly titled HTC Dumlock allows users owners to use flash complete ROMs like normal—boot partition, included. In the words of the developer:
HTC Dumlock is a workaround for devices with HTC’s unlock that cannot flash boot from recovery. Put simply, we make backups of recovery and boot, then we flash the backup of recovery to boot. When you reboot normally, you’ll be in your recovery, but since your recovery is flashed to boot, you can make changes to boot. We’ve added some extra features to TWRP 2 to allow you to easily restore the backup of boot once you’ve booted your recovery with this method.
HTC Dumlock essentially runs 3 commands to work its magic. The commands would be similar to this:
dump_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img
dump_image boot /sdcard/boot.img
flash_image boot /sdcard/recovery.img
Once you get back into recovery, the restore original boot looks kind of like this:
flash_image boot /sdcard/boot.img
[Thank you to Recognized Developers virus and TrevE and my fellow XDA Administrator Egzthunder1 for the tip!]
February 17, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With htcdev.com recently “unlocking” phones for it’s users, it’s not only been a real challenge trying to find a way to completely unlock the bootloader, but it shows that HTC will likely continue to release phones with bootloaders locked down, depending on the sub par unlocking tool on their website to keep flashers and developers happy.
Of course, that’s not going to stop anyone from trying to get around it. This is the case with XDA Senior Member Flashmaniac, who has developed a tool that will guide users with unbranded HTC EVO 3D devices with certain CIDs through the process of downgrading their hboot versions so that they can enjoy the freedom of full root.
The tool has limitations. As mentioned, only certain EVO 3D phones can even use it. The full list of supported EVO 3Ds include:
So if you check your CID and you don’t have one of those, this tool will not work for you. Additionally, there is a little bug where the installation bar won’t finish. However, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Simply remove battery, reboot and profit.
For those carrying unbranded EVO 3Ds who want to give this a try, you can find a step by step tutorial, download links and more in the original thread.
February 13, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
Since HP announced the release of the webOS source code, the recently abandoned operating system has grown a rather loyal following. Progress has been made in homebrew development and in custom builds for webOS native devices. Many forum members have been clamoring for a port of webOS to Android devices for several months now. Initial ports were expected to appear for the Motorola Droid or its GSM counterpart, the Milestone, since the devices share the same OMAP3 3430 processor with the Palm Pre (the very first native webOS device).
Recently an HTC EVO 3D was spotted running a build of webOS 3.0, the version that came with the notorious HP TouchPad. Originally posted by Ryan Hope (@_puffthemagic_) on Twitter, the 3 still images of webOS running have now been supplemented with a YouTube video that can be found here. While not functional enough for actual use, the operating system boots without issue. Ryan originally started work on the port before HP released the source code for webOS. With the release of both the Android kernel and the full webOS source porting progress can only move forward from here. Could this mean widespread availability of webOS ports on Android devices soon? Depending on interest level and developer involvement, it is a possibility!
January 31, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Finding ways to wake a phone besides the old power button can be a challenge for some phones. For those who still have phones with the Blackberry style navigation ball or the front touch pad, such as the HTC G2, there are mods out there that will give you the ability to unlock your phone using those. So what about phones without any physical front buttons?
This is a problem that XDA Senior Member bponury is working to fix for at least those carrying the HTC EVO 3D. bponury has created a kernel module that will allow screen unlocking capabilities on the EVO 3D using screen swipe gestures instead of the traditional power button. The app developer has also added the functionality to lock the screen the same way, using screen gestures.
To add to the convenience, you can find the mod in the Android Market here, which makes installation a breeze. Just grab your HTC EVO 3D, make sure it’s rooted and then go to the link and install. It’s just that easy. Additionally, there’s even a how to video in the description that shows you how to make the screen turn on and off using the mod.
For those who want to give it a shot, simply follow the Market link above with your rooted EVO 3D and give it a test run.
January 29, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Running computer operating systems on a phone is always an interesting experience. For most phones, booting into Linux is hard enough and Windows isn’t even an option. The HTC EVO 3D is not one of those phones.
XDA Senior Member mnomaanw has posted a method that will get Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP and Linux running on the HTC EVO 3D in a relatively easy process that can be done pretty quickly. Basically, all a user needs to do is download the required software, modify a file or two and run the apk. Wait for it to boot and you’re ready to go.
Controls are pretty easy to understand and make excellent use of the hardware as well as the home and menu buttons. The instructions are as follows:
- It emulate touchpad on touchscreen and left/right mouse buttons on volume
- You can also click touch screen to generate mouse left button click.(this does not work everytime)
- Back = BackSpace, Menu = Enter, left-upper corner click generates TAB
- left-lower corner click popups keyboard
For those who want to give their EVO 3D some Windows or Linux love, they can find all the downloads and instructions in the thread here but make sure to take the proper precautions, such as backing up your device.
January 13, 2012 By: liwen
It’s not Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but this new OTA update for the HTC EVO 3D should still bring some very nice improvements. Very nice, indeed.
Sprint’s official changelog doesn’t reveal much, except for the software version 2.17.651.5 and a generic “security update” bullet point. However, at least according to preliminary reports in our forums, Carrier IQ has been removed, which should be a very good reason for everyone to perform this update. Apart from that, there’s also a new kernel that’s said to improve battery life, and the new Android Market included.
The catch? It’s not rooted yet, so you may want to (or have to, if you’re perm-rooted) hold out for a bit. But then, automatic notifications for this update will only start on January 17 anway, so if you want to get it earlier you’d have to manually check by going to Settings > System updates > HTC software update > Check now.
Head over to the forum thread to join the discussion.
It’s rare when a ROM is so popular, the number of thread views are almost equal to the total number of members on XDA. As is the case with the original Warm ROM TwoPointTwo. One of the most popular of all time for those toting the HTC Evo 4g.
Now those who have migrated to the HTC Evo 3D, you can once again get a taste what is arguably XDA Recognized Developer (and all around good guy) Myn’s greatest work thanks to the work of fellow XDA Recognized Developer JoelZ9614 and the rest of Team Warm.
The sexy, lightly themed and totally awesome ROM has received a bunch of upgrades from it’s last public release on an Evo device beginning with going from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 and including:
Added GPU UI Acceleration (instead of CPU) Added Additional Reboot options (Recovery, Bootloader, Hot Restart, Reboot) (NOTE: Hot Restart currently not working properly) Added DSP Manager (Thanks cyanogen) Added CRT TV shutdown animation Added HW Acceleration Tweak To Adreno_config Added SMS Backup/Restore Added Tweak to increase sdcard read ahead buffer (Thanks Misfit) Added 3D Home Screen (Toggable in Settings | Warm Tweaks) Added Native Screenshot Functionality (Press Home + Power at the same time) Added Zeus Mods [kinda] Quick Settings Changed WiFi Scan Interval To 180 seconds to further conserve battery Added Tweak to persist home app in memory Added various battery tweaks
So for those who want the good old feel and look of the original Warm ROM, you can head on over to the original thread for download links, installation instructions, a full change log and all the Warm goodness those from the HTC Evo 4g remember.
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 »