July 19, 2012 By: Former Writer
When an OTA update is released for a device, rooted users and are running custom ROMs often have to wait a little longer to get the update. This is because developerss have to re-base the ROM, bringing it up to date with the most current firmware, and re-applying any tweaks, mods, or themes.
This is pretty standard, as anything from kernels to just a single mod might have to be reworked in order to make it compatible with the newest firmware. HTC EVO 4G LTE owners recently saw a firmware update, and now most tweaks have similarly been updated. XDA Senior Member O.M.J. has created a mod pack specifically designed to work with the 1.22 update, and quite a few things were updated, including:
SMS Secure Box
SMS Block List
MMS over Wifi
5M MMS size
While the list is already impressive, O.M.J. has stated that more mods will be added. There are also two versions—one is flashable in custom recovery, whereas the other contains the files for ROM developers to incorporate directly.
To get started, head over to the original thread.
Recently, we brought you news of Paranoid Android being ported to the Sony Xperia Play. Well, we are happy to report that the list of ported devices is growing fast. For the uninitiated, Paranoid Android is a hybrid ROM that allows users to scale and project every app, every widget, even system components individually. As described in the Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean port by XDA Forum Member molesarecoming:
To be honest, this is not tablet mode at all, it has nothing to do with silly build.prop hacks. This is the first and only Android rom to feature true Hybrid mode. This rom lets you scale and project every app, every widget, even systemcomponents individually. Remember, android is modular, everything is an app: Lockscreen, navigationbar, dialogs, popups, keyboards, widgets, and your regular apps of course. Apps have the capability to switch into various designs or layouts according to the device they run on. This can result in a complete new experience as many apps will transform to the better.
Now for every element that you like chose a mode (PhoneUI, Phablet/Nexus-7UI, TabletUI) and/or a size. You are 100% independent of the system DPI which runs nicely in whatever value it has been assigned to. You do not need to boot your phone into a certain DPI. Neither will most of the changes you apply require a reboot. You will not suffer from the myriads of troubles which normally haunt you under build.prop tablet mode. Your market, phone, etc. will all work, apps won’t shrink on you unless you shrink them yourself. This project will entirely transform your device, but retain the aesthetics and the feel of your phone.
In addition to the Galaxy Nexus, T-Mobile LG G2x owners now can enjoy a port thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor tonyp. I personally own this device, so I can speak from experience that it is stable enough to be used as a daily driver. Check out the ROM thread for more information and download links.
Other devices that have received ports include the HTC EVO 4G and EVO 4G LTE thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor mazdarider23. To get in on the action, visit the HTC EVO 4G ROM thread and EVO 4G LTE ROM thread. The list is growing very fast and is already quite large, check this page out to see if your device has received a port yet.
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 file manager, and dual storage support for Nandroid backups. Additionally, TWRP added support for the open source scripting engine OpenRecoveryScript, which works in conjunction with the previously covered GooManager.
How do you follow up something as revolutionary as TWRP 2.1? With TWRP 2.2, of course. That’s how! The new release builds on the previous offering by delivering many recovery “firsts.” For starters, this is the first recovery to feature on on-screen keyboard. Why would you want such a thing? How about naming and renaming Nandroid backups! TWRP 2.2 is also the only recovery to split extremely large backups, allowing users to backup and restore /data partitions larger than the 2 GB FAT32 file size limit.
In the words of XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy:
- On-screen keyboard in recovery! — supports long press, backspace repeat, and swipe left deletes everything left of the cursor
- Name new backups and rename existing backups
- Rename files and folders in the file manager
- Pseudo-terminal emulator
- Support decrypting an encrypted data partition on Galaxy Nexus (enter password using keyboard)
- Backup archive splitting — allows backup and restore of data partitions larger than 2GB
- Simplified XML layout support between resolutions
- Added dual storage selection radio buttons to zip install, backup, and restore pages
- Improved zip install compatibility
- Updated update-binary source code
- Numerous small bug fixes and improvements
Eager to get started? I know I am. Head to the links below to obtain the appropriate version for your device:
July 7, 2012 By: Former Writer
Overclocking a device can have a lot of uses. It can help eliminate the last few traces of UI lag, it can make games run faster, and it’s always fun to point out that a dual core running 1.8GHz is faster than most desktop computers were 10 years ago. Despite the setbacks, users generally enjoy being able to overclock their phones. For the AT&T/Rogers HTC One X/XL and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, overclocking is now available.
Originally brought to the EVO 3D by XDA Elite Recognized Developer coolbho3000, the kernel modules were brought to the AT&T/Rogers One series devices by coolbho3000 as well. The EVO LTE kernels modules were ported from the AT&T One to the EVO 4G LTE by XDA Senior Member Art2Fly.
Despite being for different devices, the method to install is the same. Users adb push the krait_oc.ko module, install the modified thermald.conf, and load the overclock. When finished, users will be able to set their overclock in applications like SetCPU. The removal process is simply restoring the original thermald.conf and removing the added module. For EVO LTE users, there is an easier route as XDA Recognized Developer Dread 7us has created an application to automate the process for those uncomfortable with doing it manually. Proceed with caution, however, as overclocking does have an inherent risk to the hardware of your phone.
To get started, AT&T/Rogers HTC One X/XL users can check out the HTC One series thread. HTC EVO LTE users can check out the EVO LTE thread and, for the automated app, the application thread. For users rocking the HTC One S, coolbho3000′s module may also work for you as well.
June 28, 2012 By: Former Writer
Some time ago, we brought you news of JoupunutBear S-Off on HTC devices. As newer devices are released, one always wonders if previous tools will be updated to add support. HTC EVO 4G LTE users can relax now, as Unlimited.IO now has a tool for you.
The EVO LTE now has LazyPanda, which is Unlimited.IO’s second release. Posted to XDA by XDA Recognized Developer Fuses, users are linked to the Juopunutbear / LazyPanda website where they can download the tools and view the instructions. Even though HTCDev Unlock gives users permission to flash a variety of development work, S-Off is still quite important.
The process is surprisingly simple for the end user. Most current S-Off methods require Test Point wire touching or other hardware modifications. Not so with LazyPanda. Users root their devices, get the HTC drivers, ensure that HTC Sync is uninstalled (Windows only), and run the FeedPanda executable. For Linux users it’s even easier. Just download and run the application. By the end, you will have achieved S-Off. With it being easy and simple, it just doesn’t get any better for an S-Off method.
For links and screen shots, get started at the original thread.
June 20, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
The brand new EVO 4G LTE is the latest offering by HTC in the EVO line. It stands to reason that one of the most useful and sought-after mods for the EVO line of devices would show up sooner or later. With a simple build.prop edit (or a conveniently flashable update.zip, thanks to XDA Senior Member smw6180) you can now enable native USB and Bluetooth network tethering, as well as unlock the native WiFi hotspot on your device.
The edit was discovered to work with the new EVO 4G LTE build.prop by XDA Recognized Developer aamikam, and arrived in our community via Senior Member kaos420. Curiously enough, the mod ADDS a line to your build.prop that previously was found on the original EVO 4G, which works on the new EVO as well.
Those who would prefer to use a recovery-flashable update.zip should proceed to the modification thread. Be sure to read the entire post and back up your entire device before changing your build.prop file.
Android development on Windows is far from ideal. However, thanks to new tools and utilities, many developers are finding ways to develop for Android with less strife.
We’ve previously covered tools by XDA Senior Member regaw_leinad aimed at helping Android developers running Windows. First came the androlib.dll library, which allowed Windows to more easily communicate with Android devices. Using this library, regaw_leinad had developed quite a number of other tools, including the newest root method for the HTC Hero CDMA and the root method for the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
While the androlib.dll library is for anyone developing on Android, the tools made from it thus far have been device specific. However, regaw_leinad now wishes to start developing more tools for all Android users, rather than those on specific devices. His newest tool is a simple system tray applet dubbed RegawMod Rebooter, which offers one function—reboot any Android device currently connected to your PC. While certainly not the most significant development work out there, it highlights what androlib.dll can help other developers create.
Users can browse the various applications made with the library using the links above. Those who want to check out RegawMod Rebooter, you can do so in the original thread.
June 12, 2012 By: Former Writer
XDA is most known for the development in the form of modifications and ROMs in every size and shape for dozens of devices that often dramatically alter the overall user experience. Often, however, our developers fix issues that are even present in stock software builds.
This is the case for the newly released HTC EVO 4G LTE. The issue? Google Wallet has proven difficult to activate and allow users to make purchases. Thankfully, this problem has now been fixed.
The fix is quite simple. First noted by XDA Forum Member jkt97401, users must modify the build.prop to identify as the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Then, simply uninstall and re-install Google Wallet, or wipe its application data.
June 11, 2012 By: Former Writer
Here at XDA, we not only encourage people to develop new things, but we also try to promote users learning how to develop. With tutorials out there ranging from compiling from source to creating applications and even some advice from one of the greatest ROM developers out there, XDA is not only a place for developers to release their amazing work, but a place for users to learn how to create their own amazing work as well.
As such, there’s usually a tutorial for learning how to do pretty much anything. One fun thing that ROM devs sometimes do is insert pictures in the notification drop down. A favorite is the little Android mascot poking his head out of the corner, but you can find numerous others. Now there is a tutorial for the HTC EVO 4G LTE that shows users how to do precisely this.
The tutorial requires some knowledge to use, and definitely isn’t for beginners. User will need to know how to compile and decompile apk files, and will also need a a text editor such as Notepad++. From there XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor jeffsanace runs the user through which parts of the SystemUI.apk they need to modify, and how to modify them.
Jeffsanace also runs through how to remove the clock from the notification bar using roughly the same process. Users who attempt this will get a good introduction to .xml editing, and will know how to compile and decompile APKs by the time they are through.
Head to the original thread for the full tutorial.
Since then, developers and users alike have been dancing around whether or not to remove HTCLinkify. While it hasn’t been removed in many ROMs yet, many users have requested its removal. With that in mind, XDA Senior Member AshtonTS posted a simple guide for the HTC Rezound to completely remove HTCLinkify. As luck would have it, the guide is actually compatible with any HTC device with HTCLinkify.
The guide itself is simple. The first step is removing the HTCLinkify apk file using your favorite root explorer app. Then using your choice of build.prop editors, you remove a single entry in your build.prop. Finally, reboot into recovery to wipe Dalvik cache and /cache. HTCLinkify will be gone for good. Naturally, one must be rooted before proceeding. As mentioned, the process is universal so there’s no variance in doing with with any device plagued with HTCLinkify and, in fact, is pieced together using another method by XDA Forum Member iconeo for the EVO 4G LTE.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE will undoubtedly be one of those crowd favorite devices for some time to come. With some pretty awesome stuff being released in the last couple weeks, development continues to move right along with a new root method that is, believe it or not, even easier than the solutions in place now.
XDA Senior Member regaw_leinad brings a completely one-click solution that roots the phone, unlocks the bootloader using HTC Dev’s website, and installs a custom recovery. What separates this method from others is the truly automated process. The other methods require users to unlock the bootloader manually, going to the HTC Dev website and entering in their information on their own. This method does all of that for you. The full process, according to regaw_leinad, includes:
Verifies Device and Battery Level (Needs to be charged to at least 40% before running)
Reboots to Bootloader and Gets Unlock Token
Sends Token to HTCdev.com
Flashes TWRP Recovery
Sends Superuser packages and busybox to device
Unfortunately, however, it is unable to make bacon and pay your parking tickets. As the first truly automated one-click method for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, users of all skill levels can now get in on the rooting fun.
Check out the original thread for the download links, instructions, and much more.
We recently brought you coverage of dual-core tweaks for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. For those who don’t remember, the modification boosted performance by forcing the device’s second core to remain on at all times. Given the performance increases seen in certain situations, you would assume that this would be ported to its sibling devices featuring the same SoC.
XDA Recognized Developer -viperboy- has done exactly this for users of the HTC One S. Once the One S users got in the action, it couldn’t possibly be long before AT&T and Rogers One X owners wanted in as well. Worry not, as -viperboy- explains:
Hello everybody, I was asked to bring this mod over from the EVO 4G LTE section and since the One X and One S use the same file I am modifying, both devices will get it.
While the modification was not tested by the developer on the AT&T and Rogers One X, it should still work given the device’s similarities with the other variants. However, proceed with caution as it is untested. Users should keep in mind that this is for the Snapdragon S4-toting AT&T and Rogers One X—not the quad-core Tegra 3 International variant.
Visit the original thread for more information and download links.
It’s been hardly no time, and already developers here on XDA are finding ways to make the already powerful HTC EVO 4G LTE even faster and achieve better battery life. While the bulk of development is still ahead, some luck in creating custom recoveries can flash kernels despite not having true S-Off has helped things along. Overall, the horizon looks really good for Sprint’s newest flagship phone. And this is all despite Apple’s attempt to prevent it from coming to the States.
XDA Recognized Developer -viperboy- has released a mod that will keep the 2nd CPU in the dual core phone on all the time, which originally gained popularity on the HTC EVO 3D. The mod is easy to install. Users need to be rooted with a custom recovery, as it comes in the form of a recovery-flashable update.zip. The modification itself is an edit to an init.d script that basically turns the 2nd core of the CPU on at boot by modifying /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/online, and keeps it on by making the value read-only until the next boot. To verify that the flash worked and everything is working, -viperboy- recommends:
You can also verify this is working by any number of apps, but I find SystemPanel to be the best. They have a free lite version. Just download and tap on the top right where the CPU info is. You will the the CPUs changing, when it goes grey it’s offline (which you won’t see when using the Dual Core Mod)
Those interested should head on over to the original thread for all the info.