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Small But Eternal: HTC Explorer Receives Unofficial CM12

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When HTC officially announced the HTC Explorer, they most likely weren’t thinking that this device will be such popular handset. The device which originally shipped with the Android 2.3.5 is still in use by many–and rather unsurprisingly, the Explorer received an initial, unofficial port of CyanogenMod 12 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

To make this happen, XDA Recognized Contributor kirmaniarslan used resources provided by TeamHackLG and LegacyXperia groups. After adding a bunch of patches to adapt this archaic platform to Android 5.0, the Alpha version of CyanogenMod 12 was born. It was fairly easy to predict that not everything is working as expected, but currently only three things . . . READ ON »

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Dynamic Partition Reallocation for the HTC Pico

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Some older devices have a hard time keeping up with the latest Android releases. Despite processing power capable of running even the newest revisions of Android, the limited storage on many devices ends up preventing many legacy devices from enjoying the latest versions. A few days ago, we talked about a Motorola Defy repartition script that enlarges the /system partition, allowing users to load bigger ROMs.

A similar modification was made for the late-2011 HTC Pico by XDA Senior Member thewisenerd. The modification works on NAND devices that don’t have separate partition table/file (sbf, PIT, etc). This is related to custom mtd-parts, which was used in quite a few devices like early HTCs or Sony. . . READ ON »

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How to Overclock NAND Devices with PLL2

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Anyone who’s remotely interested in the topic of overclocking hardware will enjoy reading about the proper way to do so on NAND based devices that have PLL2 rather than PLL4. Notice my use of the term ‘proper,’ as right off the bat, the guide makes a reference to burning out the hardware if this is done wrong.

The clarification between PLL4 and PLL2 overclocking is provided by XDA Senior Member Rootdefyxt320. He uses the analogy of Front Side Bus overclocking on traditional computers being similar to PLL2 overclocking. This is different from PLL4 overclocking, which is more analogous to changing your desktop CPU’s multiplier. Thus, changing frequencies with PLL2 affects the bu. . . READ ON »

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Firefox OS Port for the HTC Explorer

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The HTC Explorer, or Pico as it’s known to friends, is a humble device sporting a 3.2″ screen, 512 megs of RAM, and a slimmed down version of HTC Sense. Despite its small size and lower than average specs, it has still managed to acquire enough of a loyal user base and attention from the development community to secure itself a home here on XDA.

In addition to the various Android-based custom ROMs for this device, there is now also a version of Mozilla Firefox OS (formerly known as Boot 2 Gecko) available for users to flash. If you’re not familiar with Mozilla’s open source smartphone OS, their developer pages will answer any questions you may have. The port comes courtesy of XDA Recogn. . . READ ON »

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All-in-One Toolkits for the HTC Explorer, Desire V, and Desire S

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There are quite a few excellent toolkits for HTC devices that we have covered in recent memory. They can be very useful tools by helping lower the cost of entry for users trying to safely and easily root their devices, install recoveries, and unlock bootloaders. Now, there are new toolkits for the HTC Explorer, HTC Desire V, and the HTC Desire S.

XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, who has developed a large number of toolkits for HTC devices, has added the Explorer, Desire V, and Desire S to the list of supported devices. The features are pretty much on par with his other toolkits, but for those who haven’t seen his other releases, they include:

- Get Token ID. Buttons have been replaced and include links.

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Linux 3.0 Kernel for the HTC Explorer (Pico)

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It’s truly impressive how dedicated the developers in our community are in working to keep old devices relevant with the latest OS updates, even after their manufacturers have ditched them entirely in favor of newer devices. In one such development, XDA Recognized Developer sakindia123 has ported the Linux 3.0.16 kernel to the HTC Explorer. This is great news for ROM developers since this will bring better support for ICS and Jelly Bean ROMs, in addition to better speed and security.

At the moment, the kernel supports most device features including touch screen, hardware acceleration, brightness, screen controls, accelerometer, vibrator, ambient light sensor, RIL, camera, clock, batte. . . READ ON »

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Development Galore on the HTC Explorer

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The HTC Explorer was never one of the most popular smartphones to grace the pages of XDA. The Explorer is a low end device that was released in late 2011. With only a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM, it was never  going to grab any headlines. This is what makes the recent high level of development activity on the device all the more impressive.

First up, XDA Senior Member oblikas brings us TWRP. The popular touchscreen driven recovery system allows you to do much more than flash a ROM. While it does work as intended, at version 2.2.2.0, it’s not updated to the latest version at the time of writing.

Next up, XDA Senior Member derefas has managed to port HTC Sense 4.0 to the Explorer. Given that the de. . . READ ON »

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HTC Posts Kernel Source Code for Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S

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.. . . READ ON »

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