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Posts Tagged: HTC G2

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With Jelly Bean 4.1 development finally winding down after an exciting summer, Jelly Bean 4.2 seems to be picking up. The CM10.1 ports began a couple week ago, and they probably won’t stop for quite some time. Now, the HTC Desire Z and G2 have a port of CM10.1.

XDA Senior Member Flinny released a port on behalf of the Andromadus team. If you’re unfamiliar with the team, they’re a group of devs who work on devices with hardware that isn’t really supported anymore: things such as hardware keyboards and trackpads. The port is surprisingly stable for an initial release. As Flinny explains:

All of the stuff learnt from the AOSP builds has been incorporated so basically all hardware should work to the same level as it does in the AOSP4.2 builds.
If a feature is not there then it’s not been ported/merged by CM yet, I will merge them as they do.
Vision – Trackpad unlock still inoperative.

The track pad doesn’t work right now, but most of the other features should. Users have reported that the ROM works pretty well so far, with only a minor issue here and there. However, it is still an alpha, which means there may be bugs that have not yet been found. If you have a G2 / Desire Z and you like AOSP, then this is definitely something to try out.

For more info, check out the original thread.

Downgrade Ahead!

The trend over the last month or so on XDA has been getting a number of devices downgraded so they can get to a bootloader that can still be unlocked with S-Off. Those devices are, of course, almost all HTC devices ever since the release of HTCDev, which unlocks the bootloader while maintaining S-On. In the march of obtaining S-Off, a few devices have already had a contingency plan in place to get users down to a software version that can be properly hacked.

XDA Forum Member Setherio has been maintaining and updating a thread for nearly a year now that allows the HTC G2 and Desire Z, the HTC MyTouch 4G and the HTC Desire HD to be downgraded to Froyo in order to then update to a rooted Gingerbread ROM. The process is quite a long one, but that is to be expected when it serves as a guide for multiple devices. The process runs users through gaining temporary root, the entire downgrading procedure—including Fastboot downgrades—and then reminding users to not apply any large OTA updates to avoid being thrown back to unrooted Gingerbread and forcing them to start the process all over again.

As root methods for newer iterations of Android have been getting more and more difficult for HTC devices, any method that can bring full root should be looked at. As usual, be extremely careful when completing the steps, and make sure the steps you are following are indeed for your device.

For much more information, a plethora of download links, and even some troubleshooting help, head over to the original thread and let the downgrades continue!

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HTC G2

The HTC G2 (otherwise known as the Desire Z) has one of the best feeling keyboards of any phone ever released. Despite a questionable z-hinge style slide that most users have found a way to look past, the device itself has lived a good life in terms of development—and the development hasn’t stopped yet. There are still ROMs coming out to make the phone run faster and, as it turns out, there are even mods coming out to make the keyboard better.

XDA Forum Member teferi released a modification that falls into the latter category of modifying the keyboard to give users more options when it comes to the key mappings on their hardware keyboard. The modifications are easy enough to install. Users will need ADB on their computers and simply push the files into the correct spot. Teferi was even kind enough to post each command step-by-step, which eliminates guess work for those who are a little less tech savvy.

Once installed, the keyboard changes in the following manner:

- left softkey is now “\”/”|”/”`”
- right softkeys are now “[“/”{“/””
- alt-z is now “^”, since .com is tab now

As if that weren’t enough, the developer has also given users a link to his Github where you can find the open source software he used to dump and modify key mapping files. For additional information, check out the original thread for the downloads and instructions.

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