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HTC Hero Receives TWRP Port

September 25, 2012   By:

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The HTC Hero seems to be one of those HTC device that never completely loses it’s following. A few weeks ago, we reported on the HTC Hero receiving both Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich ports.  To further back this up, we can report that the Hero has also received a TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) port. In fact two developers have thrown their hat into the ring.

XDA Recognized Contributor jordfaz has ported TWRP 2.2.2.0 to the Hero. The popular “touch” recovery has been on fire of late, being ported to a large number of devices. The only stand out issue with this particular port is that the “reboot to recovery” option from the ROM doesn’t work. Everything else is working as it should. XDA Senior Member kemoba has ported a more recent version of TWRP, 2.2.2.1 to the Hero. At the time of writing, only a couple of very minor issues exists:

  • When installing ROM or making backup if text goes over screen recovery doesn’t go into new line
  • Formatting takes ages, if you don’t want to wait go to settings and check use rm -rf instead of format, it should give you the same effect

In the good old XDA way, both jordfaz and kemoba are working together on fixing a number of minor issues for future releases.

If you want to get the ever popular TWRP on your Hero, check out jordfaz’s thread or kemoba’s thread.

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Way back in 2009, HTC released their third Android smartphone, the HTC Hero. The device shipped with Android 1.5 (Cupcake) or 2.1 (Eclair). Yes, that’s how long ago it was! In it’s day, it was a very popular device here on XDA, attracting a good number of developers. But as with all older devices, it has since slipped by the wayside and has become somewhat forgotten. For most people, that is.

Within the last few months, both the CDMA and GSM versions of the Hero have received both Ice Cream Sandwich and, more incredibly, Jelly Bean custom ROMs added to their arsenal.

For the CDMA version, XDA Senior Member tvall brings us Ice Cream Sandwich based CyanogenMod 9. Development has slowed of late, but the ROM appears to be functional, with only camera and USB mass storage not functioning.

CyanogenMod 9 on the GSM Hero is brought to us by XDA Senior Member jordfaz. Again, there are a few minor issues, such as GPS and hardware acceleration, as well as some minor issues with the camera. Despite this, the ROM is otherwise functional.

XDA Senior Member Shelnutt2 has gone one step further and has brought Jelly Bean to the CDMA Hero in the form of CyanogenMod 10. Of course with builds of this nature, there are a number of known issues, such as audio, camera and hardware acceleration, but these are being worked on by a number of members in the ROM thread.

Not to be outdone, the GSM Hero also has CyanogenMod 10 thanks to XDA Senior Member jordfaz. Based on the CDMA version mentioned above, the same known issues apply. The ROM is an alpha build and should only be flashed if you wish to help with development or provide feedback.

If you’re an HTC Hero owner and want to try out one of these newer Android flavors, head over to one of the development threads:

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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.

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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 »

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Google’s Mobile Product Manager Hugo Barra recently stated that the company had no plans to update the Nexus One to Ice Cream Sandwich, citing that the handset was simply too old to run the newer operating system. Many users felt unnecessarily abandoned, believing that a former flagship device under 2 years old could hardly be considered “too old” for updates. Having used a Nexus One as my primary device for eight months, the news made my heart sink ever so slightly.

Ironically enough, the first ICS SDK-port for the Nexus One actually had already appeared four days earlier. However, as is the case with the majority of SDK-ports, the lack of hardware acceleration made things dreadfully sluggish. Instead, AOSP builds are indeed the Droids you’re looking for.

Four days ago, we broke news of the ICS Source Code release and predicted an imminent rush of AOSP builds. We are happy to announce that not only has XDA forum member dr1337 begun the Nexus One AOSP porting effort, but several other devices have joined the tide. Thanks to the hard work by XDA forum members dizgustipatedMongooseHelixstritfajt, jaybob413, onecosmic, Chaosz-X, and zFr3eak; the Nexus S, Droid Eris, Hero, Hero CDMA, Galaxy S I9000, Desire, and Desire HD now have their first tastes of Google’s latest treat.

Without further ado, here are the links to get started on your own device:

While none of the releases have quite the level of polish required to be made daily drivers, their mere presence just days after the source code release speaks wonders of the amazing talent housed within our development community.

If there are any other AOSP builds that I have left out, please send me a PM through the forums, and I will promptly add them to the list!

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It certainly didn’t take long. If you recall yesterday, we published an article about a port of the HTC Pico’s Rom to the Hero CDMA. This port came loaded with a lighter qvga version of the brand new Sense 3.5, which is also referred to as Sense Zero. We said that we were probably going to see ports of this on all other devices that were left for dead when it came to updates. Well, a little over 24 hours later and we found threads started by XDA members Hintay and TeamSuicide who ported the whole thing to the Sapphire, the Eris, and the Hero GSM. They all share similar hardware and it was simply a matter of time before it all came to be.

Each Rom has its own set of bugs but they are really all regular bugs of fresh Sense ports (WiFi issues, usb connectivity, etc), so keep in mind that they are not perfect yet. However, if you would like to help by leaving feedback, it would certainly be appreciated.

This is a port from the Nordic test of the 2.3.5 Sense 3.5 ROM from the HTC Explorer(Pico).

You can find more information in the original threads for the Eris, the HeroGSM, and the Sapphire.

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Thanks Jurellz for the tip!

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Well, things seem to be coming down nicely for Sense 3.5, which we have already seen in a myriad of devices such as the HD2, the EVO 4G, Desire Z, Desire HD, and a few others. Well, it seems that XDA member flashinglights came across the dump of a new upcoming device called the HTC Pico, which as its name suggests, is a minimally designed Android device with low budget in mind. The interesting thing about the Pico is the fact that it is loaded with Sense 3.5, which happens to be called Sense Zero for this particular device. Due to having similar specs such as QVGA resolution and ARMv6 processor, a port for the CDMA Hero was successfully achieved (rather found in a Chinese forum). So, along with a few other devs at the Hero section, they decided to rebuild this rom from scratch and have released it for the masses. Long story short, if you still have and use your HTC Hero, you should definitely check this one out.

Needless to say, this port is still in initial stages and because of this, you may find some bugs. However, judging from the comments and reviews, it seems to be rather functional. Who knows? Maybe this port will open the doors for all other old devices and device owners who were dying to get their hands on some Sense 3.5 action. Please take it for a spin and leave your feedback when you do.

Team Heroc is composed of dastin1015 and flashinglights. We will be working alongside TeamSuicide whose members are tazzpatriot, condemndsoul, and macrodroid to give you guys the best sense 3.5 experience.

Explorer Sense is based of the leaked RUU of the HTC Pico, thanks to our chinese friend idogx whos build for the chinese version of the hero cdma helped a lot getting this thing off the ground.

You can find more information in the original thread and also on the first release thread.

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Thanks Jurellz for the tip!

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It seems that HTC made some pretty decent devices over the last couple of years. Most notably, there was one that was heavily awarded because of its very powerful (back then) specs. We are talking about the HTC Hero and the reason we bring it up is because this old champ refuses to throw the towel apparently. XDA member dastin1015 had taken a look at the various Honeycomb ports available throughout the site and decided to try and make one for the Hero. After working hard on it and taking bits and pieces of code from various places, including a CM nightly build (#62 for those of you curious enough), the dev managed to get  a working build on the Hero. Now, when your friend comes touting  about his/her Xoom and how wonderful Honeycomb is, you can pull your Hero out of your pocket and reply “yes, I know and the best part is that it fits in my pocket.”

Now that you are aware of the possible awesomeness of that scenario with the people you love, we have to give you the disclaimer. This was, like all other HC ports, taken from the SDK emulator image. This means that the base of the rom itself is not complete and that it is buggy. According to the dev, this is by no means a daily driver because there are simply way too many things not working on this. At this point, and until the source code for 3.0 is released, the port is nothing but a proof of concept and eye candy (to a certain extent). So, if you do decide to flash this onto your device, be advised that there will be bugs, most of which are listed. If you happen to find a new one while messing around with this rom, please leave some feedback.

This is a little port I made that came from this thread on the HTC Desire: Here
Most of the work goes to coolexe for the Desire ROM I ported this from and bypass23 for the original Honeycomb ROM on the Nexus One. Also credit goes to s0be for his AP4 kernel I am using with this ROM and arodey for his Honeycomb Boot Animation. In this port I also KANGED modules and various other files for our little Hero from CM Nightly #62 by Cyanogen and the CyanogenMod team. I’ve taken this as far as I could for personally I have no dev skills as well as that the Honeycomb source code has yet to be released. Once it is, much more will be able to be completed.

You can find more information in the port thread.

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Gingerbread Hero

HTC Hero users out there, did you think that your Android-based future was nearing the end of its life? While the telecom providers may want you to think so, we here at XDA are by your side to delay your device’s obsolescence! To that end, XDA forum member thoughtlesskyle has just what you’re looking for.

Though quite far from being ready for general consumption, his latest work in progress is to port a Sense-laden Gingerbread port from the Sapphire, which itself is ported from the Wildfire S. Basically he’s cooking up a port… of a port. At the moment, this is primarily a call for developers to indeed make this ready for the masses. To quote the developer:

what works
-sd card
-picks up network time and possibly might make calls and connect to data
-seems like gps has a chance of working
-usb connection
-audio

what doesnt work
-just about everything else this is more eyecandy than anything right now

While at face value, this project may not sound as wild as some of the other options available, let’s not forget that the Hero is an HVGA device with a 528 MHz ARM 11-derivative CPU, a practically nonexistant GPU, and only 288 MB of RAM. In other words, the developers here at XDA work miracles.

Please make your way to the original thread if you feel like joining the development team and / or if you want to keep tabs on their progress!

[Thanks for the tip, Jurellz, and for accurately stating that, "anything is possible on XDA."]

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Getting an Android device to work is no easy feat. There is a lot of work that goes way past rom cooking, particularly when dealing with ports. This is particularly true when it comes to the kernels. Most end users will likely see a rom that is presented with fixes and this can usually lead to the misconception that the fix was done in the rom as opposed to the kernel. After much work by several XDA members including Decad3nce, riemervdzee, and Elemag , XDA member s0be has decided to release his port of 2.6.35 out into the wild and it seems that the dev did a good job as all sensors, radios, etc are working right out of the box. A very good day for Hero users indeed!

Everything should be working fine right now, but please leave any feedback if you come across any errors.

I now consider this Release Candidate quality. Please do report issues (with logcats and dmesgs). Check the known bugs, etc, etc.

You can find more information in the kernel thread.

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Thanks il Duce for the tip!

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The AOSP ROM with Android 2.3.2 has received a new update with an updated camera. Previously, it wasn’t possible to use the camera in combination with Gingerbread, but now you can. XDA developer aosp also added some CyanogenMod 7 resources to it, which makes this build an overall outstanding job. Check it out!

Article on request by il Duce

Working OpenglES 1.1 on HTC Hero

January 15, 2011   By:

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XDA member dearmasfamily presents this working opengl es version 1.1 tested on Hero that will definitely optimize performance of your Android applications designed for it. OpenGL ES 1.1 is derived from desktop OpenGL 1.5 and emphasizes hardware acceleration of the API, but is fully backwards compatible with OpenGL ES 1.0. OpenGL ES 1.1 provides enhanced functionality, improved image quality and optimizations to increase performance while reducing memory bandwidth usage to save power.
The developer has tested on HTC Hero but should work on other similar resolution devices.
The application can be found on post number 26.

Originally posted by dearmasfamily
Working opengles 1.1 on hero

I found this driver on my laptop. I forgot where I found it. But Im sure it was on xda. I think the desire thread.

I would like to upload it here for you guys.

It works 100% with asop,cm, and GB.

It improves performance and allows apps designed for opengles 1.1 to run well

Download can be found in this thread

Instructions

Drop libgles_qcom in directory

System/lib/egl and replace it

Opengl version should now read

Continue to the original thread.

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If you have a favourite theme and want to be able to apply it to the newest nightly CM6 ROM for your Hero, without having to go through porting it manually, you might want to take a look at One Click Theme Injector.

One Click Theme Injector is a tool developed by XDA forum member ASimmons, which takes your favourite theme and ‘injects’ it into your favourite ROM.

Simply grab your favourite theme, grab the newest nightly, place them in the one click folder and double click the script. The tool will prompt for the name of the theme and ROM and output a “themed – <nameofyourrom>.zip which can then be flashed to your system.

As the script can only inject what it can find, it won’t inject any apks that are in the theme that aren’t in the ROM.

To download the tool and for more information including detailed instructions, check out the forum thread.

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