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David Watt · Sep 25, 2012

HTC Hero Receives TWRP Port

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...

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David Watt · Sep 1, 2012

Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Hero

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...

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Former Writer · Jun 13, 2012

Easily Reboot Your USB Connected Android Device

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...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 28, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

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...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 18, 2011

Nexus One “Too Old” for ICS? Get Real! AOSP-Based Builds Arrive for Various Devices!

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...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 4, 2011

Sense Zero Ported To More Devices – Eris, Sapphire, and Hero GSM Owners Rejoice!

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...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 2, 2011

Sense 3.5 Ported For The HTC Hero!

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...

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egzthunder1 · May 10, 2011

Honeycomb Ported to Hero CDMA

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...

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Will Verduzco · May 5, 2011

Sensible Gingerbread Aims to Revitalize Your (HTC) 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...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 25, 2011

2.6.35 Kernel Successfully Ported To Hero CDMA

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,...

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ElCondor · Jan 24, 2011

Gingerbread 2.3.2 on HTC Hero CDMA Now Gets Camera Support

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

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orb3000 · Jan 15, 2011

Working OpenglES 1.1 on HTC Hero

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...

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mic_888 · Nov 14, 2010

Port Themes to Any Rom with One Click Theme Injector

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...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 1, 2010

WebOS for the Hero? Soon…

It seems that ever since the introduction of mobile devices into this world, crowds and masses have enjoyed a wide variety of OS flavors, depending on their needs and lifestyle. However, due to the relatively high prices on these "toys" most people can only afford to have one or two, which limits the amount of playtime one gets with other available OS systems. Because of this, maybe a bit of boredom, and the eternal quest to get the most out...

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Captainkrtek · Oct 30, 2010

CyanogenMod 6.1.0 RC1 Available for Download

For all you CyanogenMod fans out there this will make you happy, CyanogenMod released version 6.1.0 of their ROM for the following devices: HTC Aria HTC Desire (CDMA) HTC Desire (GSM) HTC Dream & Magic HTC Evo 4G HTC Hero (CDMA) HTC Hero (GSM) HTC Slide HTC Wildfire Nexus One Many users have reported issues with the marketplace, but those issues are being fixed. As for the features of this new release here are some of the big ones: Updated...

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ElCondor · Oct 21, 2010

Froyo with HTC Sense Coming to the HTC Hero

Perhaps you've heard of the HTC Gratia, Aria's European brother. This mid-range Android device may not seem very remarkable, yet it offers something new. The combination of the HVGA screen, the Froyo OS, and HTC Sense makes it a unique phone. Still nothing really interesting at that point, but for HTC Hero users, this is great news. A ROM port of the Gratia to the Hero would offer the Froyo speed and Sense features, without any resolution problems - the Hero has...

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Captainkrtek · Sep 30, 2010

Wildfire Froyo with Sense Ported to HTC Hero

In the blink of an eye, XDA members Decad3nce, beezy420, and nfinitefx45 were able to port Froyo 2.2 w/ Sense from the HTC Wildfire to the HTC Hero. This rom is still in Alpha stages but is pretty functional for a port. It was ported from the HTC Wildfire Froyo leak and is only 80% functional as of today. More updates should follow soon, some of the features you can expect in this release are: Froyo 2.2 W/ Latest Sense Higher Screen Res. Newer...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 17, 2010

Enjoy Your Pics on Android Thanks to FrameMe

The frame widget that is on available on stock Android is faulty at best and occupies quite a bit of space. XDA member PhilD41 has created an app for the hero that he is sharing for other Android users out there. The app is called FrameMe and basically is a smaller portrait widget, which only occupies 1x1 of your screen. On top of that, the app will resize the picture to full scree once you tap on it, allowing you to scroll...

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ElCondor · Aug 5, 2010

Avoid Windows Driver Issues When Rooting: Use Pre-Installed Ubuntu LiveCD

Many people face several problems with their Windows drivers when rooting their Android devices. Incompatible driver issues often cause problems flashing Android to the phones, or running rooting software. To avoid this, some people use Ubuntu -- for the people that don't know it, Ubuntu is a Linux-based open-source operating system for your PC. Since Android is also based on Linux, the communication between these systems is a lot better. However, for the average Android user who has not much...

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ElCondor · Jul 23, 2010

Transparent Lock Screen Hack for Droid Eris and Hero CDMA

With the Sense interface, HTC also added a custom lock screen to its Android devices. This Sense lock screen contains a lot of useful information without having to unlock device -- appointments, missed calls, text messages, and more. However, there is still some information being left behind, which can only be viewed by unlocking the device. XDA member gohamstergo discovered that it would be so much better if you could glance at the home screen without having to perform any...

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