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 of our investments, projects like this one are born. Starting a new discussion and resource thread, XDA member mrinehart93 has decided to bring forth a project to have webOS ported to the HTC Hero. This new Frankenstein would, when completed, allow people who are used to Palm’s new OS to switch back and forth between Android and WebOS.
Keep in mind that this is still in very early stages of development, but it should be possible to accomplish this for such a great device.
Hey guys. I’m just starting this thread now so that we can collaborate on attempting a port of WebOS (Palm Pre/Pixi operating system) to our HTC Hero. I know there is another thread about porting WebOS in here, but that was more of a discussion to get people interested. So this thread will be for collaboration and development.
Interested? Drop by the discussion thread and see if you can help out with anything.
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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:
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:
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 an HVGA screen too.
Yesterday, Shen Ye, one of the developers of the Villain ROM team, tweeted that this ROM is coming within a month, meaning that Hero users can soon enjoy Froyo and Sense too:
Right, Hero users who want 2.2 Sense, you don’t have to wait long! We should have a working beta within a month
For a long time, the Hero forums were full of frustration about the lack of true Froyo Sense experience, so it’s nice that it’s finally being worked on. We suggest you keep an eye on the HTC Hero Android Development forums so you can try it out immediately when it comes out!
Source: Twitter (@Shen Ye)
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:
And other bullet points from Decad3nce himself
It shouldn’t be used currently for day to day use, but If you’d like to take it for a test spin yourself check out the development thread and flash it on your CDMA Hero.
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 1×1 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 through the different pictures in the directory where the selected picture is located.
The app is free, but there is a Donate version available if you want to get it from the alternate site. Make sure that you leave feedback for the dev if you can think of any improvements.
I originally wrote Frame me for my Hero and released it under the Hero forums. Since it should work on any phone I though I would add a thread here as well. I only have my Hero to test with so if you have something other than a Hero I would love to hear your feedback.
In short, Frame me is a 1×1 widget of a photo that enlarges to full screen when clicked.
You can find more information in the application thread.
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August 5, 2010 By: ElCondor
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 knowledge of ADB procedures and recovery installers, it is quite hard to root the phone using Ubuntu.
XDA member shad0wf0x solved this problem. He managed to create a ready-to-burn CD image, which includes several packages to make it easy to use for every Android user:
Originally posted by shad0wf0x
I have created a customized Ubuntu LiveCD that has a script that downloads the Unrevoked Teams reflash, untars it, and runs it as root to root HTC’s phones that are supported by the tool (HTC Evo, Hero, Aria, Desire, and Incredible). It also has the Android SDK included and added to the path so it is accessible from a terminal. Everything can be done without a single change to the computer you are doing it on.
He also included a guide that describes every step needed to accomplish a succesful root for the above mentioned devices (all of these devices that can be rooted using Unrevoked): HTC EVO 4G, Desire, Incredible, Hero, and Aria. If you follow the steps carefully, your Windows system should not be harmed by the Ubuntu procedure.
July 23, 2010 By: ElCondor
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 unlocking gestures.
Solution: Just make the lock screen transparent. In that way, the unlock functionality will remain the same, and you will still be able to see a lot more information. After “a bunch of trial and error”, XDA member JsChiSurf managed to create a hack that makes the lock screen transparent. It should run well on any rooted CDMA HTC Hero. Member gohamstergo decided to make the lockscreen compatible with the Droid Eris. This one requires an odexed ROM and root. The Hero version will change the whole lock screen a lot more — all graphics are enhanced to make everything as transparent as possible. It offers some more possibilities as well. The Droid Eris hack only makes the background transparent, but leaves the unlock bar untouched.
Originally posted by gohamstergo
This is a modification of the STOCK HTC Sense lockscreen that removes the background so you can see your homescreen behind it.
Originally created by JsChiSurf over in the Hero forums via my encouragement. This version is made for the Eris, it is not the same as the Hero version (which doesn’t work properly for us).
Originally posted by JsChiSurf
Ladies and Gentlemen, after a bunch of trial and error, I am proud to announce that I have achieved a clear lock screen for 2.1. I arrived at this starting with the Fresh 2.0d framework, but this should work on the latest DamageControl ROM as well, since they are both based on the latest Sprint leak.
This will provide a clear lock screen, as well as blank out the “Sprint” text above the clock on the lock screen. Essentially, allowing you to customize a clear lock screen the same way traditionally done on 1.5 ROMs.
We all love to geek our devices to the max, and in recent updates to the thread, XDA Member frysee added support for more devices. The updated thread contains the original animated bios boat screen that has some very accurate information about your device.
Many people might ask why have this on your device? Well for one. Its pretty cool. That part leads me to part two, its the international nerd simple. We use Bios boot screen to identify other geeks, and as the Bios screen becomes recognized, you have something to talk about.
- Nexus One (‘classic’ version | froyo version | 1333MHz version | fast 1333MHz version)
- HTC Desire
- Motorola Droid/Milestone
- HTC Dream (classic version | xp-style)
- HTC Hero
- HTC Incredible
- HTC Magic/myTouch 3G
- HTC Liquid
Feeling geeked up yet? You can find these boot screens in the following threads.
Are you tired of clicking on the app drawer in order to launch the camera app on your HTC Hero CDMA? Want to wake your screen using another key? Don’t really use the ‘Search’ key and could find a better use for it?
Well, XDA forum member Decad3nce has written up a pretty informative guide on remapping the hardkey buttons to your hearts’ content.
You’ll need to be familiar with adb commands and the use of an editing tool (Notepad++ as suggested by Decad3nce) in order to edit the ‘heroc-keypad.kl’ file.
There are different attributes assigned to each key and Decad3nce has clearly listed these out for you by key number and action, including if the action should wake your Hero on button push or just complete the action directly.
For those of you who may have an aversion to adb and would prefer to flash any tweaks, Decad3nce has mentioned a possible update.zip coming soon.
To check out the guide, visit the forum thread.
Ever since the release of the 2.1 update for the device, owners of the CDMA (Sprint) variant of the popular HTC Hero have been begging for someone with the know-how to finally root the new firmware successfully, thereby opening the door once again to custom ROMs for people who have updated their phone.
Taking inspiration from the EVO rooting method, XDA member regaw_leinad has finally got root access on his Eclair-running Sprint Hero (with credits going to many other hard-working members as well) and he has been kind enough to show everyone else how to do it.
A clear guide to rooting the device has been written in this thread, featuring helpful screenshots that should make the process even easier to complete.
Hot on the heels of Froyo being rolled out on the Google Nexus One, XDA forum member zenulator has managed to do a quick and dirty port of the Nexus One FRF50 update to the CDMA HTC Hero!
zenulator has posted the ROM up for testing and feedback. Although Froyo is not fully working – and it won’t be until the full source is published on a similar device, it does boot and there are some functioning features.
Originally posted by zenulator:
- Calls (can’t speak to the other person)
- New Launcher2
- 2.2 Google Apps (haven’t tested them all)
- Keypad/Trackball leds
- Maps force closes
- Flash Player 10.1. from the Market will crash the browser.
To download for testing and provide some input, or to follow the development, visit the forum thread.
Android Eclair updates for both the GSM and the CDMA (Sprint) Hero variants have been promised for months, but again and again these only seemed like empty promises.
However, and much to everyone’s surprise, Sprint and HTC today announced the availability of this mysterious and wonderful update from the moulding, old Cupcake build with which the Hero was released to the shiny and delicious Eclair version of Android that we’d started giving up hope for.
The ROM update is available on the official HTC’s website, as opposed to being over-the-air like other phone updates have been. Unfortunately, there’s been nothing yet announced with regard to the GSM version. You can expect to see a lot of custom ROMs built on this update popping up in our dedicated section for the CDMA Hero very soon.
After hearing the whines and moans of many a CDMA Hero owner for some time now, we thought it might be a good idea to end the suffering and give you guys a little corner of the site all for yourselves by adding a CDMA-only section for discussion about and development for the device.
If you haven’t discovered it yet you can pop on over to the new board where four sub-sections are available: the familiar ‘General’, ‘Accessories’, ‘Android Development’ and ‘Themes and Apps’, but this time with none of that yucky GSM stuff included. Enjoy!