The HTC Kaiser. Before I could get it, I remember I wanted it. I used to keep looking at the full specifications’ page at gsmarena and staring at the specs of it in utter disbelief. It was aesthetically pleasing, it had an awesome camera, and it had a slide out keyboard. And if that wasn’t enough the screen tilted upwards. This feature was a major selling point of the phone.
The first rumours of the handset arrived late 2006. Whispers of GPS were swirling making people want more info. Gradually, as news arrived that it was realized that this was a flagship device. HTC was giving a lot of love to the advertising and releases of shots.
The specs by today’s standard weren’t amazing but back then, everyone was amazed. The device was sporting a 400 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 ROM, 128 RAM, Micro SDHC support, a 320×240 QVGA resistive touchscreen, GPS, and a 3.15 MP Camera. Everyone lusted after this device and it was quite sturdy as well.
The only major drawback was a driver issue, which made videos and displays very choppy. Despite this, I loved it and so did many others as it was usable.
I am quite fond of this device because it was the first one I had ever flashed. I had a Universal before but wasn’t aware of its full potential, but I knew that this one could do more. I remember doing so much to this device, changing the radio, adding things the carrier had left out, and flashing a new rom every other day.
I only had this phone for about a year before I was allowed to upgrade. I sold my kaiser to someone who was astounded by its capabilities and moved on. But still to this date, I have never forgotten the chunky beast.
The recent XDA TV article by Azrienoch & cajunflavouredbob reminded me of the old days, when the HTC logo looked like this. Because of this, I was reminded of some of the old things released that really changed how we use and view our devices and also changed what we came to expect from the device manufacturers.
The first game changer I want to look at is HTC Home. This was the first incarnation of what would eventually come to be HTC Sense. It ran on windows mobile as a plug-in for the home screen and instead of displaying widgets that can be freely moved around to suit the users needs, it displayed one of 5 or 6 things on half the screen.
The first was the “home” tab, this displayed a large digital style clock, below this was sms, emails and missed calls notifications, This was way before the flip clock style animation we know and love today was dreamed of.
The next tab was the “people” tab allowing you to have 10 contacts available via shortcuts.
Next was “weather” displaying a non animated logo from a limited range of places. If I remember correctly, it was tied into the Accuweather service and you could eventually add cities by using the accuweather city codes.
Following this was a “program” tab allowing ten application shortcuts. Funny how that seemed enough back then. These also allowed easy access to settings like connectivity as well. Then, there was a page entirely devoted to sound (and no not music, I’m taking about volume levels and ringtone levels).
At the time, this was THE thing to have, just like modern sense is now. This was because it showed the things you needed to see in one place, and it did it in a more aesthetic way than the existing plug-ins did. But I find it interesting to see how a simple today screen plugin has evolved to become a integral part of the Android operating system on HTC phones.
September 18, 2010 By: egzthunder1
There are many parts in an Android rom port package. You have to make sure that everything is properly set up or you will end up with a non booting rom. With this in mind, XDA member l1q1d has taken on the task to make a one stop application to help you prep everything in your zImage, default, and even your nbh prior to flashing. The best part is that it is written in Python, which makes it unique due to cross platform compatibility (Mac, Linux, or Windows).
If you feel the need to modify the rom to suit your needs, take the app out for a spin and make sure that you report any bugs back to the dev.
This is a preliminary release of atools. With this application you can:
- download and edit latest nbh
- download latest zImage and configure your default.txt
- Install system, install updates, backup data, backup system, clean data, partition sd card (only if there is only fat32 partition on it)
- Change keymapping for vogue/Polaris/kaiser (still on develop)
And much more
THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE AND I NEED HELP TO FINISH CODE AND WRITE GUIDES.
You can find more information in the application thread.
Want your Android app noticed? Upload it to www.AirDrop.me. Get codes. Send them out. It’s free.
A while back, we posted an article that talked about an application for putting your personal touch on the Android NBH files prior to flashing. This was created by XDA member loserskater and since then, he has released a few updates with the latest being 4.0. Aside from the list of updates that he has implemented over the last few months, this latest incarnation of the program was completely re-written using Python, which according to the dev, should make the app much better regardless of the system being used.
The dev mentions that he is looking for feedback, so make sure that you drop by the thread and leave some feedback.
Thanks to l1q1d for lighting the fire and doing the initial coding.
Converted everything over to python which means that it should run on all systems a LOT better.
Kaiser users: Added ability to set ‘/sys/module/board_kaiser_battery/parameters/battery_capacity’ manually instead of calculating it from the mAh.
Hopefully fixed Ubuntu and Mac problems.
– Need separate files because the “reading” system wasn’t working correctly.
– It will now set everything as defaults when opening any file.
– I’ll try to make this work better, but for now it at least opens.
Now made it unable to overwrite the file you’re opening. This will prevent errors on save that some people are experiencing.
Changed Kaiser battery settings again. Still use the mAh on the battery.
Hopefully it should be reading it better now.
Altered battery setting for Kaiser.
-Now uses (value * 1.6) instead of just the value.
-Will hopefully have better battery readings.
(Not sure if this is the correct formula so let me know. Always taking input from others experiences)
You can find more information in the program thread.
After a period of hiatus, an update for the Android port for Vogue/Kaiser/Polaris made by XDA member incubus26jc has just been released. As with every version of this port, the update brings a myriad of updates and fixes as well as the usual smoothness, stability, and speed that you can only expect in these ports. RLS13 features the boot image of the Droid eye, but with a twist… incubus26jc has rendered it green, so while it looks different than usual, it goes very well with the rest of the theme that he used for it. If you have one of the aforementioned devices and are itching to use Android, give it a go.
- Updated To Latest Build From DZO and Kalt_kaffe (2010-08-17) Most of these changes below are from Them
- Fixed Cell Tower Location on GSM Phones
- Added MDPI Graphics To Some Google Apps
- Better GSM Signal Reporting
- Fix For Default Network Switching
- Working SuperUser Permissions
- Screen Rotation off By Default (Still need to turn off in Launcher Pro)
- Updated Launcher Pro to 0.7.5.1
- Updated All Other Market Apps
- Parts of Darkstar Theme Removed until it Functions Properly
- Added “cm6″ as an option in market.sh.
- Updated Google Apps Brut
- Updated Genie Widget and Gmail
- Updated Voice Search (Open Tutorial in Landscape to get past it)
- Added Battery Percentage App
- More I Cant Think Of At The Moment
You can find more information in the port thread.
XDA member mnjm9b brings us a nice little tool that will allow us to put our own roms together for the Android port for the HTC Vogue. The tool can also be used by the HTC Kaiser and the Polaris as well since they share the same ports. The utility is for Ubuntu but the dev says that it may work for other Linux distros as well. You need to have the zImage that you want to flash onto the device. It is really a simple utility to use and can help aspiring cooks to compile their builds in a seamless manner.
NBHCreator v 0.2b
NBHCreator makes the nbh file for flashing android to nand.
This utility works for Vogue, Polaris and Kaiser.
1. you need to be running Ubuntu (other Debian distros may work, give it a try) NBHCreator v2.0 will be cross-platform
2. you need to have wine installed ( I am using v1.1.42)
You can find more information in the application thread.
This application, created by xda member aman11dhanpat, will let you include a php script into your device whenever you access the website way2sms.com. This will act as a SMS application for your device, but will send the messages via data rather than via your provider’s SMS service, saving you money in the process. The app was tested on an Indian free SMS web service provider.
Even though this is the first version of this tool, we can expect some improvements for upcoming versions.
Originally posted by aman11dhanpat
Hello all guys
this is my very own 1st application
well i started it to program just for my own use but then thought of relesing it might be someone would be using it or get some use of it
well as way2sms.com provides free SMS service all over india so using it and without wasting our money much on SMS
we can send SMS
also i consider myself as a very poor coder cos i am still learning
so to reduce the DATA TRANSFER form way2sms’s site i had made a simple PHP script which will act as an intermediate for sending the SMS
i assure you that none of your DATA or personal information is saved
i’ll shortly relese the Source as well as the PHP script so that you can use it on your own website
ok so here are some of its screen shots
Some times gets hanged
Tested only on qvga only (need someone to test on other models too)
SMS bBomber is still being programmed so may be lag sometimes
Phone numbers must be edited manually(means you have to remove +91 or 0 from your number to send message manually)
as usual no search option while adding contacts
no Beta testers till now
You can follow the development in the original application thread.