It’s pretty much a proven, scientific fact that the HTC Pico (a.k.a. Explorer) is one heck of a trooper. Its 3.2 inch screen, 600 MHz processor, and 512 MB of RAM have seen more action than the latest and greatest devices out on the market right now. Having marched past Sense 4.0 without batting an eye, having Firefox OS for breakfast, and conquering dual booting, the Pico can now proudly boast Sense 5.0 on the trophy shelf.
Accomplished by XDA Senior Member xaak, Sense 5.0 has been ported from the HTC Desire 500 and 600 to the Pico. With the port, HTC Pico users will now be able to enjoy the many revamped and new features that few legacy devices get to enjoy, such as a slicker user interface and Blinkfeed. Also, a special mention must go to XDA Recognized Developer cute_prince, whose ION kernel serves as the foundation of the port.
As of now, almost everything that’s required for a usable daily driver seems to be working such as WiFi, GPS and mobile data. But since the port is still in its beta phase, not everything is working as expected, namely the camera and video recording. Other bugs include the default music player force closing and that everything is not resized.
So for those interested in the project, be sure to check out the development thread for more details.
Now that we’re in the latter half of 2013, it seems that the majority of the tech world has left older devices in the dust. With a plethora of new devices from various manufacturers, more devices are coming our way before the year’s close. Along with this, previous devices are being pushed further and further back into the archives. So it’s wonderful to see that this is certainly not the case for a few aged devices, as we have seen previously with the (almost) entire Xperia line of 2011.
Now we can add the HTC Pico to the list, as XDA Recognized Contributors -JohnCarter- and -NickHalden- have discovered a method to dual boot two ROMs on the 2011 device. The method largely consists of creating three SD-EXT partitions. This allows you to have two ROMS, a primary and a secondary, installed at the same time. Switching ROMs can be done with a simple custom app developed by Recognized Contributor galaxyfreak, and no data wipe or backup is required.
As of now, CyanogenMod Beta 6 is the only rom that can be installed as the primary ROM, while the secondary ROM can include any that does not use SD-EXT partitions, such as CM 9, CM 10, and stock firmware.
If you are interested in dual booting on your HTC Pico or are curious about the development, check out the original thread for more information.