October 11, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Every phone has its issues. Be it a small bug, battery issue, or other, phones pose a particular challenge to developers because with each new device there is a new set of problems that have to be fixed. For the HTC Rezound, there is an unusual bug that was recently fixed.
Apparently, the Rezound has a problem with inline headset controls, where using the buttons would cause the screen to turn on. This is a problem that the Headset Hook Mod looks to correct. XDA Senior Member GoldenCyn, who released the mod, explains further:
The headset hook mod allows you to use any earphones or headphones that have inline controls and allow you to pause, skip, play from any music source on your phone without the screen turning on. This fixes a common issue when you have your phone in your pocket and accidentally pocket dial or activate unwanted processes without your knowledge, and even dreaming of battery with the screen being on.
To use the mod, simply flash it in recovery. One thing to note, it has been tested in TWRP 2.1.0 and Amon RA 3.15 and works for those recoveries. It has not been tested in any ClockworkMod as of yet, so your results may vary. It has been confirmed to not work on TWRP 2.2.1 at the moment. So if you are currently using 2.2.1, you may have to revert to a prior recovery first.
To learn more, check out the original thread.
Unlocking a bootloader is kind of a big deal around here. After the drama that surrounded the unlocking of the Verizon Galaxy S III bootloader, the resultant happiness was more than enough motivation for other developers to get it done as well. For many HTC devices, the current tool for unlocking bootloaders is the now famous Juopunutbear S-Off method. Unfortunately many HTC updates also bring with them new HBoots, which are no longer compatible with Juopunutbear.
However, XDA Senior Member vinylfreak89 has released a tool for unlocking the 2.27 HBoot of the HTC Rezound. The method used is the same as the Juopunutbear, and vinylfreak89 has openly stated that it will be taken down when Juopunutbear is updated to work with the 2.27 HBoot. It is still a very nice hack for those who want S-Off on the latest HBoot at this very minute.
Thus far despite some initial doubt, users have reported success in using this, and no one has reported any issues. Given that it uses similar methods to Juopunutbear, it’s very likely that Juopunutbear itself will receive an official update to 2.27 HBoot. Until then, though, there is still a way. For more info, go to the original thread.
A while back, we brought you news of the HTC Unbricking Project. In essence, the project allows for users to restore their bricked HTC devices. For once, we’re not talking about soft bricks, either. The sort bricks this helps fix are ones where the HBoot is corrupted, seemingly making the phone hard bricked. Now, the HTC Rezound has been added to the project as well.
On behalf of the rest of the Unbricking team, XDA Recognized Contributor antp121 has released their work for the HTC Rezound. Much like its prior releases, users will need a Linux installation without Unity, the latest RUU for the Rezound, and of course the bricked device. From there, it’s a long and complicated tutorial that walks users through fixing what used to be a brick bad enough to ship back to the manufacturer.
The kind of issues this fixes are pretty uncommon. As antp121 explains:
We are proud to announce that the Rezound is now UNbrickable. Users with the QHSUSB_DLOAD issue can now fully recover their phones and get them fully functional. For any support, feel free to contact me on twitter, post in this thread or even PM me This method was tested by me when i n00bed out
Note: This will fix only devices which were bricked by turning S ON and bricks caused by a damaged hboot via interrupted OTA update/RUU flash on a S-ON device.
So if you happen to have this problem, there is now a solution. For more details, check out the Rezound Unbricking thread. This was also released for the HTC EVO 4G LTE a short time ago, but HTC has since patched their methods. So don’t be surprised if the same happens with the other Unbricking Project-supported devices. Good job, HTC.
July 26, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
There is nothing quite like flashing a new ROM and finding out one of your favorite applications didn’t make the cut. Usually, this is no big deal, as it’s a matter of installing the application or, at worst, dropping an application into /system/app with a root file manager and modifying permissions. Sometimes, though, the application requires a little more than that—namely the inclusion of libraries. This often happens with proprietary HTC applications. For HTC Rezound owners, there is now a short guide to help get HTC Location and HTC Footprints back onto any ROM has them removed.
The short tutorial, written by XDA Forum Member Budderz, is also a practical guide for restoring any application that requires additional libraries. For HTC Locations and HTC Footprints, users simply need to download the libraries and program files provided by Budderz. Then, users move the apps into /system/app using their favorite root explorer. From there, they then have to move the libraries into /system/lib.
To get started and download the required files, check out the original thread.
July 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Not too long ago, we brought you news that allowed HTC EVO 4G LTE users to customize their bootloaders. The process was pretty cool, allowing users to make their bootloader look however they want—including making it look unhacked. After the initial project was released, users clamored for this to be made available to more devices. The requests were heard and responded to. Now, the plugin has been made available to make the bootloader customizer for a number of HTC devices.
The process for a developer to port this is not hard. XDA Recognized Contributor regaw_leinad, who developed the application and plugin, takes a time out from the stags (yes, that’s really him) to explain how:
it’s basically all written, they just need to fill in the values for their hboot, and embed the hboot.img into the exe. I already have a placeholder for the hboot.img and android-info.txt so a drag and drop over them should keep it embedded.
Regaw_leinad is also creating the application for the supported devices, but wanted to release the plugin first so users had a chance to get it sooner. The current list of supported HTC devices include:
While the list is quite large, one must keep in mind that not all of these devices have S-Off, and users must have S-Off in order to actually use this application. To get started, visit the original thread.
Since then, developers and users alike have been dancing around whether or not to remove HTCLinkify. While it hasn’t been removed in many ROMs yet, many users have requested its removal. With that in mind, XDA Senior Member AshtonTS posted a simple guide for the HTC Rezound to completely remove HTCLinkify. As luck would have it, the guide is actually compatible with any HTC device with HTCLinkify.
The guide itself is simple. The first step is removing the HTCLinkify apk file using your favorite root explorer app. Then using your choice of build.prop editors, you remove a single entry in your build.prop. Finally, reboot into recovery to wipe Dalvik cache and /cache. HTCLinkify will be gone for good. Naturally, one must be rooted before proceeding. As mentioned, the process is universal so there’s no variance in doing with with any device plagued with HTCLinkify and, in fact, is pieced together using another method by XDA Forum Member iconeo for the EVO 4G LTE.
June 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Not too long ago, we brought you news of an all in one tool kit for a variety of devices that delivered permanent root, unlocked the bootloader, installed a custom recovery, and batched installed apk files. There was, however, one thing missing—S-Off. At the time of its release, S-Off was still a dream for many of these devices, but it has since become a reality. HTC Amaze 4G, Vivid, Rezound and MyTouch 4G Slide owners can now enjoy S-Off easily thanks to a new tool kit.
XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000 has released another decent sized batch of tool kits for HTC devices with the sole purpose of obtaining S-Off easily on the aforementioned HTC devices. Of course, from there you can use the all-in-one tool kits for just about anything else. The tool kits are easy to use. Users simply open up the interface, and are given all the tools needed to make a successful hack. The features include:
- Links to a video and instructions to prepare you to S-Off your device
- HTC Drivers
- Command to flash an HBOOT of your choosing (Be sure you know what you are doing!)
- Command to flash a Recovery of your choosing
Of course, this is all based on the brilliance that is Juopunutbear, and all proper credit is given. Head over to the appropriate thread to get started:
One of the most common questions here at XDA over the past several months has been, “When will my HTC device receive Ice Cream Sandwich?” Now, thanks to a tip from XDA Senior Member neoofoox we have our answer.
Although we previously mentioned the devices confirmed to get ICS from HTC’s blog back in March, it was only recently that HTC finally confirmed their timeline for this year’s releases. According to HTC:
What is the overall timeline of Android 4.0 updates?
The majority of devices will receive upgrades in June and July 2012 and we expect to finish upgrades in August 2012 for all announced devices.
When will my device get the Android 4.0 upgrade?
The target timeline for announced devices is below. Because of partner and network testing, and approval processes for device updates, it can take up to 45 days for all carriers and countries to get the update after a rollout has begun.
DROID Incredible 2 by HTC To be determined (by the end of August) HTC Amaze 4G May-June HTC Desire S June-July HTC Desire HD July-August HTC EVO 3D June-July HTC EVO 4G+ May-June HTC EVO Design 4G June-July HTC Incredible S June-July HTC Sensation March-June HTC Sensation 4G March-June HTC Sensation XE March-June HTC Sensation XL April-Jun HTC Rezound June-July HTC Rhyme June-July HTC Thunderbolt July-August HTC Velocity 4G March-June HTC Vivid March-June
Please note these dates are targets and may shift due to testing and approvals.
For a detailed look at when your specific device will be getting a taste of frosty Android goodness and several other questions answered, head on over the official page and salivate over your upcoming good fortune.
May 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Capacitive buttons aren’t generally the most tweaked items in the Android hacker’s arsenal. While they can often be too dim, many find them way too bright.
Having the backlight too bright can distract users attempting to use their devices to read or play games in dim environments. After all, it’s a little hard to concentrate with that home button glowing at you. In fact, the capacitive buttons being too bright was a major issue causing light leakage for the HTC Amaze 4G. Now owners of the HTC Rezound can lower their brightness as well.
XDA Senior Member rsage has released an easy-to-install script that will lower the brightness of the Rezound’s capacitive buttons. The idea came when rsage found a script that permanently turned the lights off or on. He then figured that this would be a nice in-between solution for Rezound users.
The installation instructions are pretty basic. Place the update.zip on your SD card, flash in recovery, and reboot. The modification is currently only compatible with Sense 4.0 ROMs—as any version below that is actually compatible with LeeDroid Tweaks, which includes a similar mod.
For additional info, visit the original thread.
May 9, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Tool kits are often one of the most useful things a user will ever download. They usually let users efficiently perform a variety of tasks including acquiring root, installing a custom recovery, and flashing various development work ranging from ROMs to kernels. In other words, it lowers the entry cost for new users, and allows even the more experienced users to enjoy easy flashing.
Now, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, there are a variety of tool kits for many HTC devices. Currently supported devices include the HTC myTouch 4G Slide, HTC One S, HTC One X, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Rezound, and the HTC Vivid.
For some users, this tool kit is not exactly a new experience. This is the tool was recently used in the post-update root tutorial for the HTC Sensation. However, it’s worth mentioning all of the great things this tool does for devices. In the case of the One X, the features include:
- Get Token ID
- Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
- Install Recoveries
Interim Custom CWM
DoomRecovery Custom CWM
CWM 126.96.36.199 (Touch)
-Flash Kernels provided
- Link to this thread (Android-Dev / XDA)
- Link to PM me if you need a phone unlocked (Android-Dev / XDA)
- Link to the One X Development thread (Android-Dev / XDA)
- Boot Into Recovery
- Boot into Bootloader
- Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
- APK Batch Installer (Credits to hamsteyr)
- Donate to me (Hasoon2000) -> Donating to yours truly for putting time into this!
In terms of tool kits, this does pretty much everything you’d expect, plus a whole bunch of other stuff as well, such as linking back to the device’s respective XDA-Developers forum. Users looking to get in on the tool kit action should proceed to their appropriate thread:
New development often means that older work may have issues. New firmware can break root, for instance, and new ROM bases can make themes not work properly. Unfortunately, when a bootloader is unlocked, the recovery occasionally goes bonkers. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as not being able to restore Nandroid backups or mount your SD card from recovery when it’s something you’re used to being able to do.
For those using Amon Ra recovery on the HTC Rezound, you know what that’s like. Fortunately, there is now a fix available thanks to XDA Senior Member carm01, who posted a couple of fixes that should fix the Amon Ra Recovery problems and set everyone right.
The fix for the Nandroid backups requires users to erase their internal SD card—twice, actually. Users need to reflash Amon Ra V3.14, wipe the SD card from within the recovery, and finally boot back into their ROM and erase it again. Presumably, users should make a backup of all the data they want saved, but after these wipes, Nandroid backups should work again.
The mounting issue is a little different, and requires users to reformat the SD card using all the default settings. However, this may not work for everyone, so the only way to know if it’ll work for you is to try it. Once all the fixes are applied, users should be back to their usual recovery awesomeness, able to restore their data to their internal SD card without issues.
To fix your recovery woes, head on over to the original thread.
Flashing a radio can greatly affect your device. It can improve signal strength, improve data speeds, or even help with things like call quality and alleviating dropped calls. On some devices which have radio bugs on release, such as complete loss of signal, a radio flash can alleviate these issues and restore stability to signal. However, and especially on HTC devices, a bad radio flash can easily result in a very expensive paperweight.
With that in mind, XDA Forum Member nolimitzr2 has posted a thread with the latest radios for the HTC Rezound, pulled from the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich RUUs. The radios, which users can install using pre-compiled PH98IMG.zip files in the bootloader or individually, come in multiple flavors including the tried and true Gingerbread radios as well as the new leaked ICS ones. Users would do well to download both in case they should want to switch back to the old radio. Users intending to use these should proceed with caution, says limitzr2:
Your mileage may vary these havent been tested in every combination of Hboot\Firmware\OS so there may be issues. However I will do my best to update this post of any known issues.
So there could be some compatibility issues depending on what your individual Rezound is running as these radios are largely untested. Also, as many HTC owners already know, a botched radio flash can cripple a phone and leave it bricked so be sure to check the MD5 and be sure your phone is in no danger of accidentally turning off or losing battery mid flash.
For more information, the download links and the thread discussion, check out the radio thread.
April 23, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Acquiring S-Off is the Holy Grail of all root for HTC device owners. With S-Off, users can flash unsigned firmware images and obtain permanent root. For those who would like to go even further, you can always flash the Engineering HBoot, or ENG HBoot for short. This offers even more fun, such as extended Fastboot commands. For many HTC owners, flashing the ENG HBoot after obtaining S-Off is a priority. This can now be done on the HTC Rezound thanks to XDA Recognized Developer con247, who has posted a thread allows users to have the ENG HBoot, with all associated perks.
As with any HBoot installation, be sure you read everything very carefully. Says con247:
If you try to S-ON the device with this HBOOT on it, it will BRICK. Restore the original hboot first via RUU.
And another warning added on by XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase
If this is the eng hboot I posted, avoid flashing it unless you know exactly what you are doing.
It may have issues with newer ICS radios.
So if you’re running ICS radios and/or aren’t yet S-Off, do not install this. If you’ve fulfilled all the safety requirements, then the process is actually relatively simple. Download the modified PH98IMG.zip, double and triple check that the MD5sum is correct, and install via the bootloader. Once done, you have gotten the ENG HBoot.
For more details, thread discussion, screen shots and more, check out the original thread.