April 23, 2012 By: egzthunder1
HTC’s locking of the bootloaders during last year was nothing short of a spectacular feat. It was really a battle of the titans, where the original line-up of Sensation-like devices came with a locked bootloader, which was later unlocked and S-OFFed, only to be updated to yet another revision of the HBOOT. But the second time around, it was locked to an almost unlockable state. Having heard many complaints from the user base (and us), HTC decided to offer the olive branch and simply gave up on locking the HBOOT. In fact, they themselves provided a way to unlock this and allow the flashing of custom code on the devices (of course, your warranty flew out the window if you did). Several giants came along such as Revolutionary, but now the next step in the evolution of S-OFF has arrived, and its name is Juopunutbear, and it has been delivered by XDA Forum Members Fuses and globatron.
Details on the unlock process are somewhat scarce (and quite frankly, that is indeed a good thing), but it seems to be that the devs found some sort of exploit common on most dev unlocked devices. The process seems to include what the devs have called a “wire trick”, which according to the pictures involves placing the device in download mode by touching a contact in the device’s board with one end of a wire (accessible without having to take it apart) and the other end of the wire to the device’s sd card slot metal casing. Everything else is done by the software, but your timing in doing everything must the right or else it will not work. Also, since the devices are somewhat different from each other, the devs have added a set of instructions, with video demonstrations, for each one of them.
The program has been extensively beta tested by a closed yet somewhat large group of people. However, as it is customary, the devs do state that the process is not perfect and that there is the likelihood that the devices could be bricked in the process. Having said that, proceed with extreme care and ensure that the device that you are going to S-OFF is in fact the one for which you are following instructions on.
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April 11, 2012 By: Former Writer
While it is very convenient to be able to unlock any HTC device on the HTCdev.com website, it is still quite a difficult task for some who either just can’t get it to work right or aren’t as Android savvy as they’d like to be. It is for these people that most developers will create an auto-unlock or auto-root tool. So even those who don’t have the time to learn Android can share in the rooted magic.
XDA Forum Member fenguepay has done just this with an auto unlocker tool for the HTC Rezound. The tool, once run, will automatically unlock the bootloader, giving users the ability to flash ROMs, flash tweaks, and any number of other things. The tool itself is still in beta mode, so don’t be surprised if there are a few bugs. As fenguepay says:
It is only v1.x so it is sure to have some errors.
If you find any, post them here If i don’t respond to them then PM me.
I will try to find and fix as fast as possible.
So do know that if you run into an error and report it, fenguepay is on it and will try to get it fixed. Currently, the bugs for the application aren’t extensive, and recent versions are much more stable and streamlined than the earlier versions. So even as a beta, users can be confident that this won’t damage their phone permanently.
For additional information, download links and more, feel free to hit up the original thread . It is a root/unlock method, so be sure to exercise the proper caution and make sure you follow all the steps, and ask if you have questions.
March 26, 2012 By: Former Writer
HTC users occasionally have to use some interesting methods to flash what they want onto newer devices. From risky methods of downgrading their bootloader to applications that have to flash kernels, device hacking isn’t always straight forward. To help make this a bit easier, XDA Recognized Developer drellisdee has posted a tool that allows HTC owners to look at, and change, their Main Version.
The tool allows users to lower their Main Version to allow the flashing of older RUUs, which could help downgrade Android versions and HBoots if used properly. While originally intended for the HTC Rezound, this tool is compatible with other emmc-based HTC devices starting with the G2 / Desire-Z, and has been tested successfully on the Incredible 2. In the words of the developer:
This tool will allow reading and directly writing the main version in Htc’s misc partition to allow flashing if your main version is higher than the hboot/fastboot zip you are trying to flash or for the purpose of software downgrading on most HTC devices.
Device must be an emmc based HTC & you must have root.
This should work on all emmc based HTC devices G2 to current such as rezound. This tool has been tested on Incredible 2 and on Rezound.
The application itself is for Linux users only, but Recognized Developer con247 has implemented the program into a recovery-flashable update.zip. Eventually, drellisdee has plans to implement this into a custom recovery:
I will eventually have this included into my RA Revamped recovery lineup as time permits.
Those interested in getting started or checking out the source code should head over to the original thread. Just be sure to proceed with caution to not end up with an expensive and shiny paper weight.
March 21, 2012 By: Former Writer
It’s a well known fact that Android users generally love theming. Let’s face it, while they’re very appreciated and important, battery saving kernel modules just don’t fan the flames of fanboyism as much as a user’s favorite theme does. And many users identify with their devices more when their favorite theme is up and running.
One aspect of theming that adds to the overall feel of a device is the boot animation. Much like a job interview, the boot animation is the first real interaction a user has with any Android device and, of course, it’s a little easier dealing with a boot-loop when you actually enjoy the boot animation. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member racinwarrior has posted a method that will allow users of the HTC Rezound to bring their favorite boot animations to ICS by helping them make their own.
The method is pretty standard and requires the use of an already existing Boot Animation Creator by XDA Senior Member despotovski01 along with the specific settings and files required to bring the animation to life specifically for the HTC Rezound running Ice Cream Sandwich.
If porting your favorite Gingerbread boot animation to ICS or even porting boot animations from other devices to the HTC Rezound, then check out racinwarrior’s boot animation thread for additional details, full instructions and download links. Since the Boot Animation creator works for a variety of devices, anyone who wants to give boot animations a try can click the Boot Animation Creator link above and check that out as well. As usual, don’t forget to perform a back up before flashing anything. It’s always a good idea.
The billion dollar question right now in the Android world is whether or not your device will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As they so humorously put it:
Few innovations have improved upon ice cream as much putting it between two cookies and making a sandwich. Which is why we all want Ice Cream Sandwich! Ok, that’s not the real reason, but we’re all excited about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to HTC.
While there is constant speculation as to which devices will be added to the ICS list, not very many firm answers are to be found. Luckily, HTC has just released a public statement as to which devices are slated to receive Google’s latest tasty treat.
Timing is the next important question. HTC has spoken up on this issue as well, stating that the updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE would begin in the coming weeks, with the Sensation 4G andSensation following thereafter. However, the schedule still remains unclear for the other devices slated to receive the OS update.
As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.
While many of us are still irked at the fact that HTC’s first generation Snapdragon devices such as the original HTC Incredible and the legendary Evo 4G are not on the update list, their omission is understandable given that not even the HTC-built Google Nexus One is receiving ICS in official capacity. However, the fact that these devices will be receiving Sense 3.6 rather than Sense 4 is a bit of a bigger blow. However, you can bet that our developer community will have that covered, as they have already begun to do so.
Source: HTC Blog
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A few days ago, we brought you coverage of the HTC Dumlock method for the HTC EVO 3D and HTC Sensation. Now this method of flashing to the boot partition through recovery has made it’s way to the HTC Rezound.
Put simply, we make backups of recovery and boot, then we flash the backup of recovery to boot. When you reboot normally, you’ll be in your recovery, but since your recovery is flashed to boot, you can make changes to boot.
For those who aren’t familiar, the Dumlock is applied so users can flash full ROMs—including the boot partition, which was previously locked down unless users flashed using fastboot. Having to flash things over fastboot to get to the boot partition is an unfortunate side effect of the official htcdev unlock method.
February 16, 2012 By: Former Writer
Restoring a phone to stock can be a serious pain, especially for HTC devices. Finding the correct RUU, flashing the S-On tool in recovery (sometimes repeatedly til it works), trying to flash it via the bootloader, then several hours of figuring out why the flash fails before it works. It can be very frustrating to get it back to full stock.
The tool, recently updated to version 2, has the capacity to create a flashable zip that will restore you to stock and, as of the update, can flash boot images as well. Says con247:
The main point of this tool is to create a PH98IMG.zip specific to your needs that has the right mainver attached to it and the right boot.img of the rom you want to get to.
Version 2 already out! You can flash custom boot images with this tool now! Put any boot image you want on your sd card named customboot.img and select the appropriate option in the tool.
While there are a few set backs, this tool promises to take the frown out of restoring to stock and that’s something every HTC user can appreciate. Do take note of the limitations at the bottom of the first post, as they are important.
For additional information, download links, a video and instructions, you can find all that and more in the original thread.
XDA Recognized Developer JoelZ9614 brings Ice Cream Sandwich to lucky HTC Rezound owners. The first version of his ROM comes with Sense 3.6, which is identical to previous Sense 3.5, with only a few “inside” fixes; ROM is stock 3.10.605.7 Base and includes the Sony Bravia Engine, all over Android 4.0.3 ICS.
Developer mentions about some stuff he´s still working on like the data arrows and Google Calendar Sync which are not properly working at the moment.
Normally one should have to wait quite some time before getting the official update but lets not forget that thanks to the Chefs is that we can enjoy all the fresh stuff popping out on our devices a couple of days after they are launched. Of course your help is very important!, by leaving your feed back is that the new versions are corrected and launched.
Originally posted by JoelZ9614
Well just got my rezound yesterday and i didn’t see any Sense 3.6 stock roms people can base off of so here it is.This Rom Will Receive No Updates It’s Just A Base For Everyone To Use Just Give Me Some Credit In The OP Is All I Ask.
Ramdisk is special for sony bravia engine so you need the new PH98IMG.zip
Yes your main version will change to the latest ics leak one so take precautions
The Great Users Of XDA That Bought Me This Phone Thanks Guys
Continue on to the original thread
Thanks for reading.
Theming can involve a number of long and tedious activities. Applying the same theme to dozens, even hundreds of icons. even more tedious is taking those icons and putting them back into the apk files they came from.
For users of the HTC Rezound, there’s one less step from concept to completion. XDA Senior Member MrSmith317 has created a .bat script that automatically switches out the icons in the com.htc.resources.apk, framework-res.apk and SystemUI.apk for your themed ones. As with any new software, there are a few peculiarities that people who want to try it and some potential improvements that could be added in future releases. As MrSmith317 explains:
Only gotcha is that it is case sensitive providing the APK name. I’d love to hear feedback if you give it a try. I’ll revise this again in a bit after I get some feedback. If there’s interest I’ll build one that allows XML swaps as well.
The instructions are very easy to follow so there’s virtually no learning curve for those who are still new to the theming world. Just drop the icons into the appropriate folder and run the script.
For those themers out there who want to check it out, you can find the script download, the instructions and discussion about it in the tool’s thread.
January 30, 2012 By: liwen
Verizon might tout its LTE capabilities, but what if you’re not in the US and thus can’t use the HTC Rezound on Big Red? Good news, as the Rezound includes radios that enable it to work globally on all GSM networks. How come?
Well, forum member i rule123, who’s based in the UK, accidentally ordered one for Christmas, under the impression that it was a world phone – which many promptly pointed out not to be the case. However, that didn’t stop him from trying, and after receiving his Rezound and equipped with a SIM card from T-Mobile UK, he went ahead and switched off LTE, only to find a menu with options for “Global mode”, “GSM only, “WCDMA only” and so on.
Indeed, after some more trying, it turned out that he was able to make and receive phone calls and use data with no problems at all – the only thing not working is sending SMS, regardless of the ROM used.
If you’re really sharp-eyed, you may have noticed that the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 SoC found in the Rezound is listed with GSM and UMTS support, and also used in the HTC EVO 3D. Still, if you want to read up on possible issues before ordering an HTC Rezound for yourself, head over to the forum thread.
January 29, 2012 By: liwen
Verizon began to roll out a new update to the HTC Rezound a few days ago. It’s not Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but rather a maintenance release that mostly improves stability and fixes a few other odd issues here and there. According to the official documentation, the new update bring the software version to 2.01.605.11, baseband to 0.95.00.1118r, and the following changes:
Even better, there’s no reason to hold back on this OTA update since it has already been rooted – a forum thread details the process. Alternatively, you flash a pre-rooted stock ROM with the OTA cooked in.
January 23, 2012 By: Former Writer
The HTC Rezound has a number of Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs. Most of them also include HTC Sense or are based on HTC Sense framework (often called “senseless”). However, there isn’t a whole lot of AOSP love going on in the HTC Rezound forums. At least, there wasn’t a few days ago.
XDA Senior Member dmeadows013 has been working, released, and is now actively updating an Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP port for the Verizon’s beastly HTC phone. Based on the HTC Evo 3D port of ICS, the ROM is still only in beta and one can expect to have issues.
Here’s a list of what isn’t working:
So it isn’t quite ready for prime time, daily driver usage yet but seeing a ROM available to flash is always an encouraging step forward for any phone development.
If this is something you want to check out, possibly help with or if you just wanna flash it and check it out, you can find all the information, download links, instructions (but not screen shots…yet) and much more in the ROMs original thread.
January 2, 2012 By: Former Writer
The current kernel installation process on the HTC Rezound is, in a word, a mess. For the most part, users are all but stuck using the kernels that come with the custom ROM they’re using.
That is, until now. XDA Senior Member con247 has devised a script that will take the kernel of your choice and package it into a ramdisk image that you can package into an empty PH98IMG.zip file and flash via the phone’s hboot. This makes it possible to use any kernel you want with any ROM you want and it works while the bootloader is s-on.
Here’s the details on how the script works:
1) Dumps your current boot.img (this should be the one you flashed that was provided with a ROM)
2) Opens it and replaces the kernel with the one in the zip file.
*To add your own kernel (zImage) open the zip file with 7zip (don’t extract). Then go into the kernel folder and replace the zImage with your own.*
3) Recombines the ramdisk from the extracted boot image with your new kernel.
4) Plops the new boot.img on your SD card as newBootImg.img
From there it’s simply taking that new .img file, renaming it, dropping it into the PH98IMG and flashing via the bootloader. Voila! For further information, download links, a more detailed changelog and installation instructions, you can check out the original thread found here. While it isn’t the most time effective process out there, it’s still a very handy tool for those flasher aficionados out there.