Even though the HTC Sensation XL has been available since May 2011, there is still a dedicated community trying to keep the phone as up-to-date as possible. XDA Senior Member S.a.M.e.R_d released a ROM that allows XL users to enjoy the full benefits of Sense 4.1.
Currently, the ROM is on its seventh build, and the change log shows that there has been some rapid development since it first went live in December of last year. Common problems with early ROMs such as front and back facing camera issues seem to be fixed in the latest build, as well as apps that you will only find in an HTC Sense device.
S.a.M.e.R_d has also created a host of modifications that are ready to be installed on builds 6 and 7 of the ROM. Battery mods, Samsung’s lock pattern, Rosie mods and a multitude of fonts are all available. If for some reason you are stuck with V5 or below, there are some modifications ready to be downloaded.
If you have a Sensation XL laying around and wish to try Sense 4.1, this looks to be a great place to start. For more information about the ROM, please visit the original thread.
September 7, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Have you recently installed a new ROM on your HTC Sensation XL and found yourself pulling your hair out upon finding your SD card storage space all but lost? Don’t rush out to buy a new SD card in despair, and stop lamenting at the loss of your data. Your data and your space is still there.
Now, there’s a solution to get it back, thanks to XDA Senior Member [vertigo]. This problem has unfortunately common after installing ROMs on the Sensation XL. As it turns out, it’s due to flashing a ROM that’s not meant for the hboot version of your phone.
The solution is really simple, and can be done multiple ways, all of which are described in detail at the forum thread. So just head over to it and reclaim your lost SD card space the XDA way.
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 22, 2012 By: egzthunder1
If you own an HTC device, you may recall that one of the hardest things to bypass is the locked bootloader. Sure, you can unlock it by using the HTCDev web service that HTC offers for its customers. This essentially allows you to flash unsigned code such as ROMs and kernels onto these devices. But since the S-ON flag is still up, you are severely restricted as to what you can flash on your device. What if you just want to do more? Lets say that you want to roll back the latest radio upgrade that you applied because battery life was negatively impacted. The problem comes in the fact that in order to flash a radio while you have a semi-locked bootloader (with S-ON), you would need to flash the stock RUU that contains the radio in question, then flash back or Nandroid restore what you had before going back to stock. Problematic, right?
Recently, we have been covering the discoveries and developments that have allowed most HTC devices to achieve S-OFF by means of smart hacking. One of the only remaining devices to be left with S-ON was the Sensation XL, a.k.a. Runnymeade. Since it was not really fair for this to be the case, XDA Forum Member fardjad decided to try his luck at unlocking the device entirely. Needless to say, he was successful in this. Much unlike some of its predecessors, the method here does not seem to involve anything other than a Windows PC, a few files, and the corresponding drivers for the device. Please note that originally this was believed to bypass CID checking by the device, but according to a few reports this does not seem to be the case, so please tread carefully.
Please leave some feedback for the dev to try and iron any bugs that may be present.
The following have been tested and working:
erase (system, recovery, boot)
flash (zip, system, recovery, boot, hboot, radio)
It also by passes the CID check.. (See these posts: #26,
#27, #31, #38, and #60)
…and here is the flash ZIP, HBOOT, and Recovery demo:
You can find more information in the original thread.
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April 30, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With phones being released the world over, the same hardware often ends up running various different firmware revisions in different regions. And if a root method wasn’t specifically tailored for your specific firmware, you may experience issues when trying to root.
For example, certain users of the HTC Sensation XL using some Asian and European firmwares cannot achieve root with the current standard rooting method. While this is definitely not the fault of the developers who initially rooted the device, it does cause some problems for our international friends looking for functional root access.
When there’s a will, there’s a way—and that’s the attitude XDA Senior Member shingers5 brings with a secondary root method that should work for Sensation XL firmwares that do not currently have the root love. The method starts out as most HTC root methods do nowadays with the unlocking of the bootloader using HTCDev and flashing a custom recovery. The difference being that instead of flashing the usual method to gain root access, users are instead to flash SuperSU, created by XDA Elite Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire.
This alternate method is still considered experimental, but others have had luck in the thread. Anyone looking to try it out should do so with the appropriate caution that comes with using an experimental procedure, and provide feedback as well.
If the current root exploit isn’t working for you, check out the original thread for the alternative method, download links, and more.
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
[Thanks to all who sent in the tip!]
October 24, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Well, it seems that it is the time to go back to big devices, and the bigget they are, the more appealing they seem. You have likely seen he flurry of announcements regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC Sensation XL. The first of these two is said to bridge the gap between tabs and phones due to it having a larger screen but not making it big enough to qualify as a tab. It does carry some impressive specs on it though.
On the other hand, we get the Sensation XL by HTC. This is yet another behemoth of a device with a screen that is considerably larger than that of its closest relative, the HTC Sensation. Another interesting bit regarding this device is the fact that it carries a single core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Considering that there isn’t a whole lot of support for dual core apps at the moment, his seems like a smart move by HTC, although many will likely be put off by this.
Both of these devices are scheduled to release a few weeks from now. However, if you have either one of these and would like to leave a review, or drop something interesting that you found in them, please do it in their brand new fora.
You can visit the Galaxy Note in its new home on xda right here.
You can visit the Sensation XL in its new home on xda right here.
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October 24, 2011 By: mic_888
So, I popped over to the London International Technology Show today over at the Excel centre in East London to have a nose around and see if anything interesting was showing.
Although the show was heavily custom PC based, there were a few phones around including the new Google flagship phone, the much hyped Nexus Prime (or Samsung Galaxy Nexus) and HTC’s latest flagship Android device, the HTC Sensation XL.
Given that there are only a handful of the Nexus Primes floating around the country and only one on show here, I took the opportunity to grab it whilst I could and have a quick look. The device features a 4.65 inch 1280 x 720 Super Amoled display and dual core Cortex A9 processor but even with these impressive stats, I found the screen a bit dull and navigating around the phone not as snappy as I would have expected. Additionally, I was disappointed with the casing, which felt a little cheap and plasticky – a bit like the SGS2. However, some good news about the device – I was assured that the battery life is much better than the SGS2 (i.e. it would last at least a day with ‘normal’ use).
In comparison, the HTC Sensation XL, with it’s 4.7 inch 800 x 480 display appeared more vivid and bright and with the smooth aluminium white back casing felt solid and of higher quality in the hand. Running surprisingly on a single core chipset, the phone was responsive on Gingerbread with HTC Sense. One of the features for the HTC Sensation XL is the link with Dr Dre Beats and the special edition version comes with a pair of Beats Solo headphones which were also on display.
The Nexus Prime is due for UK release at the end of the year whilst the HTC Sensation XL is due for release here next month.
Thanks to the staff at Dialaphone for their time.
October 7, 2011 By: orb3000
Good news for all of us loyal HTC fans. It seems that after the huge success of the first Sensation, an even bigger brother in white boasting a huge 4.7 inch screen on a 480×800 Super LCD. This behemoth has been unveiled today under the name of Sensation XL and with good reason. It was being shown in London HTC´s event and we can see it´s official specifications being as follows:
- Sense 3.5
– 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon -wonder why this instead a dual core…-
– 8MP rear shooter, 1.3 ffc
– 9.9mm slim
– 16GB of internal storage
– Beats Audio
The strange thing is that it has no SD Card slot and will be available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific in early November. There is currently no ETA regarding a version for the Americas, but we are hoping it will come some time in 2012…
Are you drooling about the thought of this one with your name on it? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.