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!]
March 13, 2012 By: David Watt
The HTC Sensation and HTC Evo 3D were recently treated to an eagerly anticipated Sense 4.0 port by Virtuous development team. These ports were based on the leaked HTC Endeavor RUU, meaning a lot of widgets and apps had to be resized, due to the difference in screen resolution between the two devices and the HTC Endeavor (now known as the HTC One X).
Today, on behalf of the Virtuous development team, Recognized Developer mdeejay brings us the first custom ROM for these two devices, based on the freshly leaked HTC One S Developer Preview RUU. Given the HTC Sensation/Evo 3D and HTC One S share the same screen resolution (540×960), no resizing of widgets or apps is required, meaning greater overall compatibility between the devices.
The ROM is currently in Alpha stages, so don’t expect everything to work out of the box. A list of known issues is provided, such as non working camera, Bluetooth, mass storage and animations. But the developer states that fixes will soon appear. To get your hands on this fresh port, head on over to the HTC Sensation and HTC Evo3D GSM threads.
It looks like the time has finally come for HTC device owners. After lots of promises, blood, sweat, and tears, we are finally seeing one of the largest handset manufacturers come out with the much anticipated ICS update for their 2011 line up of devices. The first reports started coming in this morning where a member got a notification update of an impending OTA, which was about 297 MB in size. XDA Forum Member FnH84 went a step further and caught this update.zip as well and uploaded it to a public domain for whoever wants to start tinkering with it.
Why is this a good thing you ask? Well, having an official build normally means that there is an official kernel associated with it, which will make sure that all features on your device are properly working. This means, working cameras, GPS, hardware acceleration, and much more. On top of that, this build comes loaded with Sense 3.6, albeit a lot of people were expecting Sense 4 to be loaded on it. Unfortunately, this is a story that we have seen far too many times where HTC will likely claim that no device older than the One series will be able to support Sense 4, much like they have done with every version of Sense in the past.
One thing worth mentioning is that there have been rumors that the update is so far being rolled out in the Nordic countries in Europe and possibly Germany. So, considering the time delay between updates world wide that HTC has presented in the past, we should see a world wide distribution of this within the next 1 to 2 weeks. The uploaded update.zip should serve as a new, more stable base to work out the kinks of the already existing ports for other devices like the EVO 3D.
All in all, happy devving everyone!
This release seems to be only available in Nordic countries (and possibly Germany?) at the moment.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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[Thanks febycv for the tip!]
February 25, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
The HTC Sensation and EVO 3D have seen many Ice Cream Sandwich builds come and go in their respective development sections. However, the ICS development work to date for the devices have either been based on Sense 3 or derived from the Android Open Source Project.
On behalf of the Virtuous development team, XDA Recognized Developer m-deejay brings us the first custom Sense 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich custom ROM for these similar devices. The custom ROM is based on the leaked HTC Endeavour RUU 0.96.401.2, and has been debloated and optimized for performance. However, being in beta status, not everything may be working perfectly just yet.
In the words of the developer:
This series is for ROM’s that are not feature complete, are test builds that may or may not receive any future updates. We generally would not recommend these builds for people that rely on there phone 100% of the time, they may, assuming you can live with bugs or missing features be suitable for daily use.
We already know that the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE will be the first devices to receive official Ice Cream Sandwich goodness from the Taiwanese giant, followed shortly by the Sensation XL. We also know that a test ROM was given to some people in Europe and Asia as part of a “soak build.”
Now we have two ICS RUU (ROM Update Utility) leaks for Sensation and Sensation XE. XDA Recognized Developer mike1986, brings us the leaks:
The developer mentions that although they seem like Release Candidates because of their quality, these are still just test builds. It seems that HTC is working to roll-out the official updates soon.
Keep in mind they are still TEST. thou they seem more like a Release Candidate .
Don’t flash unless you know what you are doing. May result with a damaged phone!
Head over to the original thread to get your hands on the RUUs and discuss functionality.
February 21, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
UPDATE: HTC Dumlock has now been updated to work seamlessly with any aftermarket recovery. Full details can be found directly on the TeamWin website.
When we first learned that HTC would be unlocking the bootloaders of its devices, enthusiasts everywhere relished the idea of complete device freedom. Later, HTC started to make true on its promise by unlocking its Verizon and AT&T bootloaders.
Unfortunately, though, all was not perfect with HTC’s unlock tool. Unlocking an HTC Sensation or EVO 3D using the official method results in being unable to flash to the boot partition via recovery. Instead, the more cumbersome fastboot protocol must be used.
Now thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy of TeamWin, we have a solution. The aptly titled HTC Dumlock allows users owners to use flash complete ROMs like normal—boot partition, included. In the words of the developer:
HTC Dumlock is a workaround for devices with HTC’s unlock that cannot flash boot from recovery. 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. We’ve added some extra features to TWRP 2 to allow you to easily restore the backup of boot once you’ve booted your recovery with this method.
HTC Dumlock essentially runs 3 commands to work its magic. The commands would be similar to this:
dump_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img
dump_image boot /sdcard/boot.img
flash_image boot /sdcard/recovery.img
Once you get back into recovery, the restore original boot looks kind of like this:
flash_image boot /sdcard/boot.img
[Thank you to Recognized Developers virus and TrevE and my fellow XDA Administrator Egzthunder1 for the tip!]
February 13, 2012 By: Former Writer
Some users have been having a lot of problems with the HTC dev bootloader unlock method. Not only does it not completely unlock the bootloader, but it causes problems with flashing things such as kernels and radios.
This problem is especially present on the HTC Sensation, who suffer from issues such as not being able to flash some radio files and some kernels, unless installed in a specific manner, can cause some problems such as WiFi problems.
XDA Senior Member tkraaa has has taken a deeper look at some of these problems and, more important, ways around them or ways to fix them along with links to more threads that can help fix them. Here’s tkraaa’s take on the WiFi issues:
it allows you to install Custom Roms , But what htc don’t tell you is that the custom rom should be using their htc Stock kernel in order to work without errors !!!!!!! . ( Otherwise for Roms with custom kernels , you have to install Custom Kernels in a certain Method to avoid errors like WiFi error !!!! )
So, if you’re facing some of these woes and need them fixed, you can check out all the fixes and explanations in the original thread. Additionally, you can find links to other threads that deal with these problems as well in case you need them.
We already knew to expect that the HTC Sensation was getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, but what we didn´t expect was that also will receive a white version as well. We have already seen Sensation XL in white and it looks quite nice. Currently, the Sensation comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual core MSM8260 Snapdragon at 1.GHz and S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches. The white version has the same specs as the one we already know and only changes its appearance with a nice white and silver color.
The expected launch date for this model is pointing to March 1st, and with the release date we hope HTC Sense 4.0 is finished and ready to load into the White Sensations. Unfortunately for the devices already circulating in the market there is no specific date for the “official” update, which will arrive via OTA.
HTC Germany is the first to confirm the launch of the white Sensation.
Please tell us what you think by leaving a comment below and thanks for reading.
If you like HTC Sense and which you could have it with a dose of Ice Cream Sandwich, your wait is over: XDA Recognized Developer robocik has posted the first ICS ROM with Sense 3.5 for the HTC Sensation. The ROM is still a beta, but most of the core functionality works just fine, and even includes Face Unlock, among other ICS features. To download, click on to the discussion thread.
December 8, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Up, up, down, down, menu, back, power. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever used a standard Android recovery, I’m sure it does. Why is it that accessing the recovery partition on a modern, touch-screen device feels a little like entering the Konami code? Thanks to 4EXT Recovery Touch by XDA forum member madmaxx82, this is no longer the case for the HTC Sensation, Desire S, Incredible S / 2, Desire HD / Inspire 4G, and Desire Z /G2.
Making full use of the your touchscreen, EXT4 Recovery Touch allows you to accomplish all the typical Android recovery fare in a touch-friendly manner. Additionally, the recovery is extremely themeable, meaning that you can customize the recovery to your heart’s delight. If that’s not enough, the recovery even detects and displays your local time. Those concerned about performance needn’t worry, as the developer assures us that speed is unhindered due to the asynchronous UI rendering and a low overhead. The feature list, according to the developer:
- includes all of the many features from 4EXT Recovery Classic, see 2nd post
- brand new user interface: “4EXT UI”
- touchscreen only!
- extreme theming capabilities!
- nearly ALL YOU SEE is changeable.
- “worker bar”: create your own custom animations, there are (nearly) no limits! Use any shapes/sizes/animations et.c.
- extra low cpu needed for that: absolutely no negative impact on backup/restore speed.
- async UI rendering for optimal performance for the “heavy tasks” like backup/restore
- based upon the extremely, rock solid version 4EXT Recovery Classic v2.2.7 RC5
- with little enhancements: “preserve theme” now works
- Detects your local time zone
- Displays your local time
- Correct time is used for backups you start from within recovery
- .. explore the new interface to see more
Looking to get in on the action? Just head over to the appropriate recovery threads to get started:
[Thanks to Whiskey103 for the heads up!]
As we’ve stated in the past, one of the highlights of the Android OS is how it allows you to customize almost every aspect to your every whim. Often times, however, you wish to change more than the superficial by delving into the world of radio, bootloader, recovery, and splash screen modification. Assuming you have already achieved S-Off status on your device, XDA forum member danward brings us the perfect tool for your hacking needs.
Assuming you have USB debugging enabled and have the appropriate hboot drivers installed, Android Flasher allows you to flash these previously difficult-to-flash areas in just a couple of clicks. The Windows-based app currently works on the following HTC phones: Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD, EVO 4g, EVO 3D, Desire S, Incredible S, Thunderbolt, and Sensation. In the words of the developer:
This application flashes the specific parts of your device, ie. Bootloader, Recovery, Splash screen, and Radio.
It has taken many hours and much extensive research and testing on multiple devices to make a straightforward, efficient and reliable program to offer you the freedom in device customisation you are otherwise denied.
The app allows you to quickly customise your device in a way that is simple and alot goes on behind the scenes to guarantee you don’t get caught with error messages.
The splash screen is the image before the boot animation, (by default the white HTC logo.) With this application you can change it in under a minute.
If you’re interested in giving this a shot on your own device, make your way to the application thread. You’ll finally be able to (easily) get rid of that annoying HTC splash screen once and for all.
Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device’s development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs listed with “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Check out our list! READ ON »
If you happen to have the HTC Sensation, you may be aware of the work done by XDA member |ErosizeD|. For those of you who are not BR CameraMod promises to increase your camera powers: video quality can be enjoyed at 1080p @40mbps as well and the mods are presented with the following improvements:
Better image quality ( compression set to 0% ).
Higher bitrate values 8mbps up to 20mbps only HD working. ( 1080 not working due kernel or system ).
Boost of 80MB.
Sense 3.5 ROM´s
Better image quality ( compression set to 0% ).
Higher bitrate values ( 10mbps up to 40mbps practically BluRay DVD quality in terms of bitrate ).
Generally increased FPS stability, and camera performance.
Boost of 80MB.
The developer warns to proceed carefully to avoid unwanted results. Remember to choose the proper mod for your rom.
Please leave your comments to let us know how is working on your ROM.
Originally posted by |ErosizeD|
First of all this mod can’t break your phone, so stay calm, if everything not working, maybe you did something wrong, or maybe i did something wrong haha
MOD Information. ( Small info about what things i modified, and what do )
MOD Explanation for every rom. ( ensure to read this, there are few mods for each rom. )
MOD Downloads. ( the downloads from my host, there must be all the zips, usually flasheable )
MOD Comparisons. [ Videos and Photos with the mod ]
Extra Stuff. ( Tutorials, Video-Tutorials, Questions and answers…etc )
What do you need to know before download or flash anything.
First of all, know what type of rom you have, there are 2 types.
CyanogenMOD Roms ( also miui )
Sense roms ( 3.0 | 3.5 ) is not the same, so be careful.
Continue on to the original thread to find more.