April 17, 2012 By: pstevep
Have you just rooted your brand new HTC One X? Are you are ready to break in and turn it into the custom beast that you have always dreamed of? Have you gone so far as decompiling your framework-res.apk and altering a few .XMLs? Maybe you even added a custom toast_frame.9.png? Once you start the recompile process, you are unfortunately met with a host of errors. After taking a breath and resisting the urge to destroy your computer, you try to figure out what you can do to fix these errors, but aren’t sure where to start.
XDA Recognized Themer Fernando Sor knows how to fix these common errors and was helpful enough to share it with us. As it turns out, there are 4 .XMLs that need to be rewritten to recompile correctly. Although this may be an arduous task, Fernando has written an in depth tutorial on how to do this. Thus, your process should be less painful, and more of a learning experience. He lays out all of the tools necessary and exactly what you need to change to make sure everything goes smoothly.
There is good news in this, as well as bad news. The good news is this method should work across all ICS Sense 4.0 based roms, the bad news is com.htc.resources.apk cannot be recompiled until apktool is updated. So although you can decompile and recompile your framework-res.apk without issue, you still won’t be able to fully customize your ROM without a little MacGyver skill. For now however check out the original thread and contribute to the conversation as well as learn from some of the best.
There are many mixed feelings regarding HTC Sense. Some people really love it, and some people absolutely hate it. There are even those who think it’s just mediocre. Wherever your preferences may fall, you still probably enjoy making your Sense look unique. Because let’s be honest, who wants their phone to look like everyone else’s? That is why we are here on XDA—to make these devices look and behave amazingly.
As anyone running Sense knows, you can download a skin from HTC or use one of the three built in Skins to make your device a little more unique. What if that isn’t enough? You could go to the Google Play Store and download one of the amazing Skins off there. But again, what if that skin has just that one little thing that isn’t exactly to your liking?
XDA Recognized Themer knightwolf123 may just have your answer. He has created an assortment of 17 different skins you can download. And if you can’t find quite what you are looking for, he has gone so far as to type out a guide to create your own. He also includes instructions on turning your favorite theme into Sense skin, with permission of course.
Both guides are very easy to follow and outline all of the details needed to create your own Skin. This makes it very easy for you to get in and get your hands dirty. Maybe thanks to knightwolf123‘s guides, you will create the next popular Sense skin on XDA. Continue to the original thread to check out his gallery of skins, and hopefully learn a little something while you’re at it.
With all the excitement surrounding the launch of HTC’s flagship One X, One XL, and One S phones, it’s easy to forget that there are other phones in the HTC One lineup. Never fear, however, as we haven’t forgotten about HTC’s new chin-laden device.
While the 1.0 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 may not pack the same punch as what’s found in its dual- and quad-core siblings and its 3.7″ WVGA screen doesn’t pack in a ridiculous number of pixels, the One V may very well offer the right combination of screen size, speed, build quality, and price for those who don’t demand the absolute bleeding edge in mobile technology. Plus, let’s not forget that that this phone comes loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the thankfully subdued Sense 4.0—an update many HTC devices are still waiting for.
Head over to the newly created forum to get in on the discussion.
March 28, 2012 By: Former Writer
Despite how many consider HTC Sense 3.0 and 3.5 as being very bloated, there is at least one place where HTC hit a home run–the lock screen. The customizable Sense lock ring is, far and wide, one of the most popular and functional lock screens. Of course, for rooted users it only gets better, as they can actually modify the lock ring to make it look how they want.
XDA Senior Member mohit1234 has written up a tutorial on how to theme lock rings for HTC Sense 3.0 and 3.5 that outlines the correct file size and the exact steps to take if you happen to own Photoshop. Additionally, the guide author also takes requests for lock rings, and the collection is already pretty extensive. While there are other guide threads available to accomplish the same, this one is among the most detailed and universal out there.
Despite being written for the HTC Amaze 4G, most of the steps can be used with other Sense 3.0 and 3.5 devices, as long as users take note of the appropriate PNG size for their display resolution, and modify the way it gets packaged. There are a few drawbacks, however. Mohit1234 does’t quite explain how to package the lock rings into a flashable update.zip, although we have covered update.zip creators in the past. Furthermore, users have to modify the individual APK of any Sense 3.0 or 3.5 skin they’re using to apply their lock ring.
For additional information, screen shots of the many lock rings already created, and additional tips and tricks, visit the modification thread.
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.
March 8, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Just a few days ago, we brought you news of an HTC Sense 4.0 port for the Samsung Nexus S based on the leaked HTC Endeavor RUU. At the time, no such porting efforts had been made on Google’s latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Luckily the wait wasn’t too long, as XDA Forum Member nello92 has now released a work-in-progress port of his own.
Rather than basing his port on the Endeavor RUU as we saw previously on the Nexus S, the developer is using the leaked HTC One X RUU as the foundation. Currently the ROM is in very early “alpha” status, and not much can be claimed other than its ability to boot and play audio. That said, progress is being made at a fast pace, and the developer is calling out for collaboration with fellow developers who may wish to join the porting efforts.
In the words of the developer:
-Audio (<—-yes it works! and sounds very high xD)
-bootanimation HTC/BEATS (very beautiful and fluent)
-ALL THE REST!! FOR NOW IT WON’T PASS THE BOOT SCREEN!!
To check out the progress, or even give it a whirl on your own Galaxy Nexus, visit the ROM thread. Just be sure to make a Nandroid backup if you are brave enough to flash, as this is certainly not at daily driver status yet.
March 6, 2012 By: egzthunder1
It seems that the leaked Endeavor RUU that appeared a few weeks ago gave birth to several ports and projects across various devices. HTC announced that the new version of Sense was rather slimmed down from previous iterations of the UI and on top of that, it is fully ICS compatible. It is only logical that people who are fans or curious about this to try and pour some efforts in getting this running in other devices. For instance, XDA member swamp goblin has released a pre-alpha (term that we have seen quite often as of late) port of Sense 4.0 with ICS for the Nexus S. As impressive and unrealistic as this sounds, it is not completely unheard of since other versions of Sense had been ported to non-HTC devices in the past, and with good results I might add. However, it still holds that “wow” factor that leave us in disbelief whenever we see “frankenports” like this.
Much as it currently stands with other ports for other devices, due to rather large hardware differences make this an interesting project to tackle for most devs out there. There is very little working on this rom at this moment, and short of booting, you may not get to do a whole lot just yet, but patience and determination will likely bring the wanted results. If you think you can help the dev iron out a few of the deficiencies of the port, help with drivers, features, etc., please swing by the thread and leave some comments and or feedback.
This is Sense 4.0, ICS 4.0.3. It is ported from the latest HTC Endeavour RUU leak. The Endeavour is a quad-core tegra 3 phone, with 720p display. So yes this rom will take some work.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Vanilla Android, in the form of AOSP and AOSP-derived builds, is generally the first most devices see of a new Android version. While there are some fun ICS leaks for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II with their manufacturer skin pre-installed, most devices still have to flash a CyanogenMod 9 or some other AOSP-derived build to get ICS.
For owners of the HTC Desire HD, there is now an additional option. In a collaborative effort from the teams that brought Desire HD owners BeatMod and Smartdroid, comes a Sense 3.6 Port that also happens to be Ice Cream Sandwich based. XDA Recognized Developer zFr3eak and XDA Senior Members memnoc, BiCh0n and XxXPachaXxX are all in on the project, and are working fervently to get the bugs out.
The ROM features are pretty basic as this is still in beta mode. Currently it’s just stock Sense 3.6 with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 but it can be assumed that once all the kinks are worked out, more modifications to the ROM will come. The list of things that are currently working are:
SMS / MMS
And what still needs a little work:
So while it may not be ready for a daily driver level of use just yet, users can still flash it and check out the look and feel of Sense 3.6 with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Head on over to the original thread for more information, full feature list, change logs, screenshots and download links. As always, make a backup before flashing, just in case something goes wrong.
February 25, 2012 By: egzthunder1
It looks like it has been a week filled with updates for everyone. Some official and some, well, not so official. HTC seems to be dead last in terms of updating devices officially to ICS, and we believe that the main culprit of all this is none other than Sense 4.0—the newest iteration of HTC’s unique UI.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen news regarding leaks for several RUU’s, the most notable one being the one for the upcoming beast known as the HTC Endeavor. Thanks to our friend, XDA Recognized Developer TMartin, we now have the first ever Sense 4.0 ICS ROM for the EVO 3D CDMA.
The ROM itself is, according to the dev, in early pre-alpha state. This means that this is suitable for a test device that you may have somewhere in your drawer, but certainly not for a daily driver. Having said that, the ROM has quite a few working features for something in such an early stage. For instance, it boots, SD card works well, sound works well, and it seems to be quite snappy in terms of performance. However, don’t expect to have mobile data or even be able to make calls just yet. This is only for testing purposes as you will not be able to do much with it.
If you do happen to flash it, make sure that you leave some feedback in the original thread. Big thumbs up to Virtuous Team for their work on the EVO 3D GSM and Sensation as well!
What to expect:
- It Boots!!!!
- First boot takes a little while…especially after you first unlock to get to setup
- Android 4.0.3
- Sense 4.0
- Working sound
- SD Card works
You can find more information in the original thread.
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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.
February 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
Developers are always looking for ways to squeeze every ounce of speed, performance and reliability out of any given device. They write scripts, tweak ROMs, compile kernels and all sorts of other modifications that, in the end, increase user satisfaction substantially.
Well, in the HTC Desire forums, there’s a different kind of development going down. XDA Senior Member Proz0r has released a modified D2EXT method that eliminates symlinks and increases the speed of the HTC Desire. As Proz0r explains:
INT2SD doesn’t use symlinks. It mounts ext partition on your SD to /data, thus eliminating the need for the mtd5 userdata partition. This makes the mtd5 userdata partition unneeded. It is used in conjunction with the fatsys HBOOT (more info later on), allowing most of the vital parts of a ROM to stay on the system partition without the need to symlink half of it to the SD due to memory shortage.
The unique modification isn’t widely available for the Desire just yet, but Proz0r is working with other developers on the device to make it an option in as many ROMs and a feature on as many kernels as possible.
For Desire users, if you would like this mod applied to your favorite ROM or you would just like to know more about it, you can find out more in the original thread for AOSP or the original thread for HTC Sense.
XDA member AidenM shows the first ever ROM for HTC Flyer loaded with the newest operating system from Android: Ice cream sandwich. The work is based on Sensation RCMix 3D Leak w/ Dexter_nlb’s fixes for hardware and since it´s a beta version some bugs are present.
So far the Developer has a green light on:
– Market access
– AOSP lockscreen
– ADB access
– External SD
It’s not perfect, here’s what’s not working:
– Some settings panes (keyboard selecter)
– Rotation is blurry and pixelated
– HTC Apps not correctly sized for display
– Cannot take notes using the Pen
In order to install this ROM, you need to be Honeycomb S-OFF, after that just place the ROM on the root of your SD card and good to go. Remember always to do a nandroid backup and to wipe data and Dalvik just to be on the safe side. Here you can see a video of how it looks.
Much work need to be done before we have a fully daily operational ROM but it´s a good start, so if you are using it please report back to developer with your feed back so future versions can improve.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted by AidenM
You must have followed this guide first.
Then simply place the file on your external sd card (the one you can take out) and flash it. Reboot, it will take some time but it will.
Stuff you may or may not care about (read anyways)
When selecting a book in the Reader app it is not sized correctly but the book itself takes up the whole screen so it is usable
Root can be buggy, sometimes it denies permissions
Over 500 MB Free RAM
HW Keys are in testing but right now they crash the system.
Continue on to the ROM thread to find more
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.