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jerdog · Feb 6, 2013

HTC Thunderbolt Receives Lackluster ICS Update

Let's face it: HTC is far from being the model of the open source development world. While they still have a large following, their recent earnings statements are an indication that their followers are no longer following them. Their deliberate snubs at the development community, and the users who depend on them, have ranged from complete lack of required GPLv2 kernel source code to locked bootloaders and then allowing a pseudo-unlock which prohibits the flashing of partitions. With a net profit of...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Sep 13, 2012

First AOSP ICS for Thunderbolt With Working Data Released

Getting AOSP working on a device is always a big deal. In fact, we we mention AOSP-based ROMs quite frequently on the Portal. It's vanilla Android at its finest and many users prefer it to Android that's been flavored by OEMs. Now, the HTC Thunderbolt has some AOSP ICS goodness, and this time you can even use data! For Thunderbolt owners, data has been the big struggle with AOSP ports and, it is finally over. XDA Senior Member [SP]JESTER, along with...

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jerdog · Aug 24, 2012

HTC Thunderbolt Gets ICS Leak – Let the Games Begin!

The HTC Thunderbolt was one of the first LTE devices on Verizon, but quickly faded into the background as the HTC Rezound was launched. HTC however stated via Facebook that the Thunderbolt would be receiving an ICS update by the end of August, along with all of the other promised devices, though we're coming up on the end of the month, with still no official date of release. Never fear though as leaks are bound to happen, and according to...

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Former Writer · Jul 19, 2012

Bootloader Customization Now Open to More S-Off HTC Devices

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....

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Former Writer · Jul 9, 2012

HTC Thunderbolt All-In-One Toolkit for Everything

HTC devices have gotten a boost in ease-of-use recently with a number of all-in-one and S-Off toolkits. The point of these applications is to help make hacking the phone easier; providing one-click solutions for things such as rooting, unlocking the bootloader, flashing recoveries, and other processes that can pose occasional problems. While the validity of one-click technology has been debated before, it hasn't stopped developers from releasing them and users from using them. The HTC Thunderbolt is the latest in the...

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FallenWriter · May 23, 2012

HTC ICS Update Schedule Released

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?...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Former Writer · Mar 22, 2012

One Stop Shop for HTC Thunderbolt Modification

Every now and then, it's necessary for a developer to consolidate all of his or her mods into a single thread. It makes it easier for users to find all their stuff and help showcase their work in a more effective and efficient manner. It also gives that dev a place to put future work without having to make another thread and clog the forums up. XDA Senior Member orkillakilla has opened a thread to showcase a number of mods...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 14, 2012

HTC Details its Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plan

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...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 6, 2011

Hack to Your Heart’s Content With Android Flasher

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...

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azrienoch · Oct 24, 2011

It is Illegal for Verizon to Lock Some Bootloaders (Updated)

Verizon Wireless breaks the law if the bootloaders are locked on some phones.  By the end of this article, you’ll know why. As I was recording my show for XDA TV this week, I had a moment.  You can see it for yourself.  I was recapping my article about Motorola and Verizon not unlocking the bootloader for the Droid RAZR.  The line I delivered was, “The international version of the Droid RAZR will be shipping with an unlocked bootloader.  Now,...

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egzthunder1 · May 2, 2011

Update: m10 File Tools Finally Released!!!

Well, it really didn't take the devs much time. Just this morning, we published an article describing a new set of tools that will be crucial for devs working on Sense 3.0 ports to be able to reduce the image sizes and get them to "fit" the screen. XDA members Flemmard and DiamondBack2010 have finally released their set of tools to work with these new files. The tool set will allow you to decompile, edit, and re-compile the .m10 files, thus allowing...

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mic_888 · Apr 30, 2011

How To Compile Your Own Kernel From Source

Seen all the threads at XDA about kernels? Waiting for a new release? Well, if you fancy having a go at compiling your own, take a look at the comprehensive guide that XDA forum member adrynalyne has helpfully put together. If you don't feel up to the challenge just yet, the guide is also a good read for those interested in what goes into compiling a kernel. You'll need Linux, dsixda's kitchen (to easily split and repack kernels), a source,...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2011

CM7 Knocks on the HTC Thunderbolt’s Door

The Thunderbolt is one of HTC's latest and greatest devices, and the first one to sport 4G LTE (Evo's WiMax counterpart if you are keeping tabs). Many people were puzzled and disappointed at the fact that the device came with Froyo as a stock, considering that it is so late in the Froyo game and that there are other manufacturers already releasing devices preloaded with Gingerbread as the OS. As most of our community simply denies to be satisfied with...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 20, 2011

Working On The Sense 3.0 Port? Here’s Something Useful…

XDA-developers has been dancing to this particular beat for a very long time. Many of you who have joined after 2008 will probably have no clue about this, but when the original Manila 3D (precursor to Sense) came about, HTC claimed that it would be impossible for older hardware to run it (even the HTC Tilt, which was their top of the line device before the Diamond and TP hit the market). Devs got functional ports of the UI and...

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mic_888 · Apr 4, 2011

Remove Sense LockScreen On Your Thunderbolt

If you're not a big fan of the HTC Sense LockScreen that comes default on your new Thunderbolt, XDA forum member Master™ has posted a simple script to remove it from your Android device. It's a simple script for ClockWorkRecovery that removes the HTC Sense LockScreen files, so that you can use the stock AOSP LockScreen. Note that this is not a theme, although it should be simple enough for anyone to make this into a theme. Root access is...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 29, 2011

Thunderbolt’s Kernel Source Code Released!

Looks like many of our beloved phone manufacturers are beginning to realize that the true development for their devices does not happen in their labs, but rather as soon as they hit the streets. As a result of that (and GPL licensing requirements), we are seeing that many companies are releasing the source code for the kernels used in their devices, so that developers out in the wild may have a chance at playing with and tweaking the code to...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 28, 2011

One Click Root Script for Thunderbolt

After a very nice discussion article regarding the pros and cons of One Click Root utilities, we figured it would be good timing to introduce a script created by XDA Moderator Captainkrtek (and tons of testing by NetForce-TX) to root the newly released HTC Thunderbolt. The script currently has a Windows version and it is, in essence, a batch type program that will guide you through the whole rooting process. The dev has made it simple enough to be rather fool...

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