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Posts Tagged: HTC Thunderbolt

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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 you to manipulate all the graphics in this new UI.

The devs have clearly stated that they tools are still in beta stage. However, they have provided some screenshots that will pretty much speak for themselves (all widgets fitting perfectly on the screen). Again, as stated before, if you don’t know how to do any of this, you may want to read up a bit on how to modify such files, else you may end up using a lot of time for no reason. If you are ready to get down and dirty, download the tool and help out with the development!

DiamondBack2010 and me are proud to release new tools for modding Sense !
Since Sense 3.0, people wondered about these m10 files, and there you go !
m10Tools allows you to decompile/edit/recompile these m10 files.
The use of the M10 Editor is recommended !

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks Flemmard and DiamondBack2010 for the tip!

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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, and a cross compiler toolchain.

The XDA member gives an introduction from installing Ubuntu to getting the source code, grabbing the toolchain, grabbing and setting up the kitchen and finally compiling and packing the kernel.

For the detailed guide including download links, head on over to the tutorial thread.

 

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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 whatever the carrier or the manufacturer puts out, it was decided that the Thunderbolt needed more Gingerbread in its 4.3 inch 4G LTE capable glory. XDA member slayher along with other devs are going hard at porting the infamous CM7, which is a 2.3.3 release of this OS but in AOSP form, basically the purest form of Android. Those of you Sense fanatics will want to stay away from this one, unless you feel like installing a ton of UI enhancements and widgets to make it look like Sense. But if your cravings for 2.3.3 are strong enough, then you should definitely take this for a test drive. Keep in mind that the project has just been started and thus, it is in pre-alpha state, according to the dev.

So, if you want to get it to see how CM7 feels on your Thunderbolt or if you feel that you can help with its development, please post some feedback as to what bugs you run into.

So after many hours by myself and toastcfh, here is a pre-release pre-alpha build of CyanogenMod 7.0 for the Thunderbolt (Mecha).

CyanogenMod is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device.

You can find more information in the port thread.

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Thanks Captainkrtek for the tip!

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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 roms for virtually every device on XDA. However, the journey to get this going was not an easy one. Most images and animations were compiled in lua and were made exclusively for VGA devices (keep in mind that the grand majority of devices back then were QVGA). Only a handful of developers were able to get some progress going on these ports. Some of them were successful, some others were not. Right now, history seems to be repeating itself with the leak for the HTC Sensation. Most devs in the high end device fora are trying to iron out the kinks to get the 3D UI going for the “old devices” like the EVO, Thunderbolt, Desire HD, and Inspire 4G. XDA member r2DoesInc made a very interesting post in the port thread for the Thunderbolt where he states that the biggest problems with everything being out of resolution is not a matter of screen density, or some values hidden in some xml files. The issue lies within some files with extension .m10, which according to the dev are not files in readable format and that contain some values that are for some unknown function or process (needless to say, I am paraphrasing this).

In an attempt to help others get into the development of this new UI, the dev has put together a very comprehensive tutorial on the tools needed to try and crack this one open. Keep in mind that this is only for experienced devs. The devs working in the project will not be helping others with basic set up questions. If you are able to contribute to the project somehow, please leave your feedback and findings.

So I’m sure all of you realize that the biggest issue with this rom is the screen not fitting. Theres a huge group of developers working on this over on the DesireHD, and they have come a huge way so far.

The issue isn’t the image size, isn’t in some xmls, no, not that simple. The issue are these .m10 files. These are files that tie in with the new libmode10 and fusion graphics engine. basically, it means we have a non-human readable file with a buch of crap in there, and some relevant values that we aren’t quite positive of.

This is going to get complicated, so if your not tech savvy, you should just leave this to someone else, because I’m not going to get into setup details etc. You need to have some idea of what your doing beforehand. All the tools needed for this can be found at the bottom of the post.

You can find more information in the original post.

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Thanks Captainkrtek for the tip and enemia for the art work!

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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 required.

Also note that removing the htclockscreen.apk will also remove any controls that were tied into the lockscreen originally such as the lockscreen music controls.

To compare the two lockscreens and to download the script, head on over to the forum thread.

Thunderbolt_Source

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 fit their purposes. XDA member uthinkisay started at thread in the Thunderbolt forums where he points at what he found browsing HTC’s site. What this means is that you will be seeing custom kernels with the changes made by HTC along with others from all over the net. Also, this means cross compatibility with other roms will also be possible.

This is truly a good day for developers, so stay tuned and be sure to visit the Thunderbolt forums to see the first custom works resulting from this release.

Just looking around the web and came across this,
http://developer.htc.com/
Is this what devs need to start developing custom kernels or are we waiting on a newer one?

You can join the discussion in the original thread.

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Thanks willverduzco for the tip!

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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 proof, but still recommends to read a bit about it just in case something went wrong. There are a few pre-requisites before you can start playing with this tool, all of which have been listed by the dev in the thread. He is also working on a Linux version for all those Tux fanatics out there, so if you were feeling unloved for not running Windows, stay tuned.

The app has been tested and seems to work fine. However, any and all feedback is much very welcomed.

This is a simple batch file that will guide you in rooting your device.
It is pretty easy to follow along but please take your time and read everything. It has only been tested a few times so please report any errors or issues you find.
Huge thanks to NetForce-TX on IRC for testing along with helping, I owe you!

You can find more information in the application thread.

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Thunderbolt Rooted!

March 18, 2011   By:

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For those of you who were hoping to get a rooted device by the time you picked up your brand new Thunderbolt from the store, your prayers have been heard. Thanks to XDA members jamezellejcase and a few other devs, inclu, the HTC Thunderbolt has been successfully perm rooted. Coincidentally, it got perm root on the day it was officially released, which is not really that much of a surprise as it was determined that temp root was fully achievable the day before. However, things are far from done as there is no custom recovery as of yet. But if the last 6 months have shown us something is that our devs work fast, so expect to be able to flash custom roms sometime very, very soon.

If you can contribute to the project, please provide some feedback or help for the devs. Happy rooting!

3/17/2011 11:35pm

We have perm root.

3/17/2011

We have write to /system on two production devices, from from the store. We do not have a working recovery yet, no release will be done until then.

You can find more information in the root thread.

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CES brought quite a few new surprises (and some not so new) to the table of mobile technology. There have been many Android devices that were unveiled (officially anyways) and we can’t help but to get excited as we think that this will bring newer life into our forums. With that being said, we wanted to introduce some of the already rumored devices that were going to hit our little world. There will be two 4G capable devices hitting both US major CDMA carriers that we believe are going to make a shift (no pun intended) in the way things go right now. Also, we are introducing a forum for Motorola’s first Tablet. The devices from the manufacturer have been officially tough nuts to crack, but we believe that this will give devs are run for their money. Lastly, the Advent Vega, which is yet another new comer into the Tablet race.

Do you think that you will be getting any of these? What are your thoughts on the announced performance of the Thunderbolt? Maybe you are looking into switching to the Shift 4G. If you are, we would love to hear what you think.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G Home.

The HTC EVO Thunderbolt Home.

The Motorola Xoom Home.

The Advent Vega Home.

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