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Posts Tagged: HTC Titan

HTC Titan Receives WP7.8 Port

September 24, 2012   By:

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Looks like all the Windows Phone 7 devices are getting a second wind after their ill fate was announced. Ever since last week when the mysterious 7.8 leak dropped on XDA, people have been going around like crazy, cooking ROMs and updating their devices to ensure that they are not easily tossed aside by the impending release of WP8. Just this past Friday, the mythical HTC HD2 received its very first port of the brand new operating system. One by one, WP7 owners are rejoicing in the fact that their devices will get an extended life span (no thanks to Microsoft). When we looked at the big bad boy, the HTC Titan, we realized that this device was also blessed with a port, and XDA Forum Member Azzelio brought it to light.

The ROM is actually an updated version of the dev’s current ROM and it is loaded with tons of features available for fully unlocked devices, such as USB to video capabilities, registry editor, file explorer, all the Nokia goodness that you can shake a stick at, and of course, the ability to flash a custom ROM. As stated, you will need to make sure that your Titan is fully unlocked via HSPL, which was brought to you by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla.

So if you still haven’t gotten rid of your Titan and you have already unlocked it, do make sure that you visit this thread and try this ROM. Please note that there are a few other 7.8 ROMs already available based on the leak for the Titan, so you will get some selection when you are out there shopping around for custom ROMs. All in all, happy flashing!

 Feature and App add: 
- Background Colors 
- Google Search
- Update to 7.8
- Nokia / Lumia App (Counters..)
- DigitalPower_V0.5
- RegistryEditor
- FileBrowser
- DFT_BTFileTransfer
- USB 2 Video out

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Hacking a Windows Phone 7 is usually a little bit harder than hacking most Android phones. Where most Android users have a whole development kit worth of tools to tap into—not to mention the various OEM tools such as Odin or RSD Lite—Windows Phone 7 users have fewer options at their disposal. In some cases, tried and tested methods may not even work. When they do, however, the burden is lifted for those who want to make their devices truly their own.

AT&T HTC Titan owners now have a guide pieced together by XDA Forum Member pbp8ntballer to help users debrand their devices and install HSPL (Hard Secondary Program Loader). The guide pulls information and methods from a variety of credited places and a number of XDA members and development teams.

To start, it is recommended that users downgrade their SPL before debranding the phone. In the words of pbp8ntballer:

*There is a possibility trying to debrand the phone without downgrading your SPL first may or may not work. When in doubt, it would be better to first flash this image first on your phone before proceeding any further. If your SPL is 1.10.xxxx.xx or lower, you may skip this process.

From there, users are to create a Gold Card, which is pretty standard for most Windows Phone 7 hacking. There are also instructions on how to create a Y-cable, as it is also required. Finally, once everything is said and done, users go through the process of enabling HSPL. From there, the sky is the limit.

Despite the simplicity of the step overviews, the process actually takes quite a bit of time. For additional information and a how-to video, check out the original thread.

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DFT (Dark Forces Team) has been around our site for quite some time—since the days of Windows Mobile. More often than not, whenever a post of theirs appears on our site, something awesome is about to happen to a device. For instance, back in February they were successfully able to grant HSPL unlock goodness to the first generation HTC WP7 devices such as the Mozart, Schubert, etc. After Microsoft released the Mango update (WP 7.5), lots of things changed—not only in the OS part but also in other areas of the devices. HTC spent a monumental amount of effort making sure that this time the exploits used to hack their devices were leak tight. They added things such as INTEROPLOCK, and they modified drivers to the point that the OS became completely leak tight, or so they thought.

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla and XDA Recognized Developer mwang have come through once again for the community (or at least the portion using WP7 devices) by bringing in HSPL for second generation devices such as the Titan and the Omega. Please note that this method does not work for the recently released Titan 2 due to it having a different SPL. In case you are not aware of any of this, the SPL is the Secondary Program Loader, which once bypassed allows you to flash roms onto the device. However, bypassing this is not a simple feat due to the fact that messing up the SPL can and will lead you to a full brick. Also, this change can easily be reverted by a software update. Hard SPL or HSPL is a custom SPL that overwrites the stock SPL on the device, thus allowing you to flash custom firmware, a.k.a. ROMs! The method is not for the faint of heart, and you will need a special Y-cable to flash the device’s HSPL.

Another warning from Cotulla was the fact that this method is only for certain CID numbers, meaning that depending where you got your device, the device could spit out a Country ID error if it is not part of the “list”. If this is your case, then you must use the ever popular Gold Card Method, to get things going. Last but not least, make sure that you do not update your devices to any kind of FW 4.x, as the SPL is newer and the devs are not aware of any method to flash it back. Please proceed with extreme caution as this can brick your device if you are not careful on what you do.

If and when you are done with the unlocking procedure, mwang has been nice enough to provide the first custom roms available for both the Titan and the Radar. Also, please leave some feedback for the devs to look at in case the procedure doesn’t work.

Do not update your device to 4.XX ROMs via RUU or Zune!
It’s not known if possible to revert that SPL versions back.

Supported WP7S devices

*Omega (HTC Radar C110e)
*Titan (HTC Eternity X310e)

HTC Radiant (Titan II) IS NOT SUPPORTED!

You can find more information in the original thread.

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By now, we’ve all become familiar with the term XDA Unboxing. Thanks to fantastic work from XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler, we have been made privy to deepest internals of various modern devices.

After an unfortunate affair involving your standard, everyday washing machine and the lovely HTC Titan, XDA Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1 found himself with a water damaged device. Turning pain into pleasure, egzthunder1 then created a guide on how to dismantle the device.

Well, due to an unfortunate incident between my Titan and a washing machine, I decided to take it apart to try and clean it (and to remove a constantly on vibrating motor). Since there is no guide for this device anywhere (quick google search yielded nothing), I decided to create one myself. So, if you are ready to roll, lets take this sucker apart…

While certainly not for the faint of heart, the guide walks users through the steps of opening the device and reaching its core components. Additionally, the guide highlights many of the dangers and pitfalls faced in the process, such as watching out for small and easy-to-tear ribbon cables. Tools for the job are a Torx T6 screwdriver and a pair of tweezers. However, a heat gun and case opening tool are also required if you intend on separating the screen from the plastic frame.

If you’re looking to dismantle your devices or simply have a morbid curiosity regarding the internals of a modern flagship device, you’ll find what you need in the original thread.

Custom Chrome Backing for HTC Titan

January 13, 2012   By:

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XDA Member Finalforce1111 shows us how to get your Titan back cover shiny with chrome by using sand paper which is used dry in grades 400, 240, 120, and 40g.

The whole process takes about two hours. Be sure to follow the instructions provided as the order of the abrasive papers is important to deliver a well finished polishing.

Originally posted by Finalforce1111
I have “Chromed” the Cover of my Titan and have made some pics during the procedure.

The whole process took me 2:20 hours and I must admit that I like the result but check it out!!

I used 400, 240, 120, and 40 gr Paper, to make the finish I used the 40, the others you can choose what you like most, 400 gr takes longer to remove the color but is more accurate and soft to the cover, I used after 1 hour to take only 240 and 120 because it took too long…

The first picture left shows all materials I had used, don’t forget to stick the plastic pieces and the buttons!!!!

The pictures are in an chronological order from left to right so first starts left and the final result is on the right.

Continue on to the original thread to find more about the steps involved to chrome your Titan.

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It has been quite a while since anyone (manufacturers) had introduced anything new for the Windows Phone 7 family of devices. There are several that have been announced by LG and Samsung, as well as the impending entry of Nokia into the world of WP7. Well, right now since the coast was clear, HTC decided to take the spotlight for themselves and released two WP7 devices running Mango from the get go. The first one, we did a review on the Portal earlier this week, the HTC Titan. This one literally breaks the mold on when it comes to specs compared to other WP7 devices due to: 1.5 GHz processor, 4.7 inch screen, and 9.9 mm thin. The Radar is more down to the same type of device currently available. The biggest difference with others as well is the fact that the camera that is loaded on both of these devices is equipped with a wide angle lens that results in far better pictures than other devices with similar cameras.

If you already have any of these, we would love to hear and see what you have to share regarding them.

You can visit the HTC Titan on its new home on xda right here.

You can visit the HTC Radar on its new home on xda right here.

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If you are a follower of our little Portal, you may be aware of a few things. The first is that we don’t talk much about Windows Phone, although we don’t completely alienate it; and the second one is that we hardly ever review a device. We have seen a couple of these hardware reviews by some of the guys from xda-TV, and they were very good, so I figured I would do one myself as well, particularly considering what I have sitting on my desk as of last Friday.

You may recall, shenshang as well as Ben_duder getting a bit of hands-on time with HTC’s latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) during the unveiling event in London about a month ago. Well, I just got one courtesy of HTC and figured that I would use this time to share my experiences with it so far.

Unlike its predecessor, this incarnation of the Titan actually does deserve the name that it was given and fits it much better than its code name (Eternity). This is one of the only two or three lucky ones which ship with Mango preloaded from factory. And according to early adopters of Mango, it is well worth it. My humble opinion so far (as a hardcore Android user)… very nice work!

The screen is a large 4.7 in Super LCD with WVGA resolution at 800×480. If you think that having something this big would potentially make your ability to carry it a troublesome experience, it isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. It will put any and all 4.3 inch screened devices that you currently own to shame. As for the body, as you’d expect it is a unibody construction with the back being made of aluminum to give it that much needed smoothness and toughness. The one thing that is great about this is that unlike several devices where you pretty much have to pry the device open to get the battery out (HTC EVO anyone?), this one has a quick release button on the bottom for quick access to the back of the device. My nails will forever thank you for this idea, HTC. Last but not least are the physical dimensions of this device, this does have considerable length and width due to the size of the screen. However, it more than makes up for it by being just 9.9 mm thin and weighting only 160 grams.

Raw power is one thing that this device is not missing. Unlike any of its brethren, the Titan comes loaded with a 1.5 GHz single core processor (unlike the standard 1 GHz one), which makes it the fastest WP device commercially available. It also comes loaded with 512 MB of RAM, which means that you have more than enough oomph to run anything on it. The proof is in the pudding though. The responsiveness and smoothness of this device cannot be compared to anything that I have seen so far (that carries a Microsoft brand, that is), and Sense runs beautifully well in here as well.

The other interesting feature that this device carries, which we hope will find its way onto other devices as well, is the lens being used for the camera. The device carries a wide angle lens that will allow you to take great pictures, even with somewhat bad lighting conditions. This is also aided by the dual LED flash that this device carries. The 8 MP resolution does not hurt either to get good shots. Here is a sample of a picture that I took during night time with low light

Lastly, the one thing that is worth mentioning as well is that battery life is rather decent for a phone this size, considering that the screen will likely eat up most of the power. I have not yet taken the device to the extreme, but after having Wifi on for 2 full days and using the device for mild music and internet surfing, I was still left with approximately 70% battery.

The verdict that I give is that this phone is an absolute must if you are tinkering with the idea of going into Windows Phone. The only drawback that I can see is that you still need to use Zune for mostly everything, but then again, this is not the manufacturer’s fault. I am finishing this one off with a few more shots of the device. I hope you enjoyed it and as I said, if you are considering investing on a WP7 device, this is the one.

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