There seems to be a tendency these days of referring to devices that have been around for a year or so as “old.” And given the pace at which mobile technology advances, that’s probably a fairly reasonable assessment. So by those standards, the HTC Touch HD (a.k.a Blackstone) is positively geriatric—not in a crocheting by the fire, reminiscing about the good old days kind of way though; the Blackstone is more of a fencing with walkers kind of device.
Originally released back in late 2008 sporting a whopping 3.8 inch screen, 288 MB of RAM, and Windows Mobile 6.1; the Blackstone is still not ready to call it quits, and is capable of running a version of Android 2.3.7 built by XDA Senior Member fagyi. As if that weren’t enough, preparing your old Touch HD for the Android treatment just got a whole lot easier thanks to a flash tool from Senior Member mfsr98, which will allow you to flash custom kernels and recoveries, and also take you directly to fagyi’s ROM thread or the Blackstone development forum.
It might be somewhat limited, but for a four-and-a-half year old device; this continuing development is a testament to the versatility of not only the older HTC devices, but also the loyalty of those who buy them. If you have an old Blackstone in drawer somewhere going to waste, why not blow the dust off and take this Android build for a spin. You can find more in the development thread.
XDA member petititi updated his app to version 1.5.3d. For those who don´t know, QuickShutdown is an application to turn off, restart or set to sleep your Windows Mobile device but without the need of .Net framework and because of that it is very fast and responsive. Updated version corrects some bugs, adds a short power button feature and let you choose if you want to lock device when screen goes off.
Originally posted by petititi
I developed an application like Slide2Shutdown, but without the .Net framework. It can turn off, restart or set the phone in sleep mode.
It is very fast to start !
All resolution are supported (for QVGA, the pictures are resized) and lanscape is as smooth as portrait (thank’s to the new version of Manila SDK) !
The graphics are all stored in the \resources\VGA\ folder and you can change them at will.
You will find the available languages in the \resources\lang\ folder, but you can create your own file (add any files in this folder). To enable your chosen language, use the configuration tool and select your language file!
With the configuration tool, you can also modify the words directly by clicking!
Don’t hesitate to post here your language file! Updated lang can be found here: http://charlie-soft.com/Software/Man…esources/lang/
Becareful: you have to save your file with Unicode encoding !
For graphic modification, you can download the pack created by lesscro or this one created by anhphe076.
What’s new 1.5.4 New:
Short power button feature (run a program, turn screen off…)
You can choose to lock when screen goes off
You can find more information application thread.
Are you into flashing ROM´s frequently? Then you will agree that creating shortcuts to your favourite programs or applications should an be easier or automated task for every time you flash a new ROM. XDA member dubidu took care of this and created CplLinks. This application goes through the registry key which holds the settings items and creates a .lnk file for each of the entries. Once installed, there are no messages, it only runs and creates the links.
The developer’s app only takes 11.5 kb and must be installed on main memory.
Originally posted by dubidu
[APP] Control Panel Settings to Links (.lnk)
I know it’s a 10 seconds job to create a link for items inside the control panel (settings) such as “Usb to PC” or “Power” but I’m too lazy to do it every time I try a new rom,
also I found some of the values change from rom to rom, so I create a really simple app that goes through the registry key which holds the settings items (KLM\Security\Shell\StartInfo\Start) and creates a .lnk file for each of these entries.
Having a direct link allows me to add that option as a quick link which is handy 8)
Anyway, here is the tool in case someone wants it.
The exe must be installed in “\Program Files\CplLinks” (Device). It only takes 11.5 kb. The only reason the .exe is needed after the lnk are created is to provide an icon.
When you run it, it reads the HKEY mention above and creates .lnk for each item in the “Settings” menu. The lnks are created in “\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\CplLinks” so are directly accessible through the Programs menu.
There are no messages, it runs and creates the links, no interaction whatsoever so do not expect any nice popup window 8)
Next version will use specific icons for each item, right now, all the links use the same icon from the cpllink.exe executable.
The icons for most of the Settings are .png files rather than .ico, and WM doesn’t have an easy way to convert from .png into .ico, the idea for a “future version” is to collect all the .png files,converted to icons and create a dll on the fly with the icons as resources, so they can be referenced from the .lnk files
Couple of screen shots from the emulator.
You can find more information in the application thread.
Do you have a HTC Blackstone using Android kernels and have problems with your screen? Or typing on the keyboard is very slow? XDA member camro posted about the work of another XDA member OliWe. The developer posted a series of fixes to get your screen working as it should. Fixes like wrong pointer and calibration are fully corrected as well as added the long press for hardware key, all of this installing the new kernel provided.
So, if your Blackstone is having such issues step in and try it, some members already reported back with great results.
Originally posted by camro
GREATEST NEWS !!! – touchscreen fully fixed by OliWe
HI, i want to inform you that my friend OliWe fixed:
.) FIXED: touchscreen calibration (don’t forget to remove the old ts_calibrate file from sdcard.
.) FIXED: touchscreen wrong pointer input (2-3cm jumps)
the hole touch screen problem.
.) ADDED: LONG PRESS of hardware key
now you can (ex) use long press of red button and then you can switch off the phone – this is woring also)
please download the latest kernel htc-msm-linux @ 20100819_200730 or newer.
latest kernle downloading on: http://glemsom.users.anapnea.net/android2/htc-msm-linux
Install new kernel:
1.) download kernel + extract the .tar.bz2.
then you’ll find a module….tar.gz + zImage…
the zImage…. you must rename to zImage and
both files you must copy tho your SDCard. direct to sdcard (“Storage Card”).
ALL HONOR GOES TO OliWe
You can find more information in the application thread.
For Windows Mobile devices still using WM6 or 6.1, XDA member MacDegger presents this app launcher as an alternative to the scroll list ones. You have the chance to put in your preferred background.
Designed with simple graphics, this tool will let you organize your most used programs.
This tool was tested on Blackstone but should work for other WVGA resolution devices as well.
Originally posted by MacDegger
[APP][2010/07/02]AppGrouper, a simple catagorised app launcher
I’m a longtime lurker, ever since I got my Touch HD when it first came out and I NEEDED to have an english rom instead of a dutch one. Thanks to this place, my phone runs exactly how I want it to (most of the time :P).
Except for a decent app launcher. I HATE the win6/6.1 scrollist ones, allthough the startmenu after that sucked a little less. I liked the yotacenter launcher, but in the end I just ran out of space and had to hit the “all apps” button too often and scroll through a huge list.
So I wrote my own in c# under .net 3.5.
Continue to original thread to find more information.
Is your ORD (obsessive rom flashing disorder) itching? XDA member appelflap has written a small app that should make the whole flashing process a whole lot easier. The app is basically a modified RUU, which includes a few tweaks. For instance, the app runs a task 29 command on the device prior to flashing. If you are not familiar with this, it is a command to format the device. Among some of the other tweaks, the dev removed the check box confirmations that have to be clicked on before proceeding to the next step (ie “make sure your device is connected… etc).
The app is in testing stage, and it is currently being turned into a universal RUU (meaning it would work for any device). Drop by the thread and make sure that you leave some feedback for the dev.
Hi, I made a little util for the HD2 to perform a task 29 before flashing a rom (see here. It’s basically a two step procedure:
1. In the first step a nbh file is flashed with a modified (hex edited) RomUpdateUtil that will perform a task 29 after flashing.
2. In the second step a custom rom is flashed with a mod RomUpdateUtil that will perform a task 32 after the rom is flashed.
Now, because I got requests from people asking me if the tool can be used for other devices then the HD2 I thought it was worthwhile to make this tool “universal”. Because I have no experiences with other devices the only thing I can do is to create such a universal tool and offer it to a community for feedback, suggestions and testing.
Therefore I need some input from experienced users to guide me in the proces of making this tool work for other device. Users who just like to download stuff and run it to see what it does without researching what it is supposed to do, are strongly adviced not to participate in this test
Difficulty Level: Hard
For those of you who prefer to use Windows Mobile Titanium in your home screen, XDA member kenchan2009 created a very well designed theme in two color combinations: Grey/Green and Black/Blue.
Both themes work on resolutions WVGA, VGA, WQVGA, and QVGA for WM6.5 by simply installing the cab provided by developer. The developer has also revealed the source of the idea for these themes for anybody with the skills to add new color combinations to this collection.
Originally posted by kenchan2009
【theme】WM6.5 Themes “KenChan Gray Green” WVGA VGA WQVGA QVGA
CAB Installation #1
You can find more information on the themes thread.
To complement the current king of all projects, XDANDROID (the Android-for-Windows Mobile porting project that spans over many devices, including the Touch Pro, Diamond, X1 and HD), XDA member babijoee is asking for the community’s help in designing a boot animation and a selection of wallpapers to give the project more recognition.
There have already been several interesting entries to the contest, including several .gifs from XDA member lugiber. However, the project still needs new ideas for wallpapers in order to make it truly unique.
- Must contain the text “XDANDROID” (lowercase accepted)
- 640×480 dimensions
- 800×480 dimensions
- png, jpeg format
- Boot Animation
- 512×256 dimensions
- Contain text “XDANDROID” (lowercase accepted)
- 100 frames total
- png format
It’s quite likely that you’ve heard of the project if you have a recent Windows Mobile device. If babijoee likes your design, you will see it included in the next XDANDROID build along with four other contest winners’ entries.
If you think you have a good idea, why not drop in to the contest thread and see what everyone thinks.
Written back in 2009 by XDA forum member Moisisv, Shake and Save is a very useful application to capture screen shots of your Windows Mobile device.
Written for (but not limited to) the HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Touch HD and Samsung Omnia, Shake and Save is a print screen program that makes use of the built-in accelerometer in your device.
Just select your preferred image format, shake your mobile and the application will save the current screen displayed on your device. Supported image formats include .png, .bmp, .gif and .jpeg. Shake and Save also supports multiple screen shots.
To download Shake and Save, and for more more information, visit the application thread.
Many of you have probably heard about MaxSense, another UI that completely redesigns the way you see your home screen. XDA member maxycy presents us with this nice looking UI, which has been unleashed for Chefs to cook it into their ROMs.
XDA chef NRGZ28, who is famous for his Energy ROM series, has launched ROMs with MaxSense cooked in them for many HTC devices such as Rhodium, Leo, and Blackstone, among others.
Are you tired of your home screen? Then, have a look at this fresh UI, which will unleash all the power of configuring and tweaking your Windows Mobile device home screen. On top of everything else, the UI can be changed to a wide selection of languages.
Originally posted by maxycy
If you are from outer space and wonders what MaxSense is all about, then please take some time to read through this.
This has taken a while longer than planned as I lack the free time that I used to have. Due to this, MaxSense will only be released in ROMs and there is no cab for it. This is to avoid answering questions all the time and give myself time to make further improvements. If you are a cook and intend to flash this to your ROM. Future updates will be posted here. The current version have some basic widgets but depending on the reception of this project, more things will be added.
What is MaxSense?
MaxSense is based on Manila/Sense 2.5. Unlike the original setup, MaxSense offers you total freedom to re-design your Home layout. All objects are now widget based and there are many customization options available to make your phone truly looks the way you want it. With full screen features and multiple screens, these allow you real estates to put things on the screen which were never possible. The UI design in such a way that it gives you access to the things you use frequently within a touch or scroll. I can go on forever but below summary of the features will bring to light what is there to offer.
Features of MaxSense
- Full Screen ( Wallpapers 960×800 )
- 3 Home Widget Screens ( Scroll left/right )
- 75 Quicklink accessible on all tabs
- Tab launcher screen accessible on all tabs
- Full Taskbar with dropdown features accessible on all tabs
- Widgets ( a lot of customization options and more to come )
- Clocks ( Analog, Digital, Slide )
- Alerts ( Calendar, Call History, Mail, SMS, Alert Display Panel )
- Quicklinks ( 3 additional program shortcut widgets )
- Communication ( Wifi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode )
- Others ( Weather, Music Player, Favorite Contacts, Internet Search, Blank Panel )
- General Settings
- Weather Animation
- Taskbar ( Hidden/Maximized/Minimized )
- Text Color ( includes bottom arrow but exclude all widgets text which you can set individually )
For those of you wondering how you could change the boot screen on your devices, xda member Wajk just updated his nice looking boot screen packages. Among them, you can find Windows 7 style bootscreen animations as well as the old PC style to choose from.
You have the ability to enable or disable animations as well as sound, which is definitely a nice way to start up your device. Updated version 1.4 is tested working well on WVGA/VGA/QVGA resolutions.
Originally posted by Wajk
Boot anim with Windows 7 boot screen.
Only 160K! with sound only 550K!
IMPORTANT THINGS about the versions:
v1.4 – without sound, but if you need, download sound from here, thnx for prasangbc
v1.2 – with louder sound
v1.3 – with silently sound
Hint: possible, if some device haven’t got HTCAnimation.dll
if not working standard version:
first install nonHTC(WVGA) version,
and than install your resolution version. (nonHTC version has HTCAnimation.dll and some REG keys.)
- nonHTC version, but my testers report not working, i tried many things, added HTCAnimation.dll to Windows directory, and added many REG keys, but boot animation don’t work, sorry guys…
i uploaded nonHTC version, if anybody want play with it, but i write: NOT working. If anybody find solution, PLZ report me!
- faster animation for faster rom (example: WM6.5.x)
- no sound version, but if you need, download sound from here, thnx for prasangbc
- bigger Windows logo
You can find more information about this in the boot screen thread.
Although, this is not new, it is a very useful application that allows you to communicate with other Windows Mobile devices using your internal or external GPS unit with no Internet connection.
Developed by xda member_LEM_, CatchMe will let you find other devices to know their location.
This app can be automated to send an SMS to another device and retrieve the information of location. That information will be updated to your GPS program, if no signal is available, the app will continue trying until get´s signal to send the SMS.
Originally posted by _LEM_
Devices running Windows Mobile 5 or 6 for Pocket PC or Smartphones
Microsoft Compact Framework 3.5 Download from here
This tool allows you to communicate mobile devices using your GPS and SMS messsages with no internet connection. You will be able to know how far is another phone/target and what direction you need to follow to reach it
Imagine the scenario… you are hiking with some friends in 2 different groups and later during that day you guys want to meet. How do you do that if you got a poor reception and you don’t have an internet connection?
This is what happened to me a few days ago. I got signal only for a few seconds and when I tried to make a phone call it was dropped after a while because the quality was very bad.
This program allows you to add targets. You can request the position of these targets by sending a sms message.
If your PDA cannot send the message it will keep retrying every minute.
Once the other end gets the message, CatchMe will start the GPS automatically, get a fix and send a message back to the person who made the request. Again, if there are problems sending the message CatchMe will keep trying until success.
After getting the position of the target, you can start tracking and CatchMe will tell you how far your target is and what direction you need to follow.
- You can only receive requests from phones that have been added to your list. If you get a request from an unknown phone, the message will be discarded.
- You can also associate your current position to a target. This is useful if you want to mark a checkpoint to come back later. No SMS messages are sent at this point.
- In order to use this with another person, both persons need to run this program!
- You don’t need to be tracking when using the program. You only need to do that when you are following a target.
- Auto Start and Stealth modes available
If you plan to test the program using only one phone, don’t click on ‘dismiss’ when getting your own SMS message until CatchMe has processed the message, otherwise the message will be deleted before the program can access to it.
How many times you have seen a member asking for a “how to” guide to change the language in a ROM?
This is a recurrent question amongst XDA new members. However, thanks to xda member kiliss, this is perfectly doable by simply following his comprehensive guide.
This normally works for all Windows Mobile devices: WM5, 6, 6.1, 6.5 and 6.5.x.
Based on this old method, this tutorial shows you the easy way to do it.
Originally posted by kiliss
I have I little technique to translate how rom I want
First select your Prefer, Stable, Pretty ROM….
Second, flash your phone whis it
And when all working, network is configure, soft was installing… , you can begin to Work
example for 28205 Roms:
- Open your *.nbh rom file with htc ROM Image Editor<== Click You can see all .mui file you need in your language
- You need to have all mui “file” (not module or package) for you wanting rom you can found here the OS file Camera.exe.040C.mui If you not do this, you haven’t see any word in the soft…
You can find more information in the tutorial thread.