January 17, 2012 By: liwen
HTC has taken to Twitter again to announce that several new models are now supported by the company’s official bootloader unlocking solution. The devices that were added are the HTC Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status and T-Mobile G2.
As we said earlier, HTC is making pretty good progress in getting as many device bootloaders unlocked as possible, which we can only applaud.
You own of the aforementioned devices? What are you waiting for, head over to HTCdev to get your bootloaders unlocked!
December 8, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Up, up, down, down, menu, back, power. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever used a standard Android recovery, I’m sure it does. Why is it that accessing the recovery partition on a modern, touch-screen device feels a little like entering the Konami code? Thanks to 4EXT Recovery Touch by XDA forum member madmaxx82, this is no longer the case for the HTC Sensation, Desire S, Incredible S / 2, Desire HD / Inspire 4G, and Desire Z /G2.
Making full use of the your touchscreen, EXT4 Recovery Touch allows you to accomplish all the typical Android recovery fare in a touch-friendly manner. Additionally, the recovery is extremely themeable, meaning that you can customize the recovery to your heart’s delight. If that’s not enough, the recovery even detects and displays your local time. Those concerned about performance needn’t worry, as the developer assures us that speed is unhindered due to the asynchronous UI rendering and a low overhead. The feature list, according to the developer:
- includes all of the many features from 4EXT Recovery Classic, see 2nd post
- brand new user interface: “4EXT UI”
- touchscreen only!
- extreme theming capabilities!
- nearly ALL YOU SEE is changeable.
- “worker bar”: create your own custom animations, there are (nearly) no limits! Use any shapes/sizes/animations et.c.
- extra low cpu needed for that: absolutely no negative impact on backup/restore speed.
- async UI rendering for optimal performance for the “heavy tasks” like backup/restore
- based upon the extremely, rock solid version 4EXT Recovery Classic v2.2.7 RC5
- with little enhancements: “preserve theme” now works
- Detects your local time zone
- Displays your local time
- Correct time is used for backups you start from within recovery
- .. explore the new interface to see more
Looking to get in on the action? Just head over to the appropriate recovery threads to get started:
[Thanks to Whiskey103 for the heads up!]
September 24, 2011 By: egzthunder1
One of the most important tools that any Android flashing addict must have is a reliable, good, and feature rich recovery image on their devices. This wonderful creation allows you to perform things like flashing, cleaning, partitioning of your card, more flashing, connect via USB to the pc, and so much more. Having the best one is always a tough ordeal as it takes testing of features and tons patience. Well, if you are a Desire Z or G2 owner, your search maybe over because XDA member madmaxx82 brings you 4EXT. This recovery will allow you to do a lot of things that you will not be able to do with other recovery images, including theming it (in case you are not satisfied with the regular black background and stock color from whichever one you are currently using.
The features are just too many to list here, but if you do have this device, we strongly suggest that you take it for a test drive. If you find any bugs, please leave some feedback. One last suggestion would be to read the install instructions properly as flashing this the wrong way may have bad repercussions.
4EXT Recovery is now also available for the Desire Z / G2.
For the Vision, currently only one newer version is available which is 2.1.6 RC2.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Thanks TheRomMistress for the tip!
Xda-Developers is a great source of information. Part of the reason for this is the general attitude of the members here. Websters Dictonary defines community as “joint ownership or participation.” By working as a community, the members of XDA have been able to come up with answers to some of the most difficult questions posed in the mobile world. Part of my job as a XDA News Writer is to find those answers and provide them to you in a quick and easy to follow manner. Thus begins another addition of The Weekly Q&A. This week we will be focusing on HTC Visions: G2/DZ.
Q. Is there a volume limitation? If so, is there a tweak to increase the volume (of the speaker mostly, and also earphones)? [Original Thread]
A. Open Dspmanager then enable equalizer, increase each bitrate of the EQ slightly. Put the signal strength to moderate than play a song with a lot of bass to test. If its distorted, decrease the bit rate or turn signal strength to slightly. I combine dspmanager with power-amp for some insane eq. – (Thanks to melodicjunkie)
Q. I was looking for stock Rom from era.
I’ve found out that stock era is: 12.28e.60.140fU_26.04.02.17_M2
While on the forum there can be found: 12.28e.60.140f_26.04.02.17_M2
The only difference is in radio, in the first one there is fU while in the second only f. Could somebody explain me what is a difference and if it is negligible? [Original Thread]
A. The “U” is added by you phone if you are on a carrier that offers HSUPA. That means you have both “4G dl AND 4G ul” if it was just “f” then you would only have 4G dl. (Thanks to TheNewGuy)
Q. Is there a way that I can use the original launcher instead of the ADW launcher on CM7 RC-2? [Original Thread]
A. You can find the mod here in the Nexus S forum: THREAD.
Download the first file and flash through recovery. You’ll lose all your homescreen placements and widgets you have set up with ADW.
If you want to flash this over nightlies every day, you need to follow a specific order to not lose your placements again.
1) flash CM7 nightly via recovery (not ROM manager)
2) after install, stay in recovery (don’t boot up into the ROM!), go to Advanced > Reboot recovery
3) after recovery reboots, flash the launcher mod (Thanks to martonikaj)
See [GUIDE] Install Stock 2.3 Launder over CM7 for more details.
Q. I made a backup image of my stock rom right before I installed CM. Is there any way that, if I backup my current configuration and reflash my backup of the stock rom, I could copy the package for swype over to the SD card to be reinstalled on CM? [Original Thread]
A. If you have a nandroid backup of a ROM with functioning Swype (which it sounds like you do), there’s an app around somewhere on here called SwypeRestore.apk that does it for you. (Thanks to chinly43 & funkeee)
Q. Why does NO ONE trust visionary to root? I’m always seeing posts about how people are getting stuck mid-root, but they’re using another root program. [Original Thread]
A. There were reports of the “Attempt permroot” function in the app failing, especially after applying the G2 OTA or if their phone came with it pre-installed (and it’s uncertain whether or not the app was updated to properly support the OTA). After it failed, the phone would be in an unknown state (sometimes stuck on the HTC screen, sometimes in a bootloop, sometimes unable to temproot anymore, etc.). A lot of the time, once the phone was in this state, other methods of rooting wouldn’t work as is. What made the problem worse was that if you had the OTA installed, you couldn’t use the shipping ROM to restore completely back to stock and start over without at least having temproot to downgrade your version number.
That’s why people tend to not trust Visionary anymore. Once reports came out of it being hit or miss, it became more prudent to recommend the other methods that were at least more easily recoverable from if something messed up. That being said, I don’t think there is a problem with it if you are only using the temproot function. I just wouldn’t recommend anyone hitting the permroot button anymore when safer methods exist. (Thanks to ianmcquinn)
That wraps up another edition of The Weekly Q&A. If there is something you feel may be “newsworthy” or you would like to share a solution that you came across, please PM me or another News Writer.
March 16, 2011 By: egzthunder1
For all of those eager G2 owners out there, you are probably happy with the Gingerbread builds available for your devices. However, you are left with a big void in your heart as Sense is missing from your daily interaction with your device. Thanks to our friends at Team Villain and XDA member HomerSp, Vision owners can now enjoy their beloved Sense back in their devices. This is a breakthrough development as the port was created from a merge of roms (Huashan and Wildfire S). The port still has a few things that need some tweaking (let’s face it, porting Sense to other devices has been a hard task since the days it was called TF3D back for WM). However, it is a port that can easily be used as a daily driver. The latest patch allows for installation of apps to SD.
If you have this device, please give it a go and report any issues you may have encountered.
I, and Team Villain, are proud to present you with the first Gingerbread Sense ROM for HTC Vision. This rom is basically a merge of the Huashan leak and the Wildfire S leak (credits to 911sniper for both), which means that it includes all the HTC Sense goodies.
You can find more information in the development thread.
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Thanks pulser_g2 for the tip!
Some members like to go deeper when personalizing their devices, even further than just software. XDA member znanoDA took a step into personalizing the body of the device itself, making a chrome polished finish for the battery cover of the G2. All started because the plastic layer started to peel, which is a problem many will be familiar with. After noticing this, he decided to use sand paper to get rid of the plastic. The finished work looked nice and shiny. The original poster mentions that he used the following materials:
Be aware that the only responsible for making this will be you, so proceed with caution. If you have another method, please join the thread and share your experiences.
Originally posted by znanoDA
Polished G2 Battery Cover
So the clear coat on the battery cover to my phone was peeling so i decided to polish it
Used basically wet sanded it with the sandpaper in the order described and used eagle one nano wheel polish.
Continue to the original thread to see more pictures of the finished work
With the continual development of Cyanogen Mod, occasionally you may run into outdated mods and morphs. Luckily, XDA member rori~ has continued development on his Statusbar PulldownMod morph and has provided us with an update for use with CM7 . Whether your phone is HDPI or MDPI, you can benefit from this clean and practical notification bar.
According to the developer, this morph can be used with all nightlies after CM7 RL1 and has been confirmed working with the following phones:
- Nexus S
The new design includes:
Originally Posted by rori~
You can use this after every nightly but: if CM7 will get an update (probably it will get battery% in statusbar), I will have to update this, so stay tuned - *my Twitter*
For more information, please visit the original thread.
December 11, 2010 By: ElCondor
After some research, developers discovered that the custom ROMs for the Desire Z were able to run on the T-Mobile G2, and vice-versa. The hardware of both devices is almost identical. XDA member steviewevie suggested svetius (the user experience admin) about this and he decided to merge the forums soon.
This means that developers won’t have to start different threads for both phones – making everything just a bit easier for everyone:
Originally posted by steviewevie
I think it’s going to be a very very good thing, because after all the G2 and DZ are essentially the same phones and run the same custom ROMs, so it will be good to have everything in one place. I think it will also encourage people who develop things to check how they work on both the G2 and DZ.
Keep an eye on further updates in the general forums of both devices to see when it happens. We don’t know yet how the merge will work exactly, but we’re sure that the mods are working to get this working well. For discussion, check out the original thread.
So for those of you who are a bit squeamish, look away now….because XDA forum member verkion has written up his experience on fixing his loose G2 hinge.
If you don’t want to use magnets in case the compass is affected, take a look at the XDA member’s teardown. verkion couldn’t find an online teardown showing the actual spring mechanism for the z-hinge and has helpfully provided a photo of the actual mechanism (pictured).
The fix actually proved quite simple – assuming you can get to the pictured point of disassembly, tightening up the mechanism apparently is super easy. Take the spring out, stretch it, and put it back in!
Head on over to the forum thread for more discussion.
If youre running CM6.1 on your HTC Vision (G2) and have been experiencing issues with the speaker LED notifications, XDA forum member pershoot now has a working fix.
The dev has worked the behaviour as follows:
Current known issues include that low battery will blink green instead of amber, rebooting whilst under 10% low battery state will not trigger the LED notification and plugging in the device below 10% and unplugging will keep the amber led solid until it is over 10%.
For more information and to download the fix, head on over the modification thread.
You may remember an article from last week, when we talked about Clockworkmod adapted for the Desire Z. XDA member Koush, who happens to be the creator of this very famous recovery has just released a version of his popular recovery image for the G2. If you come from older devices like the EVO, you will probably be thankful that this is now available. In case you are not familiar, CWM will allow you to preform a wide variety of actions.
If this is all you’ve been waiting for to root your G2, now its the time. Feel free to post some feedback in the thread.
- YOUR PHONE MUST ALREADY BE S-OFF. SEE THE OTHER THREADS IN THIS FORUM ON HOW TO DO THAT.
- I recommend getting on Wi-Fi.
- Download ROM Manager from the Market. You MUST have at least 188.8.131.52.
- Flash Recovery.
- Choose G2 as your phone.
- Accept the Superuser prompt.
- Use ROM Manager to create a Backup.
- Watch the backup go!
You can find more information in the recovery image thread.
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With the recent news of the G2 being rooted, XDA developer cyanogen has come up with some addons to add some bacon to your G2!
Whilst the team is working hard to get CM running on the G2, cyanogen has given G2 owners a taste of what’s to come with his “bacon bits” package, offering the following features:
Cyanogen states that the kernel is based on the Desire HD release 184.108.40.206 and that he has merged in the necessary changes for the G2 so that you have the latest features!
For more information and to download the addon, head on over to the modification thread.
Bound to happen, although we didn’t expect it this soon. Now that the G2 is a fully flashable device, one can only count the minutes until the first roms and kernels hit the fora. It didn’t take long for XDA member coolbho3000 to release one with his own flavor to the wild. You may know this user from a little app called SetCPU, which allows for overclocking on many Android devices. His most recent work included an overclocking script for the G2, which allowed the device to hit 1.4 GHz. The drawback on this was this was just a script, which needed to be ran every time the device was booted. Thanks to the newly acquired root, this script was baked into a kernel, which means… no more running said script.
To top things off, the dev states that because voltage can be properly used in the G2, he has seen speeds of up to 1.7 GHz. The thread comes complete with an installation guide and everything that you will need to use this.
Now that we have permanent root, we can have even more fun with overclocking. This is an actual kernel, not a module, meaning that there are no scripts to run every time you restart the device, and there are a lot more speeds to choose from, from 806MHz all the way up to 1497MHz.
Just run SetCPU (set on boot will work if you have permanent root!) and set the speed to whatever you want. This is purely an overclocking kernel and is not undervolted, but undervolting is easy for other devs. Just tweak the frequency tables and recompile.
You can find more information in the kernel thread.
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