It looks like it has been quite a day for the new Desire family owners. As you may have seen already, the Desire HD obtained perm root and apparently, roughly at around the same time, T-Mobile’s G2 (Vision) got the same gift from our devs. XDA member unforgiven512 has posted a very comprehensive how to guide (based on the work of scotty2), which will take you through the step by step on permanently rooting your G2. This is a major achievement on work that has been going on since before the release of the device these past couple of weeks.
The process is straight forward but must be followed down to the “T” as there is a risk of bricking your device (which happens to be the case for pretty much anything we do with our devices anyways). Feel adventurous enough? Remember to read the whole thing before you proceed.
WARNING: THIS COULD PERMENANTLY BRICK YOUR PHONE, INSTEAD OF ROOT IT IF YOU DO THE EVER-SO-SLIGHTEST THING WRONG. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I AM NOT LIABLE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY. ALSO, THE HBOOT FILE LOCATED HERE SHOULD ONLY BE USED ON THE G2. IF YOU SO CHOOSE TO USE THIS ON YOUR DESIRE Z, DESIRE HD, MOTOROLA RAZR, WHATEVER, IT WILL PROBABLY SCREW THINGS UP. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, ONCE AGAIN!
On that note, I would not recommend this on any phone other than the G2, as I have not personally tested it.
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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If you hate the G2’s soft keyboard, you can sit back and relax because it was found that the HTC keyboard hack for the Nexus One works correctly on the T-Mobile G2. This keyboard, which is an enhanced version of the stock HTC keyboard, has some pretty nice features built-in. It’s made by XDA developer jonasl, and the features are endless – almost literally. It’s amazing to see how much work has been put into this keyboard – it’s been updated more than 25 times now, and many of them contain new features – and it’s great that it’s also compatible with the T-Mobile G2. Yet the developer is planning to discontinue it for now:
Originally posted by jonasl
I’m now taking a break from the work on this mod due to serious lack of time. I’ve spent a huge amount of time on this mod already and also shared all my code and methods. I hope the community has benefited from this. You are all free to do whatever you want with my code if you want to make further improvements. I hope I can find some time to continue this little project later this summer. Thanks for all the encouraging words, feature suggestions and bug reports. Couldn’t have done this without you all
We’re wondering if it’s actually useful to have another virtual software keyboard on a phone that already has a very good hardware keyboard – but it might just be useful for typing short texts. If you want to give it a shot, you can find installation instructions in the discussion thread.
October 22, 2010 By: ElCondor
Many reviewers have been positive about the changes HTC made to its custom Android UI, HTC Sense. Especially the htcsense.com service, which offers many features to keep track of your lost or stolen phone, is well received. However, because HTC doesn’t update its older phones to have this new version of Sense – which is a bit odd in our opinion – you will have to buy either the Desire Z (Vision) or the Desire HD (Ace, we will be calling these devices by those names in this article). To solve this, some developers ported the ROM from one of those device to other phones. This means that you can enjoy all the goodies of the Sense HD on your own phone!
To make it easy for you, we’ve created a list which includes all Sense HD ROMs, sorted by device. We also added a short description of every ROM, so you can almost immediately see whether that ROM fits your needs! In future, you can expect more of these posts on the XDA portal, but more about that later. Keep in mind that all the ROMs listed below are running Froyo, and that they are all not completely stable, the camera and with some ROMs, Bluetooth won’t work. Please follow all instructions that are given by the developer strictly to prevent damage.
MotoFroyoSense | Offers not only Sense HD, but also some nice features from MotoFrenzy. These features are basically hardware keyboard enhancements, such as shortcut keys. XDA member Dexter_nlb also included a special patch which overclocks the phone if wanted. Source: Ace. Visit thread.
The developers are still trying to find out a way to port the Vision ROM to the T-Mobile G2. We thought it shouldn’t be that hard, considering the identical specifications of both phones, but it seems more difficult than first thought. We’ll keep you updated when it comes out though.
IncDoes | XDA member IncredibleDoes offers two flavours of his port: one is the Vision port, and the other is the Ace version. These are completely ported ROMs, so everything will be the same as the Vision/Ace.
Visit threads: Vision | Ace
SkyRaider Sense | This is not a complete ROM port, but rather a hybrid of various UI elements from various phones. XDA member ihtfp69 implemented some parts of the Ace UI, for example the Skins feature and the application history in the notification area. Source: Ace. Visit the thread.
The HTC EVO is known for its capability of 4G networking, but unfortunately, the Vision and Ace aren’t.
JT_ROM DesireZ EVO | This ROM by XDA member jdeloach is based on the Incredible’s IncDoes ROM port, and thus offers the full Sense HD experience on your EVO. Source: Vision. Visit thread.
RCMixHD | Considered to be a reliable ROM featuring complete Sense HD experience. XDA member Robocik frequently updates the ROM with new fixes and enhancements. He also included some nice videos to the thread, so you can see whether you like it or not. Source: Ace. Visit thread.
AuraxTSenseH | Based on the Ace port by ownhere, this ROM offers a great experience with many features, like an app which enables you to adjust the CPU frequency, a theme and many more. Created by XDA member NeoPhyTe.x360. Visit thread.
These are all the ROMs on XDA containg Sense HD. Is your phone not listed? It is always possible that new builds appear for other devices too, so we recommend you check the development forum of your phone frequently.
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October 21, 2010 By: egzthunder1
XDA member coolbho3000, who brought us the joy of SetCPU, comes bearing gifts for owners of the new T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Vision). The device is underclocked to 800 MHz from factory (equipped with a Snapdragon processor, so it should be able to reach at least 1 GHz). However, after a lot of tweaking and playing around with several parameters, the dev finally came up with a patch for the kernel to allow overclocking of up to 1.42 GHz. Needless to say, according to the dev, this device will perform as you would expect from such a high clock speed. In fact, he obtained a Quadrant score of 2265 (screenshot available in the thread). The best part? There is no need for root as this is only patching the kernel and hence there is no need to flash a new one.
Keep in mind, overclocking is a dangerous practice if you don’t know what you are doing. You can fry your device, so proceed at your own discretion.
After two nights of mostly guesswork, I have managed to create an overclocking kernel module for the HTC Vision. The result? I have been able to not only overclock the MSM7x30 in this phone to 1GHz, the stock speed of the higher “binned” but identical 8×55 used in the Desire HD, I have been able to push the processor in my G2 significantly further, up to 1.42GHz!Benchmark scores are very, very high, and the improved CPU performance is in line with what you’d expect from such a high clock frequency. All of this is possible without permanent root (and the ability to flash kernels) because we are using a kernel module and not flashing an actual kernel.
You can find more information in the patch thread.
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Thanks coolbho3000 for the tip.
Wanna use your G2 as a mobile hotspot? That’s now possible thanks to an interesting find by XDA members sherifone and HamNCheese. Normally, enabling the Wifi Hotspot requires root acces, but sherifone found a not-so-easy way to do it – with emphasis on not-so-easy. Some advanced steps are needed to establish a stable connection, and temporary root, but once you have it, you will be more than happy with the result.
In short, sherifone found a way to acces the application – which seems to be already installed, but not available in the menu’s. You can do this by installing Launcher Pro, or any other application that lets you insert your own path to create a shortcut on the home screen. Finding the path to the application was easy, thanks to the Nexus One. Now, you might think that you are there, but you aren’t. The hardest part has yet to begin.
The next steps include temporary root, adb commands, and code-level editing to get a stable connection. All the steps are described perfectly in the thread, so if you want to use your G2 as a mobile hotspot, make sure to check it out. Subscribe to the thread or bookmark it if you are expecting your G2 to arrive soon!
September 14, 2010 By: egzthunder1
You have all probably heard the news already, but in case you haven’t, on September 9th, T-Mobile made the official announcement concerning the true identity of the infamous G2 aka Vision aka Vanguard aka G1 Blaze. The cat is finally out of the bag and after months of speculation, rumors, and more rumors, the true specs of the device are out in the open. The HTC Vision will have the following hardware:
While the device itself looks rather impressive, we can’t help but to feel that HTC could have done much better in a few departments on this device, at least judging for the amount of secrecy behind the release. We are not really complaining here as the device, as expressed before, is quite impressive but to put things in perspective these were some of the rumors floating around a few months ago:
You can see from these that the expectations were quite high and have, in reality, fallen short for the most part. The only thing we have learned is that the processor, while clocking lower speeds still performs better than the 1 GHz clocked one, and according to benchmarks, the GPU does much better as well. This will probably make your trip to the T-Mobile store worth it, but what about the rest of the specs? Considering some of the G2’s predecessors, the use of a 5 MP camera as opposed to an 8 MP seems a little strange. Moreover, video chatting capabilities would be a wonderful use of such high speed offered by T-Mobile’s blazing fast HSPA+. Last, but not least would be the battery’s capacity. Considering the power that the higher “G”‘s drain out of the battery, one would think that the need for a bigger battery would be a premium factor.
There was a nice discussion thread started by XDA member funkeee in the G2 section on XDA. There are still some unknown specs such as characteristics for the screen (resolution, size, etc). However, there are good indications that the screen is a WVGA S-TFT screen according to some of our members.
So, do you think that HTC missed a golden opportunity to raise the bar against competitors like the Galaxy S or the iPhone 4? Maybe HTC has a hidden ace under their sleeve, namely the awaited Desire HD. Leave us your comments.
You can also join the discussion in the original thread.
Because of its imminent release/unveiling in mid September, xda-developers has done what it does best… try to stay ahead of the curve. We have added a new section to our ever growing list of sub-forums for discussion and development of the upcoming HTC Vision (aka G2, aka Blaze, aka T-Mobile Project Emerald, etc). HTC has been doing a pretty good job in keeping the details down to a minimum, as there are only speculations about the true specs for the device at this moment. The ones that have been confirmed to be real are the following:
There are many speculations that the device will feature a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1. However, there have been many rumors out there saying that the Vanguard could be the wielder of the fabled dual core processor due to several leaked benchmark results that have surfaced online during the past month, which far surpass the EVO and the Epic in several categories.
Have something interesting to share? Know something that we don’t? Then, come over to the G2’s new home forum and add your two cents.
August 26, 2010 By: egzthunder1
Even before the unveil, a very interesting development surfaced involving HTC’s newest best kept secret. The latest test rom for the HTC Vision/ G1 Blaze/ G2/ Vanguard… has been leaked and it is already under heavy development all overthe web. Not an awful lot is known at the moment, but this leak test could show us what the upcoming device has in store for us. As it turns out, the leak comes complete with ROM, kernel, apks, and the whole 9 yards. So, if you are into heavy Android development, you should try to swing by and try to help your fellow Android owners to get a better grasp of what is going on.