As old phones keep getting older and older, we need people to try to keep us up to date. The Vogue seems to have picked up lots of users due to a few factors, like the fact that it can be flashed to Android with quasi perfect builds of Donut and Eclair, or its price in the market (you can get one for about $80 on eBay or even at the XDA-Marketplace).
Because many users are still not familiar with flashing processes, they still depend on Windows Mobile as their main OS (and mounting Android via SD card). This forces chefs to keep cooking the latest versions of WM even for a retired device like the Vogue.
In this case, xda member Barogi44 has just released a new version of his ROM series. In this case, he has used one of the latest available COM 5 builds from Microsoft, which is 23568. He packed it with lots of new apps to appeal to everyone’s taste. And for those of you that are melancholic, he even included an UI that many of you might remember from the days of WM 6.1… HTC Home. This lightweight, very easy to use and skin interface is actually bound to give the device a new/old look to keep you interested in using it.
Continue on to the original thread for more information.
Porting Android builds to our devices has very rapidly become as much common practice, as cooking newer versions of WM for our devices. We have many flavors to choose from in this box of sweet little Android treats.
Now, to make us even more addicted to flashing Android to WM, xda member incubus26jc has released an update for his Super Eclair Lite build. As with most roms, trial and error leads to a better OS, and this is not the exception. There is a long list of improvements for this build, which will make the use of the Android on Vogue a very pleasurable experience.
RLS 4 Features
- Fixed Voice Search
- Fixed Live Wallpapers
- Fixed Apps2sd, Compcache, Home app in Memory ect..
- Fixed Standard Launcher Force Close
- Added Kaiser Wifi Support (Sencond Attempt)
- Added Linux Sd Mount Support (Thanks Myn)
- Added New Notification Bar with New Battery
- Added Dialer1 App
- Added New Boot Animation
- Added Astro, CorpCal, Terminal Emulator
- Lots of Bug Fixes
- Bluetooth Audio
You can follow the development of the build in the application thread.
After much speculation regarding the release date, the latest installment on one of the best available ports of Android 1.6 (Donut) for the Vogue / Kaiser / Polaris has been released. Xda Member myn has released a much anticipated version of this OS, which includes among other things increased speed, stability, and a myriad of features and apps that will entice you into testing it first from the SD card, and then forcing you (because you will fall in love with it) to flash it over WM and simply keep Android running on your phone.
Some of the new features in RLS 5 (04-24-2010) include:
Please follow the development in the original thread
A lot of us are closely watching the Android development on the HTC Vogue, where the devs are making huge leaps in porting tools and the most cutting edge versions of Android. In the interest of making everything a bit easier and faster, xda member myn has come up with a set of two tools that allows Vogue, Kaiser, and Polaris owners to do two things: change the screen density on the fly, and overclock the processor. The apps have been thoroughly tested by many devs and beta testers and they seem to work better than expected since these changes seem to have very little impact on battery life.
I now present you with RogueTools v1.0.
You can follow the development of these tools in the original thread
April 20, 2010 By: egzthunder1
Last week I wrote an article about xda member incubus26jc, and how he is helping Vogue owners to mod their Donut builds with additional Widgets, as well as skinning them by mixing and matching components. He’s back with something new and refreshing for the Vogue. Based on the work by xda member mssmison, he’s released an Android version of his own for the Vogue. This version is based on a Hero build and, yes, you guessed it:Sense 2.1 interface, including live wallpapers! Currently, it’s at Release 2, so it’s bound to become a top release really quick.
Originally posted incubus26jc
This is my very first attempt at releasing an actual build. I’m used to doing themes but not releasing builds. So I hope that I can live up to the standards of mssmison and myn. Its a Work in Progress. This is the first build on any phone to ever have Sense with Live wallpapers thanks to mssmison Remember, Hero Is a much more powerful Phone than the vogue. So keep that in mind when comparing to donut.
Release 2 Changes
- Fixed Most Homescreen Reloads(still reloads with market and browser sometimes)
- Fixed Incoming Calls Crash(waiting for mssmison’s fix for slow incoming calls)
- More Speed and Stability
- Added New Boot Animation
- Added New Clear Background HTC Keyboard
- Added Autokiller
- Added Spare Parts
- Added Gallery 3D
- Added Facebook
- Added 3 Music Player
- Added Internal And External Storage Space Widgets
- Removed Touch Sensors(causing crashes)
Please follow the development of this build in the development thread.
As new developments are ongoing for the Android ports, none are as advanced or feature-packed as the ports for Vogue, Kaiser, and Polaris. A new version of Eclair has been posted for the Vogue, XDA member mssmison just released V8, which includes a few updates over the previous versions. And even though there are still bugs to be ironed out, this port is bound to be a masterpiece once it’s completed.
Originally posted by mssmison
We’re going QVGA only on this one.
Now based on my own source tree build.
Updated messaging app, check settings within app to change settings, now full screen.
Full screen AOSP apps.
Updated Helix Launcher, (app drawer is 5×5 and transparent)
New ‘Car Home’ Launcher from the droid 2.1 update. Nicer square launcher. much more car friendly I think.
Optimize on first boot. It will take a little longer..
Spare Parts now in Settings
No more swap or compache
I recommend you wipe, it may work if you don’t but you may have issues
Boot, when launcher first opens, do menu ->confirgure to set to full screen.
The notifications pull down is accessible by doing menu->notifications while on the launcher.
Possible landscape issues with Launcher
No BT audio
Again, this is bound to be a masterpiece if the remaining bugs are tackled. But right now it’s at the point that it can be used for everyday usage, Stay tuned for further development!
You can follow development in the original thread.
Android on Windows Mobile can now be seen on many different devices, but it all started with the Kaiser. The Kaiser, Vogue, and Polaris are three devices that have advanced immensely with Android porting. Their progress can be seen in many places, but mostly by the available ROMs.
I’ve selected the most popular ROM that is available for these devices, and from what the comments say, it’s the best. The ROM has many advances that put it at the top of the porting game, with only a few things that are not functioning properly just yet.
Originally posted by polyrhythmic
A few things to look forward to in this build:
- OpenGL Hardware Acceleration! (thanks again to the amazing dzo!)
- Much improved battery life
- Working autocomplete (for Spanish and English) touch keyboard
- Working Google Voice and Maps 4.0 with Full Nav (or int’l Maps 4.0 with Nav)
- GPS with AGPS (Network “Cell-Tower” Location reported buggy for some users)
- 5 home screens and Full QVGA Compatibility
- Stability. The OpenEclair base is the most stable yet
- New install system (which means easier upgrading and multiple themes in the future!)
- Normal Sleep/Suspend (not hacked!)
- 3G Data/MMS
- Full GPS with AGPS
- Network (Cell-Tower-based) Location (buggy)
- Hardware OpenGLES
- Google Apps
- Google Sync
- Exchange Calendar
Apps included in this build:
- Live Wallpapers: Grass, Beziers, Bobs, Polar Clock, Visualizations
- Astro File Manager [Free]
- Taskiller Free 1.8.1 (no ads + CUSTOM THEMED TASKBAR WIDGET) [Free]
- Facebook (full sync working)
- Car Home
- Desk Clock [new!]
- Powerbar Widget
- Genie Widget (a.k.a News and Weather app)
- Nav Launcher [Free]
- Tetherbot [Free]
- GPS Test [Free]
- extra terminal tools in bin/xbin: rwsystem, rosystem, nano & more
- Voice Dial/Search/Keyboard
- YouTube HQ
More information is available in the thread.
It was going to happen sooner or later:
A poll took place throughout last week asking Vogue users if they believed that a sub-forum for Android development was needed. The polls closed with a staggering amount people agreeing to this versus 0 disagreeing. Long story short, the Vogue has its own sub-section for Android development!
For those people wondering why this was done for an older device such as the Vogue, the reason is quite simple. The development of Android on the Vogue has been paramount to all the Android development up to date for newer devices. Also, most builds are incredibly stable and blazing fast with most (if not all) features working out of the box. Some of these features are:
I am sure that if this level of development keeps up, it will certainly not be the last one!