August 6, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
At this point, it just wouldn’t feel like summer unless we spent a little time talking about Jelly Bean. With releases coming out for seemingly everyone at this point, the devices with ports almost outnumber devices without. As the march continues, two new devices have managed to get some Jelly Bean—one of which becomes the second device to get Jelly Bean that wasn’t released as an Android device. They are the HP Touchpad and the HTC Wildfire S.
For the HP Touchpad, the unofficial CyanogenMod 10 port was developed by XDA Forum Member jcsullins, but posted on XDA by XDA Senior Member BIGSimon. For the Wildfire S, XDA Recognized Contributor benjamingwynn posted the unofficial CyanogenMod 10 build with credited help from about 10 other members. As should be expected, both ROMs do have their issues. The Wildfire S port is in its preview stage, meaning that it’s just for testing and shouldn’t be used unless you’re willing to help with testing and development. Of course, the HP Touchpad isn’t too much better, as the number of issues far exceeds the number of features working. The HP Touchpad does have the disadvantage of not having run Android from the outset, but that hasn’t stopped the HTC HD2 developers either.
Even so, it’s a beginning and both ROMs are currently under active development. So users just need to exercise a little patience, and both of these ROMs mat soon be stable enough to use. For more info, check out either the HP Touchpad thread or the Wildfire S thread.
We’ve covered several toolkit releases over the last few months. From mskip’s universal toolkits for Samsung devices to a plethora of toolkits for HTC devices, there seems to be a toolkit out there for everyone. Well, almost everyone. The HTC Wildfire S hadn’t received support for one of the more popular HTC toolkits.
This is now no longer the case, as XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, who created nearly all of the HTC toolkits linked above, has released his hallmark toolkit for the Wildfire S. It is very similar to the other toolkits, and has the same methods and features. For those unfamiliar with the HTC All-In-One Toolkit series, features include:
- Install HTC Drivers
- Get Token ID.
- Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
- Install Recoveries
TWRP 2.2.1 GSM / CDMA – MAKE SURE TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT ONE!!!
User Provided Recovery
-Flash Kernels provided
User Provided Kernel
- Link to the FAQ thread
- Link to the Amaze Development thread
- Boot Into Recovery
- Boot into Bootloader
- Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
- APK Batch Installer (Credits to hamsteyr)
For more information, check out the original thread
July 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Not too long ago, we brought you news that allowed HTC EVO 4G LTE users to customize their bootloaders. The process was pretty cool, allowing users to make their bootloader look however they want—including making it look unhacked. After the initial project was released, users clamored for this to be made available to more devices. The requests were heard and responded to. Now, the plugin has been made available to make the bootloader customizer for a number of HTC devices.
The process for a developer to port this is not hard. XDA Recognized Contributor regaw_leinad, who developed the application and plugin, takes a time out from the stags (yes, that’s really him) to explain how:
it’s basically all written, they just need to fill in the values for their hboot, and embed the hboot.img into the exe. I already have a placeholder for the hboot.img and android-info.txt so a drag and drop over them should keep it embedded.
Regaw_leinad is also creating the application for the supported devices, but wanted to release the plugin first so users had a chance to get it sooner. The current list of supported HTC devices include:
While the list is quite large, one must keep in mind that not all of these devices have S-Off, and users must have S-Off in order to actually use this application. To get started, visit the original thread.
April 12, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Utilities and tools are quite popular here on XDA. They provide quick and easy access to a number of otherwise tedious modifications. They are also typically updated frequently, so users generally have the most current methods for doing almost anything. For those carrying the HTC Wildfire S, you now have a multi-purpose rooting tool that promises to make the process more streamlined than manual techniques.
XDA Senior Member simonsimons34 has released a beta version of his app, which is aptly titled Simon’s Wildfires Utility. While there are some bugs to work out, the utility is capable of doing any number of things from rooting the Wildfire S to unlocking the bootloader in such a way that it does not void your warranty. There are still some bugs to remove and planned features to implement, but the utility receives frequent updates, so it’s only a matter of time before everything works perfectly.
Additional information, download links, and instructions can be found in the utility thread.
Freeing up internal storage is one of the things that most people with older Android phones commonly have to deal with. Some app-crazy individuals with newer phones have had to as well. However, there can be some issues with that. Typically, people use APPS2SD to help them out, but you can’t move things like your launcher or anything with a widget. It is also quite time consuming for those with a lot of apps.
A popular application called Link2SD has fixed many of these problems, but it involves a very complicated set up process. For those wielding the HTC Wildfire S, there’s a guide for that. XDA Senior Member d33ps1x has written a full blown tutorial on preparing an SD card for use for the Wildfire S, starting with properly formatting and partitioning your SD card to even a few tips and tricks at the end for better performance.
The cool thing about the method is that the section on partition your SD card can be extrapolated for any Android device. All you need is a card reader and you also need to know what file systems (ext2, ext3, ext4, etc) your devices uses and you can set your SD card up for Link2SD use using this tutorial.
The method itself involves using a partition manager to partition an unused portion of your SD card that can then be used by the Link2SD application to move free up some internal storage for those running a little lower than they are comfortable with. It is a little complicated, so be sure you follow the directions and also be sure to make a backup of your SD card, just in case something goes wrong.
For those wanting and willing to give it a shot, you can find the tutorial for the Wildfire S in the original thread. For those who want to try it with other phones, be sure you do your homework before attempting, and find out what file systems your device supports!
January 6, 2012 By: azrienoch
Following their move to unlock all bootloaders on phones released after September 2011, HTC announced today that the HTC Wildfire S, Wildfire, Desire, Merge, and A315c (a Wildfire CDMA variant) joined the official list. It looks like all the devices they added right after Christmas are on the list as well.
The dropdown menu of supported devices on HTCDev’s bootloader page changed formats as well. Now included, at the very bottom of the list, is an All Other Supported Models option. That is for all future models, because eventually HTC won’t have that list there. You’ll also notice asterisks by some devices in the list. HTCDev explains,
In certain cases you may be required to install an RUU first in order to go through the unlock process. These devices are indicated with an asterisk in the list below.
There are added steps for those devices because you’re updating HBOOT. Head over to HTCDev.com and try it out.
We all know HTC promised to unlock all the 2011 devices but that has not happened on the HTC Wildfire S, released back in May and still remains S-ON as there is no free software solution due to lack of dev support.
XDA member *se-nsei. along with a group of members is trying to pull attention to the Wildfire so we wanted to support the campaign for more devs and invite them to actively participate in development and ROMs for this forgotten phone!
So please spread the word and perhaps this device can join to the ICS party too!
For more information on how you can help, please continue on to the original thread
February 18, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Looks like HTC opened up the flood gates this past week at MWC (Mobile World Congress). They have introduced their upcoming line up, which explains why their performance was not as strong at CES. In any case, since we haven’t really had a whole lot coming from HTC lately (aside from the Inspire and the Thunderbolt), we felt that it was in the best interest of our community to try and get us moving with the current. All of these devices are running Android, but the biggest surprise from this line up is HTC’s entrance into the Tablet wars. Although, to be fair the HTC was here first with other “large devices” such as the HTC Shift, which even though was considered an UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC), still was close to and resembled the Tablet concept.
If you have any information, dumps, or anything that may help speed up development for any of these, please do not hesitate to share with the rest of the community.
You can visit Wildfire’s Home forum here.
You can visit Desire S’s Home forum here.
You can visit Incredible S’s Home forum here.
You can visit Flyer’s Home forum here.
You can visit ChaCha’s Home forum here.
You can visit Salsa’s Home forum here.