December 29, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Update: It has come to our attention that inappropriate credit was given for the Huawei U81xx releases. The builds for the U8160/U8180 are actually based on original work by XDA Recognized Developer psyke83 in this thread. Similarly, work on the U8120 ultimately comes from XDA Senior Member joilaroi in this thread, and work on the U8150 comes from XDA Recognized Developer tilal6991 in this thread. Please refer to those threads for the original works.
Despite not having their own forums, there are a lot of obscure and unpopular devices with outstanding developer support. It’s generally assumed that the big name devices will get updates and AOSP, but when lesser known devices receive support, it seems almost like a bigger accomplishment. Now, the Huawei U81xx series has gotten CM9.1 and CM10, the Samsung Rugby Pro has CM10 along with an official update to Android 4.1, and the Rugby Smart has a 3.0 kernel.
The Huawei U81xx CM9.1 and CM10 modified ports were released by XDA Recognized Developer Alberto96. So far, users are reporting that the ROMs are pretty well done. Of course, these are early releases, so there are a myriad of small bugs and issues that need to be fixed. However, there has been no reports of any serious issues. They may not be daily driver ready, but they’re well on their way. So if you have a U81xx series device and you’re looking for some AOSP-based goodness, these are worth at least trying out.
XDA Senior Member kemonine96 has posted the CM10 for the Rugby Pro, along with the Odin package for the official Android 4.1. This is a double dose of Android 4.1 for the Rugby Pro as users can now choose between AOSP and official 4.1. For the official update, root and recovery from the prior versions still work.
Lastly, XDA Senior Member Motorhead1991 has released a 3.0 kernel for the Samsung Rugby Smart. It’s experimental right now, but most have reported that it’s still pretty useful. Here is the list of working and not working:
touch and display
**USB storage mode
(* Does not work on my ported ROM, but works otherwise)
(** Does not work on currently public builds, updated ones will be out shortly)
(*** Still broken on CM10, KemoNine96 is looking into it)
So if you’re on the Rugby Smart and you’re looking for a new kernel to try out, this is definitely something to look into for better overall performance.
For additional details, check out the following threads:
December 20, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With Android 4.2 development in full swing, devices old and new, big and small could be seeing CM10.1 or similar AOSP-derived offerings in the near future. Let’s face it, if the HTC HD2 can run Android 4.2, pretty much any modern device can. Now, there are CM10.1 ROMs available for the ASUS Transformer TF300T and the Huawei Ideos X5 U8800.
XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD of Team Hacksung is doing the work for the TF300T CM10.1, while the Huawei Ideos X5 is being worked on by XDA Forum Member gleb_grid. Nightlies are available for the TF300T now, whereas the Huawei Ideos X5 has a pre-alpha that needs a lot of work.
The TF300T Nightlies are actually quite stable. Among the issues reported is rotation not working correctly and a Superuser bug. If you don’t rotate the tablet very often, the rotation bug won’t be too annoying. And to alleviate the superuser issues, you can simply download SuperSU. Otherwise, the ROM appears to be working quite well.
Unfortunately, the Huawei Ideos X5 build is pretty rough. The ROM has been set up for development, but none of the issues have actually been fixed yet. At this point, a developer—or team of developers—will have to get their hands dirty making it work. At least it’s a start!
We are always crazy about ports for various devices for one very particular reason: these extend the lifetime of otherwise unsupported devices. This was, for the most part, the foundation of our beloved site. From time to time, we find in our forums an underdog type of device that not too many people are interested in. However, it takes one little spark from a very good dev to make things happen. This is the story of the Ideos X5 (one of its variants anyways) and how XDA Recognized Developer and overall legend dzo managed to get this tab to run ICS.
The port is relatively new and yet it has gone through many revisions in a matter of 10 days, which is the kind of work that we have seen, loved, and come to expect from this dev. The port is, as of right now, with no bugs except for a slow GPS startup, but everything else seems to be working up to speed (wifi, cams, compass, etc). The latest revision fixed a bug with battery stats, which seems to plague not just this port, but several other devices as well, including the Asus Transformer stock rom!
In any case, if you have a X5 and would like to take this for a test drive, please leave some comments for the dev so that further development on this can be achieved.
This is a clean ICS ROM built from from the Qualcomm Code Aurora source.
Everything is more or less functional and the UI is very smooth but it is still preliminary so expect bugs, random reboots etc..
This is based on release M7630AABBQMLZA4040295I on the ics_chocolate branch and a new version is released almost every week so it should only get better.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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It seems that mid range devices are here to stay. One manufacturer that has been steadily and silently growing in the mobile device industry is Huawei. They normally develop mid to low range devices and cater to people who don’t want to shell out $500 for a Samsung or a HTC device. As there have been numerous requests for this one, we decided to give the owners of the Huawei X5 U8800 a place to play. All discussions about rom, kernel, and app development for this device can be found in this area from now on. The device packs quite a punch in terms of hardware specs and also runs on Froyo (Android 2.2). So, if you were looking for a mid range device to quench your thirst for Android goodness, look no further.
Have you got one yet? If so, please leave some feedback so that prospective owners can get a feeling for what they are getting into.
You can visit Huawei Ideos X5 U8800′s home on XDA here.