XDA member AidenM shows the first ever ROM for HTC Flyer loaded with the newest operating system from Android: Ice cream sandwich. The work is based on Sensation RCMix 3D Leak w/ Dexter_nlb’s fixes for hardware and since it´s a beta version some bugs are present.
So far the Developer has a green light on:
- Market access
- AOSP lockscreen
- ADB access
- External SD
It’s not perfect, here’s what’s not working:
- Some settings panes (keyboard selecter)
- Rotation is blurry and pixelated
- HTC Apps not correctly sized for display
- Cannot take notes using the Pen
In order to install this ROM, you need to be Honeycomb S-OFF, after that just place the ROM on the root of your SD card and good to go. Remember always to do a nandroid backup and to wipe data and Dalvik just to be on the safe side. Here you can see a video of how it looks.
Much work need to be done before we have a fully daily operational ROM but it´s a good start, so if you are using it please report back to developer with your feed back so future versions can improve.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted by AidenM
You must have followed this guide first.
Then simply place the file on your external sd card (the one you can take out) and flash it. Reboot, it will take some time but it will.
Stuff you may or may not care about (read anyways)
When selecting a book in the Reader app it is not sized correctly but the book itself takes up the whole screen so it is usable
Root can be buggy, sometimes it denies permissions
Over 500 MB Free RAM
HW Keys are in testing but right now they crash the system.
Continue on to the ROM thread to find more
Just a few days ago we were talking about how HTC has been making a lot of noise in many news lately, and now we saw a video where the HTC Ville shows off HTC Sense 4.0.
Some of the leaked details point that this metal uni body device will have a thickness of 8mm and the following specs:
- Sense 4.0
- 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4.3 “QHD
- 8 megapixel camera
- VGA front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.0 / 4.0.1 ICS
The video clearly shows some lagging, but this may not be a final build of the software.
The Ville is expected to be among the devices HTC unveils at Mobile World Congress soon, so expect more about this phone as this story develops.
HTC Sense is one of the most popular customizations UI on the Android mobile interfaces, and just a month before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we have some leaked information about the upcoming Sense 4.0.
According to the source the unlock screen now show us more information from our list, quick access to contacts and even the ability to open the notification bar directly. This is not exactly a customization of HTC as this feature is included on Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Also, new widgets are included, like the one that allows access to websites that have previously saved in the browser. That’s not all, because now the email client also includes surprises so good that according to the source the interface is the “best application to date”.
We will finally see HTC and Dropbox integration, with the main advantage that if you have an HTC device you can have a free account with 50GB of storage.
January 27, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
The Transformer Prime has been getting lots of attention lately. With an ICS OTA update and several fresh mods, Prime owners have more than enough to tinker with.
What about the Prime’s older brother?
The original Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is finally getting some love in the form of an (admittedly) early Ice Cream Sandwich build. XDA member paulburton has released a working version and the respective source code.
From the original thread:
I thought some of you might be interested in what I’ve been hacking on for the past couple of days, ICS running on the transformer. It’s very early days but the touchscreen, keyboard & wifi are working. It feels quite smooth swooshing between homescreens, but that’s about all it’s useful for at the moment – don’t use this for anything beyond playing, and only do so if you know how to flash back to honeycomb.
From paulburtons homepage:
- Sometimes wakes from suspend by itself (usually when suspending via the screen timeout)
- WiFi breaks after suspend, and causes slowdown as the kernel goes crazy
- No sensors (accelerometer, compass etc)
- No GPS
- No mass storage
- No backlight control
- No camera
- No audio input
Definitely a step in the right direction! Experienced Transformer users who want to give 4.0.3 a try can check out the original thread here. As stated previously, only attempt to flash this if you can return to Honeycomb since the build isn’t fully functional.
January 26, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
For starters, they’ve posted the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the GSM version of the RAZR, available immediately, in their thread about it here. Along with the download links is instructions on installation and screen shots. As stated, this is for the GSM version of the phone only, so those toting the CDMA model will have to wait just a little bit longer for theirs. Also, if you plan on checking it out, make sure you fulfill all the requirements before flashing.
Additionally, the team has brought an alternative to flashing official Motorola firmware that does not include the usual RSD. The process is pretty simple:
1. Copy the FastBoot package into the ROM you’ve extracted
2. Boot in AP FastBoot Mode
3. Connect your RAZR to the PC
4. Execute “FlashME.bat” (Windows) or “FlashNIX.sh” (Linux)
You can find the download links for FlashME.bat and FlashNIX.sh in the original thread. Kholk and EternityProject say that this method will work with all bootloaders although it is aimed toward those who have the 0A.6C bootloader. So users can just download and go if they want to.
January 23, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The HTC Rezound has a number of Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs. Most of them also include HTC Sense or are based on HTC Sense framework (often called “senseless”). However, there isn’t a whole lot of AOSP love going on in the HTC Rezound forums. At least, there wasn’t a few days ago.
XDA Senior Member dmeadows013 has been working, released, and is now actively updating an Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP port for the Verizon’s beastly HTC phone. Based on the HTC Evo 3D port of ICS, the ROM is still only in beta and one can expect to have issues.
Here’s a list of what isn’t working:
So it isn’t quite ready for prime time, daily driver usage yet but seeing a ROM available to flash is always an encouraging step forward for any phone development.
If this is something you want to check out, possibly help with or if you just wanna flash it and check it out, you can find all the information, download links, instructions (but not screen shots…yet) and much more in the ROMs original thread.
January 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The development on cheaper, lesser known tablets has been surprisingly active in recent weeks, and Matsunichi’s modest 9.7″ tablet is no exception.
The duo doesn’t have ICS or CM9 working just yet. However, with updates on their progress appearing every 1 or 2 days, it is only a matter of time before they get an alpha for users to test. The latest update on their progress:
With chinabull’s help, I found out how to generate the 20 bytes SHA1 checksum for trhe images contained in the firmware.
It is the SHA1 checksum of the image + the ‘cafeefac’ trailer + the length of the image (including the ‘cafeefac’ trailer).
I updated the C program ‘unpacker.c’ to also compute and check the SHA1 checksum.
The program can be compiled with the following command:
gcc -O -Wall -o unpacker unpacker.c -lz -lcrypto
There’s a load of technical jargon in there, but it all adds up to one thing: they are getting closer every day.
For those who own the tablet who want to keep tabs on the progress or be potential testers when a release is finally up, you can find all the information you need in the original thread.
January 13, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Users of the Samsung Galaxy Mini have had a lot of excitement. Not long ago, CyanogenMod9 was successfully ported to it and it’s also had CM7 for quite some time.
XDA Senior Member squadzone has kept the train rolling on the development for the Galaxy Mini with his simultaneous release of RZ Recovery and ClockworkMod Recovery. This gives users a more familiar recovery experience and makes the process of making back ups and flashing ROMs a little easier.
Both recoveries work perfectly fine, with the exception of the RZ Recovery being unable to read ClockworkMod backups. The feature list for the RZ Recovery is:
-=Arbitrary update.zip selection (with folders) (don’t have to rename files to update.zip).=-
-=rom.tgz support (of course)=-
-=Unsigned update.zip support=-
-=ability to wipe system, data, boot, dalvik-cache, battery stats, cache-
-=No automatic backup when installing a rom.tgz=-
-=update.zip from folder support=-
-=Ability to install APK’s, IMG’s, ZIP’s, TAR’s, TGZ’s from the same menu=-
-=Wipe battery statistics=-
-=clockwork nandroid restore=-
-=Ability to root any ROM=-
-=12 predefined colors + random color selection=-
-=Rave mode: random color every time screen is redrawn=-
-=preinstall update.zip menu=-
-=battery status (charging status, temperature and charge level) display=-
-=android_secure nandroid / wipe support=-
-=Hold volume keys to scroll=-
-=Touch screen scrolling on some devices=-
-=Can add plugins for new menu=-
Squadzone didn’t post a feature list for CWM, but since it’s one of the most popular recoveries of all time, you can easily find a feature list if need be.
If you own a Galaxy Mini and want to check out the recoveries, you can find the original thread for the RZ Recovery here and the original thread for the ClockworkMod Recovery here. In both threads you’ll find download links and instructions for installation. As with any installation of recovery, there is a small risk of damage to your device, so be sure to back up your device before attempting to flash.
In this time of bleeding edge performance, older devices fall by the wayside as newer, better versions are released. The day a phone is sent to the low activity forum of XDA, is the day that the community officially aknowledges the end of a device’s useful life cycle; it means that development has slowed to a crawl and new ROM’s have all but stopped being produced.
The LG GT540 Optimus is one such device, however, developer mikegapinski refuses to let it die. You see not only did he build a custom ROM for the Optimus, but he built an ICS ROM. Your not reading that incorrectly. From his website:
USB/WIFI Tethering Working with alternative apps 80%
RIL Working 100%
Sound Working 100%
Headset Working 100%
Touchscreen Working 100%
HW/3D Little issues 80%
Screen Working 100%
ADB Working 100%
SDCard Working 100%
Vibration Working 100%
Sensors Working 100%
WiFi Working 100%
3G Working 100%
Bluetooth Working 100%
GPS Working 100%
Camera Not working 0%
December 26, 2011 By: Jase Glenn
The tech world likes to operate on the bleeding edge. As new devices are released, the old ones are cast aside by OEM’s, and receive little support beyond error fixes. The Nook Color is one such device. As arguably one of the best tablets of 2010, it has received no official announcement of upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (herein ICS).
XDA Recognized Developers dalingrin and fattire decided they were going to do something about it. While their ICS port is still in the initial stages, many things are functioning in it. According to fattire:
* bluetooth (pairing/file transfer only confirmed)
* wifi (full it seems but it’s brand-new to the kernel so who knows how stable anything is)
* improved stability (but not perfect)
* real data usage info (not stubbed out)
* battery levels/charging
* physical menu button
* 3d games
* usb gadget in kernel (adb debugging shows up) *with experimental kernel*
So head on over to the thread here and show your Nook Color some love.