If you’re one of those people who simply aren’t satisfied with the stock SMS application on your device then theres a good chance you’ve tried Handcent as an alternative. Of all the third party SMS applications available Handcent certainly seems to be one of the most customisable and intuitive.
Version 4.0 of this incredibly popular application has been in private beta for a while but now it’s available to the public here on XDA Developers. This is the seventh beta build and there are still a few minor bugs to be ironed out but I’m sure that won’t stop many of you from taking this new version for a spin.
New features include;
You can find the original release here.
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.
Well the development didn’t stop there. The reportedly sexy (in a non-threatening Johnny Depp sort of way) XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, who not only brought root to the device, has also now released a custom recovery for the device as well.
And did so without even owning the tablet. Mad props.
The recovery is a heavily modified ClockworkMod 5 release with everything you loved about ClockworkMod recovery plus a few extras, including:
changes to graphics (ported some graphics from CWM5.5 ICS edition)
revamped layout for recovery menu (to improve navigation) [renamed few options and changed their order]
changed “wipe data/factory reset” option to just “factory reset”, and detailed the partitions which will be wiped
added reboot options
Now, as DooMLoRD notes, this is still in the testing phase so before doing anything drastic, be sure to back up your current system! He also notes:
currently this recovery doesnt allow u to flash/backup/restore the boot and recovery partitions… thats because i was not able to find the device block associated with those partitions… if u know wht partitions are mapped to /boot and /recovery do let me know and i will add that feature asap!
So, as with any work in progress, tread with caution. However, if you want to check out all the details, instructions, the full changelog and downloads you can find all that and more in the original thread found here.
It seems the unstoppable HTC HD2 aka Leo keep giving us surprises, and now it takes a giant leap ahead of other devices with hardware acceleration fix. XDA member Ankuch on Android SD and XDA member michie on NAND ROM variant presents this version based on Nexus One’s AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich, and promises that the ROM is even faster than Gingerbread.
By now almost everything is working except for USB Mass Storage and camera but sure following updates will include fixes for that. It is important for developers to know about your feedback, this way all bugs you find can be corrected so please participate.
Originally posted by michie
I compiled a mix between ankuch’s SD build and Tytung’s NAND build, all credits go to them!
I only created this thread because Tytungs thread became messy and my post with the rom will get lost after many replies.
I will update this rom till HW Acc is in his final stage and tytung will release an update inclusing the HW Acc an his new kernel as he he is working on a new kernel with loads of improvements.
Also the nexys build seems to have fixed usb mass storage, you can prob expect this in tytungs new update too.
for Mag and CLK
– Rom is VERY fast, even faster than most gingerbread roms here.
As today is the eve of the big announcement tomorrow, we thought we would wrap up some of the biggest stories we have had on the subject of Windows Phone 7. We have seen some interesting stories come out of the community that deserve another time around in this recap.
To start us off, one of the very interesting things we saw was the WP7 OS running on the HTC Leo with a clear video to add:
Another recent story we saw was the HTC Mozart WP7 Rom for T-mobile leaked:
As we get closer to the official launch of WP7 devices leaks, hands on experiences are becoming more frequent. This time, XDA member Football brings us a new gift. The dev has found and shared a copy of what seems to be the T-Mobile rom for the HTC Mozart. [Read on]
A game that normally ships with HTC phones is “Teeter” which is a very popular mobile phone game and XDA member was able to port it for WP7 devices:
We are all eagerly waiting for the release on WP7. Not only to see how the UI actually feels like or how the devices perform overall, but to flood the device with time-killing activities, also known as games. XDA member xanderkaiber decided to port one of the most famous games for mobile devices in the last decade. [Read on]
If you plan to get a Windows Phone 7 soon then you’ll have a great RSS reader to look forward to running on your phone. The app, developed by XDA Member PaulosCZ & Captainkrtek, is still in development but has some great features planned. [Read on]
In addition to the others, we got to see a great video showcasing the possible WP7 Sense UI:
HTC Sense is taking a relevant place in Android and not even Google itself will be able to stop it despite their attempts to get a perfect interface. However, Windows Phone 7 doors are closed, and at most give rise to a “hub” designed by HTC for functionality and software. [Read on]
And lastly, one of us was able to get hands on with a WP7 Test Device and were able to snap a few pictures:
As the launch date for Windows Phone 7 approaches, many of us are getting excited about the new OS Microsoft is bringing to the table. For this story, we were able to get our hands on a Windows Phone 7 Test Device, thanks to our source. [Read on]
We look forward to the launch just as much as you and we hope that this new OS will bring a refresh to Microsoft mobile experience for users and developers alike.
-XDA News Staff