November 16, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
For some HTC EVO 4G LTE owners, it’s been quite a while since S-Off was possible. When HTC updated the HBoot to 1.15, the popular LazyPanda S-Off method from UnlimitedIO was no longer compatible. To make matters worse, HTC released another update to 1.19. Previously, we brought you news of a downgrade method that required users to hard brick their phones and use Qualcomm Download Mode to bring them back to life with an older HBoot to then use LazyPanda again. Now, UnlimitedIO has a new S-Off method.
XDA Recognized Developer LadyX, on behalf of the entire team, has released DirtyRacun. Like LazyPanda that came before it, the tool gets you S-Off. The best part is that there is no complicated and potentially dangerous downgrade method.
The process is, as you probably imagined, rather complicated. Users will be required to download the files, relock their bootloaders, flash the latest RUU to get back to stock, and then unlock the bootloader again via HTCDev. The reason is because users need to be on bone stock without root or a custom recovery. It has to be only the bootloader unlock, and that’s it. From there, run DirtyRacun and profit. Before it was feed the pandas, and now it’s give Racuns the rabies shots.
To get your bootloader unlocked completely, check out the original thread.
October 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
When the HTC EVO 4G LTE got its last update from Sprint, an unwelcome passenger came along for the ride. Up to that point, all of the HBoots—HTC’s bootloader—could be unlocked and given S-Off. The newest updates brought HBoot 1.15 and 1.19, which couldn’t be hacked through conventional means. Thus began the long, hard road to unlocking it yet again. That long road is now over.
XDA Forum Member Mac_Gyver, along with the help of a whole bunch of other members, mods, and developers, have solved HBoot and the EVO LTE is one again unlocked.
Now the bad news. The method requires a considerable amount of both patience and expertise. Much like the HTC EVO 3D downgrade method, this is both a software and a hardware commitment. Also, you’re going to be soft bricking your phone. This is definitely not something you want to try when you have an hour left before work. It is something you’ll want to try if you have a lovely afternoon with nothing to do. Basically, you’ll be accessing Qualcomm Download Mode on your EVO LTE and flashing an insecure bootloader. That sounds a whole lot easier than it actually is.
For the full method, full instructions, and all of the associated warnings, check out the original thread.
When it was first rooted, the HTC EVO 4G LTE had a lot going for it. If you chose to unlock using HTC Dev, kernel flashing was actually possible. While S-Off is like the holy grail of unlocking on any HTC phone, the fact that people could flash whatever they wanted really made it unnecessary for the average ROM flasher. Unfortunately, with the latest set of updates, HTC updated the HBoot and locked it down. Now, EVO LTE users don’t have the freedom to flash whatever they want.
Thankfully, there’s already a fix for that. XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer xHausx has ported an old favorite from the HTC EVO 3D. Essentially, it’s a way to modify an update.zip to trick the phone into flashing the kernel anyway.
The method is relatively simple, and xHausx keeps the steps short and sweet. You place the kernel you want to flash in the update.zip, modify the updater-script accordingly, and then sign it. Once done, it’ll flash the kernel you want it to. Additionally, Xhausx has included a pretty extensive FAQ for users that lists additional requirements and helps troubleshoot common issues. This should restore everyone’s ability to flash kernels. When will HTC learn that we’ll just find a way around their shenanigans?
For more info, check the original thread.
August 27, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The screens on Android phones seem to just be getting bigger. Thankfully, they’re also getting higher resolutions so anything that shows up is big and beautiful. So when popular video applications like YouTube or Netflix have buffering issues, and you can’t use that big screen for its intended purpose, it can be a little annoying. HTC EVO 4G LTE owners have been experiencing strange buffering issues even with solid connections to their cell towers, but now there’s a fix.
The tutorial is written by XDA Senior Member motcher41 and involves changing HTTP and RSTP proxy settings. You’ll need your MSL code, and motcher41 provides a couple of ways for users to get it. Of course, you’ll need root access as well.
For more info, check out the original thread.
August 23, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Even though it’s not real development, ROM kitchens can be quite handy to individual users who wish to spice up their personal ROMs. By being able to add a tweak here or a mod there, users won’t have to switch ROMs just because they’re missing one feature they consider to be important. For the HTC EVO 4G LTE, there is a new kitchen called Short Order Kitchen that’s looking to fill that role.
Brought to our forums by XDA Senior Member kf2m, the kitchen is more built for adding mods to your individual ROM rather than for building ROMs to release to the public. As kf2m explains:
This is a very simple kitchen for doing some quick mods to a ROM.
How many times you have a favorite ROM that you add some tweaks to it before flashing?
Then have to do it again when a new release comes out. Not fun.
This partially automates that task. It is written as a batch file. Yes, good old MS-DOS batch. Very simple, and in Windows 7 quite powerful. Everything is easily laid out, and menu-driven. The batch file is documented, and module so you can tailor it to your needs. It is portable with some changes to support your specific ROM, but in general supports most HTC Evo 4G LTE ICS ROM’s.
To use, simply download and unpack the zip file, and follow a few instructions and run the script—nothing too complicated. For now, there is limited support, but additional features could be added in the future. To learn more, check out the original thread.
August 21, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Once rooted with a custom recovery, the door flies open, and users can do pretty much whatever they want to their device. Many will simply stay with the stock ROM and enjoy the benefits of being rooted. That doesn’t mean they don’t have options as to what they put on their devices. One very popular task among rooted users is to remove bloatware. For HTC devices, such as the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, you can not only remove bloat, but you can remove HTC Sense as well—though some will say that they are one and the same. What makes this particular debloater cool is that it uses the AROMA installer to allow you to customize your debloat, similar to what we saw on the Xperia PLAY a few days ago.
The script was originally released for the HTC Desire HD some time ago by XDA Recognized Developer Patrics83 along with several others, and then it was ported to the One X and EVO LTE just a short time ago. Both scripts do pretty much the same thing: add and remove various things. More specifically:
All Scripts in a unique AROMA Installer
ROM Cleaner – Will remove as much as possible without breaking HTC Sense Launcher and Widgets! This is the best way to come close to a no-sense ROM and still use HTC Sense!
ROM Cleaner NO-Sense – Will remove pretty much everything and replace HTC Sense launcher
with APEX, NOVA, GO Launcher EX, Holo, Holo HD or Zeam it’s all up to you!
Fully compatible with Sense 4.0, 4.1 and AOSP ROMs
ROMCleaner app-list in a user friendly format
Backup Tool will make your flashing like “a walk in the park”
Follow our “Quick Guide” in the AROMA Installer under “How-to-use” and you will know when and how to run the scripts
So whether your goal is to take out everything that isn’t HTC Sense, or take out everything including HTC Sense, the script is pretty much a one stop shop for removing bloat from your device. It has a good track record as well, as we’ve been writing about this script since its infancy.
Currently, users can customize their Android phones in a large number of ways. From choosing a launcher, installing one of hundreds of thousands of applications, and even down to small things like font selection and the number of home screens; every Android phone has the capacity to truly one-of-a-kind.
Now, HTC EVO 4G LTE owners have yet another way to personalize their devices. XDA Recognized Contributor regaw_leinad, who’s already aided in development for the EVO LTE, brings us another modification to customize your bootloader. What exactly does this entail? According to regaw_leinad:
RegawMOD Bootloader Customizer is a utility for Windows that allows the
user to create a PJ75IMG.zip containing a custom bootloader image.
With this program, you are able to edit the text on the pink banner at the top
(***LOCKED*** in stock or —LazyPanda— in custom),
change the S-OFF to S-ON, and hide/customize the splash screen disclaimer.
Essentially, users can customize their bootloader to appear however they would like. One especially interesting option is to change the bootloader to make it appear as though it is S-On, even if it isn’t. Using this tool, users can make their bootloaders look practically un-hacked.
To get started, head over to the original thread.
With the camera quality becoming more important with new smartphones, making the cameras on already released devices can mean a lot. With applications that help cameras and their features on the rise, it’s no surprise that phone cameras are being frequently modded to perform better. One such modification for the HTC Sensation and HTC Vivid makes the camera much better. Now that mod is available to HTC EVO 4G LTE users as well.
The mod was ported to the EVO LTE by XDA Forum Member williamford. Not only is the mod available for download, but williamford also explains the method that was used to port it. This could be a good learning experience, as we here at XDA have been encouraging users to learn new things. It could also be handy for ROM developers who want to incorporate it into their ROMs.
For those who don’t know or have forgotten, the mod carries the following features:
Uncapped JPEG File size. Great photo quality.
Uncapped Video, recording 40MBPS.
Beta ISO 1250
Further increases in quality from before.
Along with a couple of features added by williamford:
Also added in the shutter sound and geolocation toggles….everything seems to work well.
For an improved EVO LTE camera experience, head over to the original thread.
May 8, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Another day, another forum here on XDA-Developers. And today, we bring you several. Starting with the tablet world, we added forums for the Asus Transformer TF300T and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (both the 7.0 and 10.1 variants). The Asus offering brings similar features to that of its sibling, the Transformer Prime, but with a more wallet-friendly price. Swapping out the acclaimed Super-IPS display for a more standard (but still vibrant) IPS panel, but retaining its Nvidia Tegra 3 powerhouse, the TF300T is no slouch. On the other end of the alphabet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 offer fantastic displays and competent dual-core processors for $250 and $400, respectively.
On the phone end of the spectrum, two HTC phones have found their home on our forums: the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint phone clearly demonstrates its HTC One XL lineage by offering a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7″ 720p Super LCD2 Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and of course 4G LTE connectivity. The Verizon phone, on the other hand, appears to offer traits of the One XL and the One S by giving users the same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a smaller 4″ qHD Super LCD Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and access to Verizon’s robust and speedy 4G LTE network. Regardless of differences in screen and size, both devices seem to be the go-to phone on their respective carriers.
So which device are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below, or jump straight to the Asus Transformer TF300T, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE forums.