Small But Eternal: HTC Explorer Receives Unofficial CM12
When HTC officially announced the HTC Explorer, they most likely weren’t thinking that this device will be such popular handset. The device which originally shipped with the Android 2.3.5 is still in use by many–and rather unsurprisingly, the Explorer received an initial, unofficial port of CyanogenMod 12 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
To make this happen, XDA Recognized Contributor kirmaniarslan used resources provided by TeamHackLG and LegacyXperia groups. After adding a bunch of patches to adapt this archaic platform to Android 5.0, the Alpha version of CyanogenMod 12 was born. It was fairly easy to predict that not everything is working as expected, but currently only three things are broken: GSM, camera, and video playback. We hope that these issues will be resolved shortly and HTC Explorer users will be able to use this ROM as a daily driver.
To flash this ROM, you need to have an Android Lollipop-compatible recovery that is provided by kirmaniarslan. The first boot can take up to half an hour, so before flashing it, prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
The HTC Explorer once again proves that some devices can take part in the custom ROM game for many years. If you still own your Pico, head over to the unofficial CyanogenMod 12 for HTC Explorer development thread.