You're probably aware of one of the slightly more irksome facets of the G2 that is stymying attempts at custom ROMs, namely the locked down /system partition, where the OS is kept. Heretofore it has been impossible to tinker with this internal memory in a permanent fashion. All alterations were reverted on the next boot, leading to solutions like Paul O'Brien's VISIONary soft-root.
Well, Mr. O'Brien isn't the kind of fellow you can restrain with NAND lockdowns, and with a flourish today he unveiled his latest hack. His program, G2 Google Goggles Remover, is a proof of concept which he says will permanently delete the Google Goggles application from your G2.
Fresh on this HTC's servers this morning we have the source code for the latest G2, DZ and Dinc kernels, along with source code for their respective WebKit browsers. While this news may not be much help to those still desperate for a G2 perm-root, it should come in handy once an easy solution for that is achieved, as it will facilitate the creation of custom ROMs for the G2 (and Desire Z). While you wait for that happy day, feel free to peruse the freely available source code for HTC's pair of landscape sliders.
Looks like T-Mobile's G2 isn't the only HTC-built Android device having its source code outed today - the Desire Z (better known as the international version of the G2) has just had its source code revealed as well.
We shouldn't expect to see anything too surprising here since the Desire HD, which runs the same new version of Sense UI, has already had its firmware leaked. However, rest assured we'll keep you posted just in case somebody over at xda-developers or the like discovers a gold nugget hidden inside the code. Or something. Permanent root, anyone?
Seems like the HTC phones are really taking up the lions share of Android news lately, doesn't it? First the G2 was rooted, and shortly after we learned that HTC did its best to prevent perma-rooting. And just this morning, we heard word that the Desire HD and Z are both being delayed. Quite a mouthful, we know - but now that you're up to speed: an enterprising individual by the name of kholk over at XDA-Devs has come up with a root method for the HTC Desire Z.
The method is very similar to the G2 method mentioned above - the process involves dropping a package on your SD Card and executing a few scripts.
Bad news for our European friends: word from retailers is that the releases of the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z have been delayed until the end of the month. Why? The phones seem to be caught up in Google's testing process:
The relevant bit is in the first paragraph:
Apparently, both units have failed last minute Google TA (Type Approval) testing which is exactly what was said about the original Desire days before release!
Users from all over Europe (and even an Israeli) on XDA-Devs have confirmed the delay, with the revised release dates varying based on location. In every case, though, the dates are in the latter part of the month.
While the selection of users and phones that can utilize the service right now is very (more like extremely) limited, it is still exciting to see this coming to fruition. There are devices both upcoming and already out that are slated to receive the new Sense, and it is nothing short of mind-blowing how much functionality they've added.
If you want to go and check it out, go for it. If you don't have a Desire Z or Desire HD, you won't get very far because even after you register, the site prompts you to sign in from your phone.
In order to keep our excitement going, HTC just pushed out a new video of these bad boys flying up in the air, showing themselves off in various ways. I even got slight chills a bit at the end but I think it's mostly due to the epic music selection. Have a look (don't forget to notch up the quality to at least 720P):
Next up we are surprised that HTC hasn't forgotten about the slightly older but nevertheless one of the most game changing devices of this year - the EVO 4G and its smaller brother - the Droid Incredible.
As of today, users of the HTC EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible, and the original GSM Desire, can thank the clever forum members over at xda-developers for five-second boot-up times they can call their own, along with all the other great features of HTC's latest skin. Unfortunately, there are still a few bugs to work out, including:
the camera - it doesn't work on any of the three devices
the dialer apparently looks "a little weird" on all three phones
the version for the Desire appears to have quite a few apps added in that aren't included in HTC's official version of the skin, like apps2SD and ADW.Launcher
WiFi is confirmed to be an issue on the EVO - getting it set up on the Desire appears to require a separate download, and we haven't been able to confirm anything regarding the Droid Incredible
4G doesn't work on the EVO
Regardless of all the above issues, the quick boot feature and those sexy new customization options are enough to push me over the edge - I know at least one EVO user who'll be spending the night flashing this here ROM!
So I'm not exactly a huge fan of custom UIs, bloatware, and the like, but even I've got to admit that this new version of HTC's Sense UI looks pretty nice.
According to Android Spin, an Android blog which just got done loading the HTC Desire HD ROM (a very similar ROM will also run on the Desire Z) on an HD2, this new ROM will contain several new features such as the previously announced HTCSense.com, much more in-depth customization options, a new HTC Likes app, HTC Hub, and even an eReader app!
Apparently, the new Sense includes a new feature called "Skins" which allows users to choose from amongst five skins that change up widgets, the status bar, and the launcher (the two skins seen above are, from left to right, the "Metal" skin and the "Woodgrain" skin.