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Reader ROM Picks: VaelPak 4 preview v0.2

Reader ROM Picks is a regular series that showcases G&E readers’ favorite HTC EVO custom ROMs.

GB-1This ROM pick was sent in by MildlyDisturbed.

HTC EVO 4G dev Vaelek, the man behind the popular VaelPak ROM, has been working hard cooking up an AOSP Gingerbread-based ROM called VaelPak 4. Currently there’s an alpha preview labeled 0.2, which for the most part is intended as a testing build; however, this thing is already so awesome that it’s been my daily driver since first installing it.

It does present a couple of minor issues, but what ROM doesn’t?

An interesting part about VaelPak 4 for me is the development process. Those who have played with the Almost Sense-less Vaelpak 3.x series know that most problems were squashed or patched instantly by a one-man development tornado. Now, with the Gingerbread update, there’s a real-time progress spreadsheet you can see what’s being worked on and what’s important. It’s a unique look behind the scenes that also keeps you updated on what’s going on so you don’t have to bug Vaelek with questions about when something is going to be added or fixed.

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The stock image is fairly clean, looks great, functions smoothly, and has DarkTremor’s A2SD built in so that if your SD card is partitioned, it works right out of the box. The Bluetooth stack works with Wiimotes, so if you feel like grabbing a copy of WiiMote Controller and emulators, which you will have to search for since Google recently removed most of them from the Market, you can play a copy of Super Mario Brothers, which you probably remember from purchasing it for the Nintendo, the Wii, and other places, right?

Vaelek’s Gingerbread is snappy, stable, and on the fast track to being a customization monster. If you’re interested in seeing what you’ll be running in a month or so, it’s there, and it’s pretty darned good. You can also join the contribution fund to get him an EVO 3d, but that’s for another time.

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Reader ROM Picks is a regular series that showcases G&E readers’ favorite HTC EVO custom ROMs.

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