Welcome to the first installment of Clockwork ROM Picks, a new semi-regular feature on G&E that will take a quick look at various ROMs for the HTC EVO 3D that can easily be downloaded and flashed using ROM Manager by ClockworkMod.
Why am I mainly interested only in ROMs that can be flashed through ROM Manager?
Because it’s by far the easiest way to browse various custom ROMs, download them through your phone’s data connection, install them, create Nandroid backups, flash the latest Superuser, and flash various recoveries – all without having to know anything about fastboot or HBOOT, or the difference between TWRP or ClockworkMod.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at today’s pick: FreEVO 3D 2.1 for the EVO 3D.
FreEVO 3D is based off the latest OTA for the EVO 3D, 2.08.651.2, Android 2.3.4. If you previously owned a Sprint Touch Pro 2, you might already be familiar with developer freeza‘s work. Freeza previously worked on the Bare Naked ROMs for the Touch Pro 2, and the goal for the EVO 3D is pretty similar: remove as much of Sense as possible “while still maintaining a functioning ROM.”
What this means is that the HTC Sense Launcher (also known as Rosie), which you either love or hate, has been completely removed and replaced with Launcher Pro. All other Sense widgets, the Sense lockscreen, the HTC Software update server, and basically all of the other bloatware that comes preinstalled have also been removed, although the HTC Flashlight app has been retained. The developer has also removed most Google apps, like Maps and Gmail, although they can be downloaded from the Market again if desired.
Basic ROM Info
- Deodexed, zipaligned
- 3D and 4G are working
- Dalvik cache set to 48MB
- Busybox 1.19, Bash 4.1 included
- WiFi scanning set to 180
- AOSP lock screen
- Shutter sound in camera app removed
- HDR/panorama features in camera app
- No MMS compression
- Tweaks to radio frequencies to save battery life
- CIQ removed
- 3D homescreen settings do not work correctly
- Not able to answer calls or see caller ID information until screen is unlocked
It should be noted that in order to take full advantage of all of the optimizations, tweaks, and value-added features available on this ROM, you will also have to download and flash Service Pack 1. Additionally, there some other add-ons available that you’ll have to flash through recovery if you are interested, such as DSP Manager, Visual Voicemail, the latest Android Market, the new HTC Beats, a ringtone pack, and more. All of these add-ons are available here.
If you are running this ROM, or decide to flash it after reading this, please let us know what you think so far. And also, if you have a favorite ROM that you discovered through ROM Manager, mention that in the comments, as well. We’ll pick the most popular ROM based on your comments to feature next time!