Android Open Kang Project produces ICS daily driver for some rooted HTC EVO 4Gs

Team KangWhile there is no perfectly functional Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the HTC EVO 4G yet, we keep creeping a bit closer with each day to the point where we'll have a fully usable ICS daily driver. The Android Open Kang Project has pieced together a very stable offering for the HTC EVO 4G that I'd consider a strong candidate.

I'll start with what doesn't work: video recording, 4G, Netflix, Chrome, and front-facing camera. If you can live without these things, then you should be pretty happy because as far as I've been able to tell so far, everything else works right out of the box.

This is the snappiest, most responsive, most customizable, and most stable ICS ROM I have ever seen on my EVO 4G, and if it were available for my EVO 3D (and worked with Chrome/Netflix), I'd be running it as my daily. It also boasts, hands down, the most unique loading screen I have ever seen.

As other ICS builds out there have the ability to run Chrome (such as Deck's Alpha 6), hopefully we'll see it in Team Kang's builds soon enough too. The Netflix/Chrome problems evidently stem from hardware acceleration issues.

This is the most full-featured and stable ICS I have run across yet, it's well checking out if you're looking to play with a very well designed product.

[RootzWiki]
Pocketables does not accept targeted advertising, phony guest posts, paid reviews, etc. Help us keep this way with support on Patreon!
become a patron button - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here

Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

Avatar of Paul E King

25 thoughts on “Android Open Kang Project produces ICS daily driver for some rooted HTC EVO 4Gs

  • Avatar of SSjon
    February 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    Permalink

    What no links for any of the mentioned roms? Ugh… At least Google won’t let me down.

    Reply
  • Avatar of Duullaann
    February 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    Permalink

    What are you talking about? They linked to it right at the end of the article.

    Reply
  • Avatar of solinari6
    February 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    Permalink

    Well it’s more stable than the last ICS I tried (deck’s alpha 5), but within the first hour I already had 1 hang, and one random reboot.
    Looks nice though!

    Reply
  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    Permalink

    Although Duullaann answered,

    on any ROM that’s under development, we link to a development page, in this case their development page is on [RootzWiki] as the last thing.

    Click that, click the download from there. We rarely link directly to a download as any time we do it ends up getting changed the next day, and rather than us having to update it / not getting to it till hours later, the dev can fix instantly on their side.

    On any application in the market, we try to link to a market page unless there’s a development thread that has what we’re writing about.

    Android Open Kang is at version 23 at the moment, so linking to the dev thread ;)

    Reply
  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    Permalink

    odd, I’ve been running it all day no issues – then again, I’m only connected via wifi, so there may be something with it and the radios, or maybe it’s just random.

    I loved Decks 6 – I managed to be down all of Decks 4 & 5 due to a TWRP death flash… I think if we can get open kang and decks together it will become a powerhouse

    Reply
  • Avatar of Chaco
    February 14, 2012 at 5:08 am
    Permalink

    while this rom looks promising, i have to give honorable mention to JaredTheGreat’s ICS rom for the evo. While it does fall under the “not a perfect rom for the evo” it sure comes very very close to it. I have been daily driving it for a month and its quite solid. I have only had 2 reboots in a month and the only app that hangs for me is word with friends…(which when i click WAIT, it goes back to normal).. usual broken things… front camera, 4G, video camera, and a few bugs here and there…

    reason i mention this, is because i would like to take this rom for a spin and would like to see how it really stacks up… but i would hope its just able to be used daily as i have

    at the end of the day, i am just happy to have ICS on my EVO for all of 2012 :)

    Reply
  • Avatar of 1brainsurgeon
    February 14, 2012 at 6:13 am
    Permalink

    This isn’t a port. This is 100% open source. Best ics you’re gonna find right now….so no cmod

    Reply
  • Avatar of 1brainsurgeon
    February 14, 2012 at 6:17 am
    Permalink

    Kinda sucks with deck. He is a great dev. Unfortunately, too much flame was going on at XDA, so he just said F it. Sure wish people appreciating free roms could just hush their pie whole. BTW, this is snappier than alpha 5. Also there is a dedicated team working on this daily

    Reply
  • Avatar of hndadrvr21
    February 14, 2012 at 8:29 am
    Permalink

    i downloaded and ran this rom (build 23) last night. it looks great. the only thing im having trouble with is theres no market. it has a ton of free space after install and would be nice to put it to use. any suggestions?

    Reply
  • Avatar of Chaco
    February 14, 2012 at 8:32 am
    Permalink

    paul, No… i am not talking about ICSmod… i have not even bothered with that… i am using actual 4.0.3 ICS Beta 5 ROM check blazin – roms dot com

    Reply
  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 14, 2012 at 8:32 am
    Permalink

    it’s aosp, you have to flash gapps separately. http://wiki.rootzwiki.com/Google_Apps#20120212

    Google apps are proprietary / have to be distributed on their own.

    Just downloaded the Feb 12th gapps (I think in the above link) flash it and when you reboot the phone it’ll ask you a couple of questions / market will be there

    Reply
  • Avatar of hndadrvr21
    February 14, 2012 at 9:16 am
    Permalink

    oh nice. so much better. good looking rom. thanks

    Reply
  • Avatar of SSjon
    February 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    Permalink

    I was more referring to Decks Alfa 6

    Reply
  • Avatar of ck
    February 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    Permalink

    I’m not able to recieve my voicemail. Is everyone useing google voice or am I missing something? When I use google voice, my text messages are not always delivered.

    Reply
  • Avatar of be
    February 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    Permalink

    The article concerns AOKP, and mentions another ROM in comparison to how well said ROMs are treating users. They linked the only ROM they needed to.

    Pro tip: Alpha

    Reply
  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 15, 2012 at 4:42 am
    Permalink

    Oooh… love the 4G version, rather than asking what this new ICS does, what doesn’t it do?

    Reply
  • Avatar of Ego
    February 15, 2012 at 8:02 am
    Permalink

    This isn’t a port? Then why am I greeted with Evervolv wallpaper when I first boot it?

    Reply
  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 15, 2012 at 8:13 am
    Permalink

    a Port means it comes from another phone – IE we get Rezound ports for the HTC EVO 3d, a lot of the APKs are just copied over, some that don’t work are re-written.

    This was built by Evervolv from ICS source and built for the 4g. Team Kang took it and modified the crap out of it. However as it’s on the same platform, it’s not a port. There are no components of some other phone laying about in it.

    That’s what he’s saying. My guess is it’s true.

    Reply
  • Avatar of John
    February 15, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Permalink

    Installed it last night. Very smooth and fast. Overclocked to 1036 and no issue so far. Video playback is choppy and annoying. I use Google Voice and no issue so far. The new GAPPS are very slick. Love the Messaging interface and chat layout. Thank you!

    Reply
  • Avatar of ProTekkFZS
    February 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    Permalink

    Not sure yet, don’t have a device to test with. Would you like to be the first user to try it? :)

    Reply
  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    Permalink

    sure, shoot me an email at “p king at hof link dot com”

    dot and at of course are . @, or tell me where to go and I’ll contact you

    Reply
  • Avatar of Chaco
    February 16, 2012 at 6:56 am
    Permalink

    John-

    you may want to try BSplayet Lite

    I used to use MOBOplayer and the stock one and they are bothchoppy using ICS on my evo…. with BS player is smooth

    Reply
  • Avatar of Nick
    February 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    Permalink

    I’m having no luck with Barcode scanner. New to the root scene, but I’ve got everything else running well. I used AmanRA for recovery/root/nandroid, followed all the other appropriate steps, and when I load Barcode Scanner it just focuses in and out continuously. Never comes up with any result. Google Goggles won’t work in continuous or snapshot mode, either.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.