Android 4.2.2/Sense 5 root port in development for HTC EVO 4G LTE

Sense 5 on an HTC EVO 4G LTEBack in March, a development thread opened on porting HTC Sense 5.0 over to the HTC EVO 4G LTE, but for the most part that was only a developer’s thread. As far as the average root user was concerned it was either a waiting game, or using SVN to download nightlies to see what was working and not that particular day.

A couple of days ago, developer Sinistertensai opened up a thread with a mostly working Sense 5.0 work in progress.

The current annoyance/bug list concerns the camera and occasional SD card mounting issues. The SD card issues can be resolved by running a mount command or script from the terminal, so they’re not insurmountable, although there seem to be other issues reported. The camera issues are kernel-related so that is probably not a quick and simple fix.

I believe the camera was working properly in the other development build back in March, but who knows what a couple of Android versions and a new port have managed to break, complicate, and befoul. Sense 5.0 brings about Blinkfeed, a faster and more responsive Sense, and a feeling that HTC did something kind of neat, if still bloated and annoying.

So, it’s a work in progress – you’ll want to keep that in mind before flashing it – and also keep in mind that there are going to be bugs. This is once again a ROM early enough in development to turn any who use it into Cavia porcellus, and your useful feedback is, well, useful. Telling a developer “it doesn’t work,” leads to people throwing things at you as you didn’t say what it was and how it didn’t work.

If you’re going to install it, make a nandroid and make sure to include your Android Secure and any other useful folders in the backup for when/if you flash back.

If you flash it, let us know how it works for you. I’m on an AOSP bent and a camera is an absolute requirement for me at the moment as I’m still taking baby pictures by the gigabyte.

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Paul E King

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6 thoughts on “Android 4.2.2/Sense 5 root port in development for HTC EVO 4G LTE

  • September 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Awesome to see this.. i was just speaking to a sprint customer service rep and they couldnt tell me if i had to renew my contract for the one up service.. i doubt ill stay once march arrives. But i wanted to get the one badly now i can flash this and mess around but like you i need a camera.

  • September 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Blinkfeed is one of my favorite things about my phone. People who complain about it confuse me. You can pick what kinds of articles it shows you lol. I use it all the time.

    • September 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

      really!? please describe how you can add articles that aren’t in the selection list.

    • October 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

      My thoughts exactly. BlinkFeed is cool.

      I am about to flash this Rom to my phone asap!!

  • September 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I downloaded this ROM it has potential to be awesome but the main issues for me are camera not working and 4g connection issues until it’s more stable back to cm 10.2

  • October 3, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Downloaded and flashed ROM but reverted back to Stock with Goodies because although BT was the main thing holding me back with the other Sense 5, this one holds me back for 2 things. Voice Mail and SD mounting.


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