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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

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

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