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How to S-ON the HTC Desire S, Unroot, remove Revolutionary and Clockwork Mod recovery – a step-by-step tutorial [HD Video]

January 22, 2012

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Today I will be showing you how to get your HTC Desire S to be “S-ON”. You only need to follow this video if you want to revert your phone back from a S-OFF state.

Why would I possibly want to do this?

There are several reasons:

1) If you need to send your phone back to HTC for repair it’s probably a good idea to remove any software you’ve put on the phone — they may no like it

2) If you want to revert to how your phone was when you first purchased it this is the best way to do it (some people call it factory defaults)

3) You’re bored and have 18 minutes and 5 seconds to spare.

What you will need:

1 x HTC Desire S (with at least 50% battery)
1 x USB Sync cable
1 x half-cup of tea
1 x de-stressing device

Firstly, you will want to download an RUU file. RUU stands for “ROM Update Utility” and this file contains the original software/firmware for your phone.

Go to here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1002506 and then click the link to FileFactory which will bring up the list of ROM files. Find the one that matches your phone. If you are in the UK like me you’ll see “UK” in the file name. You also need to select the correct file depending on the phone operator/network you are on. I’m on T-Mobile so went for the “TMO” version.

Whilst that downloads, on XDA Developers again, search for “Revert back to stock (remove revolutionary)” http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1387484 and you can download a lovely package from “giby21” which contains Android Flasher and the HBOOT file you need.

Extract the files and then load Android Flasher. Please note you must have HTC Sync UNINSTALLED, USB Debugging mode enabled (in your phone’s settings) and you also need HTC’s Fastboot drivers installed for your phone to be picked up later. You can get the fastboot drivers from here: http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/revolutionary

Now select your device in Android Flasher and the select the Browse button under where it says “Bootloader”. Browse to where you extracted the “Revert to stock” .rar file and then the folder called “FlashENGHBOOT”. Select the .img file in there (named engHBOOToverARX.img) and press OK.

Now power off your Desire S and power back on whilst holding the Vol Down button. Click to select FASTBOOT and then plug it in via USB. Now back to the Android Flasher program and select “I’m already in fastboot” checkbox and press the “Flash!” button. You should now notice the REVOLUTIONARY title at the top has gone — great — it’s been removed.

Once flashed, reboot your phone and leave it plugged into the USB. Now you can right-click the RUU file you downloaded and “Run as Administrator”. This process will take about 10 minutes but after this you will be back with S-ON and to your original T-Mobile (or other operator) software.

Phew! Time for a drink!

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) coming to HTC Desire S?

November 24, 2011

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Well in a word, no – not officially from HTC anyway and not yet. Perhaps. Maybe. Confused? So am I.

Here’s the official blurb from HTC (taken from their Facebook wall)

HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now I do recall having Gingerbread update issues from HTC before. First they weren’t going to bring it to the Desire and then, after a number of complaints, they folded and got it sorted. Can we expect the same regarding Ice Cream Sadnwich (which the cool kids are calling ICS)?

Only time will tell.

Ice Cream Sandwich features a tonne of improved and new features including Face Unlock, even better multitasking and a revamped interface.

Obviously HTC not officially giving Desire users won’t stop them getting their hands on it one way or another. It won’t be long ’til the “scene” get hold of it and port it across to every phone in the world*

*bar the iPhone of course (oh and the Nokia 3330).

How to install a new ROM on your HTC Desire S [HD] Step-by-step tutorial

August 18, 2011

Hello lovely people, I hope you’re all well.

If you followed my video a few days back you should have successfully rooted your HTC Desire S. So what now? Well you’ll probably want to install a custom ROM on the phone.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be up and running in no time! These steps will also work on the HTC Desire and Desire HD.

What you will need:
1 HTC Desire S phone
1 Cup of coffee

Step 1:
Install ROM Manager from the Android Market

Step 2:
Load ROM Manager and click the top link to flash the ClockworkMod Recovery tool. Just make sure you have the latest version installed.

Step 3:
Click on Download ROM from with ROM Manager and find a ROM that you want to install. I chose the Saga LBC Mod ROM which had some good reviews. Select the version you wish to download v0.5.3 is the one I installed in the video. Select to download the ROM without the keyboard arrows.

Step 4:
Once the ROM has downloaded it will ask you 3 questions. Tick all 3 boxes to be safe and then press OK. Your phone will now reboot and start the ROM installation process

Step 5:
Start drinking your coffee

Step 6:
After about 10 minutes the new ROM should have been installed and booted up. All done!

Any questions can be asked below in the comments.

How to S-Off and Root the HTC Desire S, Sensation, Wildfire, Evo, Flyer [HD] – A step-by-step tutorial

August 14, 2011

Hi folks! I’m back with my repaired HTC Desire S and I’ll be showing you how to get root access to the phone by making it “S-Off”.

A full description is in the video and written instructions are below.

Any question, please ask.

This should work on the following phones and devices:

HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire, HTC Aria, HTC Incredible S, HTC Droid Incredible 2, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Evo 4G, HTC View, HTV Flyer, HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D and the myTouch 4G

What you will need:

1 HTC Desire S (It does work on the Desire too)

1 USB cable

1 PC

1 lemon

What does S-Off mean?

If your phone is S-Off it means you have access and can write to the NAND memory of the phone. This allows you to do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do – such as rooting your phone and installing custom ROMs (firmware).

Step 1:
Go to http://revolutionary.io and download the Windows package (or Linux if you are on a Linux box). Unzip it to somewhere you can easily find (such as your Desktop).

Step 2:
Uninstall HTC Sync if you have it installed on your computer. This is just so that it doesn’t interfere with the S-Off process. Go to your Control Panel and then find Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Uninstall a Program/Programs & Features (Windows Vista/7) and find HTC Sync in the list of installed programs on your computer. Click to remove/uninstall the application.

Step 3:
Turn off “Fast boot” on your HTC Desire S. This has to be disabled so you can boot into the recovery mode properly. Go to Settings on your phone and then Power. Now un-tick the Fast boot box to disable it.

Step 4:
Download and install the HTC Fastboot Drivers from the Revolutionary website: http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/revolutionary

Step 5:
Time to create your Beta Key. The beta key is required for the Revolutionary program and is generated using the serial number of your phone and the “HBOOT” version.

So, on the Revolutionary.io website, scroll down to the Beta Key generator and fill in all the details: your PC operating system, your phone model your HBOOT version and your phone’s serial number.

You can get your Desire’s HBOOT version by booting it into recovery mode. Simply power down the phone completely and then power it back up whilst holding the “Vol Down” button. You’ll see the HBOOT version listed at the top of the screen.

To get your Desire’s serial number simply go to Settings → About phone → Phone identity.

Make sure you get the serial number and NOT the IMEI number like I did initially!

Once you’ve filled in all those details you can now generate the key. I’d recommend pasting your beta key into Notepad (or something similar) so you can easily tell what letters are in CAPS etc – just so you don’t type it wrong.

Step 6:
Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. Settings → Applications → Development – tick the USB debugging box.

Step 7:
Plug your Desire into the computer and wait for any drivers to install. Now run revolutionary.exe and it shuold pop up and detect your phone (showing its serial number on-screen). This is where you type your Beta Key. Type it in and hit Enter.

Step 8:
Your phone will reboot into Fastboot mode and whilst you wait this is where you can use your lemon. I prefer to squeeze mine over a pancake or something but you can also throw your against a wall or something. It just helps to pass the time.

Step 9:
When prompted, press “y” to install the ClockworkMod Recovery tool on your phone and then press Enter.

Step 10:
That’s it! Your phone should now be S-Off! If you now want to root your phone – and let’s face it – why wold you be watching this video otherwise – then follow the next steps.

Get yourself back to revolutinory.io and on that same documentation page you downloaded the HTC Fastboot drivers find the link to download the “su” (this means Super User) zip file. [UPDATE 28/03/2012 – the link appears to be dead now so try this instead: http://goo-inside.me/superuser/Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip

Step 11:
Once the su zip file has downloaded, copy it to the root of your SD card on your phone.

Step 12:
Turn off your Desire and then power it up into recovery mode by holding the “vol down” button. Select RECOVERY from the list byt moving the volume key down and press the power button once to select it. This will load up the Revolutionary program.

Step 13:
Go down to where it says “Install zip from sdcard” and select it. Now select “choose zip from sdcard” (again pressing the power button once to select an item). Now scroll down to the su zip file you copied across earlier and press the power button once. Scroll down to the “Yes install….” and press power once more. This will root your phone.

Step 14:
Once the su zip is installed reboot your phone and try a root-needing app such as Titanium Backup. If it loads up and asks for Superuser access then the rooting process has worked successfully!

Step 15:
If you liked this video then please give it a thumbs-up and subscribe and then you can clean up that lemon you threw at the wall earlier.

New Android Market out soon – US gets movies and books; UK gets nothing

July 22, 2011

I’m not here to moan, just to update you on the new Market app that will be rolling out soon to our Desires. Google announced it a few weeks back and we have yet to receive it over here.

Those lucky US folk will be able to rent movies and purchase books from the new Market which is a pretty cool thing. All these movies can be streamed almost instantly through the Videos app which comes pre-installed on nearly all recent Android phones. Rentals start at $1.99 which is a pretty good price if you’re only going to be watching the odd movie here or there.

Books will also now be available to download and buy through the Market but what app they’re opened in wasn’t clear. Google are copying Amazon’s excellent Whisper-Sync idea meaning that your downloaded books will be available on all your Android devices no matter where you are.

Apart from these two changes the only other things different with the app are the general look and layout. It looks suspiciously like the Amazon App Store which I’m not sure is a good thing really.

The other thing to note of course is that for the rest of the world who don’t live in the US (yes there are a few of us) we will not see any of these new services in the near future. This is most likely down to some licensing restrictions which will hopefully be sorted out pronto so I can watch Harry Potter whilst on my morning commute*

Have a look at these screenshots anyway and see what you think.

New Android Market Editors Choice
New Android Market 2011

*I don’t commute and I don’t like Harry Potter

HTC Desire 2.3 Gingerbread Update this month

July 11, 2011

After a bit of a holiday in the US of A I’m back in England and ready to get back to work 🙂

HTC were umming and ahhing about the Gingerbread update for the original Desire due to limits with the internal memory etc but then caved into the pressure of Desire owners and said they would indeed get the Gingerbread update sent out to the handset’s owners.

HTC have now confirmed the update will be rolled out this month. Obviously operator updates will follow shortly after but it’s great news for the public.

The Inquirer have just posted this on the story:

TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has confirmed that the rollout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its Desire handset will begin by the end of the month.

It’s been a rocky road but HTC has finally given Desire owners a set forecast for the software upgrade. The news comes as a big relief to customers who are eagerly awaiting the newer version of the operating system.

As usual HTC used its Facebook page to make the announcement and said, “Hi everyone. As some of you have seen already, we have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July. Thank you again for your support.”

HTC first announced the update back in February but then changed its mind because of the memory limitations of the phone. Desire owners were understandably unhappy about the U-turn and a day later HTC caved in to the demand.

App of the Week: Google Docs app now finally available for Android!

April 27, 2011

android app of the weekApp: Google Docs
Cost: FREE
Developer: Google Inc
Developer pageGoogle Docs Android Download

Finally! You can now get a Google Docs app for your Android phone! This was going to be just a news article but after trying the app it instantly became my App of the Week

Why is this such a great thing? Well, think of Google Docs as an “Office in the web”. You can store and access your text, spreadsheet and presentation documents from anywhere in the world – and now from within your own pocket*. It’s a completely free alternative to a paid ‘Office’ experience.

Google Docs App ScreenshotAs I’m currently planning a trip to the US of A with a few friends this will prove priceless for me to have. We’ve been sharing some documents to keep track of the itinerary, expenses and flight details etc so it’ll be great to be able to check up on how things are going whilst on the move. Also, I’ll be able to use it across the pond if I need to check up on any details we may have forgotten. OK so I could use a computer for all of this but it’s a lot easier to just glance at your phone quickly then it is to start your computer up and then load your browser.

So how does it perform? Very smoothly! I was quitie surprised to see that it actually works better than my little notebook at displaying a large ‘Word’ document I have with loads of pictures in it. Flicking my finger up and down to scroll through shows no sign of slowing down whatsoever. The editing seems to work very well too which is something I was slightly worried about in the translation to a mobile handset.

I do feel for the likes of Quick Office now Google have released this. There is less and less reason to pay for an App to do similar tasks but for the convenience factor I must recommend it to you.

For some reason it isn’t showing up in the Android Market either on my handset or via a search on the Android Market website however I have managed to get a link which takes you directly to the page to download the app. Simply sign in with your Google account and Google send the download straight to your phone – scary I know!
*you probably won’t be able to use the app from your pocket very easily but you know what I mean

Amazon App Store now live (in the US)

March 24, 2011

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I held back on posting this yesterday because I thought Amazon would launch the UK version of its app store, but apparently not. Not yet anyway.

If you follow the link below you’ll be able to doanload Amazon’s new app store.

They are offering a free paid app every day and the first one is Angry Birds Rio.

So far so good. The interface is clean, tidy and smooth. Let’s see how this affects the Android Market.

No news about the store on the UK site yet but hopefully it wont be long.

http://amzn.to/amazonappstorelanding

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Amazon App Store site and prices leaked

March 19, 2011

amazonappstoreThe bored Germans over at Android News were messing around on the Amazon website a few days back and stumbled upon the holding page for Amazon’s new app store.

The page at http://www.amazon.com/apps was later taken offline but that didn’t stop Frank from Android News taken a few screenshots and even creating a nice little table comparing the prices of Amazon’s store to Google’s Market.

The prices don’t look too dissimilar to the Market but obviously Amazon have some exclusive titles and are able to accept more payment methods than Google Checkout. There is even a rumour that the Amazon App Store will launch on the 22nd March but we will have to wait and find out. For more information and some sneaky screenshots be sure to check out Android News’ post on the matter.

HTC Desire running Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 rom (HD)

March 15, 2011

Hi all, have just uploaded a new video going through some of the features and improvements on Gingerbread which I have running on my HTC Desire. Take a look below and let me know what you think!

Click here for the full-HD version: HTC Desire running Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 rom (HD)


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