Sunday, September 9, 2012

CM 9 for HTC Explorer

The wait is over!! ICS for HTC Explorer A.K.A Pico!!! :D

We've got CM7 a while ago.... But as you might have known it's not totally functional...

What was not working you ask? The camera! [ Not that the 3MP Camera makes a difference :P ] and it also had issues while streaming videos, when streaming the phone would just reboot for no reason this happens every single time without any reason...

You could use VLC and fix this issue... Although I don't know of any method to get the YouTube application to work [ It doesn't work either ].

Well, The solution? We got CM9!! and Evervolv as well.... Both the ROMs have one major bug left to be fixed, The Video recorder! Apart from the everything works! That includes the camera too! You can download the ROMs from here : CM9 [ Build#5 ], Evervolv[ Build#2 ] .

What Works [ CM9 and Evervolv ]

About Phone...

- Audio
- FM Radio(Use Spirit FM from Play Store)
- Hardware Acceleration
- Bluetooth
- Wifi
- Video
- Camera(Taking Pictures)
- USB Tethering(3rd party app WORKS)
- Voice Search(It was a bug ! )
- HQ Videos(Use 3rd party apps like MX Player)

What Doesnt Work  [ CM9 and Evervolv ]
- Video Recording(3rd party app may work)

Note - Jelly Bean is also available for our HTC Explorer A.K.A Pico but it's not usable at all! Anyways, Here is the thread. Here is the initial build of JB. Hopefully it's stable soon! Can't wait for JB on my HTC!! :D

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Unofficial CyanogenMod 7 for HTC Explorer

Thanks to sakindia123, lirokoaderefasLiVeRpOoL-FaNrom2maru and a few others who have all worked hard to port CyanogenMod 7 to our HTC Explorer/Pico. We now finally have a usable, stable, and extremely smooth CM7 that can run on our devices. However, This is still an alpha build according to sakindia123's post. There are still somethings that don't work.

Whats Working-
- WiFi
- Hardware acceleration
- Gps // derefas
- Audio // lirokoa
- Usb Mass Storage
- Bluetooth // lirokoa
- USB Tethering
- Fm Radio

What Doesnt work-
- Camera
- Phone sometimes reboots when playing videos(Kindly use 3rd party apps)

WiFi, GPS, FM, USB seem to work fine...

Bluetooth and camera don't seem to work and the Phone seems to reboot every time a video is played using the default android video player/streamer. However you can install a 3rd party application to counter this problem. I personally use VLC. Its plays most of the videos and streams most of them too! but it can take a minute to start streaming :(
I haven't tried the other players. You cannot download the YouTube application from the Play Store as well and if even if you manage to install it using the apk from the stock rom or from the internet, the phone keeps restarting whenever a video is played :(
Build#2 had a issue with audio while on a call... People on the other end would get a chorus, split voice... but that issue has been fixed in Build#3. Hopefully Build#4 fixes the camera and the Bluetooth issue, I can live the video player issue ;)

Google applications such as GMail, YouTube, etc are not pre-installed but you can install them using this link
Just go to CWM and install the zip file and should get all the Google applications other than YouTube. But that doesn't matter as YouTube doesn't work...

Moreover, It is still not stable enough for daily use but if these small bugs don't bother you then go on and use it... Personally, I've been using it for a day now and it seems to work perfectly fine... :)


Gapps(Google Apps)-

Build#1(By derefas)-

Build#2(By lirokoa-AUDIO WORKING!) -

Build#3(By lirokoa-Incall Audio fix,cleaner)-

Build#4(By lirokoa- AOSP keyboard fixed,USB tethering fixed,Bluetooth Fixed)- [LATEST BUILD]

*Here is the official thread -
*Here is the official repo -

Screenshots of HTC Explorer A.K.A Pico running CyanogenMod 7 :

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sony Xperia "NXT" Smartphones

Sony initially launched the Xperia NXT series with the Sony Xperia S. It now adds two new smartphones to the series, namely, Xperia 'P' and Xperia 'U'. According to the Sony's Website :
The OS present in all of the 3 devices is the same :
  • All of them run Google's Android 2.3 OS [Gingerbread]
  • Can be upgraded to 4.0 [Ice Cream Sandwich]

Xperia S :

This device has the best hardware compared to the other devices in the NXT series.

Processor - 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual Core processor

Camera - 12.1 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus, 16X Digital Zoom, LED Flash

Screen - 4.3 inch scratch-resistant TFT touch screen, 16 million colors, 1280*720 pixels

Battery - Talk time : 8 Hours 30 Min, Standby : 420 Hours, Music on : 25 Hours

OS - Google's Android 2.3 [ Gingerbread ] can be upgraded to Android 4.0 [ Ice Cream Sandwich ]

This Device weighs 144 grams.

Xperia P : 
The hardware is slightly less powerful to the Xperia S.

Processor - 1 GHz U8500 Dual Core processor

Camera - 8 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus, 8X Digital Zoom, LED Flash

Screen - 4 inch scratch-resistant TFT touch screen, 16 million colors, 960*540 pixels

Battery - Talk time : 6 Hours, Standby : 475 Hours, Music on : 80 Hours

OS - Google's Android 2.3 [ Gingerbread ] can be upgraded to Android 4.0 [ Ice Cream Sandwich ]

This Device weighs 120 grams.

Xperia U :
The least powerful hardware in the NXT series, but still pretty powerful compared to the smartphones outside the NXT series.

Processor - 1 GHz STE U8500 Dual Core processor

Camera - 5 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus, 16X Digital Zoom, LED Flash

Screen - 3.5 inch scratch-resistant TFT touch screen, 16 million colors, 854*480 pixels

Battery - Talk time : 6 Hours 36 minutes, Standby : 472 Hours, Music on : 45 Hours

OS - Google's Android 2.3 [ Gingerbread ] can be upgraded to Android 4.0 [ Ice Cream Sandwich ]

Sony's SmartWatch
This Device weighs 110 grams.

Sony SmartWatch :
Additionally Sony even launches a device called 'Smartwatch'. As the name suggests its basically a watch powered by Google's Android OS.  Brief Specifications of the so called 'Smartwatch' :
  • The main unit weighs 15.5 g
  • Dimensions of the watch are 36mm x 36mm, the thickness is 8mm
  • Multi-touch OLED Screen
As far as i know the price of this device should be somewhere around $149...
*All images are taken from