Desire HD: which firmware is better?

Published on November 29, 2012

Desire HD: which firmware is better?

    As a restless seeker of something better ™, I did not stop at CM10 firmware - as a result, lags in the system still appeared, the long launch of some applications, and indeed - I just had to put up with some things. I'll try to do some analysis of the firmware I tried. Unfortunately, everyone has flaws - and this is natural: the ideal code does not exist. What did you end up with when using different firmware?

    Disclaimer: all conclusions are absolutely subjective and are based on the use of firmware by me on my device.
    What I wouldn’t like to lose:
    1. Control music from the buttons of the wired headset
    2. Read the name of the caller into the BT headset (voice Caller ID) using the Enhanced Caller ID application
    3. If possible, combine contacts from the FB and Google of one person into a single metacontact

    Virtuous Affinity One of the first Android 4.0 ports on Desire HD. WiFi works quite crookedly, in general, it’s somewhat crude, lags are periodic, and the battery has increased batteries. Removed 4 days after the firmware. Sense is missing.

    Virtuous Infinity.A fairly successful port of Android 4.0.3 from the devices of the One series. Voice Caller ID and headset music control do not work. There is Sense, therefore, you can combine contacts (the only thing I need from Sense). With prolonged use without rebooting, brakes appear, there is little space for installing applications. Big plus - implemented OTA update. At the same time, the kernel of the OS is not updated.

    CyanogenMod 10 unofficial. Android 4.1.2. The complete lack of Sense, therefore, the inability to combine contacts with the built-in application. The buttons of the headset and voice Caller ID do not work (in fact, this has become a regularity in all 4.x firmware). The almost complete absence of system tweaks worthy of attention.

    Jellybean JellyTimeIt is based on CyanogenMod 10. Releases from 12 to 15 behaved well, even with a "dirty" update (without returning the phone to the factory settings or formatting partitions). Unfortunately, in each new release, the author constantly repaired something, and it turned out like in that joke: old bugs were removed, new ones were added. As a result, after the 18th release, I finally left this firmware. All that I would not want to lose was lost.

    Nik Project X.Rarely updated firmware with full Sense based on Android 4.0.3. The author manually modified a lot of stock Sense applications for use on Desire HD. In general, it turned out not bad, it can be recommended for use. However, I personally came across the fact that by the evening the phone was surely starting to slow wildly, which was treated only by a reboot. By tradition, all the same inactive buttons on the headset and voice CID. Re-flashing did not save the situation, so after a while I switched to

    CodefireX.This firmware is also based on CyanogenMod 10, nice tweaks to the system have been added (for example, setting the appearance of the status bar). The diseases are the same as the rest of the non-Sense firmware: failure on all 3 of my points. To all: the long launch of some applications (Tweetcaster, Facebook, Opera Mini), sometimes turning into just a black screen. It appears after several days of uptime. You can start it only by first killing the applications in the background, for example, using GO Power Master.

    PACman. The latest version lived on my phone for a maximum of a couple of hours - unfortunately, in my favorite launcher GO Launcher EX there were “moved out” colors (for example, white letters on a light gray background in context menus).

    For 2 months I changed firmware, updated to more recent versions, compared ... As a result, I updated CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3.7). It seems that he returned home. Everything that is required works ( well, except for combining contacts, except that Sense has already found the costs of the absence ). The phone does not slow down (the zip-file with firmware has a size of only 88 MB, compared to 150 MB for CM10 or 300+ MB for Sense-firmware), all the necessary software works as it should. From this we can make such a subjective conclusion that Desire HD is not particularly adapted for Android 4.x - the hardware requirements are met, as they say, “pull-ups”. But 2.3 does an excellent job. A logical question arises: is this race really necessary for the latest version? ..