Lately it seems like Samsung has stolen all the attention of the custom developers for the Android platform with their wide range of devices, but things don’t quite stay like that much. HTC developers want a share of the best and latest custom ROM’s out there, and they have made a foothold with this new Ordroid custom made firmware. Just like the majority of Sense enabled ROM’s, this one is also based on an official version, the exact same one as in the Stock RUU 1.53.401.2. As you might have guessed by now, this is no official update from HTC, and neither will it be because it comes with some features that are only available for HTC latest One lineup.
Installing or updating your HTC device with any custom made ROM does carry its share of risks and downsides, but the major one is losing the warranty. If you are not prepared to throw away that warranty, please stop reading this guide now. If you are going down the custom firmware road there are a couple of things we would like to say: This software is not our creation so we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. Having aid this you shouldn’t get to anxious about updating your Sensation with this custom ROM as I assure you that the benefits of doing so outweigh the risks.
Before going to any further you should also take a look at the list of features the Ordroid ROM comes with:
- Based on HTC One S latest RUU (1.53.401.2).
- SuperSU, Busybox.
- Bricked Kernel.
- Option to remove HTC apps (AROMA installer).
- Option to install additional mods (AROMA installer).
- Fast, clean and stable.
The first feature in this list is the most important, because it means that your HTC Sensation will no longer be stuck with the 3.6 version of Sense and in a way it will be updated to resemble the One S. There are also a couple of bugs that come with this software, like the non working FM radio, Internet pass through and Wi Fi hotspot features. If you can live with these the Rom works stunningly great and it makes us wonder yet again why HTC has decided to update the Sensation with Sense 3.6 on top of Android 4.0 instead of going for the newer and lighter Sense 4.0.
Before moving to the updating process we need to start backing up your personal data, as it will be erased before installing the Ordroid firmware. We will rely on some third party apps to do the hard work for us, because the official HTC software will not work with any custom ROM. That being said, the list below also covers some phone related requirements that will ensure that you don’t get a bricked device after following this procedure.
- Text messages – We will back them up with this application : SMS Backup & Restore
- Phone Contacts – You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card as a .vcf file
- Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your call log : Call Log Backup and Restore
- Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files – Simply copy them to your microSD card.
- Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
- Be sure to charge your HTC Sensation to full or to a minimum of 50% to ensure that the phone will not power off during the updating process. If it does power off there is a high risk of it turning into an expensive brick.
- We saved the most important requirement for last: You need to be running a rooted ROM before proceeding and you also need to have the Clockwork Mod recovery installed.
The last part of this guide will be covering all the aspects and steps you will have to make in order to properly install the Ordroid custom ROM on your HTC Sensation. Installing a new ROM might seem like a very complicated task for some people out there, but we assure you that it is not as dangerous as installing an app from the Google Play Store. With this in mind please read the following instructions carefully and make sure you don’t skip any steps:
- Frist, we will download the Ordroid Custom ROM Package to your computer. You can also use this link.
- Then you move the Zip file to the root of your Sensation’s memory card. By root I mean that you will place it directly on the card, without placing it in any additional subfolders.
- After this you will have to power off your HTC Sensation and restart it in recovery mode. The easiest way to do this is to do so is to press the Volume Down button + Power Button and wait for the HBOOT screen to appear. One it is there don’t touch the device for a couple of seconds, until some green text flashes. After this simply select the recovery option by navigating with the Volume Up and Volume Down keys, and press the power button again. The HBOOT screen will look almost like the one below:
- This next step is all about some cleaning up you have to do before installing the Ordroid ROM. You will have to select the Wipe data/factory reset & Wipe Cache partition options from the recovery and wait for them to finish.
- The fifth step is the one where you will install the Ordroid ROM. All you have to do is to select the option: Install zip from sd card > Choose zip from sd card, and then choose the Ordroid Custom ROM Package Zip that you have placed on your microSD card.
- The last step is more of a waiting task, as you will have to be patient until the update finishes, and when it does you will have to go back to the previous menu in the recovery console and select the Reboot now option to restart your Sensation.
We must warn you that the first boot will take some time as the software need to do some additional tinkering, but once it is done you will be able to enjoy your new Ordroid custom ROM.
If you however encounter any issues while applying this update you should restart your device into Recovery mode and re try the steps above. If you still can’t get it to work please write us a line below and we will try to help you. It might also be a good idea to restore an earlier nandroid backup just to get the Sensation up and running again.
If everything has worked out nicely, you should be running a Sense 4.0 Android 4.0.3 edition Rom on your Sensation and it should feel more like you have upgraded to the HTC One S so please enjoy the Ordroid custom ROM.