ParanoidAndroid is a great custom ROM that is destined for Android who wish to benefit from a hybrid UI with both tablet and phone screens. With this new ROM firmware you can easily switch between two different views that will see your device being used as a hybrid Desire S smartphone/ tablet. If you wish to update your device with this firmware then you will have to read the entire article and make sure to use the comments field to post all your questions regarding it.
This custom ROM has been designed and released by the Paranoid team, who are responsible for releasing similar Android 4.0.4 firmware updates for Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus devices. This post contains a different guide that will eventualyl help you install the Paranoid Android ICS 4.0.4 ROM on your Desire S smartphone fast and easy. However, you should continue reading this guide only if your phone is rooted and CWM or 4EXT recovery are installed on it as otherwise you won’t be able to install custom ROM images.
Before we can start installing the Paranoid Android ROM on your device, you will have to first learn how to properly prepare your device for the firmware updating process as you will have to backup data or, if you prefer, you can create a full backup of your currently installed Android ROM.
ParanoidAndroid ROM comes packed with a PAD feature that lets you define an applications’ DPI value, you can make it look like normal phone UI or tablet and multiple other functions that easily can be used to change the looks of your phone’s interface. Now that you know all this general info I think you’re ready to move to the preparation guide and learn how to properly configure your phone and save the important data before applying the ParanoidAndroid ICS 4.0.4 ROM update on your Desire S device. Here’s what you need to know:
- you should create backups of all the important audio, video, text docs, bookmarks, audio recordings, pdf files etc. These should be transferred on your device’s internal / external sdcard, as these two parts will be left unchanged during the ROM update. This process will help you restore the files after the firmware installation has been completed.
- the sms text messages, call log info and all your applications can easily be saved using these 3 different applications for Android smartphones: AppBak for saving and restoring Android apps | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore.
- Phone Contacts should be backed up by syncing them with your Gmail account, and if you don’t know how to do it, then please follow the info listed in this post HERE.
- APN and MMS Settings should be saved so that you’ll be prepared in case the internet won’t be working after the update is complete.
- enable USB debugging mode from your phone’s system settings.
- make sure that you fully charge the device’s battery and that will prevent it from powering off while we’re changing the firmware files.
- the HTC Desire S has to be rooted and CWM or 4EXT Recovery software should be installed. This will help you flash the update.
- you should create a full backup of the entire ROM just in case something goes wrong and after that you will be able to restore the current Android ROM firmware.
The files and actions listed in this post should be managed by advanced Android users as you shouldn’t held anyone else responsible in case something goes wrong and the HTC Desire S is bricked during the firmware update. You are the only one responsible for taking the risk to change the firmware and install a brand new custom ROM on your device. However, if you carefully follow the steps I’ve listed in this post and apply all of them then the updating process should go smoothly and the ParanoidAndroid ROM will successfully install.
Make sure to use the comments filed to ask for help. Since you’ve read all the above info, I think that you’re finally ready to start installing the new ICS 4.0.4 custom ROM update on your smartphone to enjoy a brand new hybrid UI.
How to update HTC Desire S with ParanoidAndroid ICS 4.0.4 Hybrid tablet UI custom ROM:
- Download the ParanoidAndroid ROM zip pack from here. Do not extract its contents, simply leave the file on your PC desktop.
- Move the ROM zip file image on your device’s internal SDcard and after that disconnect the device from your PC and power it OFF.
- Now put the HTC Desire S in recovery mode.
- Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ and confirm this actions. Remember that this is an important step you have to take and without it the new ROM firmware won’t install correctly.
- After the data wipe has been completed you will have to select ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option from the new recovery screen.
- Point to the ROM zip file you’ve moved on the internal sdcard and select it for installation. Confirm that you wish to install ParanoidAndroid ICS 4.0.4 ROM on Desire S and then wait for this process to complete.
- When the firmware has been successfully installed you will need to go back to the main custom recovery screen and select ‘reboot system now’.
- Now your device will start its first boot under the new ROM and you will have to give it at least 10 minutes for completion. When the first boot is complete you will be asked to enter your Google account. Do it, configure the device and then start testing the new firmware to see if it suits your needs. Use the comments section to let us know how it performs on your HTC Desire S smartphone.
In case the device freezes or it gets into a boot loop then you will have to repeat the entire process listed above and this time, you have to make sure that you apply the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ action. If the hybrid UI has been successfully installed then you’re free to start customizing it and you can use benchmark tests to see how it performs when compared with other Android devices scores.
Since ParanoidAndroid ICS 4.0.4 custom ROM for Desire S is a hybrid tablet/ phone UI you will have to change some stock settings.
Open System Settings, select System then open Font size and choose ‘NORMAL’ as the default font size value. Now, open again Settimgs> System and then Statusbar and check the option that says ‘auto hide’; this will enable fullscreen mode. The launcher setting for either Apex or Nova launchers should look something like this: ‘margins’ option needs to be set to SMALL, ‘show permanent searchbar’ to YES, ‘Grid’ to 5×4, ‘resize all widgets’ to YES and the ‘wallpaper scrolling’ setting should be set to OFF.
That’s it, now your HTC Desire S has been successfully configured and the Android 4.0.4 ICS is now ParanoidAndroid CM9 hybrid UI ROM customized. Use the comments sections to let us know how it performs on your device.