Lollipop-Update Questions

Y U NO UPDATE LOLLIPOP PLZ

Cuz u suck!

We’ve dug around in Lollipop-land since quite some time now. When I checked through the front page here earlier, I figured that Jan already announced the work on Android 5 around January 8th.
That is exactly 24 days today, or a little over 3 weeks, or 20 days before HTC has rolled the M8 Lollipop update in Europe! Cool, huh? Well. HTC missed their 90-day promise in the US and we are being late as well. There are reasons for that. Thing is, sadly I still can’t give you an ETA. But what I can do is give you a quick idea on where we stand.

You all wonder what happened since then. You try very hard not to ask for Lollipop ETA’s and we see that and do appreciate that a lot. Because you don’t suck.

Android 5 has introduced some serious technical changes that will not so much be visible on its surface, but more affecting security. These changes affect us in so far as that development had to spend a fair amount of time on learning and getting stuff worked out. It took a little over two weeks until development had a ROM that was actually able to boot with the first basic changes done to it. That’s not because we suck (no we don’t either), but because its been kinda, err, well, difficult.

Since January 25th, the M8 Beta team is working on the ROM with development. That day, we received a first incomplete, more alpha than beta version of the ROM. I can gladly announce that the crew of Jan, Ivicask, m0narx, Hansbert and Shnizlon as well as Turge (currently hiding in the bushes) have made considerable progress since then. Also Basil3, our silent workhorse in the background, has had success with first theming attempts. I believe a first dark theme will be available together with the ROM, maybe even more. It all depends on how much time these guys are able to cut away from their bread and butter lives.

According to what development has planned, the work on the HTC One M7 Lollipop update will begin once the M8 is ready. That will be a very tight fit before HTC will announce the M9 at MWC 2015, March 1st, but then again, the major part of the development has already been done on the M8 by then. Work on the M7 will be faster.

HTC says they can’t give details on the “major” event right before MWC, but we all know what it’s gonna be.

Y U NO GIF US M9 TODAY

Well, whatever that event will be, the M9 will be around shortly and we will be jumping on the next flagship like we’ve done for the longest time now. This means the HTC One M7 will then be the device that reaches its EOL – its been a nice ride and a beautiful phone – it was fun while it lasted. Yea. That’s tough. Bye bye.

In the past, we have said that we will drop support for devices that reach their EOL (we talk HTC’s EOL scheme here, right) of 24 months. Means, the M7 Lollipop will just fit in there before we need to focus on the M9. Sorry about that, it might be the last update. But we also take the freedom of choice and update devices longer, if we can and want. Since m0narx might be keeping the M7, we might also keep updating it for a bit. Just that we make even less promises with old phones than with  current ones 😉

The obligatory and uncomfortable part at the end: contributions towards the upgrades are very much appreciated, not all developers are able to pay the upgrades from their real life work and if they should also keep updating the M8, which is what you probably take for granted, you might consider helping them keep those phones. An upgrade needs be paid for somehow.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and gratitude! We value you, our users very high and wish to express our thanks. We will keep working hard on the stuff you love.

Android L Update / Login issues resolved on venomroms.com

Several hundreds hours already has been spend by all devs on the Android L roms, both for the m8 and m7.
We went into a bunch of issues each day, some got resolved, some workarounded, some are still there and worked on or postponed for an update after the initial Android L release.
On the m8 beta testing started yesterday, since the m7 and m8 framework is pretty the same, the progress made on the m8 can be used to 99% on the m7 too.
There is still lots to do and we are working hard on it to bring you the Android L update asap.

For people that had issues to login on www.venomroms.com, if it was the forum or the ticketssytem:

It should be resolved now.

Happy New Year! 2014 flashback

Another year ends, and it was a good year for Venom… and it’s users we hope (:

We existed now for about two and a half years and provided ROMs for nearly 20 devices so far! ROMs in active development during 2014 were:

HTC One Max, developed by Vinchenzop, HTC One SV by xpirt,

HTC One m7 and HTC One m8 by j to the 4n, Turge, m0narx, ivicask, hansbert and shnizlon

Most of the time  the base ROM is the latest flagship, the M8 in the year 2014. So let’s see what we achieved this year by picking out the features out of the change logs:

Added features
  • Added 5×6 app drawer grid
  • Added HEQS default color will now match selected theme
  • Added OTA support for all carriers
  • Added lockscreen pattern tweaks
  • All Venom apps now observing theme colors
  • Added ability to long press some Native HEQS
  • Increased NEQS limit from 12 to 20
  • Added Tweaks, Hub and Flashlight NEQS titles
  • Added stock navbar customization
  • Ability to toggle Edit/Search navbar buttons
  • Ability to change the button colors
  • Ability to change the glow colors
  • Updated VenomSidebar
  • – fixed open on touch setting opening also on swipe
  • – added panel custom color option
  • – added swipe to open setting
  • – added min swipe distance
  • Added selective hide navbar on keypress
  • Added configurable min swipe distance to venom navbar
  • Added option to hide the dock on blinkfeed
  • Added Venom Navbar
  • Ability to toggle Edit/Search navbar buttons
  • Ability to change the button colors
  • Ability to change the glow colors
  • Ability to change the background color
  • Ability to autohide navbar after a specific timeout
  • Ability to setup activation area color/width and height
  • Ability to swipe up to show navbar
  • Ability to touch to hide navbar
  • Ability to touch anywhere to hide navbar
  • Ability to press button to hide navbar
  • Added 5×6 app drawer grid
  • Added motion gesture remapping
  • Added option for color weather icons
  • Added option for color blinkfeed
  • Added option to hide labels in app drawer and folders
  • Added option to change app drawer actionbar background
  • Added option to use Prism menu icons
  • Added option for Prism menu icon overlay color
  • Added option for menu background
  • Added option for menu text color
  • Added screen on time + wifi time to power usage
  • Added weather animations back
  • Added unlocked native tethering for all carriers (full rom/use at own risk)
  • Added immersive mode (toggable via apm)
  • Added exlusion list for immersive mode
  • Added three finger tap customization
  • Added screen off action to 3 finger swype
  • Added Homescreen layouts
  • Added screen off prism menu item
  • Added wallpaper scrolling back
  • Added back wide crop size for wallpaper
  • Added skip unlock animation
  • Added slide out dock on homescreen
  • Added slide out statusbar on homescreen
  • Added slide out dock/statusbar timeout
  • Added option to remove contact picture mask
  • Added auto maximize lockscreen widget
  • Added option to set an own default widget on lockscreen
  • Added Quick Pin Unlock back
  • Added mod that keeps the screen off after hanging up a call when having a bluetooth headset connected
  • Added HtcWeatherClockWidget theming
  • Added longpress power custom actions
  • Added/Fixed Venom DownloadProvider: Let’s you create download groups based on file extension
  • Added Venom Keyboard skins
  • Added back VenomAppInstaller
  • Added SOS Function to HTC Flashlight
  • Added VenomPackageInstaller
  • Added kernel customisation support to tweaks (requires update from your kernel dev)
  • Added PnP control to CPU tab
  • Added HTC DotView Customizations (New Tab in VenomTweaks)
  • – Choose custom apps to show notifications on your HTC Dot View Case
  • – Choose apps that shall turn the screen on on incoming notification
  • Added Venom category with venom apps to native settings
  • Added customization of Extreme Powersaver Launcher shortcuts
  • Added Extreme Powersaver to APM
  • Added back key action to 3 finger gesturev
  • Added back reset buttons for color preferences
  • Added custom icons for navbar buttons
  • Added navbar height for stock navbar
  • Added ability to show/hide venom apps in native settings
  • Added ability to show HK setting
  • Added force new task exclusion list
  • Added Boomsound and HK to “hide specific statusbar icons”
  • Added NFC to “hide specific statusbar icons”
  • Added option to start EPS when quiethours starts and exiting when quiethours ends
  • Added option to configure apps to show red led color on incoming notifications
  • Added toggle in icon theme view to set background to black, so see “white icon packs”
  • Apps are ordered alphabetically now when customizing icon packs
  • Added toggle to open normal menu when on blinkfeed page
  • Added hiding htc sync icon
  • Enabled call recording
  • Added wallpaper scrolling
  • Added screen ON stats in power manager
  • Added WIFI ON stats in power manager
  • Added custom sense themes per app/all apps
  • Added HTC Blinkfeed to take per app theme colors
  • Added HTC Weather to take per app theme colors
  • Added HTC IME to take per app theme colors
  • Added HTC Service Pack to take per app theme colors

Those features got added in over 20 different updates for the HTC One M8. The changelogs from year 2014 counted nearly about 400! Was really a busy year for us! Hundreds of hours were spent on developing new features, fixing issues, maintaining the XDA threads and giving support on different platforms. A lot, right? (-:

 

So what else happened in the year 2014?

 

Relaunch of our Webpage

At the end of May we relaunched our homepage www.venomroms.com, which included a blog for news, a forum, a download section for our ROMs, a User Guide (of course always a work in progress) and some details about Venom and it’s members.

 

Ticketsystem

Mid  July we introduced a ticket system to enhance the support for our users. About 2000 tickets have been submitted to the ticket system thus far. That’s a lot! And  we hope all of them have been answered to your satisfaction.

 

Logo Design contest

Mid August we thought that we could use a new design, so we started a contest with a grand prize of $300 for the one that submits the best design. Winner was xda member lemonbush with her design.
Thanks again to her for her great contribution!

 

Featured on PhoneArena

In December Venom was featured on one of the biggest smartphone news sites PhoneArena in the article ‘Outstanding custom Android ROMs for the HTC One (M8)‘. Guess what rom was mentioned first? (-:

 

 

What can you expect for 2015?

 

Android L for M7 and M8

In 2015 the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8 will receive ViperOne based on Android L. Please understand that it is impossible for us to tell when that will be, since there’s not even a base yet from HTC. Also keep in mind that with  major Android upgrades, it takes MUCH longer to produce a ROM as feature packed as ViperOne, since a lot of changes come with those and we normally need to rewrite a lot of tweaks from ground up, some stuff maybe won’t even work and to figure all that stuff out it will take it’s time. Also the beta testing, a very important part before the release, will take longer as usual since every little tweak needs to be tested.

 

New year, new device

With every new year, there will be a new flagship and you can be sure that we will get it asap and provide you a rom for it.

 

 

Thanks to

 

At this point I want to thank all people that made Venom to what it is. It takes more than some coding to provide a rom, lots more!

 

Themers

Without them VenomHub wouldn’t be as mod and theme rich as it is. 95% of it’s content are provided by our themers Basil3, ViNOK16Bit, Kiray1982, Behold_this and Guich

 

Beta Testers

It was a very busy year for our beta testers on the m7 and m8. I think we got a very stable m7 and m8 rom currently and that’s due to our awesome beta testers! One of them is Black-FR, that needs a special thank you, if there’s a bug no one notices…he finds it!

 

Newswriters

They keep our homepage, facebook and twitter alive. Thanks to tylerlawhon and nitephlight. They are doing great!

 

Support staff

Also our support staff had a very tough and last half year. The ticketsystem was greatly accepted by our users and ofc needs to be taken care of (random order). nitephlightbeats4x, Sneakyghost, Basil3, xunholyx, joshuaw84, MassStashsmokin901 were those guys, thanks to them! They answered all kind of questions, like  problems installing the rom, bugs, feature requests, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, wifi issues, no voice during calls issues, no voice during calls issues, no voice during calls issues, no voice during calls issues, no voice during calls issues, no voice during calls issues, registration issues and lots of others.

 

Misc

  • bschram for maintaining our homepage/backend, hosting and fixing my crap I produce
  • markus.bauer for hosting www.venomroms.com , offering a fast german mirror for our roms and always lending a hand for help were he can.
  • LlabTooFeR for being a silly russian I can make fun of.
  • Zanzibar and  nkk71 for being with me in irc #venomroms @ freenode to answer questions and joking around with me there.
  • Sneakyghost our firmware knowledge bitch
  • Whiskey103 to be our silly dutch, not sure what he contributed this year. He always has some funny vids, or pics ready though that lets you laugh! 😀
  • All others I forgot. Getting old, no way to remember all people that contributed or were being helpful ^^

 

Users

Thanks to all users that support us. Without your love to Venom we wouldnt be the most popular Sense rom. We hope you will with us also with the next HTC Flagships!

 

Oh, and a Happy New Year! May your aims and wishes for 2015 become true.

Team Venom wishes you a Merry Christmas

..enjoy the time with your families and the too good and most of the times too much food.
May Santa have a lot of nice presents for you!

Team Venom

First achievements on Venom Rom for iPhone 6

Jan, aka recognized developer ‘j to to the 4n’ searched a new challenge and started to work on a Venom rom on the iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago. He said, that once there is a stable version, he will also work on an iPad version.
There were a bunch of basic hurdles that needed to be passed to be able to show some visible achievements to the public.

It’s really an very very early stage, so what you see isn’t as polished yet.
Here you can see how far he came so far:

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VenomHUB: Fix for no sound during calls on HTC One M7

For about two weeks m7 users suffer under a serious bug that was introduced with a google play services update.
That bug causes that you will have no voice during calls. Neither you will hear anything, nor your call partner.
The issue was discussed on several pages the last days in ViperOne M7 thread, but also in several other threads on xda, other forums or blogs
Not just ViperOne was is affected, but all custom roms and also stock none rooted roms…so actually everyone.

The bug was confirmed by HTC a few days ago and started rolling out OTA’s to fix the issue.
For WWE users the fix was included in the 6.09.401.11 base already.

In VenomHub you can find now the fix, pulled from the 6.09.401.11 ota under Addons->Hotfixes.

Or download it here

M8 Harman / Kardon Edition Mod now on HUB

Ever since HTC and Sprint introduced their “Harman / Kardon Edition” phone, the regular HTC One M8 buyers felt a little, well, cheated on.

Didn’t HTC claim the HTC One M8 was the ultimate audio experience when they released the regular M8? Something like that? I don’t exactly remember their phrasing but it was something along those lines. Now they call their Harman / Kardon Edition phone the “unmatched audio” thingy…

Well, anyhow. I DID feel cheated on. I like my music and I like a phone to sound like a good music player and not like a plastic box with speakers that make noise on the table. So. Now HTC released a Harman / Kardon M8 which is better than what i had just paid 600 Euro for. Hmm.

I talked to HTC directly, think on twitter it was. Been a while ago. I asked them this: is the Sprint Harman / Kardon Edition featuring any different hardware, or is it only software that changed?
I was curious because HTC said the Harman / Kardon Edition was capable of 192KHz/24bit high-resolution audio, which the regular M8 was not. They must have put in a better DAC (Digital-Analogue Converter), right? Or so I thought. Turns out, they use the same DSP (Digital Signal Processor) on all variants, because the DSP is part of the SnapDragon 801 SoC. Its called “Hexagon DSP” (another link of what the Hexagon is capable of) by Qualcomm. And guess what: it’s always been capable of high-resolution audio. The Harman / Kardon Edition just has the feature unlocked!

Oh can you imagine my joy. Of course, knowing this, exchanging the DSP firmware should do the trick. Baadnewz and Ivicask began to experiment with that idea when the first Sprint Harman / Kardon Edition Software/Firmware dropped. They together with Lyapota quickly determined a number of ROM files that needed to go along with the ADSP firmware image to make it work on the regular M8.

Guich and me got back into the game a little while later, when I realized that going back to BoomSound was kind of, well, complicated. I realized some people wanted to switch back and forth but had no easy solution except dirty flash their ROM. So I thought we do an Aroma based switcher, after we had to ditch the idea of making it a toggle in tweaks (overly complicated).
Originally, I didn’t pursue my idea of the firmware exchange any further. I hadn’t managed to get my device S-OFF, which is an absolute must. But then I got S-OFF and we started digging into the mod to create the switcher. By now it’s in its third generation and has gotten more complex, due to HTC making it more complex. The main feature, HD Audio playback, now also needs a changed Kernel. The switcher alone will only enable the software functions of the Harman Kardon phone like Clari-Fi and LiveStage, but without the supporting kernel, there will be no LossLess high-resolution audio.

So, the Harman/Kardon phone can now be downloaded from Venom HUB. It comes without the special headphones though. Those didn’t fit through the line. But you can buy them over at www.harmankardon.com, they will ship in a parcel.

I am very glad I can announce this switcher now to support Android 4.4.4 (Yes, it took a long while) and i have to say thanks to all those great helpers and developers over on XDA, where it all started: http://forum.xda-developers.com/htc-one-m8/development/mod-harman-kardon-conversion-htc-one-m8-t2827439

You can download The Switcher here and on our HUB. It is not only ViperOneM8 compliant – it also supports every other GSM and CDMA HTC One M8 out there (theoretically – not sure about the exotic variants – try for yourself) and could even be used to convert the real Sprint Harman / Kardon Edition to HTC BoomSound 😉

Enhanced Recent Apps tweaks for ViperOne M7

 

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Enhanced recent apps tweaks for ViperOne M7 7.0.x

Available to download from Venom Hub now

This mod brings yet more firsts for Team Venom as for the first time on any Sense ROM we have added both SLIM Recents and the very latest Android L card stack recents along with a whole host of additional tweaks and enhancements.  You’ll find the new tweaks at the bottom of the Misc tab in Venom Tweaks just below the awesome Volume UI tweaks we also added recently!

This mod is only currently available for M7 ViperOne version 7.0.x.  Please remember to make a backup before downloading and installing.

 

 

 

SLIM Recents tweaks include:

  • Configurable panel size – 6 options
  • Option to show on left or right side of screen
  • Configurable background colour
  • Configurable recent app card colour
  • Configurable recent app text colour
  • Option to select whether recent apps cards always appear expanded, compressed or auto
  • Option to show/hide current app

 

 

Android L Recents tweaks include:

  • Configurable recent apps card header colour
  • Configurable recent apps text colour
  • Option to show Clear All button – does not show if card size set to 100%
  • Option to show Clear All button at top or bottom of screen
  • Configurable card stack size – 5 options

 

Android L Recents scaled to 85% with Clear All button shown bottom right

 

Please note that whilst everything in SLIM Recents works perfectly there are a few minor bugs in the Android L recents which you should be aware of.  Occasionally when you open the recent apps panel it will be completely empty – just close it and open it again and it will be fine.  Secondly, the Clear All feature is not perfect and will usually leave behind the most recent app, and often the popup menu will appear as well – just back out of the recents panel once you’ve clicked clear all.  I have already spent weeks porting these and don’t intend to spend too much more time chasing these bugs.  IMHO Clear All shouldn’t be used anyway as it is not how Android multitasking is supposed to function!

 

SLIM ROMs for SLIM Recents
ParanoidAndroid for Android L Recents code base
LiquidSmooth for the Clear All button tweaks