I posted last night that a big breakthrough had been made on the Nexus One and the kernel by texasice bringing full Hardware Acceleration with ICS OpenGL support. It’s apparently flaky and has bugs of course but it’s on the road to getting the complete article.
Well, I for one was excited by this as I have the old device that is the Bravo, yes a GSM HTC Desire. As you may or not know the N1 and Desire are practically the same device.
I tested this custom ROM in my 5 Days With Ice Cream Sandwich On The HTC Desire a while back and at that stage it was early door with only a half working HWA running. Well, I thought it was about time to revisit the ROM and see how the first step into full Hardware Acceleration is going.
Nandroid backup done, wiped and ready to flash, here I went. First boot up all loaded and even the smoothness through the initial ICS setup screens is noticeable I must say, I went straight to testing the transitioning between screens, rotation, and general navigating around, and…smoother is the word, lovely could be another, full HWA seems to be in affect here. So, next up video playback, last time it was choppy and inconsistent, now, well it’s running smooth like Gingerbread Roms do, I tried YouTube and personal videos on SD-Card with no issues. Next up was some games, this is where i aso had issues before with the ROM with half working HWA and i decided to stick to the same games as before. Reckless Racing, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and also added in Sonic too, and….Well it was flawless, no lag, no stuttering along and no issues.
There are issues being reported by some users and the developer has said their will be more bugs as it’s a Beta test build essentially with Full HWA in action. Auto rotation caused a couple of soft reboots, some discolouration occasionally and the camera isn’t currently showing a preview or working completely.
It’s progress and amazing progress as I reported before, great strides have been made and it’s opening doors and avenues for more devices. First the HTC Desire and I’m sure more will follow.
I’m going to use this rom for a few days and report any issues to help along. Any updates and breakthroughs you can be sure to catch it here at Land of Droid.
Source: XDA Thread