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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bcarson878, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. bcarson878

    bcarson878 Newbie
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    Ok so I'm going to buy the Huawei Ascend from Metro PCS but before I do I wanted to ask everyone here a couple of questions before I buy because I figure the people at Metro will just give me a bunch of BS answers.

    First, this will be my first Android phone and I'm planning on rooting it. I keep reading about the Icarus MOD. Is this just a custom made OS by someone that has alot of the most popular features for rooted phones so you don't have to do them all individually?

    Can this phone view Flash webpages, and if not is there a way to make it so you can?

    Do you get apps just from the Android Market or is there another place to get apps that are for rooted phones? Or a good place third party apps?

    Are there any apps or things I should put on the phone once it's rooted, or kind of must haves that everyone uses?

    Ok my last question, at least for now because I can't remember them all, can you upgrade the OS to 2.2 yet? Or is it really even worth it to upgrade?

    Thanks for any help you can give me. I've been back and forth between the Ascend and the Optimus for a couple days now but I'm leaning towards the Ascend because there just seems to be more in development on it right now. Or am I crazy? HaHa

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  2. joser116

    joser116 Guest

    See below post:)
  3. joser116

    joser116 Guest

    Hey there, my name is Jose, creator of the How to Install Icarus MOD thread. Icarus is basically a phone makeover that brings aesthetic, performance, responsiveness, and battery improvements. It removes all the crapware, and enables installation of apps to the SD card. You can't do most of these individually. This phone does not and likely will not officially support Flash, but there are reports that Flash can be installed( PM Me For More Info). There ARE other ways of installing apps through getjar.com, Appbrain( From Market or Internet site) or a simple Google search for the name of the app with the .apk suffix attached. The latter can result in a free download of a paid app, which I do not endorse. The 2.2 update is expected to arrive in late March. There is a Chinese port of the update but it is extremely NOT recommended ( way too buggy and has bricked some phones). As for the apps, Lookout is a must, SetCPU or CPU Boost, Z4Root v.1.3.( need a Google search as its not available in Market), Pandas vs Ninjas, Squibble, Launcher Pro, Vevo, Green Power,and of course, the Phandroid app. For other recommendations, look for Favorite Apps for Huawei Ascend Users thread in the forum sticky. Icarus is highly recommended. PM me for any questions, problems, or concerns. :)
  4. Muilisx

    Muilisx Android Expert

  5. bcarson878

    bcarson878 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the quick response, I will definately be looking to u for advice when I get the phone. What do you think about the phones functionality and the speed of the interface. I'm in wifi hotspots the majority of the time so the speed of metros service doesn't concern me.
  6. BlastGT1

    BlastGT1 Android Enthusiast

    The Icarus ROM is already rooted, so you wouldn't need that. Additionally, the big thing with the upgrade to Android 2.2 is the ability to install apps to the SD card, which Icarus also takes care of, by integrating the Apps2sd tool in the ROM. Also, Icarus has LauncherPro built in as an option, and it is definitely faster than the default Canvas.

    As for how it runs, I'd have to say at absolute worst I've noticed a doubling of speed when it comes to overall performance. Apps load faster, screens move faster, less lag, less jittering in general. Even with many apps running, an Ascend running Icarus is miles ahead of even a regularly rooted Ascend that has had bloatware removed/apps kept to a minimum/non-default launcher installed.

    A couple of comments on what joser116 said: Lookout is probably a good idea for malware/virus defense, but I can say it definitely has an impact on performance. I ran it before installing Icarus, and when I took it off, I could see the difference. As I mentioned before, you don't need z4root if you run Icarus, as it's already rooted, but if you are not running Icarus, z4root is the easiest way I've seen so far to root, and it has both temp and permanent options, both of which can be undone just as easily as they can be done. Pandas VS Ninjas is a good alternative to Angry Birds, as the Ascend does not run Angry Birds terribly well.

    Apps2sd is hands down the best part of Icarus, in my opinion.
  7. bcarson878

    bcarson878 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    If for some reason I don't like icarus is there a way to restore my phone back to stock?
  8. BlastGT1

    BlastGT1 Android Enthusiast

    When you are preparing to flash Icarus, one of the steps in the guide joser116 put together is the creation of a backup for your stock ROM, which you can re-flash if you don't like Icarus.
  9. bcarson878

    bcarson878 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I just watched the video on that post and I'm not a fan of the green. Is there any way to change to color scheme or theme?
  10. BlastGT1

    BlastGT1 Android Enthusiast

    There are themes you can install, but that's not a process I'm familiar with at present, having had this phone for a whole 3 weeks thus far. However, I would recommend downloading the LauncherPro Icons and Docks app from the market. Since you already have LauncherPro installed as an option when you flash Icarus, the above app gives you the ability to change your dock icons as well as the background behind the dock buttons. Go here to see what they have available:

    LauncherPro Icons | Custom Android app icons for the awesome LauncherPro home screen replacement

    Between that and changing your wallpaper, you'd be a large part of the way to installing a new theme without having to install a theme.
  11. joser116

    joser116 Guest

    Actually Blast, she WOULD need Z4root because you have to be rooted in order to install Icarus.
  12. joser116

    joser116 Guest

    I will lead you in the right direction to changing the theme, that is if you do not like the way Icarus looks.
  13. BlastGT1

    BlastGT1 Android Enthusiast

    Ah, right. Had my phone rooted the second day, so I never gave it a second thought when it came to Icarus.
  14. joser116

    joser116 Guest

    It is a pretty noticeable speed improvement. I just have to say try it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed, but don't get your hopes too high either.
  15. joser116

    joser116 Guest

    Don't worry about it, happens to me, too. P.S. I do not experience performance reduction when installing Lookout. Must be that Icarus takes care of that.

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