The Nexus One may have been superseded by the Nexus S, but the Android device has a long standing bond with the development community and that is making sure that the device does not fall behind it’s successor. One such effort is the development and release of a Sense 3.0 custom ROM based on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread for the Nexus One. To be more precise, the ROM is actually a port of another ported ROM being ported from the HTC Desire Kingdom / Pyramid port. All of this has been made possible by XDA-Developers forum member dbasabe and without a doubt, a shout out to the HTC Desire’s developers responsible for the original port.
The ROM named Sensation Port has been in the works for a while now and has quite a few features to offer. Of course, Sporting the Sense 3.0 UI is one huge feature as it is, but here’s a list of what the ROM supports and features as of the latest release.
- Based on RUU_Pyramid_HTC_Europe_1.35.401.1.
- Speedy Tweaks added.
- HTC Camera has been improved, thus the pictures taken are sharper than before.
- Task manager is included.
- Swap has been removed due to speed and stability issues encountered.
- All apk’s are zipaligned.
- Wi-Fi is functioning properly.
What is not working however, is that the trackball does not wake the phone or unlock it. The trackball notifications are not working either.
You can catch a few screenshots of the ROM below, courtesy of the developer.
Like what you see, and don’t mind a few glitches that may or may not exist? Here’s how you can get this ROM up and running on your device.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- A rooted Nexus One. See our guide on rooting the Nexus One.
- Amon RA recovery installed. See our guide on installing Amon RA recovery on the Nexus One.
- Ext4 Partitioned SD card. At least 1GB. (Use the recovery for partitioning.)
- Sensation Port.
- Ext4 alignment patch.
- To begin, download the ROM and Ext4 alignment patch and copy them to the root of your SD card.
- Boot into the recovery and make a complete Nandroid backup.
- Now do a full wipe and restore factory settings.
- Once done, flash the Ext4 alignment patch.
- With the patch flashed, you can now go ahead and flash the ROM.
- Once the installation is completed on the phone, simply reboot the device.
Voila! You should now boot into the new Sensation Port ROM with the Sense 3.0 goodness. For update and queries related to this ROM, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.