HTC Flyer Gets First Taste of Sweet Honeycomb, Courtesy of ROM Leak

September 6, 2011
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    HTC’s first attempt at an Android tablet, the HTC Flyer, came out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense, but several developers have found a way to pour sweet honey on the HTC Flyer.

    Paul O’Brien, MoDaco founder, has obtained a Honeycomb leak in RUU (ROM Upgrade Utility) form for the HTC Flyer. He advises to flash it at your own risk. It’s an early build so expect stability and overall performance of the Flyer using such software to be not that good.

    O’ Brien says that he will release a fully tested build once he has tested it on his own HTC Flyer, which will be arriving next week.

    Basing on the comments over at XDA Developers, the braver ones who installed the RUU on their HTC Flyer tablets have come to some rather nasty experiences. For instance, it is possible for the HTC Flyer, using the RUU, to get stuck at the HTC logo without boot animation. Another reported case is that of an error that displays “[132]: Signature error — RUU cannot update the your Android phone. Please get the correct RUU and try again.”

    So, it’s probably best for Flyer owners, for now, to leave it to O’ Brien and the rest of the XDA developers to work their magic and wait until a stable custom version is released or to just wait for the official HTC-provided update, which should not be far from now.

    The HTC Flyer is a 7-inch tablet that HTC launched a while back as its first device for the Android tablets market. It comes with a single-core, 1.5-GHz processor, a 1024×600 LCD touchscreen, a 5-megapixel primary camera, and a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera. The HTC Flyer also takes stylus input using HTC Scribe technology.

    Now that Honeycomb is about to trickle into the innards of the HTC Flyer, would you become interested in getting one? Or are you looking at the bigger-screened, more powerful HTC Jetstream?

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