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TWEAK: Get back the original black HTC TouchFLO 3D to any ODM Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 01.07.08 - 18:24:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 26020x
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No question, with the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC released a winner smartphone and it looks like that HTC's recently announced and now accros Europe and Asia available smartphone also caught the interest from many mobile network operators. For instance it's confirmed that all major carriers in the UK and Germany will carry the HTC Touch Diamond, either in HTC's original design and configuration or with a different hardware design and adopted TouchFLO 3D color-sets. And while most of you might prefer the original black TouchFLO 3D user interface as well, most carriers have changed the TouchFLO 3D design to its corporate color and might even changed or reordered some TouchFLO 3D tabs.

While TouchFLO 3D is part of the Windows Mobile ROM built for the HTC Touch Diamond, some clever developers extracted it now from the latest available ROM and built a cab file which you can simply install on your ODM Diamond to change back, from the carrier design to HTC's original black TouchFLO 3D design.

On the left O2 Germany's TouchFLO 3D design and on the right, HTC's TouchFLO 3D design on the same device, an O2 Xda diamond:

As you can see in the demonstration above, the user interface language stays the same but the TouchFLO 3D installation changed the preselected weather cities as well as cleaned the programs list. However, the Web bookmarks staid the same.

Since it's a cab file installation only, you will not lose your warranty because the change gets lost after a hard reset. Nevertheless, you cannot rollback to the original carrier design by simply uninstalling the cab file but you have to hard reset your ODM Diamond to get back to the factory settings. Furthermore, since it's a cab file installation, it installs into your memory and the installation takes around 19 MB since the file contains all the required graphics as well.

Please note, this cab file is designed for the HTC Touch Diamond and comparable carrier devices only. Don't use it on any other Windows Mobile Professional or Standard devices.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Just my 2 Cents on 01.07.08 - 20:01:18

Boah... This O2 blue is ugly!!! Happy I got the HTC version here only!

Posted by Nightflyer on 03.07.08 - 14:36:22

Arne,

do you have any information when the Diamond will be available via German vodafone and under which name ?

Thanks in advance

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.07.08 - 17:13:36

@Nightflyer: AFAIK it should be available within this month and Vodafone UK lists it as a coming soon device already. There it's called "HTC Touch Diamond" but it sports a Vodafone co-branding in addition.

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