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Install Ice Cream Sandwich on HTC Wildfire using ‘SplashICS’ Custom ROM

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The HTC Wildfire, one of the most famous mid-end phone from HTC is still going strong it seems. It has custom Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) ROMs being released for it, which are a blessing since HTC won’t be officially upgrading it.

SplashICS, an ICS ROM for the Wildfire aims to bring Android 4.0 to your phone with fast performance, along with a few other features that are mentioned below. So get your Wildfire ready and let’s flash this ROM onto it to enjoy some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness.

A quick look at the features:

  • Based on Android 4.0.3
  • Integrated Google Apps
  • Deodexed Apps
  • RAM Script
  • Overclock your CPU : Min 692 – Max 710/728
  • Unnecessary apps removed
  • Stock HTC Launcher
  • Live Wallpapers
  • Only 86 MB in size

Do note that this ROM is still in alpha stage, so bugs are to be expected. Read on to find out how to flash this ROM onto your HTC Wildfire.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. If any damage occurs to you or your device, including a bricked, non-functional device, we won’t be held liable. You have been forewarned!!!

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below is compatible only and only with the HTC Wildfire. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.

ROM Info

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Pre-Installation Requirements:

  1. A rooted HTC Wildfire with ClockworkMod recovery (CWM) installed.
  2. Sufficiently charged battery (50% or more recommended)
  3. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Download SplashICS ROM file from → here.
    Filename: SplashICS_v0.2.zip. Size: 86 MB
  2. Transfer the downloaded zip file to the root of your external microSD card on the HTC Wildfire.
  3. Switch off your phone, then boot into Clockworkmod recovery. Hold Volume Down & the Power button until the device boots to the bootloader. Once in the bootloader, use Volume Down to select “recovery” and press the Power button to select.
  4. [Optional] Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this rom. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, Select Backup again.
  5. Now, in the main recovery menu, select ”wipe data/factory reset”, then select “Yes” on the next screen. (This does not touch your SD card, so don’t worry).
  6. Now scroll to the option “Install zip from sdcard” and select it.
  7. Select “choose zip from sdcard”, then scroll to the file you transferred in Step 2 above and select it. Select “Yes — Install SplashICS_v0.2.zip” on the next screen to start installing the ROM.
  8. After the installation is finished, select “go back” and then “reboot system now” to reboot and boot up into ICS.
That’s it. The ROM is now installed on your phone, and you can enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich on your Wildfire. Visit the original development page to find out more about the ROM. Share your thoughts and problems in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help you out.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/hani.badreldine Hani Badr-El Dine

    Thanks for ur effort :)
    but SplashICS_v0.2.zip doesnot exist in ur link ? so what is the solution ? i searched it also on

    ” filecrop.com” it is also not found plz help me ?!

  • dsuhfqw;ldsk

    Will it work on htc wildfire s

  • sachin

    My htc wildfire a3333
    doesn’t work this rom…………………
    please help me……

  • Krunal

    Should upload some screenshots!

  • Pepijn

    only the camera doesnt work

  • Pepijn

    ITS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  • che wan

    can u show this step with the picture?

  • stepop

    Amazing instructions buddy! Now, I’m not a developer, but someone who realized limitations of Wildfire
    and made a very successful attempt to a) root the phone b) instal ICS.
    I have to say that it IS working OK in principle, BUT I’ve encountered numerous
    probs: camera not working, apps crashing all the time, most widgets wont
    fit on empty screen and alltogether veeeery sloooow… Obviously it seems a
    Ferrari engine in the Fiat, so I am slightly dissapointed :-( Can
    anyone help?

    • Luke

      I don’t want to be rude but you need to explore the internet more :P
      On XDA developer forums, there’s a unofficial CyanogenMod9 ICS rom for the HTC Wildfire that has the camera and everything else working down to a T!

      • Sameer

        Can you please provide the link?

  • kelvinogies

    Thanks! It works
    But the camera doesn’t work.. Do you know how to fix it?0Vote up0Vote down

    • Luke

      Yes.
      Go to XDA Developer forums, find the HTC Wildfire Buzz forums, development and check out the Unofficial CyanogenMod9 ICS rom for the wildfire

      • palash

        i checked it and when i clicked on link then it says it is removed. plz snd me link for downloading splashICS rom

  • shailesh

    i did everything fine but when i restarted my wildfire keeps animating on boot screen its not entering in home screen i did factory reset 2 times but didn’t solved

    • Shafi

      go to Clockworkmod recovery mode
      nd clear ur phone cashe….

  • raj

    not working

  • http://www.facebook.com/leandrolvrocha Leandro L V Rocha

    Thanks! I did it!

    But the camera doesn’t work.. Do you know how to fix it?

  • vQXDnqBdMG

    i tried this on my htc wildfire. all went gud, but wen i rebooted the device the ICS boot screen remains idle, the coloured animation alone coming. its not entering in to homescreen. can u kindly give me a solution for this

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Well, try this. Reboot to recovery mode and do a factory reset. The reboot the phone. This should fix it. Btw, the ICS rom file flashed fine, right?

    • shailesh

      I am on the same issue did u solved the problem

  • Jak

    saved it in wrong place!

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