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A closer look at the HTC Fuze ROM update

 

The on-again, off-again ROM Update for the AT&T Fuze seems to have stabilized with fewer "Oh No! 404" errors popping up when you go to it's download link (opens in new tab). Having had success at downloading the update and avoiding the dreaded error messages, we have installed the update on the Fuze and while the new update started a little rocky, things settled down and liked what we have found.

We promise no "404" errors are present after the break, only our observations on the updated ROM.

Some time ago, we reported on a leaked AT&T Test ROM and liked what the engineers had done. The "official" version of the Fuze ROM isn't much different than the leaked "Test" version. You don't have the "Test ROM" text on the start up screen but the overall speed seems to have gotten zippier.

Installation

Installation of the updated ROM is simple, and HTC did a good job of laying out the instructions not only on the download screen but in the installation wizard as well. You enter your Fuze's serial number, choose the file most suitable for your device (hint: HTC FUZE ROM Update) and then the download location closest to you. Click the "Download" button and the 146mb file download begins.

From there all you do is double-click on the executable file and follow the installation wizards' directions. Remember this update will wipe your Fuze clean so it is important that you BACK UP your data before proceeding and remove the expansion card from the phone. The entire process, minus the download time, took just over ten minutes.  The initial start-up seemed to take a little longer than when I flashed the Test ROM so be patient.

After the installation was complete, the Fuze did seem to be a little sluggish. My initial screen calibration was slightly off center (easily fixed through re-calibration) but other than that, the initial setup went smoothly. After a minute or so of using the Fuze it began to zip along nicely.

What's New?

According to HTC the update has the following changes/additions:

  • Microsofts Windows Mobile Adaptation Kit Update (AKU) 1.4.6
  • Slide to Answer
  • Push To Talk Button is now re-assignable
  • FM Radio Application
  • Enhanced MS Voice Command
  • Call waiting indicator is now audible when using Speakerphone
  • HTC Music player supports Album art/info I
  • mproved TouchFlo3D (TF3D) and User Interface performance
  • A-GPS Update: Speeds up the time it takes the GPS to get a fix on your location

All in all the changes to the "official" ROM aren't very different from the "leaked" version. There's a new radio version included with the update and GPS performance might be the biggest improved. I was able to get a GPS fix under a minute through Google Maps with the updated ROM.

I liked the Slide to Answer feature but wished HTC would have added a Slide to Unlock feature as well. One footnote on the Slide to Answer is that if your using S2U2 you will need to disable it's slide to answer feature or it will conflict with the updated ROM.

In addition to the changes HTC listed, you also get an updated version of Opera that was leaked over at Fuze Mobility some time ago. You also get the customary AT&T bloatware.

Dealing with the Bloat

Some have asked if there is any way you can eliminate the bloat and while we've posted on this before, it may not be a bad idea to rehash the bloatware exorcism that will free up a bit of memory.

When you update the ROM, your Fuze will basically go through a hard reset.  Wait for the "tap here to customize" screen and let the Fuze go through the first round of software installation.

Go through the screen calibration and skip or go through the tutorials and password settings.

The Today Screen will appear and you'll then see a dialogue box that says, "Tap to install customization". The second you tap "OK" you must IMMEDIATELY hit the reset button and perform a soft reset. The soft reset will preempt the bloatware installation.

There are a few .cab files you'll need to install after the soft reset is complete. Go to your File Explorer and run the following files from the Windows Directory.

  • PT_Manila_Reg.cab
  • MSFT_Security.cab
  • Opera_PPC_HTC_Opera9_WWE.cab

This will get your Touchflo 3D, Microsoft's security and the Opera Browser installed. If you don't want TouchFlo 3D or Opera installed, skip those two files but install the security file.

Overall Impression

Several have asked if they are happy with the Test ROM, should they take the risk with the "official" update. Why go through the headaches of a hard reset if theres' not that much of a change. The features on the updated ROM are the same features on the Test ROM. However, the performance of the Test ROM was an improvement over the original ROM and the "official" ROM an improvement over the Test ROM. That's the way it's supposed to work, right?

While the download site hasn't been user friendly, the updated ROM definitely improves the Fuze's performance. From improved GPS performance to being able to map the PTT button to a more responsive touch screen, my experience was that the updated ROM was definitely worth the download time.

Whether or not you should update from the Test ROM is your call but I'm not regretting installing the "official" version at all. If you're running the original ROM on the Fuze, the updated ROM's enhanced performances should be a welcomed sight and well worth the hard reset. 

To start the download, simply visit HTC's Support Page here (opens in new tab).

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20 Comments
  • i wouldn't really call this a 'closer' look at the htc fuze rom update. it was kind of rehashing what has been said before.
  • Is it worth it to install this update rather than either a leaked winmo 6.5, or waiting for an official 6.5 update? (will there be one?)
  • I haven't tried any of the leaked WM 6.5 updates but have talked to those who have been very pleased with it. One of these days I'll find a version that's tempting enough to give it a try. The updated ROM is definitely worth upgrading to if you're using the original ROM. If your running the Test ROM or a cooked WM 6.5, then it's truly a coin toss. If you're happy with the Test or WM 6.5 then you can make a strong argument to stick with what you have. I don't think either would be a bad choice.
  • But does it fix VoiceCommand? VC has been unable to announce incoming calls on all platforms of the TP. Sprint claims to have a fix in the works. AT&T is the first to come out with a new update. So does it work or not?
  • I have flashed this new rom and skipped installing manila and opera, but did run the MSFT_Security.cab. Calls, data, GPS all is working great except I can not send/receive text msgs. I put my SIM in my Tilt and everything works fine. Any ideas? Thanks.
  • I have the same problem as you. I can't send text message. Did you find a solution yet?
    Thanks
  • Same problem here. Everything works great, except not receiving text messages that I know were sent, and nobody receives the ones I send (though no error messages on my side. Would greatly appreciate a clue as to how to start troubleshooting this. Thanks.
  • I also can't send text messages since I did this upgrade, anyone have a fix?
  • my only quibble thus far w/the new ROM is that the device no longer recognizes any of my personal ringtones... and not all of them were large files(+300 kb), either. fix: i downloaded "noringtonelimit.cab"(search for it) & now all is well. --j.
  • When I flashed the new ROM (exactly per HTC's instructions), it did not load TouchFlo. The files are there and I can activate them manually through File Explorer...but there is no listing for it in my "Today Settings". I've re-flashed multiple times and still no dice. Anyone else having this problem? Any ideas why this happened? If it helps, I upgraded from the Test ROM.
  • I'm a NOOB, so please bare with me. I installed this new ROM last week, and ever since I haven't been able to access the internet via Media Net (wi-fi is fine). I can't changed Media Net settings because it says it's pre-configured. I called ATT & was basically told that because I bypassed the bloat, that's probably the reason why I can't access the internet. Is this true, & is there some sort of workaround?
  • Best guess I got is you don't have the internet settings configured so go to ATT site and get the settings. I recall something like Cingular1 is the password and wap@cingulargprs is the user name. If you got that set already I have no idea why you can't access media net.
  • I downloaded the new ROM about a week ago and it's working pretty well. Like, it speeds up the performance and stuff. BUT since I downloaded the new ROM, I constantly have this weird text bug where it marks my SENT message as unread. I can no longer highlight multiple texts, or e-mails through touch, and I constantly get an error about device.exe and something will stop working (e-mails, text messages or calls). I asked HTC and they told me to reflash, which I am doing now. Anybody else having these problems?
  • I am having the same issue with highlighting multiple texts or emails... it will not allow it. Anyone???
  • Same problem. Please help!
  • Selecting multiple e-mail messages via sliding over them with the touch screen has been removed. You now have a menu option to select multiple message by tapping on them one-at-a-time. Unfortunately this fact was not in the release notes and it's a feature we use at our company a lot. They should have kept the option, but turned it off by default. That would have been the nice thing to do, but after all this is AT&T.
  • I installed the ROM upgrade and unfortunately the fuze is as horrifically slow as it was before I removed the bloatware on the original ROM, so I really want to remove the bloatware with the new ROM. The hard reset etc all work as before... However, every time I reach the point where I need to reinstall the .cab files, when I get to the Windows folder, the phone automatically re-installs all the AT&T junk. Any suggestions??
  • I also can't send text messages since I did this upgrade, anyone have a fix?
  • Fixed txt sending prob on mine anyhow... http://www.mobilitydigest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13417#post13417
  • Question:
    I know that the SD card has to be removed during the ROM update process. Does the SIM card have to be removed?