Less than a day after HTC released the latest source code for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, we saw the initial release of a custom kernel by developer thicklizard named the Arc-Reactor.
Today, the second release came out, and after running it for most of the day, I’ve got to say it’s a pretty good kernel from what I’ve benchmarked, tested, and used.
First off, it seems to play extremely nicely with overclocking on my EVO 4G LTE, while other kernels have not in the past. And even though it’s not as high on the bench mark scores as other overclocked kernels, it boots quickly and hasn’t locked up or crashed on me, no matter whatever I’ve thrown at it today.
The Arc-Reactor kernel requires an S-OFF phone since an S-ON installer is not available, and assuming that the Aroma installer is any indication, things such as Flash Image GUI probably won’t work. It also has a few options in the Aroma installer that allow you to select whether you want it overclockable, or features such as slide/sweep-to-wake.
The Aroma installer, at least on release 0.2, seems to only function with the volume keys to highlight, and the home button to select. That’s not much of an issue, but if you’re not familiar with the older Amon-Ra/ClockworkMod style of recovery selection from the olden days, you might be thrown a bit.
Clocking ranges appear to go from 192MHz-2.1GHz, although I can’t seem to get the 192 low end to stick while I’m playing with it (it keeps going to 384 when I look back). The top end always seems to stick, though, and it does extremely well on my phone approaching 2GHz. Over that it seems to slow down and get jittery, but nearly 2GHz is better than what I usually am able to get.
It still needs a few things according to the author’s to-do list, but it runs cool, smooth, and adds the slide waking option I love the most. I didn’t manage to lock the kernel up, no matter what I threw at it today in terms of overclocking, governor changes, etc., and that’s pretty impressive to me.
If you’re S-OFF, make sure to make a nandroid backup of your current ROM, and then go ahead and flash this thing. It’s pretty neat.