Dirty Unicorns 4.4.2 for the HTC EVO 4G LTEAndroid Alex of Team D.I.R.T. is at it again with a test build of the soon-to-be-released Android 4.4.2 version of Dirty Unicorns. So if you’ve been itching to try KitKat, the time is now.

First off, since we usually get asked a million times, “does this that or the other work,” here’s what doesn’t work properly after testing since last week: The camera button doesn’t spawn the camera app; however, it does work to take a picture. The device is sometimes extremely sluggish in waking up – the screen will be off, but the device will respond as though it’s on. I’ve seen that before in 4.2 ROMs.

I have so far used this with Bluetooth with no issues, used NFC to pair a device, taken pictures, connected to LTE, used Google Maps/Navigation to get to a destination, played a game that required tilt controls, enabled Halo functionality, connected to WiFi, used the built in WiFi hotspot to tether an iPad, and installed Focal to verify that the front-facing camera works, as the default camera app doesn’t seem to have that built in.

In other words, it’s pretty complete. I want the camera app spawn back, and I think the wakeup issue is kernel related, so as soon as I can get my hands on a 4.4.2 replacement kernel, I’ll try that out – but even like this, it’s a flippin’ sweet ROM.

A quick rundown of some of the features includes:

  • Paranoid Android’s Halo
  • Dirty Unicorns tweaks app
  • ActiveDisplay
  • Gesture Anywhere
  • OmniSwitch
  • DU wallpaper downloader
  • Init.d tweak chooser
  • Build.prop mod manager

And many many more.

There currently isn’t an official support thread for the test builds, but you can join the Google+ group and get help should you need it. You can find download links at the link below.

Dirty Unicorns 4.4.2 screenshotDirty Unicorns 4.4.2 screenshot

One of the things you’ll figure out quickly with this ROM is that while it benchmarks pretty abysmally, it flies in responsiveness. On AnTuTu and Quadrant Standard, I’m seeing about a 30% decrease in scores, but I’d swear I was running nearly 50% faster. This is why we don’t go exclusively by benchmarks.

Random thing to try if you’re trying this for wakeup issues: changing the governor from Interactive to Ondemand seems to have cleared up the thing, but I haven’t tried it for an extended period, and I’ve gone a couple of hours in the past without it locking the screen down. Nope.

Anyway, it’s a great ROM and seems to be getting better with every build. If you find any bugs I missed, let us know.

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