HTC People replacement options?
I just moved from an LG Optimus S to EVO. Very happy with the Evo, with the exception of all the HTC Stuff, like the HTC People for contacts. The LG contacts was really well integrated with my google gmail contacts.
Is there a way to get the same kind of contact manager on my EVO? It there a contact manager that's better integrated than the HTC People one?
Better integrated means, contact groups are sync'ed no ALL, and doesn't add a bunch of note text to my contacts.
OK.... let's try it this way...
Is there a way to get the "Contacts" app off the LG Optimus and put it on the EVO.
How do I ________ with HTC people.
1. Sync only relevant contacts?
2. Sort contacts by last name?
3. Hide rarely used contacts?
Is HTC trying to replace my Google experience with their own? Really? If that's what it comes down to, I am seriously thinking of returning the EVO and getting another LG phone. 4G and processor speed and all are great.... but not if I can't get the info I need when I need it.
There must be something I am not seeing, or doing correctly.
- 04-19-2011, 07:20 AM #3
1. Not completely sure what you mean by "relevant" contacts. Contacts with a phone #? Exclude Facebook contacts? For those two, yes it can. From the contacts app, select menu then you should have options for hiding contacts w/o a phone # and only showing Google contacts.
2. I believe you can sort by last name. Just dig around in the settings for the app. I would verify this myself, but I have just switched over to the CM7 ROM and don't have any HTC apps on my EVO.
3. I'm pretty sure you can't hide rarely used contacts, but you might find convenience in setting up your regularly used contacts as Favorites to allow for quicker selection.
- 04-19-2011, 07:51 AM #4
OK, so I broke down and restored my Sense based ROM with the People app.
If you are in the People app, you can use Menu > View to get rid of Facebook and other groups.
As for the other questions, I guess I took it for granted that it could do it. You may be able to install the stock contacts app and use that instead. I am attaching the files below.
(These were extracted from the CM6.1.2 ROM)
Thank You! That is exactly what I am looking for....
However, how do I get those on my phone?
Are you suggesting that I should be thinking about installing something like CM7? I have not done anything like rooting before, but am interested in getting all the junk off the phone.
This might help explain things. I really like google, gmail, I am not too happy with the Sense integration with Google, since it seems to "include" gmail & contacts along with exchange and imap and...
- 04-19-2011, 09:32 PM #6
Back to your immediate question at hand. I found an app on the market that you can use to replace your contacts and dialer that does seem to have a much nicer way to handle contacts and groups.
on the Android Market.
To root or not to root....
You have helped to convince me of something that I already thought I should do. I looked at sideloading, can not make it work with the HTC lock down, I suppose.
Leaves me looking into CM7 or earlier. I am running 2.2
Thanks again for your help.
- 04-20-2011, 08:09 PM #8
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- 04-20-2011, 08:11 PM #9
Personally, I like what Sense offers, so I may try AOSP ROMs like CM6.1.2 (previous stable) and CM7 (current stable) but I usually come back to Sense in the form of Calkulin's EVio 2 ROM. I would suggest finding the web pages for the ROMs that you are considering because they usually have screenshots and information on the ROM and its capabilities.
I tried CM7 and liked it, it was fast and clean and kept the functionality of the phone (4G, front camera). I also used Full HDMI and was able to get HDMI output to my TV with sound. Although, even with the recommended Kernel for Full HDMI, it was still a bit choppy playing videos through HDMI.
Did you try out that app that I linked to in my previous post or have you decided to root and be done with Sense?
- 04-20-2011, 08:19 PM #10
The benefit of doing a step by step rooting is that if you run into a problem at one of the steps, there is usually a way out or at least a way to get back to a stock setup. Because Unrevoked is automated, if it fails, you have to try to figure out at what step it failed to try to recover it.
- 04-20-2011, 11:48 PM #11
I rooted by pushing files with adb with no issues. Just follow directions perfectly. I then tried a couple of sense based roms. While they were better than stock, they were not for me. Currently running CM7 and its the best one I have used to date. Very customizable and screaming fast.
I use my phone for communications mostly: phone, email, texting, web brwsing. All the extras are nice when traveling, but I rarely use them otherwise.
I have been doing a lot of digging and reading the last couple of days. Have pretty much settled on CM7.
To clarify, I am basing my decision on a couple of things. First, it seems that pretty much all here helping are very familiar with CM7, others are hit and miss. In short, a larger pool for help.
Second, I am looking to get rid of a bunch of bloat (IMO)... as such, running CM7 and GAPPS fills most of the needs right off. I an interface that I can both capable and comfortable with.
Lastly, since this is a brand new phone, with VERY little personal data and apps transfer over yet, now would seem like the best possible time to start. Without having to worry about the success of data backups or data loss.
So, is my reasoning sound?
- 04-21-2011, 08:12 PM #14
yup sounds like cm7 is what you want.
I personally like the way sense is so im running myns warm two point two. its not as fast as cm7 but almost.
One thing to be aware is when you go to root drivers play a big part of it. I had the hardest time doing it the right way because of drivers and the phone not being recognized etc. I finally got unrevoked to work for me....after i found the correct drivers to use with it.
- 04-21-2011, 08:32 PM #15
- 04-23-2011, 12:26 PM #17
In the rooting procedure that is a sticky in the rooting section of the EVO forum, it links to the HTC general Android sync download:
This is said to work with 64 bit versions of Windows as well, so you should be good to go.
Just follow this procedure and you will be rooted in no-time.
Well.... rooted CM7 installed.... almost by accident, well it seemed that easy. Completely thrilled with the results. This the phone I had hoped for.
My only issue I'm seeing at this point is Facebook seems to be having a little problem. I think that may work out with the next update from Facebook. I think the OS might have got ahead of the app in the case.
I can not thank all of you enough for the encouragement and assistance!
- 04-23-2011, 05:48 PM #19
- 04-23-2011, 06:38 PM #20
If I went to the main screen and selected any of the other options, it would force close.
UBDg, I'm glad that the rooting went smooth for you.