I built an early version of ClockworkMod Recovery for the Huawei U8185, but it was ugly and not very user friendly. Now I’ve finally gotten around to making a more functional version, which has the “Go back” menu item as well as a more-appropriate font size for our low-resolution display.
At the time of writing there are binaries available at the following locations:
Put your phone in bootloader mode (yank battery, then start your phone while holding Volume Down for ~5 seconds). Connect your phone to the computer with USB and flash with
fastboot flash recovery clockworkmod_126.96.36.199_u8185.img
Boot into recovery
If you want to boot into recovery mode you can do it at boot, by holding Volume Up for ~5 seconds as you power the device on (make sure you’ve removed the battery first), or you can simply reboot directly to recovery mode using
adb reboot recovery
The source code for ClockworkMod Recovery is open source as part of the CyanogenMod source tree. This recovery was built using a custom device tree I wrote for CyanogenMod 9; you can find the source code here: github.com/alanorth/android_device_huawei_u8185