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HTC Bootloader Tool Updated To Add Support For Desire Z/G2, Incredible and More!

HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. First, the company started releasing phones with a locked down bootloader, which led to the company receiving heavy criticism and making an impact on its sales. Secondly, HTC literally spammed the market with Android phones that were hardly different from each other, and all of them failed to make a significant impact – sales wise.

Thankfully, HTC has realized their mistake and will be releasing fewer Android phones this year. For the first problem, HTC released a web-based bootloader-unlocking tool last year, which allows developers or advanced users to unlock the bootloader on their handset. Still, the official tool from HTC only supported a handful of their latest handsets, which was quite a major issue.

However, HTC has been updating their bootloader unlocking tool for the last couple of months and have added support for quite a few handsets including the Droid Incredible 2, Rezound and Flyer. Today, the company has again updated the bootloader-unlocking tool to add support for some of its older handsets that includes the original Droid Incredible, Desire Z, ChaCha, and the T-Mobile G2.

While an unlocked bootloader on these old handsets might not help the developers or modding community much, it is still good to see HTC adding support for older handsets.

Mugen Batteries Review For The Samsung Galaxy S And HTC Desire Z

Poor Battery life is one of the major issues with most of the Android phones out there. Previously, I wrote about an app called Juice Defender which helps in increasing the battery life of Android phones. However, tweaks and apps alone cannot make up for low capacity batteries in Android phones, especially from HTC.

Under heavy usage most of the Android phones will hardly last a day. Due to this, many hardcore Android handset owners buy a third party higher battery for their handset. These third party batteries come in two flavors one without an extended back cover and another one with a back cover, which usually adds a couple of inches thickness to the phone.

Mugen Battery is one popular third party high capacity battery manufacturer. The company has high capacity batteries available for nearly all Android, WP7 and Symbian handsets.

Recently, I got trial units of Mugen battery for the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire Z.

For the Samsung Galaxy S, Mugen offers two batteries one with a 1650mAh capacity, and another one with a whopping 3200mAh capacity and an extended back cover. Similarly, for the Desire Z, Mugen offers an 1800mAh battery along with a 3600mAh battery and an extended back door.

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First up, the review of both the Mugen batteries available for the Samsung Galaxy S.

The 1650mAh battery from Mugen only has a slightly higher capacity from the OEM Galaxy S battery. I tried the battery with several different ROMs including CM7 and the stock ROM, and managed to squeeze out couple of hours worth of extra battery life compared to the stock/OEM battery. With the stock 1500mAh battery from Samsung, I get around 11 hours of battery life on 3G without Juice Defender.

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The second 3200mAh battery from Mugen for the Galaxy S is the real show-stopper though. The extended back cover with the 3200mAh battery does make the Galaxy S noticeably thick, and heavy. However, the build quality and texture of the Mugen back cover is also better than the stock back cover from Samsung. It also helps in improving the grip on the SGS.

With this battery, I managed to get more than 2 days of continuous usage or heavy usage. With more than 4 hours of voice calls, a couple of hours of Tank Hero and Tilt Arena, and an hour of browsing on 3G, the battery lasted me 2 days 10 hours before dying.

The 1650mAh battery is a great buy for anyone who is looking for a spare or a replacement battery for his Galaxy S, without increasing the bulk of the phone.The 3200mAh battery is an easy recommendation to any Galaxy S owner who travels frequently, and is rarely around a power source.

Now, here is the review of the Mugen batteries for the HTC Desire Z.

The 1800mAh battery for the Desire Z from Mugen is a pretty big improvement over the stock 1300mAh battery, capacity wise. With the stock battery, the Desire Z lasts me around 14 hours on 3G with some heavy gaming and tweeting with 1 Gmail, Facebook and Twitter account syncing in the background. With the 1800mAh battery from Mugen, I was able to squeeze around 21 hours of battery life on more or less the same usage as stated before.

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An increase in battery life by a whopping 7 hours, without replacing the battery cover is a huge improvement. I wonder if Mugen can fit in an 1800mAh battery, why does HTC ship a measly 1300mAh battery with the Desire Z.

The 3600mAh battery along with the extended back cover, when installed gives the Desire Z a very weird look. Unlike, the Galaxy S, the extended back cover on the Desire Z only covers a part of the handset. This is not a fault of the Mugen though. The Desire Z was never made with an extra-thick battery door in mind. The Mugen battery door is made up of plastic, unlike the original metal back plate found on the Z.

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Now, like its lesser capacity sibling, this 3600mAh battery packs some serious punch. The Desire Z lasted a staggering 3 days and 5 hours, with still 10% of charge left. I used the phone for around 6+ hours of music via earphones, nearly an hour of Internet browsing on a mix of 3G and Wi-Fi, lots of tweeting with 1 Gmail, Facebook and Twitter account syncing in the background.

Readers should keep in mind that battery life will vary depending on their usage, but even then they can easily squeeze out more than 40+ hours of battery life from the 3600mAh battery.

I can easily recommend both the Mugen batteries 1800mAh and 3600mAh for the Desire Z. The former costs $44.95, while the latter costs a whopping $96.95.

At the end of this review, I can easily say that Mugen Battery is the best third party battery available for your precious phone. Not only do they increase the battery life substantially, they are also available in different sizes according to a users need.

T-Mobile G2 Final Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Late last month, we reported that T-Mobile G2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has leaked on the Internet. However, the update which leaked was not the final version, but a test or beta version.

Now, a developer over at the XDA forums – Football – has managed to get his hands on the final version of the Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2. He has already uploaded the ROM for other G2 owners to download. Here is the link to the thread.

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T-Mobile G2 owners who flashed this ROM on their handset reported that not much has changed compared to the previous leak. T-Mobile has largely left Gingerbread in its stock form, except for installing some applications like Wi-Fi calling etc. Sadly, the screen-off animation, as found on the Nexus S, is not present.

G2 owners who have rooted their phone should not flash this ROM. If they do so, they will loose root access to the system partitions. A rooted, zip aligned version of the ROM is also up for download over at XDA forums by xboarder56

The ROM will also work flawlessly on the European counterpart of the T-Mobile G2, the HTC Desire Z.

HTC Desire HD And Desire Z Get A Fully Functional Sense 3.0 ROM

Last month, HTC announced its next super phone’ the HTC Sensation. Along with cutting edge hardware, the handset also features the latest version of Sense (v3.0). In its latest version, Sense 3.0 features a new lock screen, and some stellar animations.

When the HTC Sensation and the Doubleshot ROM leaked on the Internet, the Desire HD and Desire Z tried porting it over to the respected handsets. However, due to difference in resolutions and hardware, most of the stuff was broken in these ROM.

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Now, two very talented developers from the Desire Z and the Desire HD modding scene rmk40 and capychimp have released a fully working Sense 3.0 ROM for Desire HD/Z. The ROM has been named as Virtuous Fusion ROM, and also supports the Inspire 4G and the T-Mobile G2. The ROM is based on the leaked HTC Kingdom RUU.

Compared to any other Sense 3.0 ROMs, this ROM has very minor issues. There are some graphics glitches in some screen, and the default Sense launcher does not work in landscape mode. Hopefully, these issues will soon be resolved by the developers!

Interested Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Desire Z and T-Mobile G2 owners should head over to this thread over at XDA, for more information.

HTC Desire HD And Incredible S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for two of their handsets – the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

The company has kept its promise of rolling out the Android 2.3 update within the first few weeks of its release for the Incredible S, and in early Q2 for the Desire HD.

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The software update for the Desire HD carries the version number 2.36.405.5, while the Incredible S software update has the version number 2.12.405.7. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for both the handsets sis being rolled out as an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Desire HD and Incredible S owners can manually check for the software update by going to Menu-> Settings-> About Phone and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.

The latest version of Android OS will bring with it a new keyboard, better copy-paste method, speed improvements and a new black theme. Sadly, the Gingerbread version being rolled out by HTC is Android 2.3.3. This means that Incredible S owners won’t be able to use the front-facing camera to make video calls via GTalk.

The Desire Z and the original Desire are the next in line to receive their Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 updates for these handsets are expected to be rolled out by early June.

T-Mobile G2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM Leaks

Last month, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM with Sense UI for the HTC Desire Z leaked.

Today, the folks over at XDA forums have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the T-Mobile G2.

The T-Mobile G2 and the HTC Desire Z are exactly the same phones, except that the former runs on stock Android while the latter has Sense UI on top of it.

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Users who have flashed this ROM on their handset, report that the performance and stability of this ROM is top-notch. Sadly, the ROM does not feature the screen-off animation, which Android 2.3 Gingerbread brings.

The leaked ROM works perfectly, which suggests that the T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread update is around the corner. Another HTC Vision’ developer rmk40 has already uploaded a de-odexed and rooted version of the ROM.

Interested T-Mobile G2 owners can head over to this thread to download and install the leaked ROM on their handset. The ROM will also work flawlessly on the HTC Desire Z.

HTC ‘Doubleshot’ ROM With Sense 3.0 UI Ported To HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2

A week ago, we had reported that the HTC Desire Z has got a taste of the Sense 3.0 UI, thanks to the leaked HTC Sensation ROM. However, the Sensation ROM port had many issues due to the difference in resolution (WVGA vs. qHD).

A few days ago, rumors were flowing on the Internet that HTC is already working on the HTC Desire Z successor, with the codename Doubleshot’.

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Now, one popular developer over at the HTC Desire Z modding scene rmk40 has managed to get his hands on a leaked HTC Doubleshot ROM. He has even ported the ROM to the HTC Desire Z. Since, the Doubleshot’ will sport a WVGA screen, the ROM works without any graphical glitches on the Desire Z.

Early users report that most of the hardware is working on this ROM. However, some bloat ware apps are continuously force closing, which should be rectified pretty soon. The ROM will also work on the T-Mobile G2.

From the screenshots above, readers can easily understand why developers want to port Sense UI 3.0 to the HTC ‘Vision’. The Sense UI in its latest version looks gorgeous!

T-Mobile G2 and HTC Desire Z owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information about the ROM.

HTC Desire Z Gets Sense 3.0, Thanks To The Leaked HTC Sensation ROM

It was just a few days ago that the leaked HTC Sensation ROM was ported over to the Desire HD.

The HTC Sensation runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it. The Sense UI in its latest version packs a very nifty lock screen with widgets, and new animations.

Now, rmk40 a popular developer over at Desire Z modding community, has ported the Sensation ROM for the T-Mobile G2/Desire Z.

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The ROM is a highly experimental one and rmk40 recommends general users to stay away from it.

One of the major problems with the ROM is that most of the UI elements are not rendered properly. The reason behind this is the difference in the resolution of the devices. The Sensation has a qHD (960×640) resolution, while the Z/G2 has a WVGA (800×480) resolution screen.

At the moment, the developer has no intention to work and make this ROM fully-functional on the Z/G2. The Desire HD developers are also on the same boat.

If developers of any of the devices are able to solve this problem, the changes could be easily ported to the other handset. Intersted developers can download the ROM from here.

HTC Desire Z Official Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM Leaks!

HTC Desire Z owners can get a taste of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handsets, thanks to a RUU leak of the Gingerbread test ROM from HTC.

The leaked RUU is based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it. The leaked RUU also brings with it a new radio which improves signal reception and 4G’ download speeds, but at the expense of higher battery consumption.

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One of the developers rmk40 has already gone ahead and released a custom ROM based on this leaked RUU with root access and busybox installed.

Sadly, unlike the Nexus S which uses the ETX4 file system, the Desire Z Gingerbread ROM uses the EXT3 file system. Users who flashed this ROM also reported ultra-quick boot-up times and improved battery life.

T-Mobile G2 owners can also flash this leaked RUU on their phone, since the handset is similar to the Desire Z. HTC Desire Z or T-Mobile G2 owners can download and install the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU on their phone from here.

Life Without An Android Smartphone

Last July, I purchased my first ever Android phone the Galaxy S. Since then, I have shifted from one Android phone to another after every few months. My Android based smartphone had become a very integral part of my life. I need it for tweeting and checking mails on the move, trying out new apps etc.

I never thought how my life would be without my Android phone. Then one fine morning the microphone on my Desire Z stopped working. I had to give it to the service center for a replacement. HTC promised me that I will get a replacement phone within a week, but it was only after 15 days and tons of phone calls that I got a replacement phone.

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Nevertheless, when I gave my Desire Z to the service center, I was totally devastated! I had no idea how I was going to spend the upcoming days without my beloved Android handset. Since I did not have any spare Android handset with me, I had to use a Nokia 6681 for the time being. I had all my contacts backed up to Google Contacts, and the 6681 had no option of syncing with it. The only option I was left was with, was to save some important numbers in the phonebook of the handset.

For the next week, what I went through without my beloved Zee phone was nothing short of torture. More than the phone’ itself, I was missing apps like Remote For iTunes, TweetDeck, My Tracks, Google Maps and RunKeeper which I use on a day-to-day basis. The thing I missed the most? Push email and calendar entries reminder!

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The basic and the most important feature of a phone, the calling part, was something which I did not miss at all. The Nokia 6681 was as good as the Z in network reception and the call quality was above average as well. I do understand that the Nokia 6681 is a smartphone’ in its own right, and I could have simply pimped the phone to make my life a little less miserable.

However, after using phones with speedy 1 GHz processor and tons of RAM, the 6681 felt downright slow! I felt pity on the poor soul, and decided against pimping it for my needs.

All this just proves that with time we, the users, have started expecting much more from our smartphones, than just fulfilling our basic telephony and messaging needs. We need a small device in our hands that can help us find our way through unknown roads, let us know what our friends are having for breakfast, make our day-to-day life much better, and in the end help us to connect to our near and dear ones via phone calls and SMS’s.

HTC Desire Z Now Available In India

At the end of last month, we had reported that the popular online retailer Flipkart had listed the Desire Z for pre-orders. Now, the website has the Desire Z in stock from the last few days and the phone has hit the retail stores of cities all over India as well.

The HTC Desire Z packs a 3.7-inch S-LCD screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Z is powered by an 800Mhz Scorpion CPU along with 512MB of RAM and 1.5GB of ROM.

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The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and Flash, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 5MP snapper at the back of the phone is also capable of recording 720p HD videos.

An 8GB microSD card also comes pre-bundled with the phone. The Desire Z is powered by a 1300mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 with the popular HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone also has features integration with HTCSense.com and has some nifty features like flip-to-silent etc.

Interested users can buy the Desire Z either from Flipkart or from any other their local shops. I just got my hands on a Desire Z so readers can expect a review of the handset within a week from now.

HTC Desire Z And Desire HD Delayed

Most of the handsets launched by manufacturers are usually delayed before their launch. This time the manufacturer is HTC and the handsets are the Desire Z and the Desire HD. The Desire HD is the European version of the highly popular EVO 4G. The handset features a 4.3-inch S-LCD with a newer generation Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz and an Adreno 205 graphics core. HTC_Desire_HD_Desire_Z_Delay

The Desire Z is powered by the same Snapdragon processor, but running at 800 MHz. The handset packs in a 3.7-inch S-LCD and a pop-out’ QWERTY keyboard. Even the original Desire from HTC had failed this test before being approved.   Many people over at XDA-Developer forums and according to the leaked image (on your right) state that the reason for delay is that both the devices have failed Google’s Type Approval testing.

The launch of both the handsets has now been delayed until the end of October.

T-Mobile G2 Now Available in the US

The T-Mobile G2 is one of the best new Android smartphones. It became available for pre-orders just a week back, and now, according to reports, the T-Mobile G2 is already available on sale in certain regions.

According to TMONews, the T-Mobile G2 is already available at certain stores in the US, 3 days before the scheduled October 6 release date. It is available for $200 with contract.

It offers some really good hardware specifications: it has a physical QWERTY keypad and a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen S-LCD display. It comes with an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It runs the latest version of the Android OS – Android 2.2 Froyo. It also has a 5 MP camera.

It will be sold as the HTC Desire Z across the world, without any contract.

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T-Mobile G2: First Look

It seems like just yesterday when we told you about the new T-Mobile G2… oh wait, it was.

Anyway, the guys at Engadget have revealed shots of the T-Mobile G2; and it confirms our earlier suspicions — the T-Mobile G2 is the same as the HTC Vision or the HTC Desire Z, maybe with some changes.

You know what you can expect in the T-Mobile G2; it will have a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 1 GHz Snapdragon, 576 MB RAM and a slider QWERTY keyboard.

It will ship with Android 2.1 Eclair but will get the Android 2.2 upgrade. Other usual suspects like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS can also be expected.

The T-Mobile G2 will support HSPA+ connectivity and will be T-Mobile’s first 4G handset.

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HTC Desire Z Specifications Leaked

We have already seen the HTC Desire HD, which was leaked a few days back.

Today, details of yet another HTC device — the HTC Desire Z have also leaked out. The specifications of the HTC Desire Z were accidentally leaked out by Mobile.co.uk, an online retailer.

The HTC Desire Z (HTC Vision) will have a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and comes with a sliding QWERTY keypad.

It will ship with Android 2.1 and the HTC Sense UI, but will get an upgrade to Android 2.2. It will sport the usual — a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 576 MB RAM, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 32 GB microSD support and built in GPS.

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Mobile.co.uk also confirmed the specifications of the HTC Desire HD, which will be launched soon.

The HTC Desire HD will have a 4.3 inch display, 1 GHz Snapdragon, 512 MB RAM and an 8 MP camera with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo.