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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.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the European Galaxy S handsets, during the middle of this month. The Gingerbread roll-out is not even complete all over the world, and the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the handset has leaked.

The folks over at SamFirmware.com have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware (XXJVP) for the Samsung Galaxy S, which carries a June 3 build date. The Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus S brought video calling via Google Talk, and better battery consumption along with some bug fixes.

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Sadly, the leaked Android 2.3.4 Galaxy S firmware does not include the latest Google Talk version, which means video chatting via the front cam is a no-go. The update also fixes the high battery drain caused by the Android System process in Android 2.3.3.

However, SGS owners who flashed the firmware on their handset report that the phone’s performance is blazing fast now. The phone averages around 1800 points in the Quadrant benchmark on the leaked firmware.

Hopefully, Samsung will officially release the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Galaxy S soon, with the latest version of Google Talk with video chat support.

Samsung Galaxy S Series Gets Official CyanogenMod Support

The Samsung Galaxy S branded devices were among the most popular Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S had a powerful hardware, a brilliant screen, and most importantly a relatively easy to unlock boot loader.

Even though the phone was pretty open’, the sources released by Samsung were very poor. This severely limited the modding capabilities of the Galaxy S. Nearly all the custom ROMs for the Galaxy S were based on stock Samsung ROMs, and hardly offered any new feature except for speed improvements. Sadly, this meant no AOSP ROMs for the Galaxy S series were available until now.

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There were a few developers who were working on porting CyanogenMod 7 f0r the Galaxy S. They did release quite a few builds, but until now this port was not officially supported by the CM team. However, now CM7 for the Galaxy S handsets has been merged with the main CM mainline, which means it will be getting official support from the CM team. This is all due to the hard work of the developers atinm, codeworkx, dumdidum, unhelpful, and coolya.

Currently, CM7 for Galaxy S, Vibrant and the Captivate are in nightly’ status. I have been using the nightly for quite some time on my Galaxy S now, and I must say that the build is stable enough for daily use. There are no major bugs, except that switching between 2G and 3G mode with the data connection will put the phone in a boot loop. The nightly status also means ROM updates will come out every night.

Another major advantage is that Galaxy S owners can now easily install CM7 on their rooted Galaxy S using ROM Manager.

Samsung Announces Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Galaxy Branded Handsets

Samsung has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Galaxy branded Android handsets.

The Galaxy branded Android handsets include Galaxy S, Ace, Fit, Mini, Gio, Galaxy Tab and some Galaxy branded handsets meant for Korea.

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Here is a small change-log of the update :

· Faster Performance Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

Galaxy S users in the U.K and Nordic Countries will get the update by mid-May. The update will then be gradually rolled out to European, North America and Asian countries. Other Galaxy branded handsets will also taste Gingerbread in the Nordic countries by the end of this month.

Samsung did release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in the middle of last month. But, later on the update was pulled back by the company for some unknown reasons.

Samsung Galaxy S II Pre-Orders Reach 3 Million Units By Carriers

It was only a few days ago that Samsung released the highly anticipated Galaxy S II in some regions of the world. In most regions of the world, the phone is currently up for pre-order, and will be released to the general public by this month’s end.

Today, Samsung announced that mobile carriers all over the world have pre-ordered more than 3 million units of the Galaxy S II. Please note that the pre-order is done by mobile carriers, and not the consumers. However, I am pretty sure that the operators won’t have any problem in selling these pre-booked units.

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It was just a few days ago, that Samsung had managed to ship more than 120,000 units of the Galaxy S II in Korea,   in less than 3 days.

The Samsung Galaxy S was among the most popular Android phones of last year, and sold in excess of 10 million units. Its successor, the Galaxy S II has already been getting ravishing reviews all over the Internet, and is expected to sell more than 15 million units. The Galaxy S II will be released in more regions of the world by the end of this month, or early June.

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TouchWIZ 4.0 Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on-board and TouchWIZ 3.0. Samsung spiced up TouchWIZ with some colorful icons, with the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S.

At MWC 2011, Samsung announced the Galaxy S successor the Galaxy S II, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of TouchWIZ (v4.0) running on top of it. TouchWIZ in its latest version features some new icons, and some new nifty features.

Now, one developer over the Galaxy S modding scene fear2142 – has managed to port TouchWIZ 4.0 to the Galaxy S, thanks to a Galaxy S II system dump.

Below is a video of TouchWIZ 4.0 in action on the Galaxy S –

The mod will work on the Galaxy S XXJVB ROM de-odexed ROM. The mod also works on Galaxy S Custom ROMs based on the XXJVB firmware. The TouchWIZ 4.0 launcher does have some stability issues though.

Interested Galaxy S users should head over to this thread, for more information on how to install TouchWIZ 4.0.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

Samsung is quite popular for poor software support of their Android smartphones. The company only committed to releasing the Android OS updates for the Galaxy S handsets, and never mentioned anything about other Galaxy branded handsets.

The company did release the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy 3, but has kept mum on the Galaxy S L and the Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

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However, it looks like the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread love from Samsung. The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on a leaked Gingerbread firmware for the Ace.

Users who flashed this firmware on their handset did report some performance and stability issues. The leaked ROM has quite a few bugs as well. Other than this, the ROM features some updated items and the new goodies brought about by the Android OS update.

This leak does confirm that the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread update from Samsung. Hopefully, Sammy will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread RM for the Galaxy S L. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see Samsung releasing Android OS updates for a mid-range phone.

Interested Galaxy Ace owners can head over to SamFirmware.com and download the leaked Gingerbread firmware for their handset.

Samsung Fascinate Android 2.2 Froyo Update To Roll Out From Tomorrow!

There has already been a huge controversy surrounding the Galaxy S series of handsets Android 2.2 update in the United States.

Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S back in September (2010). However, it was only in the 2nd month of 2011 that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for some of the Galaxy S handsets in the United States.

These handsets included the Sprint’s Epic 4G, AT&T’s Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant. Now, Verizon has also decided to release the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S handset the Fascinate.

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The update to Android 2.2 will bring with it some welcome features including support for Flash 10.2. The general system performance and the web browser performance have also been improved significantly.

Samsung and Verizon have also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the handset, in the form of V Cast Apps and the Samsung Media Hub. The update also aims at fixing tons of bugs. The whole change-log can be found here.

For Fascinate owners, who are cursing Samsung for the delay in the update Please blame Verizon! Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in Europe. Whereas, it is still unconfirmed whether the Galaxy S handsets in the United States will get the Gingerbread love or not.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Pulled Back By Vodafone U.K!

It was just a few days ago that Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S handsets in some regions of Europe. The company even released the Gingerbread source code, soon after.

Vodafone U.K. also started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S handsets just a couple of days ago. However, reports are flying in that Vodafone has now pulled back the Gingerbread update.

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The reason cited by Vodafone for the update being pulled back is that the update has been suspended by Google. However, one of the most popular developers over at Galaxy S modding scene – supercurio – states something else.

He states that the update was pulled back because the Gingerbread update released by Vodafone U.K.was not the final build. The update was not supposed to be released by Vodafone U.K., but the carrier still pulled the plug and released the update.

Hopefully, Vodafone U.K. will get its act together and soon release the final build of Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K.

Readers should not blame Samsung for this update being pulled back. The main culprit is Vodafone U.K, who released the update without any confirmation from Sammy.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android handsets last year. Samsung managed to ship a whopping 10 million Galaxy S in less than 7 months of its release.

However, the phone has had its share of controversies including a non-functional GPS, and the Android 2.2 delay especially in the United States. However, now it looks like Samsung is really working hard to on improving its image by keeping its loyal customers happy.

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The folks over at XDA forums are reporting that Samsung has started rolling out the official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S. The firmware number is XWJVB, and has a build date of April 8th.

As of now, the update is being rolled out only to Galaxy S handsets with the NEE product code i.e. Galaxy S owners in the Nordic countries. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update the firmware of their handset.

Alternatively, they can download the firmware file from here and flash it via ODIN, by themselves. The firmware has already been rooted, and a lag fix is already in progress for it.

This makes Samsung the first manufacturer to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its handset, before other big guns like HTC and Motorola. Kudos to Samsung for this!