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HTC Rezound And Other Handsets Get S-OFF Thanks To ‘JuopunutBear’

Until 2010, HTC was the favorite Android device maker among the third party community. Then in 2011, HTC went insane and started locking down bootloaders on its handset. This not only led to a downfall of company’s handset sale, it also affected its popularity among third party developers.

Thanks to all the negative publicity, HTC gave in and released a bootloader unlock tool so that advanced users and developers could unlock tinker around with their phone. Sadly, this bootloader unlock was only a partial solution, since it did not S-OFF the device thus making development tough for the phone.

Now, thanks to a method called JuopunutBear from the Unlimited Team, owners of selected HTC handsets can easily get S-OFF on their handset. These handsets include the HTC Amaze, the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, Rezound, Sensation, Sensation XE and the Vivid. The method is a bit tricky though. Firstly, users need to unlock the bootloader of their handset and backup the contents of their phone’s SD card since it will be wiped clean during the process.

Secondly, and the most tricky part is that the process involves a “wire trick”, which can be quite overwhelming for newbies. The wire trick is different for each phone, but the folks at Unlimited Team have uploaded detailed video guides for each handset. Head over to their official website for more information and a proper step-by-step guide.

HTC Sensation Camera Mod Improves The Imaging Potential Of The Handset Tremendously!

The HTC Sensation was the Taiwanese handset maker’s best Android handset for quite a few months in 2011. When the Sensation was announced, it had everything to be termed as high-end, including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8MP camera which was also capable of recording 1080p videos and a 4.3-inch S-LCD with qHD (650×960) resolution.

Sadly, with time the HTC Sensation has not really aged well, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S II which is still one of the best Android smartphones to buy out there. For a high-end phone, the camera on the Sensation was a pretty big disappointment. HTC solved this problem by releasing a slightly updated version of the Sensation, the Sensation XE, which comes with a slightly bigger battery, a much-improved camera and a slightly faster processor.

Anyways, thanks to a mod from a XDA member, NODO-GT, original Sensation owners can now enjoy a much improved image quality and video recording from their handset. The HQ Camera for ICS mod will do away with jpeg compression in images, thus letting Sensation owners save images with 0 compression and very less visible noise. Other than this, the mod also allows users to record 1080p videos at 20Mbps, which brings a noticeable improvement in the video recording quality. The developer is also working on adding a 40Mbps bitrate mod for the 1080p and 720p video recording modes. Sensation owners should head over to this thread for more information about the mod.

As a Galaxy Nexus owner, I really hope the developer ports the mod to the GN as well. The 5MP camera on the Nexus can take some decent pictures in daylight conditions, but is nothing short of a disaster in low-light conditions. The video recording – 1080p@24fps – for a high-end handset is nothing short of a disappointment as well. The Galaxy Nexus easily has the power to record videos with higher bitrate, so it is only a matter of time before some developer unlocks that potential.

Via – Phandroid

 

HTC Sensation and Sensation XE Getting The Ice Cream Sandwich Update!

The Ice Cream Sandwich code went public sometime in December, and HTC and Samsung promised that they will be updating their 2011 flagship Android handsets to the latest version of Android before Q1 of 2012 ends. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II will be released on 15th March. Everyone thought that Samsung might be able to beat HTC in becoming the first Android handset manufacturer to update its flagship Android handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, if reports are to be believed, HTC has already started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation and Sensation XE owners in Germany and other Nordic countries. The OTA update brings Android 4.0.3 along with Sense 3.6 to the Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Sadly, Sensation owners won’t be able to enjoy any of the visual goodness brought about by Ice Cream Sandwich, because of Sense 3.6.

It is also quite surprising to see that HTC has not announced anything about the ICS update rolling out for Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Sensation owners can find more info about the update here. Alternatively, if you have root access and S-FF’d your Sensation, you can download and manually install the update by following these instructions.

HTC To Release ICS Update For Sensation Series Of Handsets At The End Of March

Back in December, HTC had issued an official statement that it will be releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its handsets. Today, the company has once again confirmed that it will be releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation series of handsets – the Sensation 4G, Sensation, Sensation XE, soon followed by the Sensation XL.

Below is the official statement from HTC -:

HTC has been working hard to get its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades ready, and we’re excited to announce that our first round of ICS upgrades will roll out by the end of March for the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL.

In addition, we can confirm Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will be coming later this year to the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. Stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.

The ICS update for Sensation series will be followed by updates for the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design, Incredible S, Desire S and the Desire HD.

It is definitely nice to see HTC updating their single-core handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, especially the Desire HD. The Desire HD was launched way back in Q3 of 2010, and packs a 1GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and 768MB of RAM.

When HTC had launched the Rezound, the company had promised that the handset will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update in early-2012. Now, the company will be updating the Rezound to Ice Cream Sandwich after updating the Sensation series of handsets, which will definitely not go down well with Rezound owners.

Also, don’t expect the ICS update from HTC to look anywhere near stock Ice Cream Sandwich. The Sense skin from the company will make sure that users don’t get to see the Holo theme that Google introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich.

Top 10 Android Phones Of 2011

2011 was all about Android phones with bigger and better screens, dual-core processors, and oodles of RAM and 8MP cameras. More than 50 Android handsets and numerous Android tablets were released in the last year.

10) Samsung Galaxy S – So yeah, the Galaxy S is a pretty old phone and was released in Q2 of 2010. Yet, the handset is still selling extremely well in all regions of the world. The modding community even actively supports the handset.

The handset is so popular that Samsung was at one point re-considering bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, after all the Galaxy S owners filed a petition when the company had initially announced that it won’t be updating the handset to Android 4.0. While the company later on decided against updating the Galaxy S to Ice Cream Sandwich, it did promise to release a Value Pack.

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In fact, a Value Pack firmware for the Galaxy S leaked online last night which brings Face Unlock and many new features.

9) LG Optimus 2X – The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core phone to be available to the general public. LG and Nvidia had a clear 3-4months advantage, since no other manufacturer was able to release a dual-core handset in the market before Q2 of 2011. The Optimus 2X is not the best dual-core handset out there when it comes to performance and software stability, but at its current market price, it is nothing short of a steal.

8) Motorola Droid Bionic – The Bionic was initially supposed to be launched in the first half of the year, and was eagerly expected by the people in the United States, since it was the first 4G LTE phone to hit Verizon’s network with a dual-core processor. The handset was first expected to be launched with a Tegra 2 processor, but released with a much powerful OMAP processor, after the delay.

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However, the Droid Bionic’s launch was over-shadowed just a couple of months after its launch, when Motorola launched the Droid RAZR, which was basically a slimmed down version of the Bionic.

7) Sony Ericsson Xperia Play- Many dubbed the Play as a disappointment when Sony had initially announced it. For a gaming phone, the Play had somewhat dated specs. However, Sony Ericsson proved everyone that it’s the combination of hardware and software that matters.

Many games are exclusively launched for the Xperia Play first, and then for other much powerful phones like the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation etc. There are more than 200 games specifically optimized for the Play available at the moment, and the number keeps on growing.

6) Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V – The Xperia Neo V is a dumbed down Xperia down. Due to the floods and Earthquakes in Japan and its nearby areas, there was a shortage of the 8MP Exmor R camera sensors used by Sony, and thus the company decided to fit in a 5MP cam on the Neo, and call it the Neo V.

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The Neo V sports a 1GHz single core processor, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and packs 512MB of RAM. All these specs make the Neo V one of the best Android phones in the mid-range segment. No other Android phone comes close to the price/performance ratio offered by the Neo V. The best part is that Sony Ericsson has already confirmed that it will be updating the Neo V to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012.

5) Samsung Galaxy Note – Okay, the Note is not really a phone, and its not really a tablet as well. It still however runs on Android, has a SIM card slot, and can be used for making calls.The Galaxy Note is a bigger version of the Galaxy S2, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen with a whopping 1280×800 resolution. Under the hood is a 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. As its name suggests, the Note is meant for taking notes and comes with an S-Pen for this purpose.

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The S-Pen surprisingly works very well in real life, and is suited for designers, artists and people who want to take some notes on the go.

4) HTC Sensation – This sensational handset from HTC was their answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S2. The Sensation was a decent performer, but still nowhere near Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S2 trumped it in nearly every department, except for the superior build quality and the higher-resolution screen found on the latter.

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The Sense 3.0 UI found on the Sensation looked beautiful, but was also criticized heavily for slowing down the overall performance of the phone.

3) Droid RAZR – With the Droid RAZR, Motorola attempted at reviving the iconic RAZR brand. Like the original RAZR, the Droid RAZR was the slimmest phone released this year at just 7.1mm thick. Even then Motorola managed to pack in a dual-core OMAP SoC, an 8MP camera, 4G LTE and a Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen on the handset.

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The RAZR however was a announced at the wrong time. Moto announced the handset just 12 hours before Google announced the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and so it was forgotten quickly. The encrypted bootloader on the handset also made sure that the developers stayed away from the handset.

2) Galaxy Nexus – The release of Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich did steal some thunder from the Galaxy S2, but it still was not enough to make it the best Android handset of 2011. The Android version running on Galaxy Nexus comes straight from Google, without any modifications from carriers or handset manufacturers, and that is what makes the Nexus brand so popular.

The Galaxy Nexus was also among the first few phones in 2011 to sport a 720p (1280×720) resolution 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. The handset also comes with a 5MP camera at its back, which takes some mediocre pictures, but has zero shutter lag. This means a picture is clicked and saved as soon as the user presses the virtual shutter button. It’s ridiculously fast!

1) Samsung Galaxy S2 – The Samsung Galaxy S2 was no doubt the hottest and the most popular Android handset of 2011. Right from its announcement at MWC 2011 to its launch in various regions of the world, the phone was always in the limelight. No wonder the Galaxy S2 was the highest selling Android phone of 2011, and also the fastest selling phone ever in Samsung’s history. The handset breached the 10 million mark in a mere 5 months.

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The Galaxy S2 was the most powerful Android handset released this year, all thanks to Samsung’s own Exynos 4210 SoC, which packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.

Don’t agree with our list of the Top 10 Android phones of 2011? Drop in a comment and let us know!

HTC Sensation XL With A Massive 4.7-inch Screen Announced

HTC has just announced the Android counter-part of the Windows Phone Mango Powered Titan, the Sensation XE. Unlike the Sensation and the Sensation XE, this Sensation branded phone is not powered by a dual-core processor.

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Image Credits - Android Central

The handset sports a massive 4.7-inch screen, with a disappointingly low WVGA(480×800) resolution. Inside, the Sensation XL is powered by a blazing fast 1.5GHz single-core processor from Qualcomm, along with an Adreno 205GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal memory.

Like the other Sensation-al handsets from the Taiwanese manufacturers, the Sensation XE also has a partial unibody construction. Other key features of the Sensation XL include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS and a 3.5mm audio jack. The usual bunch of sensors are also present. A paltry 1600mAh battery powers the handset, so users should not be too optimist about the battery life of the handset.

At the back of the XL is an 8MP BSI camera, aided by dual-LED flash. This new 8MP lens from HTC provides much better picture quality compared to the camera lens found on the original Sensation, and the Incredible S. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. Sadly, the handset is only capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution, unlike most other high-end handsets which can record videos in Full HD resolution.

Like the Senation XE, the Sensation XL will also sports the Beats badge. Hopefully, unlike the XE, the XL will actually have some low-level hardware enhancements, instead of just some software tweaks and a Beats branded headset. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with HTC’s Sense v3.5 UI on top of it. It will also support’s HTC Watch service.

The Sensation XL is slated to be available sometime in November in Europe and Asia Pacific. The company did not mention anything   about the pricing of the device.

Frankly, I cannot understand why HTC announced the Sensation XL. It lacks a dual-core processor and a higher-resolution screen.

HTC Sensation XE With Beats Audio and a Faster 1.5Ghz Processor Announced

HTC has just announced a mildly updated version of their sensational handset (Sensation), the HTC Sensation XE. Compared to the Sensation, the Sensation XE boasts a powerful 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm. The Sensation XE is the first phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer stable to sport the Beats Audio’ tag.

Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.

The whole phone has a red and black color co-ordination, giving it   a very sexy look. Other specs of the Sensation XE remain similar to the original Sensation, which includes 768MB of RAM, and oodles of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of sensors are also present.

The back of the Sensation XE sports an 8MP camera, with a 1.3MP camera in the front accompanying it. The other major difference compared to the original Sensation, the Sensation XE sports a bigger battery. The handset will also come with an 8GB or a 16GB microSD card pre-loaded.

The Sensation XE will also come pre-loaded with an exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones, which also has an inbuilt microphone and a remote control to play/pause and to skip tracks. The handset will be available in Europe and Asia sometime in late-September.

Hopefully, the Sensation XE has a better inbuilt audio chip compared to the original Sensation. I am also pretty sure the Sensation XE announcement must have pissed off a lot of original Sensation owners.

HTC’s Web-Based Bootloader Unlock Tool Goes Live

HTC Sensation owners in Europe, here is some good news for you. The promised web-based bootloader unlocking tool from HTC has just gone live.

At the moment, the web-based tool only supports the European version of Sensation running on software version 1.45.401.2 or greater. The 1.45 numbered software update was recently released by HTC in Europe, and bumps up the Android OS version to 2.3.4, along with squashing some bugs.

The bootloader unlock page mentions only 3 handsets from HTC, the EVO 3D, the Sensation 4G and the European version of the Sensation, whose bootloader can be unlocked. Of all the three handsets, the European version of Sensation is only one, which users can unlock the bootloader on right away.  Users will be able to unlock the bootloader on the other two handsets, post a software update, which should be rolled out sooner than later.

Users who are interested in unlocking the boot loader on their handset, should keep in mind that by doing so, they will void the warranty of their handset. Also, while HTC allows users to unlock the bootloader on their handset, it does not provide a way to lock it back.

Interested Sensation (EU) owners, should head over to HTC’s Developer website for more information.

HTC Provides More Information About Bootloader Unlocking Method

Until last year, HTC were the developer’s favorite Android handset manufacturer because their phones did not ship with a locked boot loader. However, since 2011 HTC has started shipping phones with a locked bootloader, which received a lot of criticism from users and developers, alike. Thankfully, HTC heard the criticism of their customers and decided that they will provide them with a way to unlock the boot loader.

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Today, HTC has released more information about how the bootloader unlocking process will work, and why their latest handsets are still shipping with a locked down bootloader. Since an unlocked bootloader provides extensive control’ over the device and custom ROMs may harm your devices, HTC will continue shipping devices with a locked bootloader.

HTC will release a web-based tool for users interested in unlocking the bootloader, by this month, which will aid them in unlocking the bootloader. However, if a user unlocks the bootloader on his HTC device, he will void the warranty of his device.

HTC will release a software update for the Sensation, followed by the Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and the EVO 3D on Sprint, which will then allow users to unlock the bootloader on these handsets using the web-based tool. The company aims at releasing the software update sometime this month.

For more information about the bootloader unlocking process, readers should head over to HTC’s Facebook page.

HTC Sensation, EVO 3D and Flyer Get S-OFF Thanks To Revolutionary

unrevoked was a very popular tool to get S-OFF and turn off NAND protection on older gen HTC Android handsets. However, the guys behind unrevoked have been out of action for nearly the whole of 2011.

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Just when everyone thought that the folks behind unrevoked had given up, they team up with AplhaRev to release revolutionary. The team behind AlphaRev has been working on getting S-OFF on the latest batch of HTC devices, with a locked boot loader for quite sometime now.

revolutionary is an S-OFF tool which turns off the NAND protection on the 2011 line-up of Android handsets from HTC, which come with an encrypted boot loader.

Here is the list of devices which the tool supports :

Revolutionary currently supports the following Android phones and HBOOT versions:

  • HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001
  • HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
  • HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
  • HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
  • HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000
  • HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
  • HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000
  • HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000

Revolutionary will permanently unlock NAND write protection by default on the following phones:

  • HTC Sensation (pyramid)
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter)

Readers should keep in mind that S-OFF does not mean the handset is rooted. To get root access, users need to flash this file via recovery. The tool is in developer preview right now, so interested users need to provide their handsets serial number before they get a download link. Interested readers can find more info about revolutionary tool here.

Now, the wait begins for some awesome mods, kernels and custom ROMs for the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer begins!