CyanogenMod 7 Lands on the HTC Sensation

The Sensation is the best smartphone HTC has to offer right now. The handset sports a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768MB of RAM. However, one major problem with the handset is that it has a locked down boot loader.

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HTC received a lot of negative criticism for the locked down boot loader on the Sensation. The Taiwanese company heard the negative feedback of its customers, and promised to unlock the boot loader on the handset sometime in August.

For the developers, August was still too far away and they somehow managed to get S-OFF and temp-root on the Sensation. The first result of an unlocked boot loader? CM7 comes to the sensational Sensation.

The CyanogenMod developers are working hard on bringing CM7 to the Sensation, and have already managed to get a partially-working build to boot on the phone. Expect the CyanogenMod developers to get a fully working build of CM7 on the Sensation, in the next few weeks.

In other CM7 related news, CM7 nightly’ users should expect the nightlies beginning from today to be based on Android 2.3.5. The small bump in the Android version does not bring any new changes, and is mainly aimed at fixing bugs and improvements related to NFC.

Via Ed Carrigan

HTC Sensation Gets Its First Ever Software Update

HTC has started rolling out an OTA update for the recently released Sensation. The OTA update carries the version number 1.35.401.1, and weighs in at around 28MB. The update will not unlock the boot loader on your Sensation, which many owners would have been hoping for.

The update does not bring any noticeable changes or a bump in Android version as well. In all probability, the update is aimed at fixing some bugs.

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The update had leaked on the Internet a few days ago, and has already been tested by Sensation owners over at XDA forums. Post the update, Sensation owners found an improvement in GPS performance, along with an improvement in the charging time of the phone.

The update also improves the overall performance of the handset. However, there is still some lag when using the Sense 3.0 lock-screen or the launcher.   The free3vo method to root the Sensation is also working, post the update.

At the moment, the OTA update is being released for the European version of the Sensation only. To update your sensational handset, users need to head over to Settings-> About Phone > System Updates, and select the Check for update option.

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs HTC Sensation: Battle of the Droids

In my post about the Best Android Phones of 2011, the first two phones were the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the HTC Sensation. While the Samsung Galaxy S 2 has been reviewed by many, the HTC Sensation is still relatively new. In the last few days though, some reviews of the HTC Sensation have been cropping up as well. The Galaxy S 2 has received awesome reviews so far, but the HTC Sensation also doesn’t seem to be far behind. It has also been recognized as an excellent device.

In this post, I will compare the HTC Sensation with the Samsung Galaxy S 2. Both the phones have similar hardware specifications and run Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Both of them have 8 MP cameras and come with a 4.3 inch display.

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs HTC Sensation: Comparison

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest Android smartphone yet – with dimensions of 125.3 mm x 66.1 mm x 8.5 mm. The HTC Sensation is a bit thicker with dimensions of 126.1 mm x 65.4 mm x 11.3 mm. The Galaxy S 2 (116 gms) is also much lighter than the Sensation (148 gms).

Both the phones have a great design and excellent build quality.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which is probably the best mobile display ever, in terms of display quality, brightness, contrast etc. It has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

The HTC Sensation has a 4.3 inch S-LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It’s an excellent display, but relatively not as good as the SuperAMOLED Plus display of the Galaxy S 2. It does have a higher display resolution though, so it’s a tradeoff between resolution and the display quality.

User Interface

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the TouchWiz 4.0 interface, while the HTC Sensation comes with the same OS and the Sense 3.0 UI. While I personally prefer TouchWiz, I know many people who love the Sense UI, so this is very subjective.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and the very powerful Mali 400MP GPU. It has 1 GB RAM and comes with 16 GB internal storage.

The HTC Sensation comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor as well – the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8260 – and the Adreno 220 GPU. It has 768 MB RAM and comes with 1 GB internal storage.

While both phones are almost equal in terms of processing and graphics, the Galaxy S 2 has more RAM and more internal storage. Most reviews also point that the Galaxy S 2 is marginally better in performance, and more responsive.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a secondary 2 MP camera too. It offers brilliant image capture quality, and can also record 1080p videos at 30 FPS.

The HTC Sensation comes with an 8 MP camera too and it captures excellent images as well. It also has autofocus, dual LED flash with stereo sound recording, and can record 1080p videos at 30 FPS too.

You will have to wait for some time for a comprehensive camera comparison, but they are most likely equals in this case.

Connectivity

While both the devices offer all the basic connectivity options – EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and GPS with A-GPS, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 has one feature that the HTC Sensation doesn’t – NFC. With so many NFC based apps and services coming along, HTC shouldn’t have missed that one.

The Verdict

Both the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the HTC Sensation are excellent smartphones. They are undoubtedly the best Android smartphones money can buy. The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be launched in a couple of days (it has already been launched in some countries), while the HTC Sensation still has a couple of weeks to go.

I personally prefer the Samsung Galaxy S 2 – it is the best smartphone of all time – but even the HTC Sensation is a great device. Both the phones have received superb reviews, so it really boils down to two things:

1. Whether you can wait for the HTC Sensation, resisting the urge to buy the Galaxy S 2 when it launches.

2. Whether you prefer TouchWiz or Sense.

I’m going with the Samsung Galaxy S 2, BTW.

HTC Will NOT Be Locking Bootloaders On Their Devices From Now

HTC’s smartphone sales and profits have risen up sharply, with the growth of Android. Last year, HTC Android phones were among the most popular ones among the consumers as well as developers. Developers used to buy a HTC based Android phones, since it was easy to get root access and flash custom ROMs on their phones.

However, since the beginning of this year HTC changed their agenda and started shipping Android phones with encrypted boot loader. This meant that rooting and flashing custom ROMs on HTC phones became nearly impossible. The company received a lot criticism on their move of encrypting the boot loaders on their handset.

Many people who had previously thought of buying the HTC Sensation went ahead and got the Samsung Galaxy S II, just because the SGS II does not have a locked down boot loader.

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A few days ago HTC said that they are reviewing their policy on locked down boot loaders. Today, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou announced that HTC has listened to its customer feedback, and they will no longer be locking down boot loaders on their devices.

This definitely is music to my ears, and as well as every developer out there. This move from HTC clearly proves that ignoring the developer community can lead to negative PR and lot of criticism (Psst Motorola).

However, HTC has not mentioned anything whether their current devices with locked boot loaders like the Sensation, Incredible S will be unlocked or not.

First Sony Ericsson, then Samsung and LG and now HTC all have realized that they are adversely going to affect the sales of their handsets by locking down its boot loader. Now, only if Motorola could realize this!

HTC Sensation To Ship With An Encrypted Boot Loader

Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.

Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.

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Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.

This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.

It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.

Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.

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 Sensation ROM Ported To Desire HD

It was only a couple of days ago that HTC announced its next generation super phone the HTC Sensation.

The phone packs a dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it.

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Yesterday, HTC made it clear via their Twitter account that none of the current generation phones like the Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt will get Sense v3.0. However, they will get some of the features of the latest version of Sense.

Nevertheless, one of the awesome developers over at XDA forums, 911sniper, has already managed to bring Sense v3.0 to the Desire HD. His custom ROM is based on the HTC Sensation RUU, which leaked yesterday on the Internet.

As of now, the ROM is in early stages with most of the stuffs including Camera, and other features of the phone not working.   However, I am pretty sure the developer will be able to fix most of the issues within a couple of weeks.

HTC Desire HD should head over to this thread for more information. HTC Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt and EVO 4G owners need to be a bit patient, before the HTC Sensation ROM gets ported for their handset.

HTC Sensation Announced; Is a True ‘Superphone’

HTC have just announced their next-generation high-end smartphone the HTC Sensation.

The Sensation sports a 4.3-inch S-LCD with qHD (960×540) resolution. The front of the LCD features a contoured glass along the entire edge of the screen, unlike the Nexus S.

The handset runs on the latest version of Sense which packs a lot of new features including widgets on the lock screen and new full screen widgets with animations.

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The Sensation is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core chip from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU along with 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of clicking pictures instantly’ and recording videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps with stereo sound recording.

Other usual features include D-LNA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi printing and HDMI-Out via MHL (Micro High-Def. Video Link).

The Sensation will also come integrated with a new service from HTC the HTC Watch. This service will allow users to download and watch movies instantly on their phone, either by purchasing them outright or by renting them. In fact, users can even continue watch the video on other HTC products e.g. the Flyer.

The HTC Sensation will run on the latest version of Android – Gingerbread – with HTCSense v3.0 running on top of it. HTC will launch the Sensation in ‘key’ markets by mid-May.