Archive for June, 2010

Battery life improved

overnight standby discharge with softbank rooted rom
I’ve been struggling with poor battery life (read: 10%/hour) last week, and finally I have found a solution. I have picked stock RUU from Softbank, unpacked it, made an upgrade.zip and flashed it. Battery discharge curve became flat and horizontal (using “Juice Plotter”).

Using stock RUU image I’ve tried to flash a few different radio images (32.30.00.28U_4.05.00.11, 32.36.00.28U_4.06.00.02_2, 32.37.00.32U_4.06.00.16_2), but did not see any significant difference, so I decided to use 32.36.00.28U_4.06.00.02_2 for now and maybe investigate this later when I have more time.

Unfortunately stock ROM has some disadvantages, so currently I’m looking into building a joint ROM from one of rooted images, but including some settings I’ve found in local stock RUU. Hopefully this will fix the issue completely, because now I’m getting less than 1% discharge in an hour in standby mode and this is pretty much enough for me.

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Juice plotter

battery discharge curveI had wonderful battery life (about 3~4days on one charge) at the beginning, then upgraded to MCR r3.1 and noticed discharge rate about 10%/hour, it ate the whole battery in just few hours. Tried to go back to 1.15 — no difference, so now I have 1.21 with no modifications and have to recharge every night and hope it will live through the day. The phone is quite warm, when I touch it on the back.

Today I went out and drove about 70km to the another region with slightly different cellular provider. And here’s what I notices on my JuicePlotter — FLATLINE since 18:30 to 20:50 — almost exactly the time I was not at home. Phone went totally, surprisingly cold. After I came back home the battery drain started again. Currently my radio version is 32.36.00.28U_4.06.00.02_2 and I wonder if it’s possible to fix the battery situation.

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Softbank ROM

Flashed Softbank stock ROM, just to see native Japanese UI and IME. iME kinda sucks — keitai-style keyboard with 12 keys, so I had to press “2″ three times to get letter “c”. Looks like it’s possible to change to QWERTY keyboard by swiping over a trackball, but somehow it changes back again.

Chinese IME looked much better, with handwriting and stroke recognition system.

Went back to WWE 1.21 ROM + SIMEJI.

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10 Things Android Does Better Than iPhone OS

  1. Android can Run Multiple Apps at the Same Time
  2. Android Keeps Information Visible on Your Home Screen
  3. Android Has a Better App Market
  4. Android Gives You Better Notifications
  5. Android Lets You Choose Your Hardware
  6. Android Lets You Choose Your Carrier
  7. Android Lets You Install Custom ROMs
  8. Android Lets You Change Your Settings Faster
  9. Android Does Google and Social Integration
  10. Android Gives You More Options to Fit Your Budget

Originally from : http://gizmodo.com/5554293/

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ROM kitchen

Found very nice ROM kitchen on android.modaco.com, cooked myself a ROM without Office and twitter support. Tried to remove FaceBook as well, but this broke sync somehow, and I had to put it back.

Reflashing new images it kind of fun. Though, I would really advise against reflashing over USB — this might easily break your phone. Please, copy new ROM to SD card and reflash from the card.

ROM kitchen access costs about $10 a year, and pre-baked images are available for free.

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MMS fixed

Found someone’s blog, where people discuss MMS problem with the Softbank. Installed new Mms.apk — had some problem with FC (force close) at first because of old data left, reinstalled with wipe, everything normal. Sending/receiving MMS works like a charm.

Another good point was the message access. On my previous phones, messages were grouped by “Sent”, “Unsent”, “Undelivered” or something, which made it very difficult to follow a conversation. Android keeps messages in threads, so all messages from/to same person are together.

Please, don’t forget to change “User Agent” in MMS settings, otherwise you won’t be able to send/receive MMS.

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Just in case

Here are links I used to root the phone. They might get old or broken, but at least I would like to save them here as a starting point for someone who would like to root his phone and has no idea where to begin:

  1. how to make a “golden card
  2. how to install a rooted ROM image
  3. how to setup internet and MMS access for Softbank

These three steps will install WWE (World Wide English) ROM with older version (1.15) of firmware, which may be replaces later with newer and/or modified ROM image.

I don’t assume any responsibility about this process. I did this once with my phone and it worked, that’s all.

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Charge only

“Charge only
Select this mode if you only want to charge the phone’s battery using your computer.”

I really missed this one while using win-mobile. Mostly, when I connect USB cable I don’t need to mount phone as a drive or start sync with Outlook or anything. I just want to pour some juice to the phone battery, that’s all.

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Rooted.

It took about a day checking different sources, and finally I rooted the phone. Rooting means replacing original firmware with hacked one, which allows access everywhere, software installation and other good things.

android recovery screen

Recovery screen of HTC Desire. It allows to perform service functions, wipe the data, reflash the firmware and backup full contents of the phone memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Houston, we have a problem

After playing for about 2 days I’ve found a few problems:

  • kanji input, fixed after installing SIMEJI from Android market
  • unable to receive MMS properly

I’ve heard, “official” Softbank firmware has the same problem with MMS — people is unable to send or receive messages, except short SMS inside SB network. Need to check the source. Hope it can be solved, otherwise this phone is useless for me.

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