Archive for May, 2010

The doors are closed on the beebPlayer app

May 30, 2010

beebPlayerDave Johnston has removed the excellent beebPlayer app from the Android Market following news on the new Froyo software update coming out later this year.

The BBC are currently developing an Android version of their popular mobile iPlayer app but it’s still sad to see all of Dave’s work go to nothing.

beebPlayer was a constantly updated iPlayer app that would allow you to browse and watch iPlayer programmes and BBC Radio. Later versions of the app also added support for Live TV streaming but this later broke (when BBC changed something no doubt).

Dave wrote the following on his blog:

It looks like with Android 2.2 (Froyo), beebPlayer will finally have served its purpose for users of current Android handsets, as it seems this edition of Android will feature Flash 10. So says Andy Rubin of Google:

He also promised that full support for Adobe’s Flash standard was coming in the next version of Android, code-named Froyo, for frozen yogurt (previous Android releases were called Cupcake, Donut and Eclair, and are represented outside Building 44 on the Google campus with giant sculptures of the desserts). Sometimes being open “means not being militant about the things consumer are actually enjoying,” he said.

This combined with the BBC’s previous announcement of iPlayer for Android devices – powered by the same Flash 10 – should mean that Android phones will get complete and proper access to BBC iPlayer content, including the bits that have eluded beebPlayer – like on-demand (‘listen again’) radio and high-def video.

Of course, many handsets (such as the G1) probably won’t get the see Android 2.2, so I’ll be maintaining beebPlayer as long as is reasonable and manageable, to ensure those users can still access some iPlayer content.

Android 2.2 is due in the next month or two for Nexus One and HTC Desire, but the popular HTC Hero is currently unaccounted for.

This is sad news for Android owners as we all want to “support the man”. I’m sure the official iPlayer app is going to be good (and will allow downloading of content), but there’s something about a homegrown app going under that’s sad…

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Android Froyo 2.2 Update Official Video

May 29, 2010

If you haven’t already, check out the official Android Froyo 2.2 update video. It explains a few ideas of what you can expect when the update finally arrives (please be June!)

I was quite impressed with the frame rate tests, although haven’t noticed much slowdown at all when playing games…

For some more detailed information on what’s new, be sure to check out Gadeget DNA’s article here.

Froyo

Froyo is coming to an HTC Desire near you soon!

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Video of Android 2.2 Froyo running on the HTC Desire*

May 26, 2010

*OK so it’s actually running on a Google Nexus One but you know what I’m getting at here. This  is quite a good video actually showing the various features of the new firmware rather than just telling you about them.

I think my favourite new feature (apart from the SD apps) has to be the cool new Gallery…

What do you think?

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HTC Desire first to get the new Android 2.2 Froyo Firmware Update – 23rd June?

May 25, 2010

Well just when you thought your phone couldn’t get any better. An HTC representative “let it slip” that HTC would be releasing the new Froyo 2.2 update this June – the 23rd to be precise.

Here is the quote that a disgruntled HTC Desire customer received from his telephone call to HTC:

”But you never heard this from me…. A new update is coming the 23rd of June and you will be able to put some apps on to the micro sd card.”

Apparently he was complaining about the lack of space available on his phone to install apps.

So, is this story true or some sort of sick joke? Either way it’s exciting to think we might be getting the update a lot sooner than we first thought.

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HTC Desire vs Nexus One – Game Test

May 19, 2010

Just found an interesting video on YouTube comparing the 3D game capabilities of both these phones side-by-side.

At first I was a bit worried about how long this bloke’s fingernails were who is holding the Nexus One. However, when I saw how crap they were at the games I realised it must have been a girl 😉

Which phone do you think performs better?

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The not-quite-so-ultimate list of HTC Desire bugs

May 18, 2010

BugRight, going to try to keep all bugs and glitches we find on this one post so please let me know if you find any yourselves and I’ll add them in! Here are my first few HTC Desire bugs/glitches.

  1. Weather Widget Location – doesn’t get correct current location all the time. Seems to depend on which telephone transmitter you are near I have found tonight. Depending on which one you connect to you may see one of your neighbouring towns/villages listed. Also, it doesn’t include a search for some of the major towns/cities that most other weather apps don’t have a problem finding.
  2. News Widget auto-refreshing – it doesn’t work(!). Lots of people have reported this now so it seems to be quite common. I have tried deleting all feeds, adding and selecting different feeds, changing the auto-update interval and even a hard-reset to get this to work but it still won’t. You manually have to press the refresh icon to update it. Annoying.
  3. Predictive text issues – I have noticed a few rather irritating problems with the predictive text dictionary: If you try to type the word “it’s” (by just pressing its) it’ll only ever give you the option of the word with the apostrophe with a capital at the start. Also, when trying to type “we’ll” it does not show up as an option at all – just the word “well”. You have to manually put in the apostrophe which makes you lose a few seconds (just think of all those seconds added up over a year(!).
  4. I’ve also found that you can’t insert custom words in the User Dictionary with any symbols in at all – why?!
  5. Facebook contact bug – Have you ever received a message from your network provider that’s shown as coming from one of your Facebook friends? Well you’re not alone. This is quite a pain in the bum and the only way around this is to add the contact it “chooses” as an actual contact on your phone (just make up a number if you don’t know it) and then messages should start coming through normally. Annoying and very weird but at least there is a workaround.
  6. “Message could not be delivered” – Sometimes when you try and send a text it instantly says it “couldn’t be sent after multiple attempts” when actually it surely hasn’t even tried yet. This can be down to a number of things but I know it happens when you have poor signal. The main problem however is with synced phone numbers from Facebook. If for some reason someone used the “+44” at the start of their number then the sync with that contact doesn’t include the “+”. So, when your phone tries to send a message to that person it won’t recognise it as a valid number. There are two ways to solve this – get your friend to change their number on Facebook to start “07…” or load up your contacts and un-link that person from Facebook and add the number in manually.

Let me know if you have any others you can add in, I’m sure I’ll think of some more as time goes on. Don’t get me wrong – I still love my HTC Desire, it’d just be nice to send this list to HTC and get them to iron out a few things 🙂

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HTC Desire hard/factory reset

May 15, 2010

Restart iconI’ve decided to hard reset my HTC Desire tonight in hope of clearing up a few niggling bugs.

Namely: The news feed widget not updating itself automatically.

I know it’s quite a drastic thing to do just to try and fix something like this but it’s also nice to have a “clean” phone without things loading up and running in the background from the various apps I had installed.

I’m also going to take the leap and try to switch from Yahoo to Gmail so I can use the built-in GMail app. This’ll allow me to utilise the GMail app’s HTML support which although people seem to hate, I quite like. Previously I was using the excellent K-9 Mail app which has full HTML support. (more…)

The Desire Fanatics Domain

May 14, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates recently folks.

I’ve been busy with a full-time job, a college course and trying to have a life amongst other things.

Just an update, I have purchased http://www.desirefanatics.com and http://www.desirefanatics.co.uk in hope of moving away from WordPress.com and creating a WordPress.org Blog instead. This’ll allow me to integrate forums and other quite amazing things a bit easier than I can currently.

The only thing is finding the time to do it so do bear with me. The domains are currently redirecting to this blog so feel free to start using them if you wish.

In the mean time, make sure you enjoy your Desires 😉

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Android 2.2 for the HTC Desire – what does it mean?

May 14, 2010

Android MarketThe Internet has been a hive of activity regarding the new “Froyo” system for Android handsets. When will it be out? What are the new features? When will my phone get the update?

I don’t have many answers but TechRadar has got some juicy tidbits to keep you interested.

I think the best new feature has to be the ‘install apps to memory card’ one. I’ve often found myself running out of disk space on several occasions.

On with the quote:

Android 2.2 will let you install apps to memory card

It’s one of the entries in our wishlist for what we want to see in the next version of Android, and now it looks as though it’s going to happen. An entry from an Android developer on the Google Code site states that this feature is “coming soon”. Soon – like the end of May?

What this means is more memory-hungry applications, like those on the iPhone, which means a better experience than the casual and functional offerings currently available.

Admittedly, we don’t like the thought of having to pay for more applications on the Google app Market, but if it increases the quality of what’s on offer, we’re all for it.

Click here to read the whole article

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HTC Desire finally out for O2 customers

May 14, 2010
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Hi O2 customers, I'm finally here!

You poor souls, having to wait nearly 2 months after T-Mobile launched the Desire way back in March. Anyway, O2 customers can now finally get their hands on the HTC Desire after a huge delay.

Prices start at £30 a month for 100 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data with the handset costing £99. Total cost over 18 months would work out at £639

This isn’t a brilliant deal to be honest and is a little bit disappointing from O2. There are much better deals from other networks so unless you really have to stick with O2 for some reason – move to someone else and save your money.

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