Archive for June, 2010

PopCap still developing Plants vs Zombies for Android?

June 27, 2010

[Update 18/01/2011 Plants Vs Zombies Android and Peggle Android nearly here! PopCap confirm a Q2 release for Android users. Click here to read more ]

[UPDATE 05/11/2010 – PopCap have official announced a “2011” release date for Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle for Android. Click here to read more]

[Update 29/10/2010 PopCap have confirmed that they are working on games for Android, check out the newer post here]

Although the development house PopCap announced a long time ago (nearly 2 years now) that they were to develop games for Android, nothing has appeared so far.

I quick sneak around their site will bring you to this: http://www.popcap.com/allgames.php?p=android which obviously means something is going on but giving the fact it is empty may lead you to think that they’re concentrating on other things (iPhone).

Will we ever see Plants Vs Zombies dawn our Android

Desires? Will Zuma ever conquer the tiny temples on your handset? My previous attempt to find out when we would see these games just pointed me in the direction of the “Mobile Java” versions of their games – not very hopeful. Let’s hope my second attempt will shed some more light on the matter.

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies, probably the most addictive cartoony tower defence available

[UPDATE] 26/10/2010

PopCap confirmed last night on their Twitter account that they definitely are still working on Android games (see below). So hopefully (maybe in time for Christmas) we will see the likes of Plants Vs Zombies, Zuma, Peggle and Bejeweled grace our phones soon!

popcap_android_games_promise

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The Korean’s know how to advertise the HTC Desire

June 14, 2010

Although the UK adverts were nice and “clean” they didn’t make you go “oooh” or “ahhh” like this Korean advert shows:

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The HTC Desire – now also in silver

June 14, 2010

For those of you who like to be a bit different, you can now get your hands on a silver HTC Desire from the Expansys site. Sadly, it’s not available in the UK yet but you could always import it from Australia, or Japan. It’ll cost you around £449.99 in total. Not cheap.

There are no internal differences in the phone but it does look pretty.

HTC Desire Silver

Desire in Silver, whatever next? Gold?

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Changes in the HTC Desire firmware v 1.21.110.4

June 9, 2010
HTC Desire Small

Finally updated, the HTC Desire!

Just thought I’d post a couple of things I’d noticed that have changed in the new firmware from HTC. Let me know if you find any more.

  1. The Messages application has been updated. New messages now appear in bold text. Each thread has a number (in brackets) next to it denoting how many messages are in the thread to that person/group of people. To be honest I’d probably rather not have this number in my list but there is no way to turn it off. I have noticed that Messaging tends to work a lot slower than it did before. Sending a text message which spans say 2 or 4 messages takes a lot longer to go to the outbox ready to be sent…
  2. The YouTube app has been updated. You can now watch videos in HQ mode (no HD yet 😦 ) and the YouTube widget has also been updated to show a ‘feed’ of any new videos in your YouTube subscriptions. A nice touch.
  3. There are some new widgets! Go to the Add widget screen and then press “Get more HTC widgets”. The widgets that you saw in all the demos before the phone launched seem to be available. They are as follows: Coin Flip, Dice, Notes, Tip Calculator and the old one: Today in History. There are also a couple of 1×1 widgets for changing your Profile and your Ringtone.
  4. No more Facebook-network contact bug in the Messages app. HTC have finally fixed that annoying bug!

I haven’t noticed any improvements in battery life or start-up time but I’m sure I’ll find some more things out over the next few days.

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Google are listening: Android Market website now browsable

June 8, 2010

One of the first things that annoyed me on my switch from Nokia to Android was the inability to browse the Market through the official Android Market website. Well it seems that Google have heard my cries (OK and everyone else’s) and have started adding this functionality to the site.

Android Market Website

Android Market Website - finally browsable

OK so you can’t search apps yet but I’m sure this won’t be too far off.

Here is the post on the Google blog about it all:

Posted by Tim Bray on 08 June 2010 at 1:13 PM

Recently we became aware that some Android applications were not visible on the Android Marketplace. While we were internally troubleshooting and qualifying the fix and communicating with our hardware partners,developers were trying hard to get our help through various technical support sites. Regrettably, we feel short of our own standard for customer support by not communicating the issue to our developers and how we were working to resolve it.

We’re pleased to say that the issue looks to be resolved with a patch, and to our best knowledge, all apps that were previously impacted are up and visible again. Again, apologies for the delay and inconvenience this created.

Looks like they’re listening!

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New HTC Desire System/Firmware Update out today v 1.21.110.4

June 8, 2010

Thanks to Dale for the head’s-up, T-Mobile UK customers can now upgrade their Desires to the latest HTC firmware which happens to be version 1.21.110.4 and weighs in at 24.41MB. This is a different version to what I reported the other day – perhaps due to operator/network branded changes…

To check for and download the update, simply go to Settings -> About phone -> System software updates and then press “Check now”. If the update is showing then you get the choice to download it via your phone’s network or via WiFi-only. Best to do the Wifi-only if you’re not in a good 3G area (and if you want to save on bandwidth if you don’t have an unlimited data plan.

Will post any further noticeable updates as and when I spot them.

Happy updating! 🙂

[Edit] It seems that you must have a well-charged battery to install the update. I’ve got 18% left but it won’t let me upgrade until the battery is charged enough…

[Edit] With 27% battery it let me start the update. The updater automatically backs up your settings and data and then reboots to the update mode – your phone is not usable during this time. Funky green update screen though 😉

[Edit] After allowing the phone to update (the process took about 10 minutes in total and there were several restarts) I finally got to the Homescreen to restore my backed up data from the SD card. The restore took AGES to perform and the phone was pretty much unusable during this process. After leaving it for a good 25 minutes (it only took about a minute to back up my data initially) I decided it was time to pull the battery. Upon un-locking the screen I had a message saying “HTC Sense” was “not responding. Force close / Wait” !! Right well, case off and battery out. Waited 60 seconds and re-started the phone. So far, I don’t seem to have lost anything but it wasn’t quite the smooth experience I was hoping for. I’m sure it was just me but thought I’d make you aware!

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HTC Desire up for “Phone of the Year” and “Gadget of the Year” on T3.com

June 5, 2010

The UK magazine T3 have got the HTC Desire up for “Phone of the Year” and “Gadget of the Year” on their website.

Be sure to vote for your favourite phone and gadget (because you also get entered for a chance to win…er.. an iPad..). Actually I had a play with a friend’s iPad a couple of days back and they are very nice machines although I couldn’t ever see myself buying one now I have a Desire 😉

So for those of you who don’t want to see Apple win yet another award for gadget and phone of the year, make sure you cast your votes!

http://awards.t3.com/the-categories/phone-of-the-year/htc-desire

http://awards.t3.com/the-categories/gadget-of-the-year/htc-desire

HTC Desire OTA firmware update: version 1.21.405.2

June 5, 2010

HTC have released a new software update for the HTC Desire (3rd June 2010) the firmware updates some bugs and also the following (as spotted by user “tuatha” on the XDA Developers forum)

Minor fixes. New radio image. New youtube app with HQ option (with a widget that doesn’t work if you’re logged in to your account). New bootloader. Fixed Facebook/unknown contact issue (haven’t verified this personally).

I flashed the rom from the dev forum a couple of days ago, but haven’t noticed any other changes yet.

The news widget still doesn’t update automatically.

So it looks like not all the bugs have been fixed yet but I’m sure we’ll get there slowly but surely.

The update is currently not available to T-Mobile customers (at time of writing) so let us know if you receive it on yours. Be sure to follow this thread on the XDA Developers forums for more info on the update.

Here is HTC’s description of the update:

Update – HTC Legend and Desire Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update
In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to your phone.  Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available.  Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G.  After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Software Number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Software information> Software number).  The new software number after the update will be 1.31.405.4 on HTC Legend and 1.21.405.2 on HTC Desire. NoteWe recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply. For any questions, please contact us via http://www.htc.com/www/CA_Hotline.aspx

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Win an HTC Desire!

June 1, 2010

T3.com are running another competition for the chance to win an HTC Desire mobile phone. All you have to do is answer a very simple question (check out Wikipedia if you’re not sure on the answer 😉 )

Click here to enter the T3 HTC Desire competition, good luck!

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