Posts Tagged ‘legend’

Android lifts UK market share

May 2, 2010

Google’s Android system is now making up 20% of all smartphones sold in the UK according to new figures. An article on the Guardian website goes on to to say:

The increase in sales is due to a slew of new Android devices which have hit the market in recent months, not least the HTC Desire – which, over the past few weeks, has been added to the range of most major mobile operators and been well received by critics. Vodafone, meanwhile, started selling the HTC Legend at the start of April, adding it to a list of Android devices available in the UK which includes the HTC Hero and Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson.

GfK, whose pronouncements about the retail industry are pored over by City analysts, said that Android handsets accounted for 12.3% of all phones sold to customers signing up for a long-term mobile phone contract in week 15 of 2010 – the week ending on April 18 – compared with just 3% of the market in week 12, the last week of March. In terms of the total market, Android’s share grew from 1.6% to 6.7% during the period.

Great news for the still young Android platform if you ask me.

Click here to read the rest of the interesting article

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Another HTC Desire firmware update on the way?

April 22, 2010

[Edit] 23/04/10 It seems this problem may be with certain apps that have copy-protection enabled (why all developers wouldn’t do this I don’t know). I don’t know of apps which aren’t showing up but it’s possibly what I saw a few weeks back when trying to find the full version of Gem Miner: Dig Deeper. [/Edit]

HTC have just released a firmware update (FOTA) for the HTC Legend which fixes problems between the Android Market and the phone’s camera.

Strange I know but apparently a lot of people have had this problem. Apps like Myspace Mobile and Barcode scanner were apparently not appearing on people’s Legends (and some say Desires).

I personally like to think I’m too old to worry about a Myspace app but the Barcode Reader is actually quite useful – both apps show up on my Desire btw.

Anyway, HTC will be sending the update out to Legend users as I type so look out for version 1.31.405.4. For more info, check out the HTC support website.

Android Market problem on the Legend

Android Market problem on the Legend - does your Desire have the same problem?

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HTC Desire vs HTC Legend vs Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 vs Google Nexus One vs HTC Tattoo – Web browsing and streaming

April 15, 2010

FoneHome.co.uk are lucky enough to own all 5 phones and have put their Android web browsers to the test. Guess which phone came out top? The Desire of course!

Here are the best bits:

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
The browser on the Xperia X10 hasn’t gone under much modding by Sony Ericsson, resulting in a basic version which doesn’t compare so well to the Desire and Legend. That’s not to say it’s bad. Getting around pages is easy, but entering web address should be easier than having to go through the hard menu key at the bottom. YouTube clips streamed and played with no stutter within about 10 seconds. Impressive.

 

The web browsing experience on the HTC Desire is the business and definitely squeaks top spot from the Legend. It’s the complete package, with Google Translate and Wikipedia baked in, and it’s a doddle to use. The X10 is a mite disappointing, while the Legend and Nexus One deserve honourable mentions.

I must admit I haven’t browsed the web much on my Desire yet [rant]no thanks to TalkTalk taking months to sort out my ADSl migration[/rant] but when I have it has been quick and ‘snappy’. I’ve never had a problem accessing any websites and when clicking on small links you don’t have to be spot-on, the browser seems to guess where you’re trying to ‘click’ and does it for you. Very clever stuff.

Click here to read the full web browser comparison on FoneHome.co.uk

Will you get your HTC Desire this week?

March 24, 2010

Word has it that the mobile phone website Mobiles.co.uk will be receiving stock of the HTC Desire this Friday coming (26th March).

This could mean that you could have your HTC Desire as early as Saturday 27th if they get stock and ship the same day!

Before I carry on, I’m not being paid by Mobiles.co.uk to write this, I’m just trying to find the best deals I can!

The deals on the HTC Desire have certainly improved since they first started appearing online a month or so ago.

Mobiles HTC Desire

Free gifts offered with the HTC Desire

For example, you can now get the HTC Desire on Vodafone for free with 1200 minutes and unlimited texts with a free gift too. The example to the right shows you can select from £190 cashback, 14 months half price line rental or an Xbox 360 Elite to name a few. The best deal would be to cut your line rental for 14 months and you’d save £280 in total which isn’t half bad.

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Android Robot + Mario + Fun = Replica Island

March 22, 2010

Q: What do you get if you cross the Android Robot with Nintendo’s Mario?

A: A neat little game called Replica Island.

Android Mario

Android and Mario, as one in Replica Island

The game brings the classic retro side-scrolling back to life with it’s cute cartoon graphics and insane midi-style music.

For me, games are important on my mobile phone; they’ll never replace my Xbox 360 but they are there to fill in train journeys, car trips and just general boredom. So I almost cried when I saw this cutsey [is that a word?] little Android bot jumping around the screen on this trailer for the FREE Android Market game called Replica Island. Check out the video below and be sure to visit the site for more information.

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ThickButtons app for Android – the future of touchscreen typing?

March 22, 2010

I’ve had experience of typing on an iPhone with the standard portrait keyboard. It worked reasonably well but there were times you looked back at what you’d typed and it had numerous errors.

Just released on the Android Market is “ThickButtons”. This app promises to improve your touchscreen typing experience but using a predictive-predictive keyboard.

Not only does the app predict what you’re typing, giving you a selection of what word you might be thinking of, but it’ll also enlarge the keys of the next letters of the word you’re about the type. Pretty clever stuff really.

Check out the video for this free Market app below:

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HTC Desire pre-order cheapest price update: now £368.77!

March 22, 2010

On my daily scour of the Interweb for the cheapest HTC Desire price I’ve come across the cheapest so far – £368.77!

It’s from Kikatek.com and if you pre-order the phone using your Visa Debit card you get the phone for £368.77. If you use any other card you’ll have to pay £370.62 (for some reason) which is still £17 cheaper than the previous cheapest price.

You’ll have to register your interest to be notified when the phone is in stock but it’s worth a shot.

I’ve never personally heard of Kikatek.com but their Google Shop rating is nearly 5/5.

Here is a direct link to the phone on their site

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The new and amazing *BLACK* HTC Desire “prototype”

March 22, 2010

The Internet has been full of posts about this new “prototype” HTC Desire that comes in a sleek, sexy black colour.

Granted it looks nice but isn’t “prototype” too strong a word? I think it is. You wouldn’t have called a Nokia 3310 with a red casing on a prototype would you? Well if you would then you’re stupid.

As sleek as the black prototype version of the phone looks, I can’t help but to still be in love with the original silver version.

If you want to see a black HTC Desire in action then check out the video below:

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Something for the weekend: 8 minute HTC Desire Video

March 20, 2010

Just found a great little 8 minute video on YouTube showing off the HTC Desire and Legend – but mostly the Desire.

It’s not the usual MWC video where the rep just reads his script out; there’s actually a few diferent things he shows you and he certainly seems to know what he’s talking about. Makes a change at least!

Enjoy 🙂

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Official Twitter app coming to Android

March 20, 2010

Wherever you go people are talking about Twitter. It certainly is a great way to “micro blog” things.

If you have a mobile then it’s not possible to not be able to tweet as long as you have a signal. There have also been various applications on every phone that’ll let you tweet more easily.

Twitter Logo

Most notably on Nokia devices is a program called Gravity. Great interface, loads of features and a joy to use.

Android has loads of different Twitter apps, some are good, some are too basic but there has yet to be an official Twitter application.

Androidandme.com has reported rumours that this may actually be on the way to Android devices. Whether you’ll actually want or need to use this application will obviously be down to your personal preference.

Those of us who will be using the HTC Sense UI will have built-in Twitter access so may not need to look elsewhere.

Have a read of the Androidandme.com article and see what you think

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