Posts Tagged ‘update’

How to install a new ROM on your HTC Desire S [HD] Step-by-step tutorial

August 18, 2011

Hello lovely people, I hope you’re all well.

If you followed my video a few days back you should have successfully rooted your HTC Desire S. So what now? Well you’ll probably want to install a custom ROM on the phone.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be up and running in no time! These steps will also work on the HTC Desire and Desire HD.

What you will need:
1 HTC Desire S phone
1 Cup of coffee

Step 1:
Install ROM Manager from the Android Market

Step 2:
Load ROM Manager and click the top link to flash the ClockworkMod Recovery tool. Just make sure you have the latest version installed.

Step 3:
Click on Download ROM from with ROM Manager and find a ROM that you want to install. I chose the Saga LBC Mod ROM which had some good reviews. Select the version you wish to download v0.5.3 is the one I installed in the video. Select to download the ROM without the keyboard arrows.

Step 4:
Once the ROM has downloaded it will ask you 3 questions. Tick all 3 boxes to be safe and then press OK. Your phone will now reboot and start the ROM installation process

Step 5:
Start drinking your coffee

Step 6:
After about 10 minutes the new ROM should have been installed and booted up. All done!

Any questions can be asked below in the comments.


HTC Desire 2.3 Gingerbread Update this month

July 11, 2011

After a bit of a holiday in the US of A I’m back in England and ready to get back to work 🙂

HTC were umming and ahhing about the Gingerbread update for the original Desire due to limits with the internal memory etc but then caved into the pressure of Desire owners and said they would indeed get the Gingerbread update sent out to the handset’s owners.

HTC have now confirmed the update will be rolled out this month. Obviously operator updates will follow shortly after but it’s great news for the public.

The Inquirer have just posted this on the story:

TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has confirmed that the rollout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its Desire handset will begin by the end of the month.

It’s been a rocky road but HTC has finally given Desire owners a set forecast for the software upgrade. The news comes as a big relief to customers who are eagerly awaiting the newer version of the operating system.

As usual HTC used its Facebook page to make the announcement and said, “Hi everyone. As some of you have seen already, we have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July. Thank you again for your support.”

HTC first announced the update back in February but then changed its mind because of the memory limitations of the phone. Desire owners were understandably unhappy about the U-turn and a day later HTC caved in to the demand.

HTC confirm Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire

February 28, 2011

Android Robot and GingerbreadHTC announced today that the HTC Desire along with the Google Nexus One, Desire HD, Desire Z and the new Nexus S – good news especially for Nexus S owners who have purchased a brand new phone with an out-of-date operating system.

So what new things can we expect from this 2.3 update? Apart from the usual speed and interface improvements, Google are promising NFC (near field communication) – useless here in the UK because we don’t have any NFC systems yet. SIP is also a new feature which is something I miss from my Nokia N95. Having a SIP account allows you to use WiFi to make cheap/often free phone calls to other people.

Battery life improvements, improved multi-tasking and memory management are just some of the other things you can expect when the update is released during Q2 of this year.

Bring it on! 🙂

New update to Android Market App (version 2.2.7)

December 23, 2010
New Android Market App Update

Is the new version a bit messy?

Whilst away in sunny Gran Canaria I was surprised to find a new update to the Market App.

The new interface is undeniably cleaner and cooler but there are still a few things that need to be tweaked.

For instance, the ‘home’ screen of the Market is now looking quite cluttered. The idea of the rotating featured apps along the top is nice but I can’t help feeling it’s messy and unprofessional. I think rather than a picture of the app they need to use the actual icon the app has once installed. This should clear things up and keep everything looking consistent rather than what you see here.

Also, this home screen is now allowing for half the screen to show the rest of the featured apps. It just doesn’t look or feel right.

In fact, should this reel be there at all? It’s sure to slow down some slower Android devices and loading the thumbnails takes some time. I decided to take to Photoshop and re-designed how I think it should look and have placed it below.

Clicking on “Apps”, “Games” or “My Apps” however and you come to a much nicer layout. To smooth curving lines really look fresh and it feels more responsive to browse than clicking on the previous clunky buttons.

re designed market

Is my version of the Home screen Market better?

The Downloads section of the Market has now been re-named “My Apps”. This makes more sense to Android newcomers who have grown up in an app-orientated world.

The whole download process has been made easier too. Instead of going through multiple screens and accepting permissions etc you can now download and install an app in 3 clicks. This makes the whole user experience a lot better and less confusing to people.

App comments/reviews have been improved. You now see a selection of the latest comments to which you can press “More” to read the rest – don’t worry you can still mark comments as unhelpful/spam which I find myself doing all too often 😉

You can now also select whether or not your want to receive notifications of app updates at all. Correct me if I’m wrong but this wasn’t available in the previous version.

It’s nice to see Google updating their software more often separate to a firmware update. Still no support for moving it to the SD card however but who knows what me might see next?

So what are your thoughts? Will this smarter and more sleek Market convince the big boys in the App world to take Android seriously or is it just a fancy face-lift?

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New Facebook Android app updated: version 1.4.0

November 3, 2010

Facebook released an update to their Android Facebook app today bringing it to version 1.4.0.

This new update adds support for Places, Groups and an improved comment viewing system.

Places lets you see where your friends are (if they geo-tag their posts)

Groups apparently lets you “share posts with small groups of friends” whatever that means! I loaded it up but just got a blank screen so I don’t know if I’m missing something?

The “improved notifications” basically means you are no longer taken to the browser and mobile version of the site to cure certain comments/updates.

Along with these improvements and bug fixes it’s nice too see a solid update. The only complaint I have for this update is they’ve gone back to taking you straight to the news feed rather than the main menu which we saw in a previous version. It might just be me but I prefer clicking to view the news feed rather than the app taking me there to start with.


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Gingerbread man shows up outside Google HQ

October 26, 2010

A bit of fun for your Tuesday afternoon: The giant gingerbread man from Shrek 2 & 3 appeared on the front lawn of Google HQ in America a few days back to show off the upcoming 2.3 “Gingerbread” update for Android devices. OK so it wasn’t actually Mongo from Shrek but it sure does look like him!


3 (Three) UK pull the 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire

October 23, 2010
3 Three Logo

Goodbye for now Froyo

It seems that the 3 network have taken down the Froyo 2.2 update from their servers after customers complained they could no longer access the Market.

The update which became available for OTA download from mid October was taken offline earlier this week after the complaints came in. No word on how many complaints were received but a quick look on the forum suggests all of 2 people had the problem.

The one user managed to get his Market app working by doing a factory reset which I would recommend after any new firmware install. So, did you have this problem and was it resolved by a simple “Ctrl Alt Del” ?


Changes in the HTC Desire firmware v

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.


New HTC Desire System/Firmware Update out today v

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 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!


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


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