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3uk and Froyo, you just have to laugh   Leave a comment

Hello no-one

I am so pleased that I didn’t wait for 3 to roll out Froyo for my Desire.  After they rolled it out they (like just about every other UK mobile provider) had to recall it because there special customisations had screwed it up.  Apparently they released the update 14/10/2010 and pulled it 11 days later.  The reason they had to pull it was because it was preventing people from accessing the market place, they were suggesting that you needed to do a factory reset to get it working again.  Not a difficult thing to do but I would had been really pissed to start loading all my apps again and messing around with my home screen to get it just the way I like it.

What really makes me laugh is how they made such a big deal, on their blog, about how rigorously their testing process was and that they would not be having the same problems that other carriers, who add they own crapware, were having.  I think all the carriers here in the Uk rolled out Froyo just to have to pull it as their customisations had screwed it up.

UK carriers, still, seem to think that they are dealing with dumb phones and they can stick there logo’s and crapware on easily with no come backs, well it just isn’t happening.  When are they going to learn to just leave stuff alone?  If they had just rolled out the HTC Sense version of Froyo they would not have had these issues, 3 users would not have had to wait months for what was already available and I would still have a phone I didn’t need a gold card in to get my very prompt HTC updates.

Someday my fellow countrymen, who don’t read enough about their new pocket PC’s, will get Froyo but I wouldn’t count on 3 getting right next time either.  Maybe by then I will have moved to CyanogenMod, I just need to grow a big enough pair of balls to get back into rooting my phone and flashing custom ROMs.

So wishing you a happy Halloween, ciao and peace out.

Steve (writing from My Android Adventure)

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Posted October 31, 2010 by myandroidadventure in Uncategorized

Twitter…social networking but not as I knew it.   Leave a comment

Hello no-one

I signed up to Twitter years ago (stephen_l_brown check it out, 2 followers or 2 following), realised nobody I knew used it and promptly stopped tweeting on there.  I think I now know what the problem with Twitter was or at least the problem I had with Twitter was.  Twitter is a social network but it seems to be more of a shared interest social network as opposed to a mates you know social network which is Facebook.

Since signing up with my new ID (droidadventure) and new Interest (Android phones) Twitter has taken on a whole new meaning for me and I hate to skip updates but it is impractical to try to read the 300+ updates you miss when doing something more important like sleeping.

So how does this tie into “My Android Adventure”?  Well I will tell you, there are more Twitter apps on Android than you can shake an excrement smeared stick at.  I tried a few and found a favourite, I tried Tweetdeck, Touiteur, Twidroyd, Twicca and the official Twitter app.  Even though I occasionally still wander off onto other clients I keep returning to Tweetdeck.

Tweetdeck just seems to work and does all the things I think a Twitter app should do.  It lets me know when there are updates (generally or @ me personally) to be read.  It presents a nice clean uncluttered interface but while keeping the necessary buttons handy for Tweeting, checking out friends, adding more columns and the not so useful where am I button (I don’t get this one as it is included on the Tweet screen).  On clicking a tweet it gives the usual reply, retweet, star (no idea what this does) and some more lesser used options (well, lesser used by me, like reply to all).  I also like the Tweetdeck app for Windows which is very similar to the Android app but wider (I know it sounds stupid but it just is) once again uncluttered and well laid out.

Does Tweetdeck do everything I would like?  To be honest no it doesn’t which is why I sometimes find myself switching to Twidroyd.  The one thing  I like about Twidroyd is the link preview function when you are using it in landscape mode.  If Tweetdeck could incorporate that one function it would be my ideal Twitter client.  I am sure that there are functions in other Twitter clients which I don’t even know about and some people find them indispensible but for now Tweetdeck does it for me.

So twitter away you mad tweeters and I will try to keep up, ciao and peace out.

Steve (writing from My Android Adventure)

Posted October 30, 2010 by myandroidadventure in Android, Articles

3uk you made me wait too long   Leave a comment

Hello No-one

So there I was waiting for 3 to finally roll out Froyo (Android 2.2) for my shiny nearly new HTC Desire and I suddenly thought “Stuff it” I have waited long enough.  I am sick and tired of 3 promising things that just never appear.  It was supposed to come out a few weeks after the HTC release and then it was going to be the end of September and that date is well and truly passed and then it was going to be 2 more weeks while Google put it on their servers.

Well enough was enough, that was all I could stand and I couldn’t stands no more, it was time to take the plunge.  I had been reading about various methods of getting Froyo, from Rooting and flashing a custom ROM to just installing stock HTC Sense.  Well in the end the stock Sense won out as it does all I really want my phone to do for now.  Maybe another day I will grow bored with it and I will need more functionality or speed that a custom ROM promises to deliver but for now I just wanted a phone that I could push some APPS onto my SD card and would be groovy and turn both ways in landscape mode.

So after downloading and installing the necessary HTC Sync of my PC I downloaded a file called :-RUU_Bravo_Froyo_HTC_WWE_2.09.405.8_Radio_32.43.00.32U_5.09.00.20_release_140022_signed

The above file is all I needed to turn my phone from a bloaty 3 branded phone into the sleek none 3 branded phone I own today.  So there I was my phone USB’s to the PC and the my finger ready for some double clicking and single clicking of next buttons and to be honest I was real nervous.  I lost count of the number of times that I almost installed the RUU (Rom update utility) but didn’t.

But then I took the plunge and finally clicked the final OK button on the above piece of software and my phone was already being wiped.  I maybe should have thought more about the things I was going to lose through doing this but it was nothing I couldn’t get back, Podcast subscriptions and such.  In less than 10 minutes it was done and my phone rebooted not with a 3 splash screen but with an HTC splash screen.  My gold card had worked (did I not mention gold card creation, oh well I made one).  Went through the normal new phone routine and all my contacts came back, Facebook repopulated and calls and texts all worked, it was a joy.  Software re-installed from App Brain and I was good to go.

Now that I have Froyo I have found my phone to be quicker, I have more internal memory thanks to the ability to push stuff onto my SD card and my battery seems to last a whole lot longer too.

So for those of you out there who are sitting on the fence and waiting for your providers to help you with update, I say go update yourselves.   Obviously after reading into the matter more thoroughly that I have outlined above.

The author is not responsible for what you do with your phone so don’t come blaming me when you break it.

So go have fun with your Android, ciao and peace out.

Steve (writing from My Android Adventure)

Posted October 11, 2010 by myandroidadventure in Android, Articles, News

3UK, whrere is my Froyo   Leave a comment

Hello no-one

So here I sit on a cold and wet very Wintery morning, alongside me sits a Desire with no Froyo (Android 2.2). We were told by 3 that the update would be out at the end of the Summer, well believe me when I look out of my window Summer has well and truly ended.   The official Froyo for the Desire was released about 2 months ago but as I have a branded phone sitting on the desk next to me I have to wait until 3 decide to release their version.

  • I believe the process for release goes something like the below.
  • Google put out Android  2.2 in June this year, those brave enough flashed their phones straight to it.
  • HTC messed about with it to add their Sense UI (which I love) and they released that at the beginning of August, so all those fortunate enough to have non branded phones got the release and can use it on 3’s network.
  • However 3 are not happy to just push the release to those of us with Branded handsets, oh no they aren’t happy until they put all their crap into the release.  They claim it won’t be bloatware but surely adding a 3 logo boot screen and a few bookmarks does not take this long or this much testing.
  • Then it must go back to Google to stamp their approval on it.
  • Then we can have it.

Reading through the 3 blog they also found a fault in the Twitter client, I take it they mean Peep.  I can’t remember there being a problem with Twitter for anyone else who got this update, well not until 3 started messing around with it.

Anyway it was a bit ranty but I do feel better now.  I really know I should wait but hey HTC Sense Froyo is easy to come by and so easy to install I might be tempted.  Just a little but scared about bricking my phone (and my pants) if anything were to go wrong.  So in the future I will know to avoid Network branded phones unless I invest in some more patience which I just don’t have.

Enjoy the day, ciao and peace out.

Steve (writing from My Android Adventure)

Posted October 1, 2010 by myandroidadventure in Android, Articles, News