again released the Android 1.6 Donut firmware update for their Archos 5 Internet Tablet. This marks the second attempt for the company, who briefly released an update back in December 2009 before promptly yanking it over a "major issue" with the web browser. The update brings with it all of the non-cellular improvements we're used to seeing in Android 1.6: a new Quick Search feature and improved power management are likely the two biggest draws for Archos 5 owners. However there's also improvements in media file support, a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile documents viewer, and better UPnP support over WiFi. There's a full changelog here. [via Twitter]
Android OS 1.6 for developers has been released, though frustratingly you'll need an Android Developer Phone - aka one of HTC's patterned, unlocked Dreams - in order to install it. The release gives developers an opportunity to get to grips with the latest build of Android, prior to OS 1.6 being pushed to consumer devices. Android 1.6 brings with it support for alternative screen sizes, CDMA support and a new text-to-speech engine. There's also a new scaling algorithm, which means that developers may not have to rework their core software in order to suit different sized displays. Even if you have a standard, unlocked Dream it will need to have the original factory bootloader (hboot 0.95.3000) or a development bootloader that supports fastboot in order to install the new build. We're expecting to see hacks putting 1.6 onto regular devices soon, but for most users you're probably better off waiting until an official OS release. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRFkLKRwFw[/youtube]
showing up on the company's Nordic support site. Tipped to address issues of slow screen transitions, sluggishness of apps - including HTC Sense, the company's UI makeover - and generally speed up the system as a whole, it seems reasonable to assume that HTC will be pushing out other regional variants imminently. The new firmware doesn't just make the Hero more speedy; it also brings with it a tweak to the 5-megapixel camera. That tweak adds touch-to-focus, a feature seen on some of HTC's Windows Mobile smartphones. A PC is required to install the ROM, which is a free download. It's unclear whether this is a regionally-specific update - e.g. solely for those HTC Hero handsets in Denmark - or one suitable for across the board; we'll be keeping an eye on other HTC regional sites to see what turns up there, too. Update: There's talk from a Swedish forum that HTC support in that country are advising not to use this update, warning that it "misses an important piece in the ROM". The "real" one is said to be coming tomorrow, though other users are claiming to have installed it with no problems; might be worth waiting to see what arrives over the weekend. [Thanks John!] Update 2: We've spoken to HTC and they say there's no problem with the ROM available on the Swedish site. [via SlashGear]
been leaked, courtesy of Haykuro of the xdadevelopers forum. The videos, which you can see below, show a new, advanced Android desktop with more widgets and a streamlined GUI. The new build is believed to have been taken from a new HTC device, possibly the Hero, and developed by a team of Android fans. Earlier this week, a video of a Hero build running on a T-Mobile G1 was published. It's unclear when the new firmware - which seems to be going by the codename Rosie - will be released. More screenshots here. [vms 47e897f954495eab16a8] [Thanks hakeem5!]
been updated with the new features to be found in the official G1 RC-33 upgrade. JFv1.41-RC33, the handiwork of JesusFreke and friends, adds multitouch, auto-rotate, and more straightforward access to the underlying Linux OS than the standard G1 has. The custom firmware does not, though, include one of RC-33's key features: the radio update. This is left as a separate update, so as to avoid multiple flashes of the radio every time the v1.41 update is run. While there's no definite word from T-Mobile as to what exactly the RC-33 radio update addresses, it's hoped that it will have a positive influence on battery life. Remember, if you've got a question about JFv1.41-RC33 or any custom firmware, you can raise it in the Android Community forums. As ever, you can brick your cellphone if you make a mistake updating it, so it's better to have all the details before rather than after.
Fixes: Comcast fails to download more than 1 email Symptom(s): No error message but it stays on “Load More Messages” without ever pulling another email. “Messages” Stability Issue Symptom(s): When trying to send a message or exit the “Messaging” application you receive a pop up message that reads “Sorry! Activity Messaging (in application Messaging) is not responding. Force Close Wait” WiFi forcing a logout of IM Symptom(s): While using the IM clients on the G1 if you turn on or off WiFi the sessions are terminated and you will need to sign back in. No reminders for calendar items. Symptom(s): Missing appointments due to the lack of a reminder. G1 hanging at the G1 Screen Symptom(s): A small number of G1 devices hanging at the G1 screen during the initial power up New Features: Support “Check For Upgrades” (New feature to check for system upgrades) Voice Search (New Google feature for searching) Ability to save pictures recieved as MMS Ability to report offensive comments in the Market as SPAM[via WebNetta]
voice-controlled searching to the T-Mobile G1, part of the new feature set introduced in the latest firmware update. The widget has been integrated into both the Android browser and the home screen search bar, in the form of a new microphone icon. Tapping the icon brings up a "Speak now" prompt, at which point you can search for multi-word terms. If the app doesn't correctly recognize your voice, you can also choose the arrow to the right of the search box and see a drop-down list of other suggested interpretations. The Google Android team claim to be working on refining the recognition algorithms for future updates. The functionality also works within the Android browser, and can be accessed by choosing Menu > Search and tapping the microphone icon. Unfortunately the new functionality is currently only available in the US, with the RC-33 firmware rolling out over this coming week. Have you tried voice-controlled searching on the G1? Impressed or disappointed? [gallery]