This guide shows you how to replace the default Android font (Droid Sans) with a custom font of your choosing.

Requirements

  1. A rooted HTC Desire
  2. The font package zip file – link
  3. The font changer .apk file – link

Installation

  1. Copy the font-package.zip file to your SD card
  2. Reboot your phone in recovery mode – instructions below if you don’t know how:
    • Using adb: type in Command Prompt/Terminal: adb reboot recovery
    • Using Boot Control widget: click the widget and select Recovery console
    • Manually: turn off your phone.  Turn on your phone holding the power key down.  Select recovery from the menu that appears
  3. Select install zip from sd card and select the font-package.zip file
  4. Once the install is complete restart your phone.
  5. Install the Font Changer apk file (instructions here if you don’t know how)

How to Change Font

  1. Run Font Changer. You’ll be presented with a list of fonts that you can choose from
  2. Select a font that you like and a preview will appear
  3. If you’re happy press Yes, then press Yes again when prompted to restart your phone
  4. When it’s restarted you’ll see that the system font will have changed to your selection!

How to Revert back to the Default Font

  1. Download the font-reset.zip file from here
  2. Copy the file to SD card
  3. Reboot into recovery and install the font-reset.zip file. Restart phone
  4. Uninstall Font Changer from your applications

Credits

martino2k6 for the font changer apk and update.zip files (link)

This is the first of a new series I’ll be writing which aims to introduce apps to MyHTCDesire readers. The apps will vary including new apps, useful apps and other apps that I feel deserve a mention. If you do discover any apps that you want me to include in the next article just get in touch using the contact details on the right!

If you’re using ChromeToPhone or FoxToPhone you can click any of the QR Codes to send the link to your phone, which opens up in the Market.

Springpad

1. Springpad

Springpad makes it easy to save notes, products and places you want to remember

Author: Spring Partners, Inc.
Price: Free

My Review

Springpad let’s you keep track of pretty much everything! Whether it’s a movie you want to watch, a task you need to complete or even a shopping list, SpringPad manages everything with a great looking interface too. It keeps everything sync-ed with the springpad website, although you might want to make sure that any personal items are marked as private in the settings section of their website.

Market Description:
v. 1.0.12
* Adds support for Android 1.6 devices

Springpad saves the things you want to remember. Notes, tasks, lists, wines, recipes and more. Scan barcodes, take photos, search nearby places. Automatically organizes and enhances what you save with useful links. Syncs with springpadit.com for universal access.
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psx4droid (PSX Emulator)

2. psx4droid (PSX Emulator)

psx4droid is the famous PSX emulator for Android 2.x devices! Fast and featured!

Author: ZodTTD
Price: $5.99

My Review

This emulator lets you play SonyPlaystation games on your Android phone. When I orignally tried it with Crash Bandicoot 3 it was very slow, but I’ve since upgraded to the latest version and changed the framerate to 30fps and it seems to run a lot better – though it can lag at times. If you find your favourite games aren’t working then you might want to get a refund for now, but keep track of this app as I can only see it getting better!

Market Description:
psx4droid, the Sony Playstation (PSX/PS1) emulator for high-end Androids.

Fast and feature packed including:
– Uses formats BIN,ISO,IMG,PBP,Z,ZNX, and Eboot (compressed too)
– WiiMote controller works
– Trackball dpad
– Memory card & save states.
– Virtual control overlays
– Scaling modes
– more!

Thanks,
ZodTTD and yongzh
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Kindle for Android

3. Kindle for Android

Kindle books on your phone including thousands of free books. No Kindle required

Author: Amazon Mobile
Price: Free

My Review

This is an app that I couldn’t live without. I use it everyday during the commute to Manchester and it has a massive collection including most of my favourite books. I’ve not yet found the Riddle Master of Hed on it, but I hope it’s only a matter of time until it arrives. I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to switch to ebooks instead of physical books, but after reading through the first two I’ve gotten used to it and not looked back. I could go on about the advantages of ebooks, but this review’s about the app so I’ll stop here.

Market Description:
Read more than 630,000* Kindle books on your Android phone including thousands of free books. No Kindle required. Auto synchronizes your last page read between devices with Amazon Whispersync. Adjust the text size, color mode, and brightness.

1.0.3:Enables UK store

*If you are a non-US customer, book availability may vary
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K-9 Mail

4. K-9 Mail

K-9 is the best email client for Android. It’s incredibly powerful and 100% free

Author: K-9 Dog Walkers
Price: Free

My Review

While the HTC Mail application is fantastic and I’m sure that a lot of people are happy with it, I needed an alternate mail so I could switch between custom ROMs (Sense-based and Sense-less) without the worry of having to setup all my mail accounts again (which there’s over 10 of). I can easily backup everything in K9 Mail and restore it in any ROM regardless of whether it has HTC Mail or not.
If you’re not happy with HTC Mail then this is definitely the next best thing.

Market Description:
New in 3.0: Copy & Paste, PGP support w/APG, Launcher shortcuts, Display of Emoji, Archive & Spam Buttons – More at: http://bit.ly/new_k9

K-9 Mail is an open-source e-mail client with search, push mail, multi-folder sync, flagging and refiling, signatures, bcc-self, configurable alerts and more! # K9 Mail
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StumbleUpon

5. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds the best of the web, just for you

Author: StumbleUpon.
Price: Free

My Review

If you’re ever looking for websites containing content you’re interested in, or if you’re just looking to browse the Internet aimlessly then StumbleUpon is for you. It presents you with recommended content based on your preferences, and it learns from your habits to make sure it’s only giving you relevant results.

Description:
StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds the best of the web, recommended just for you. Every time you click Stumble!, we’ll show you sites that have been selected based on your preferences and recommendations from millions of users who share your interests. So you see more of what you want and less of what you don’t.
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Tumblr

6. Tumblr

Tumblr for Android. The easiest way to blog.


Author: Tumblr
Price: Free

My Review

If you’re on Tumblr then this app is perfect for you. I don’t use it myself (don’t have a Tumblr blog) but I’ve seen a friend using it to post up photos and videos taken with her phone to her blog. It has a really clean and simple interface and you can very easily create new posts for your blog.

Market Description:
Tumblr for Android. The easiest way to blog.

Features:

• Post to Tumblr. Support for Text, Photo, Link, Chat, Quote, Audio and Video. Set advanced post options and edit, too.
• Built-in Dashboard. View, like and reblog posts.
• View your blogs. See your posts, drafts and queue.
• Landscape support.
• Share menu support.
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Laputa Book Reader

7. Laputa Book Reader

****
New Version: v3.0.3
Restart your device if the icon cannot be linked to your Laputa!
Bug Fixed!


Author: Laputa Team
Price: Free

My Review

If you’re looking for a free alternative to Kindle, then this is the closest thing. Although the catalog isn’t as big as Kindles, Laputa still has a huge collection of books where are all free to download. I actually started off with this before Kindle, and only switched after a few months when I’d read all the books I wanted to.

Market Description:
****
New Version: v3.0.3
Restart your device if the icon cannot be linked to your Laputa!
Bug Fixed!
****

Just the ibooks on Android

Improved points:
+ User Reading Experience
+ Flip Effect
+ More stable

New features:
+ Font Face
+ Gutenberg Project Supported
+ Manybook Supported
+ Full screen setting

Q? Mail us!
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Searchify

8. Searchify

Perform translation, calculation, unit conversion and more from the search box.

Author: Oliver Lan
Price: Free

My Review

Though it’s not one I use on a daily basis, this app definitely has some novelty value. It uses voice input for you to tell it what you want to convert, then it quickly interpretates and converts your input into the relevant output, be that unit conversion, calculation or language translation.

Market Description:
Searchify lets you perform translation, calculation, unit conversion, wikipedia search, calendar entry, calendar search and more just by typing into the quick search box or search widget.

Make sure you enable the app in your phone settings!

1.1.4: for Froyo, made keywords case-insensitive

Try my new app: Touch Calendar!
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If you’ve been experiencing issues on your Desire where the battery doesn’t seem to last as much as it should then you can use this guide to extend your battery life.  People have reported their batteries holding charge for double the time they used to after following these steps.

Obviously if your battery is performing well already then doing this won’t have any real benefits!

Instructions

  1. Turn your phone on and charge it for 8 hours or more
  2. Unplug the charger
  3. Turn your phone off and charge it for one hour
  4. Unplug the charger
  5. Turn on the phone and wait 2 minutes
  6. Turn your phone off and charge it for one hour
  7. Unplug, turn it on and use as normal.  Your battery life should now be a lot better 🙂

You only need to do this once.  If you keep experiencing issues with your battery you should contact HTC or your network provider for support.

Notes

Although this will calibrate your battery and cause it to hold charge better, your battery life will still be affected by the apps you use (needless to say really).  Main battery hogging applications include Instant Messaging apps (MSN, AIM etc), GPS powered apps (CoPilot, Maps, Layar), video apps (RockPlayer, YouTube) and so on.  Just remember that whenever you finish using these apps make sure you close them properly, using the quit menu if there’s one available.  You can also visit my earlier tutorial on how to preserve your battery life here.

Credits

This tutorial is based on the original post by OneStepAhead on XDA.

Chrome-To-Phone is a nifty little tool that let’s you send maps, videos, web links and text from your web browser to your Android phone.

Requirements

  1. Android 2.2 running on your Desire
  2. Chrome-To-Phone App (link at end of post)
  3. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser on your computer

Setup

  1. Install the Chrome To Phone app on your Desire (search “Chrome to Phone” in the Market)
  2. If you’re using Mozilla Firefox get the Fox-to-Phone addon from here and install it
    If you’re using Google Chrome get the Google Chrome to Phone extension from here and install it
  3. Run the Chrome To Phone app on your phone:
    • select the Gmail account you want to use
    • choose whether you want links to open automatically – I prefer manual
  4. Login to GMail on your browser – use the same address as the one you selected in Chrome to Phone
  5. That’s it – you’re ready for Chrome to Phone!

Using Chrome to Phone

You can now send content from your web browser to your phone:

Web pages

Just click the Send to Phone icon next to the Address Bar to send the current web page to your phone

Images

Right-click any image on a page and select “Send this image to Android” to view it on your phone

Text

Highlight any text, right-click and choose “Send this text to Android”.  The text will be copied to your phones clipboard and you can post it into any input box.

When you’ve sent content to your phone it’ll either open automatically, or appear as a notification (depending on your preference in Chrome to Phone), and you can click the notification to view the page in your phone browser:

Special Link Types

When you send certain link types they’ll be opened in a specific application.  Details are as follows:

  1. YouTube – any YouTube pages will be opened in the YouTube application
  2. Maps – if you send a Google Maps page it’ll open in the Google Maps app
  3. smsto:// – if a webpage has a link using the smsto:// protocol it will open in your default messaging application with the recipient field filled in
  4. market:// – any market links will launch the Android Market
  5. tel:// – will open your default call application and dial in the number for you

Chrome to Phone Mobile App

The Chrome to Phone mobile app can be found in the Android Market.  Details are:

Google Chrome to Phone

Send links, maps, phone numbers, & more from your Chrome browser to your phone!
Author
: Google Inc.
Price: Free
Description:
Google Chrome to Phone lets you easily share links, maps, and currently selected phone numbers and text between your computer running Chrome and your phone. You also need to install the Chrome browser extension on your computer, which can be found by searching for ‘Chrome to Phone’ at http://chrome.google.com/extensions/
QR Code
http://market.android.com/search?q=pname:com.google.android.apps.chrometophone

Enjoy! 🙂

Google Voice Actions / Voice Search

Yesterday Google announced a new and improved version of the Voice Search application which is known being referred to as Google Voice Actions.  As the new name suggests, it doesn’t only allow voice searching, but lets you perform lots of other actions with your phone too including:

  • listen to music title/artist/album
  • note to self note
  • send text to recipient
  • send email to recipient
  • call recipient
  • navigate to location
  • directions to location
  • map of location
  • go to website URL

You can start using this straight away as the application should now be on the Android Market when you search for “Voice Search”.  Here’s a QR code to help you out.
Google Voice Actions / Voice Search
Direct link for mobile readers

Search Widget

To accompany this new app, Google have also launched a new Search Widget which you can also download right now from the Android Market:
Google Search Widget
Direct link for mobile readers

Bear in mind that you will need Froyo to be able to run this new app.  Enjoy!

According to Google this is the start of small updates to the Android OS coming via the Market.

FAQ

1.  When installing an application I get an error saying “for security your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in the Android market”?
Go to Settings > Applications and tick the Unknown sources box.  Press OK when the “Attention” box appear and this message will no longer appear.

2.  What’s currently the best way to root the Desire?
I strongly recommend using Unrevoked.  I posted up a couple of tutorials, one using Windows and the other using a Linux Live CD (I prefer this method).

3.  Can I Play DivX Videos on Froyo?
Yes.  There was a rumour that DivX playback would be supported in Froyo but it doesn’t look like it is.  However, you can download RockPlayer from the Market which is capable of playing DivX and many other video formats flawlessly

4. How Can I Move Apps to SD Card in Froyo?
Go on Settings > Applications > Manage Applications.  Under “Downloaded” or “All” select the app you want to move.  Click the button labelled “Move to SD Card”.
The above method works for apps which support apps to sd.  If you’ve rooted your phone you can use the ModInstallLocation which allows you to force all apps to be installed to SD card.  Alternatively you can use a ROM which has the unofficial A2SD and use that by creating an ext partition on your SD card.

5.  How Can I Delete Files on my Phone?
You can either connect your phone to computer via USB, set it in Disk Drive mode and manage all your files from the computer.  Or you can download a File Manager application such as FileGo, Astro File Manager or EStrongs File Manager and use it to manage all your SD card contents directly from the phone.

6.  How Do I Manually Close an Application?
Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Running.  Select the application you want to close and press “Force stop”

7.  Does Unrevoked work on Linux?
Yes, in fact I’ve written a tutorial on how to run it on Linux here

8.  What Partition Sizes Should I Use When Formatting To Ext?
I have an 8GB card and have found 2GB for the ext 2 to be plenty.  Swap space isn’t really required and can be set to 0, though I keep it set to 32MB.  The remaining 6GB seems to be enough to hold all my data for now, which includes photos, videos, ROMS and ScummVM games.  I’ve had the 2GB partition for over 10 months and haven’t yet come to filling it.

9.  Where Can I View A Changelog for Froyo?
There’s no official changelog available that I’ve heard of.  However, the folks at XDA-Developers have compiled a massive list of all the changes that are included in Froyo which you can view here

10.  When Will Froyo Be Available in Asia?
No date is confirmed yet.  If you got your Desire shipped from Europe to Asia then you should already have Froyo.  If you bought it in Asia then there’s no news on a release date yet.

This morning I asked people on Twitter to recommend me a car charger for my Desire and within minutes I received plenty of responses.  Here’s a summary of those recommendations from the MiHTCDesire Twitter followers (tried to include postage wherever possible):

  1. Official HTC Desire Car Charger (Jen Catter and 3 others)
    Price:  £11
    Link: Amazon UK
  2. Tesco USB Car Charger (SuperRon08)
    Price: Unknown
  3. Staples 4-in-1 USB Charger plus Cigarette Lighter (FarHanSolo)
    Price: £9.99
    Link: In-store only
  4. Cigarette Lighter to USB Adapter/Charger (salleq)
    Price: £1.80 (can take a few weeks for delivery)
    Link: Deal Extreme
  5. MicroUSB Car Charger (adewilt)
    Price: £4
    Link: eBay
  6. Monkey Motor Kit (ratcatchervw)
    Price: £15.49
    Link: Memory Card Zoo

For Netherland readers, I was recommended the website pdashop.nl by reinerzijl although he didn’t specify a certain product.

Quite a few people suggested the Official HTC charger and so I was pretty tempted to go for one but the one on eBay for £4 sounded like a steal so I went for that instead.  I’ll switch to the official one if there’s any problems with it.

I’ll try to get more details from superron08 for the Tesco charger and update this post when I do.

Thanks to everyone for the replies 🙂