Owners of the HTC Desire on Orange will notice that the Talk (AKA GTalk and Google Talk) is missing from their phone.  I’m guessing this is only to promote their own custom IM application, which has an extra cost attached to it.  Don’t worry though, here’s a quick and easy way to get the application on your Desire.  Just follow the simple steps below:

  1. Download and install Astro File Manager from the Market (if you don’t have it already)
  2. Download the Talk.apk from here
  3. If you downloaded this on your phone skip to Step 4
    If you downloaded this on your computer skip to Step 5
    1. Open Astro file manager
    2. Click on Downloads
    3. Select Talk.apk
    1. Connect your Desire to computer and mount as USB
    2. Copy the Talk.apk file to your phone
    3. Open Astro file manager
    4. Browse to where you’ve put Talk.apk
    5. Select Talk.apk
  4. Select Open App Manager from the two options that appear on Astro
  5. Click Install
  6. Install the application as any normal app.  If you get an Install blocked message, just go to Settings and make sure the Unknown sources box is checked
  7. Open your menu and you should see Talk appear!

The Talk application will sign in automatically (unless you set it not to) and let you talk to any of your GMail contacts via Instant Messenger.  It’s a lot better than other IM apps in the sense that it doesn’t need to keep asking the server if there’s new messages, instead it uses PUSH to get messages to your phone.  This means no extra battery drain and fast notifications!

Thanks to fooby1420 for the original upload.

Ever wondered what one of these is:

Well this is actually what is known as a QR Code or a 2D barcode.  It’s a barcode which can contain a piece of information such as a weblink, chunk of text or even a business card.
On Android it’s commonly used to let you download apps, or visit websites that you’re viewing on your computer to your Android phone.

To use one is really easy, just go to the Market and search for “Barcode Scanner”.  It’s a free app.  Download and install.  Then, whenever you see this code of you can run the app, scan the code and see what information the barcode has.  If it’s an app, it will take you to the Market entry for that app or if it’s a weblink it’ll open in the browser and if it’s a piece of text then it’ll be displayed onscreen for you to read.

QR Codes are generally featured on app websites the likes of AndroLib or even single app websites like Replica Island

You’ll find them becoming popular on commercial products too.  For example I recently bought a can of Pepsi which had one of these codes on.  Scanning it took me to a webpage with a Pepsi competition on!

To test it out just try scanning the code above with your phone!

sancho1983 at HUKD has kindly compiled a huge list of popular games and applications that have been suggested by various members on HUKD.  Here’s the list:

Handcent SMS – Much better than the stock Messaging facility
Anycut – create your own shortcuts to particular functions (or create shortcuts to apps with “cleaner” names to look nicer)
Facebook
Twidtroid – Twitter App
eBuddy – Messenger
Foursquare – Gps social networking helps you discover new places in your city (www.foursquare.com)
Mobisle Notes – Notepad + to do list
Barcode scanner
Locale – allows you to set location based profiles, sound off at work with wifi turned on, different backrround out of work etc etc
Evernote – Note taking and clipping, uploads everything into the cloud, use on your pc aswell (http://www.evernote.com
Movies – Local showing times, film reviews etc
Pkt Auctions Ebay – ebay app
Shazam – music identifier
Telegraph.co.uk – news on the go
Fotmob – football live scores
Advanced task killer – stiop background apps
eoeappinstaller – allows you to install .apks from the net and install them (so you can get the pro versions for “free”
Key Ring – carry your reward cards(with barcodes) on your phone!
Photoshop mobile
Opera 5 mini – Browser (upgrade to Opera Mobile when released)
Torrent Fu – manage torrents on your PC from your phone, scan barcodes when you are out and start downloading at home
Wavesecure – security app
Tunes remote – itunes remote control
Swype – keyboard replacement, drag across the letters to input text, amazing!

Co-pilot
Facebook
Pocket Ebay
Paypal
Engadget
http://phandroid.com/2008/10/09/andr…control-sweet/
Alarming!
Barcode Scanner
SMS Backup/Restore
Midomi
PktAuctionseBay
Swype
Astro
yxFlash
Alarm Clock
Barcode Scanner
Battery Status
Beebplayer
Car Mode
Close Everything
Copilot Sat Nav (26.99)
EZCam (0.99p)
Google maps(updates maps on the phone with added speech support)
GPS Tracker
GTraffic
HotdealUK App
Imusic
ISpy
Newspapers
NotePad
Shazam
Sleep Timer
SMS Popup
Telegraph
TorchLight
Touch Timer
Voice Caller ID
Voice Recorder
WeatherBug
Widget bluetooth
Widget WIFI
Widget Screen brightness
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=55346
Hullomail
Handcent
DG_TrainTimes (made by dgoulston)
Gesture search
Twidroid
Facebook
Robo Defense
Google Translate
PicSay
beebPlayer
3G Watchdog
Movies
BBC News
Quickpedia
Dolphin Browser
Soccer Live
Last.fm
Shazam
Goggles
Listen
Flashlight
Astro File manager
TasKiller
Compass
Gmote
Google Sky
Shopper
Steamy Windows
Tricorder (Feels like your using a star trek gadget)
Zombie, Run (Real world google map zombies. You literally run away from them)
Photoshop Mobile
Opera Mini 5 (still beta but I think this will become a good browser)
Mother TED (Watch TED videos)
Gesture Bar (for gesture search)
Cardio Trainer

Games:-

Australia Vs England, ashes cricket (£1.49)
Abduction
Bubble bubble
Coloroid
Droid mini golf
Draviturn
Dunk it
Grid droid
Jewls
Labyrinth lite
Orbs knock Off
Phit Droid
Pinball
Poke a mole
Trap
WordWrench
Toon Wars
ShootU
Asphalt
Wave Racer
SpeedX
Speed Racer
There’s on similar to WipeOut but in mines (I’ll change this to the name once I remember)
Replica Island (free)
Blow It Up!
Raging Thunder
Home Run Battle

Here’s part 2 of the Application Recommendations.  This is jetpac’s list who thoughtfully provided a brief description of almost every application/game in the list.

Apps:

Handcent SMS – Much better than the stock Messaging facility
Anycut – create your own shortcuts to particular functions (or create shortcuts to apps with “cleaner” names to look nicer)
Facebook
Twidtroid – Twitter App
eBuddy – Messenger
Foursquare – Gps social networking helps you discover new places in your city (www.foursquare.com)
Mobisle Notes – Notepad + to do list
Barcode scanner
Locale – allows you to set location based profiles, sound off at work with wifi turned on, different backrround out of work etc etc
Evernote – Note taking and clipping, uploads everything into the cloud, use on your pc aswell (http://www.evernote.com
Movies – Local showing times, film reviews etc
Pkt Auctions Ebay – ebay app
Shazam – music identifier
Telegraph.co.uk – news on the go
Fotmob – football live scores
Advanced task killer – stiop background apps
eoeappinstaller – allows you to install .apks from the net and install them (so you can get the pro versions for “free”
Key Ring – carry your reward cards(with barcodes) on your phone!
Photoshop mobile
Opera 5 mini – Browser (upgrade to Opera Mobile when released)
Torrent Fu – manage torrents on your PC from your phone, scan barcodes when you are out and start downloading at home
Wavesecure – security app
Tunes remote – itunes remote control
Swype – keyboard replacement, drag across the letters to input text, amazing!

Games/entertainment:

Puzzle Blox
Tamgram Pro
Life stories – Collects feeds from sites like Texts from last night and F*** my Life, Very funny stuff for passing the time

Application Recommendations Part 1

There’s so many applications to choose from in the Android Market, here’s a few lists provided by members at HUKD.  I’ll post up a “Top” list later on that picks out the most common applications from these lists.

spritey the_porter Agharta MrBrightside1987 garbage456
Co-pilot footmob4 iTunes Remote Opera Car Mode
Facebook XBMC Remote Alarming! Close Everything
Pocket Ebay Barcode Scanner Copilot Sat Nav (26.99)
Paypal SMS Backup/Restore EZCam (0.99p)
Movies Midomi Google maps(updates maps on the phone with added speech support)
Co-pilot PktAuctionseBay GPS Tracker
Locale Swype GTraffic
Engadget Astro HotdealUK App
yxFlash Imusic
Beebplayer ISpy
Alarm Clock Newspapers
Barcode Scanner NotePad
Battery Status Shazam
Beebplayer Sleep Timer
Games SMS Popup
Labyrinth Telegraph
WordWrench TorchLight
Toon Wars Touch Timer
ShootU Voice Caller ID
Asphalt Voice Recorder
Wave Racer WeatherBug
SpeedX Widget bluetooth
Speed Racer Widget WIFI
Speed Forge £d Widget Screen brightness
Replica Island (free) Games
Blow It Up! Australia Vs England, ashes cricket (£1.49)
Raging Thunder Abduction
Home Run Battle Bubble bubble
Coloroid
Droid mini golf
Draviturn
Dunk it
Grid droid
Jewls
Labyrinth lite
Orbs knock Off
Phit Droid
Pinball
Poke a mole
Trap