FAQS: Your HTC Desire Questions Answered #5

Here’s another dose of FAQs based on recent emails to MyHTCDesire:

  1. [When] will the Desire be getting Gingerbread?
    There’s been no confirmation yet so we really don’t know.  Gingerbread should be released very soon (rumour says 11 November) and some time around that release date HTC will let us know whether we’re getting that update or not.  Gingerbread itself can’t be far from release as Google added a Gingerbread man to their lawn on 22 October (signifying the upcoming release):
  2. I’ve been having issues with my phone and have been advised to perform a factory reset, is there any way around this?
    Depending on the type of issue you’re having, a factory reset might avoidable.  In any case, it’s always good to make a full backup of everything (how to) to make sure you suffer minimal data loss in case you do end up performing a factory reset.  If you’re told the solution is a factory reset then that’s probably the best solution, but if it just seems like a software related issue you could go through and uninstall recently installed apps to see if they’re causing the issues.
  3. How do I sync my Hotmail account with the Mail app?
    Instructions on how to setup Hotmail with the Desire can be found here.  Hotmail uses the POP3 protocol to make your mail accessible on 3rd party clients (such as the Mail app).  It basically downloads a copy of your emails to your phone, and then anything you do to that email only affects the copy you have on your phone.  If you delete that email on your phone then it won’t delete the original in your Hotmail inbox.
    There’s one option in the Mail app which I don’t use, but it may be of use to others:  Account Settings > Receive Settings > Delete mail on Server. It means that as soon as you receive the email (not when you delete) to your Desire it will be deleted from your actual Hotmail account.  If you then login to Hotmail on your computer, or check your Hotmail on another client then you won’t see that email.  Your Desire has the only copy, so when you delete it from there it’s gone
  4. How do I turn off predictive typing?
    Settings > Language & keyboard > Touch Input > Text input > Prediction.  You can toggle it on/off there
  5. How can I download photos to my PC?
    Connect your phone via the USB cable.  When prompted select Disk Drive mode.  Your phone will appear as a removable storage device on your computer.  Go to dcim/100MEDIA and you’ll find all your photos in there.  Alternatively, you can use DoubleTwist as a fully featured management application for your phone
  6. When will the Desire be getting HTCSense.com features?
    Again, there’s no official word on whether the Desire will be getting these features (which are on the Desire Z and HD).  According to some people, HTC claim that htcsense.com will be for all phones in the Desire family, including the original Desire.  If you’re impatient, then you can already get this new functionality by installing one of the HD ROMs from XDA-Developers.
    If we were to get Gingerbread and htcsense.com then HTC would need to update 3 things: htcsense.com for Desire, Gingerbread for Desire and htcsense.com for Gingerbread – it would actually make more Sense (slight pun intended) if there was just one update containing htcsense.com on Gingerbread, especially considering how slow all the network providers are in providing just one update.
  7. What does “For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in Android Market” mean and how do I get rid of it?
    This message means that your phone is currently set to only install applications you download via the Market.  To install other applications just go on: Settings > Applications >Unknow sources
  8. What’s the best book reader for the Desire?
    I’ve grown a pretty strong liking to Kindle, but there are alternatives such as Laputa (which has a massive collection of free books) and Aldiko
  9. Where can I get the adb driver from?
    You can download the drivers from here or if those don’t work then use this guide to get the latest drivers from the Android SDK
  10. I’m on Froyo, and still running out of space – what can I do?
    There’s 2 main things you can do:
    1) Force Froyo to install all apps to SD card – instructions
    2) Root your Desire and use app2ext instead (which installs the full app to SD card instead of part to phone and part to SD)
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