O2: HTC Desire In Stock

Those who have been waiting around for the HTC Desire on O2, then you’ll be please to know that it’s now available (they’ve been taking orders all week) and some people have already received their phones.

If you’re in the middle of an existing contract, then there’s the opportunity to get an in-contract upgrade for £285.  You stay on your current price plan and it doesn’t restart your contract.  It’s just a one-off cost of £285 for the phone, which is a bargain if you ask me! (Thanks Adam Leyton for clarifying this).

The standard deals are those which were posted earlier, though bear in mind that if you order through Topcashback, there’s a potential £35 cashback:

O2 HTC Desire Contracts

Considering all the negative attention Vodafone are attracting with their “unlimited data” being limited to a measly 500MB, I’d personally suggest going for O2 if you’re stuck between the two.

DEAL: HTC Desire £285 On O2

This deal is for anyone already on an O2 contract, even if it’s O2 Simplicity 30 days.

Info

  • You buy this phone for a one-off cost of £285.
  • It doesn’t affect your existing contract, if you’re 9 months in, that’s where it’ll carry on.
  • At the end of your minimum term of contract, you upgrade as normal.  The Desire isn’t taken into account at all.  It’s almost as if you received a discount on a Pay As You Go phone as reward for being an existing customer

How To Get It

  1. Ring 202 from your O2 phone
  2. Press 2 to say you’re an existing customer
  3. Press 2 to select Order/Upgrade options
  4. Press 2 to select Upgrades
  5. Ask the person you get put through to that you want to buy a HTC Desire
  6. If they say that they can’t offer it to you say you know other people that were able to buy it for this price
  7. If they ask if you want to be put through to upgrades, say yes, then repeat steps 5 and 6

FAQ

  1. Can I get it on PAYG?
    No, this deal is for contract customers only, even if you’re on a 1 month Simplicity deal
  2. I’m being told that I need to be put on a 24 month deal, is that right?
    No, tell them you want to keep your contract but just want to buy the phone
  3. I’m being told I need a smartphone simcard and my current “web bolt-on” isn’t enough
    Some people are being told that but just tell them that you’re going to use WiFi mostly and won’t need the smartphone sim.  If they persist just end the call and try again.

Final Tip

Make sure you confirm that this is a one-off purchase, that your contract is unaffected and that the price you’re paying is £285

Discussion

This deal was posted by spottydog on HUKD here.  There you can find discussion of the deal, and other peoples experience of what they had to say to get it at this price.  Don’t be put off that it says ‘EXPIRED’ in the title, that was just some other persons misunderstanding of the deal.
I’ve ordered one myself so know for definite that it works. I’m on a 12 month O2 Simplicity deal, and only 6 months into my current contract.

Car Chargers – Reader Recommendations

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 :)

This Week On Twitter #3

Gingerbread Hits AOSP

Gingerbread is the latest version of Android (version 2.3).  It’s currently unknown whether or not the HTC Desire will be getting it.  However, the good news is that the source code for it has just been released on AOSP (Android Original Source Project), which means that it’s available for developers to download, tweak and compile for use on devices.  We can expect custom ROMs to start being released over this weekend for the Desire from talented developers such as AdamG and RichardTrip who you can find in the Desire Development section of XDA-Developers.

Kindle For Android Version 2 Released

This morning users with the Kindle application will have received a new update in the Android Market for this application.  The new update brings a series of new features, 2 of my favourites being scrolling through pages using the volume keys, and having the store accessible within the app instead of opening a new browser window.  The full list of changes is as follows:

  1. Newspapers and Magazine
  2. Zoom into images
  3. Integrated store
  4. Share progress via Social Networks
  5. Application now installable to SD Card
  6. Bug fixes
  7. I’ve noticed a Grid view, which I’m pretty certain wasn’t in the previous version

Need for Speed Shift Now in the Market

EA games has just released their Need for Speed Shift game into the Market.  The official description being:

THINK FAST! DRIVE FASTER! OPTIMIZED FOR ANDROID™! Drive 20 awesome cars including the BMW M3 GT2, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Pagani Zonda. Features 18 tracks in 3 stunning locations, Quick Race and Career Modes, 3 difficulty settings, and physics-based accelerated 3D graphics.

I guess they’re a little late as the latest console version is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (also available on iPhone), but any 3D game being added to the Android Market is welcome by me.

If you want it, here’s the QR code for you to download it from the Market:

PlayStation Application for Android Coming Soon

Unfortunately, it won’t let you play PlayStation games on it, but it’s still useful in the sense that you can access your PlayStation Network (PSN) account to see your friends statuses, learn about new games and share news via social networks.  Whilst that doesn’t sound like a lot, we’re promised lots of new features to come.  You read more about it on the Official PlayStation Blog

Changes to the Android Market

The past few weeks have introduced several new changes to the Android Market, most of which you’ve already noticed but here’s a summary in case you haven’t:

  1. Application descriptions can now be up to 4,000 characters long
  2. There’s a field for recent changes
  3. The refund time for applications is 15 minute instead of the previous 24 hours
  4. There’s a new tab for Similar applications
  5. The biggest update is a new UI for the Market, which I haven’t received myself but I’m told should be available shortly.  Here’s a preview of it on YouTube:
    <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdex2J43Jo”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdex2J43Jo</a>

Facebook Application Receives A New Update

As you can tell, this week’s mostly been about application updates. People on Facebook can enjoy a new update to the Facebook application which allows:

  • Chat
  • Push notifications.  This is a lot better for battery life because it means the app works in the same way as Talk or Gmail.  Instead of having to connect to the server every so often to check if there’s any new updates, Facebooks servers themselves send out an update to your phone as soon as the update becomes available.
  • Some bug fixes

Google App Inventor Beta Now Open to the Public

If you missed the previous announcement, App Inventor is a way for anyone to develop Android applications using a simple web browser based interface.

You learn more about it, and signup to start using it here

Update to Google Goggles Solves Sudoku Puzzles!

Google Goggles was one of the novelty applications that I downloaded when I got my phone, but quickly forgot about.  A new update to this application today added a series of tweaks and improvements (making it faster and results more reliable) as well as a few new features:

  1. QR codes recognised by scanning.  Instead of having to take a picture, you just need to bring your camera over a QR code for it to be recognised and show you the information it contains
  2. Scanning of newspaper and magazine adverts.  This feature is for US users where adverts in magazines and newspapers since August 2010 should be recognised by the application, however this feature currently doesn’t seem to be working for quite a lot of ads.
  3. Solving Sudoku puzzles.  I’ve tried this and really does work, and amazingly fast too!  Just take a picture of a puzzle, select the Solve option and you’ll see your phone showing you the solution in a matter of seconds.

If you don’t have Goggles already you can download using the QR code below (click it if you’re browsing on your phone):

 

Once downloaded you can try out the Sudoku feature on the puzzle below:

 

GAME: Worms (Kind Of) Available For Android

The video below shows one of my favourite childhood games, Worms, running on a HTC Desire.

The game is already out, but unfortunately not available on the Market.  To download you need to visit EA’s mobile game store on your phone and purchase from there.  Payments are processed by Bango.

 

If you don’t trust Bango, or can’t see the game on the EA site yet then we can only hope EA see the sense in releasing it to the Android Market.  Personally I’m holding off buying if and until its on the Market, but it’s still exciting news to finally have this game on the HTC Desire and other Android phones.

MIUI ROM Beta #5 – Preview

If you’ve rooted your phone, then you’ve most likely heard of the MIUI ROM.  If you haven’t, then it’s about time you found out about it!

MIUI is a custom ROM built by a team of developers in China.  Unlike most other ROMs, MIUI not only gives a complete UI overhaul to Android (iOS like in some cases) but it also introduces a massive range of new features.

The newest version of MIUI is due for release on 31st December, and the video below shows a preview of what’s to come:

Feature List From the Video

  1. iPhone style homescreen, with widget support
  2. Custom themes to change the full design of the ROM
  3. Quick toggle for most settings in the notification screen
  4. Fancy animations
  5. New music player application with lyrics support
  6. Lockscreen music controls
  7. Unlimited homescreens
  8. Rearrange the application drawer
  9. Uninstall applications via the application drawer
  10. FAST
  11. iPhone style contacts app
  12. T9 Dialing
  13. Call Recording (needs loudspeaker to be turned on)
  14. Reject/Mute Calls
  15. Send text message when rejecting a call

If you’re interested in this ROM then the place to lookout for is: http://miui-dev.com

FAQs

  1. The ROM in the video is in Chinese, will the ROM be Chinese too?
    Although all official ROMs are released in Chinese, you can download language packs (including English) from http://miui-dev.com to translate the full ROM into your native language.  If you know what you’re doing, you could actually translate it yourself!
  2. What phones can I get MIUI on?
    MIUI is built for the HTC Desire, Google Nexus One and Motorola Milestone, however it has been ported to other devices such as the HTC Evo
  3. Which version of Android is this ROM based on?
    MIUI ROMs use the latest Froyo release, but I would expect it to be upgraded to Gingerbread at some point

A Quick Apology To Readers

This is a first post for a while and rather an important one (to me anyway).

I know that MyHTCDesire has been followed and read by thousands of visitors per day, and watching the stats grow over the months, hearing all the positive feedback and even reading some of the emails that people had taken time out just to say thanks was beyond rewarding for something I set off to do as just a hobby.

More recently I’ve gotten more and more sidetracked by other tasks until this morning I noticed that it had been a full month since the last article I published.  I want to apologise for the lack of new posts but the past month has been one of the busiest in a long time – I work full-time, been working overtime and on top of that I’ve been doing a lot of work freelance so I hardly get the opportunity to even play around with my phone, let alone taking the time out to write up my experiences.

Work’s finally calming down so I’m hoping that I’ll soon be able to go back to spending some time, every few days, if not every day to providing you with the same standard of news and articles as I previously did.

HOW TO: Delete System Applications On Rooted Phones

This tutorial shows you how to remove system applications that come installed on your phone, or ROM of your choice that you don’t actually want.

Notes

  1. If the ROM you are using has the Read/Write via Overlay Filesystem on then there’s no need to boot into recovery
  2. If you’ve used the S-OFF hack to enable full read/write access to your system partition then there’s no need to boot into recovery
  3. If you’re using the latest Amon RA Recovery, then you can just use the “Mounts” option to mount the system partition

Requirements

  1. A rooted phone
  2. The adb driver setup on your computer – how to

https://web.archive.org/web/20190327102035/http://myhtcdesire.com/tutorials/how-to-install-the-adb-driver-on-windowsVideo Tutorial

This video shows you how easy it is to do everything below!

Making the System Partition Writable

This change isn’t permanent, meaning that when you leave recovery mode your system partition will revert back to read-only.  It’s only temporarily writable so that you can get rid of those unwanted apps.

  1. Connect your Desire via USB cable
  2. Open the Command Prompt/Terminal on your computer (Start Menu > Run > Cmd)
  3. In the command prompt window type: adb reboot recovery
    Your phone should restart in recovery mode
  4. Type: adb shell
    The first character in the command prompt will change to a #
  5. Type: mount -o rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    This mounts the system partition and gives you read and write access to it

Backing Up Applications

Before you start deleting apps, I’d strongly recommend backing them up onto your computer first.  Here’s how:

  1. Type: exit
    This leaves shell mode
  2. Type: adb shell ls system/data
    You should now see a list of all the apps (.apk files) in your system folder
  3. For whichever apps you want to backup type:
    adb pull system/app/<full_name_of_app.apk> <full_name_of_app.apk>
    where <full_name_of_app.apk> is the name that was listed in step 2
  4. If you look on your computer in the directory that Command Prompt is pointing to e.g. C:/Users/Ash then you’ll see a copy of that .apk file that you just backed up

Deleting Apps

Note: PLEASE make sure you’ve backed up any applications before deleting them.
Also, be sure that you’re not deleting any important system apps like Rosie (the HTC Sense framework!).  Deleting things like Quick Office, Peep, Teeter, Facebook etc is fine.

  1. Enter shell mode again by typing: adb shell
  2. Type: cd system/app
    This takes you into the system/app folder
  3. Type: ls
    This will show you a listing of the apps (.apk files) in the folder
  4. Type: rm <full_name_of_app.apk>
    where <full_name_of_app.apk> is the name that was listed in step 2
    This deletes the application permanently from your phone
  5. If in step #3 there was a <full_name_of_app>.odex file as well as .apk then delete that too using: rm <full_name_of_app.odex>

Rebooting

Once you’re done deleting your applications you can restart your phone and if everything went well then it will start normally and you’ll find that the deleted applications no longer show up in your app drawer.

Restoring Applications

If for whatever reason you decide that you want to reinstall those system applications you backed up, you can do the following:

  1. Make your system partition writable using the steps in Making the System Partition Writable
  2. Locate the apks you backed up before deleting
  3. Type adb push <full_name_of_app.apk> system/app/<full_name_of_app.apk>

HOW TO: Convert Your Desire Videos For Playback On PC (and other devices)

This guide shows you how to convert the 3GP videos that your phone records into videos that you can play on your computer and on other gadgets and devices, like the Sony PlayStation 3.

Requirements

  1. MPEG Streamclip Video Convertor (free) – download here

Installation

  1. Unzip MPEG Streamclip into a location of your choice
  2. That’s it – there’s no installer for it or anything

Usage

  1. Connect your Desire to computer in Disk Drive mode
  2. (optional but recommended) – Copy the video you want to convert onto your computer somewhere
  3. Open the folder you extracted MPEG Streamclip to and run MPEG_Streamclip(.exe)
  4. Go on File > Open Files and select the file you want to convert
  5. Select File > Export to MPEG-4
  6. Use the following setings (most of them should be set by default anyway):
    • Compression: leave as default
    • Quality: 100%
    • Sound: MPEG-4 AAC
    • Frame Size: the one which says unscaled next to it
    • Frame Rate: leave blank
  7. Press Make MP4
  8. Select the location and filename of your converted video
  9. Wait while it converts (should be pretty quick)
  10. Test your video on your favourite video player

Notes

  1. For the frame rate setting, you could enter the frame rate of your source video
    I noticed after conversion that the framerate of my convereted video was one less than the source’s
  2. If your videos are already MP4 files there’s no need to convert.  They should already be compatible with most players

Alternative

Instead of converting to an MP4, you can also convert to an avi (in case you get issues playing the MP4)

  1. Press File > Export to AVI
  2. Use MPEG-Layer 3 or MPEG-4 AAC as the audio codec
  3. Make sure Frame Size is unscaled
  4. Enter a frame rate if you want
  5. Click Make AVI