Thursday, 5 May 2011

Adroid Gingerbread on HTC Desire HD

Yes, I'm using a HTC Desire HD and today the new Android version came out specially for this phone ( well, no only this one, there was another HTC model mentioned ).  While being a little nervous I started the update process and after some 20 minutes it was done. Happily no data was lost during the update ( not hat I'm aware of ).

The first thing I noticed was some sound coming for the weather widget that's sitting on my home screen - okay, it can be switched off, which I did. Did't want to wake/startle someone just by unlocking the phone.

Next little thing - the apps button on the left has changed, which is nothing compared what happens when that button is pressed.  Now one can access whole bunch of apps, most frequently used apps or downloaded apps.Another thing someone would like is the feature that let's switch between list or grid view of apps.

Next thing that made me even more happy with this update is upgraded notifications area, which now has 2 tabs - notifications and quick settings. The later lets turn off/on mobile network, WiFi, bluetooth, GPS, WiFi hotspot or all settings.

Another good thing is that now while on home screen the Menu button brings up personalisation menu thru which even adding new ringtones is possible ( from HTC Hub or from music folder).

Talking about personalisation - now there is an option of add a shortcut to a number of things which could be very frequently used, such as Dropbox folder, Settings, Bookmarks, Direct message or Inbox.

The lasts thing I'm listing here is linking of contacts - now you  can even add twitter account to contacts in your phonebook ( hmm ... simply calling someone is so not today ?! )

Now the bitching part - although there are API's for taking screenshots without rooting ( yes - I hate messing with things that are working fine ) the phone, there is no built-in app/way to do it. All I ( along with other users ) have to wait for someone to create an app for taking screenshots. So this bitching part should explain why there are no pictures in this post.

So long!

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