Not much blogging going on here for a while. Finishing up one assignment, starting a new one and at the same time buying an apartment takes up a lot of energy. The good news is that my first post in a while can be the one announcing…Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) is rolling out for Nexus One (and Nexus S). Announced by http://twitter.com/googlenexus.
They warn us that the roll-out might take a few weeks but we don’t want to wait for that do we? Hang on for a couple of ours and I’m sure I can find you a direct update link. See you then :)
My Nexus got a new two part update yesterday. I’m guessing that I wasn’t the only one jumping up and down hoping for Gingerbread (next major Android version) when it arrived but it turned out to be bugfixes and probably some preparations for Ginger.
This morning I awoke to the news of Android 2.2.1. This time around the rumour
mill didn’t catch it before launch but on the other hand…what does it do? I don’t really know since Google hasn’t published any blogpost, changelog or anything.
One thing I do know is that it updates something with the Exchange support (if you have an existing connection you’ll have to accept admin rights for the app that seems to be related to enforcing policies). I don’t have my own exchange server any more so I can’t really try it out and my Google Apps account is yet to show any changes. I’m guessing we will know more later today. No matter what, it’s nice to see Google keeping a high pace with updates for my lovely Nexus!
How to get it, if you don’t have the patience to wait for the Over The Air Update of course (translated from Swedroid):
Get the file (directly from Google) here (note, made for FRF91). Make sure you have at least around 75% battery remaining, you will not be happy if it shuts down during flash!
Change the name of the zipfile to update.zip and put it directly in the root of your phone
Turn off your phone.
Press and hold Volume Down while pressing Power
Choose the option Recovery (using volume keys and power to select)
A screen with a Triangle and an Android will show up
Press Volume Up and Power simultaneously
Choose the option Apply sdcard:update.zip (using your Trackball)
This is one good morning! I awoke, noticed my Nexus trackball was glowing and decided to check it out.
“System update available”
Now I’m finally running FroYo. Interesting is that I haven’t heard about anyone else going from EPE54B (“AT&T version”) to FroYo but right now I got FRF85B. I’ll post back when I’ve been using it a bit but I snatched some screenshots until then.
So I’ve been using my N1 for quite a while now and one of the pre-installed apps I just love is the News & Weather
app/widget. It’s not that it unique in what it does, I just find myself using it more and more. The functions are straight forward:
Widget presenting either current weather and headlines from Google news or just one of the two
Selecting the weather gives you some additional info and forecast for the coming 7 days
Selecting a headline gives you a tabbed list with categories with headlines
Nothing is perfect so when the product manager showed up on the Help Forum asking for feedback for a new iteration…I jumped right in. Good can always get better right? Trying to think outside, inside, around and over a defined box is always a fun challenge so here goes…
For the weather app/widget:
Option to set background colour, and transparency from 100%-0%
Option to set both Home location and Current location
Added view in the app to show hourly forecast for the day/24h/48h instead of day by day forecast
Night icons :)
When opening the app a small animation would be cute, raindrops splashing, clouds moving etc. (possible with an option to disable, relevant for low tier devices)
Different sizes available for the widget
For the News app/widget
Option to set locale (right now I depend on the “More locale” app to be able to get Swedish news, not everyone will figure this out). Now and then I also might be interested in reading us, uk or whatever news.
Option to set background colout and transparency from 0-100%
Ability to star news in the list, which should keep them on the top, and not fall of the list (hate trying to find that article I started reading only to find out that it’s not listed any more)
Articles I have already opened should not be displayed in the widget, unless I starred it (see above), option to dis/enable this feature
Different sizes available for the widget
I’m especially proud of remembering two things I have been thinking about. First the locale issue. So far you can only set your Settings->Locale (to simplify it, your location) to the countries where the Nexus have been launched. That means no-no for Sweden. The news app/widget read this info to determine which news to present to me and in what language. Now that’s a limitation I don’t like. Using the app “More Locale” from the market you can work around this but most users won’t figure that out. I would also like to be able to read other news than the localized now and then so an option in the settings would be the easiest way to go. More Locale also gives me metric units in Google Maps so if this is bugging you that’s a way to fix it. Just search for More Locale in the Market and then select your country. If it’s not available just choose “Menu”->”Add Custom” and fill it in like in the picture below.
Second great idea, staring articles. Fits right into “all” other Google services from Search to GMail and would be like a perfect bookmark for me until I finished reading/telling my friends about it or such. Together with the idea about read articles not showing up in the widget feed it’s a killer feature :)
What ideas do you have, what would make it better for you? Take your chance to contribute to Android :)
Original thread in the support forum can be found here.
The FroYo (Android 2.2) update for Nexus One that’s been running wild online is not a final version. There are no worries for all of you that have already done the manual update, you’ll get the OTA when it’s released. Quote below from “passion-ate” in the official Google Help Forum, also confirmed by “Ry-Guy” by his best answer selection, both are Google Employees working with the mobile team. Link at the bottom:
Thanks for the responses!
Just wanted to give a heads up that the build floating around is not the official Froyo release. You will get an automatic notification when we OTA the build, no need to manually download it. You will still get the automatic notification if the official release is a newer version than the one you have, so don’t sweat…but I’d highly recommend waiting for our official release :)
We are striving hard to OTA the build to you ASAP, thanks for your patience!
In the FAQ category: Unlock Android phone that is locked after too many pattern attempts. I’ve seen the question so many times in the Google Mobile Help Forum that I felt that a post could help someone out.
On Android phones you can activate a feature called pattern lock. This feature can be compared to a Windows computer asking for password after the screen saver kicked in, only instead of a password you use a pattern. You get a screen with 9 dots and you draw a pattern of your choice with 4 of them. If you forget your pattern (or have kids that likes to play with phones) you will after 3 faulty attempts be unable to use the pattern to unlock it. Instead you are asked for your Google account and password (that is setup with the phone of course). This is where the problem starts.
For many, many users providing the username and password won’t change a thing. For some people changing the password via a computer has worked but that is uncommon. Most people ends up with a very expensive paperweight. Have no fear, there are solutions to almost everything!
Google has a decent article on how to regain access to your account here:
4. Call yourself from another phone, answer, without hanging up press the home button, then menu button, settings, try to disable pattern-lock
5. Call yourself from another phone, answer, hang-up, directly after hanging up start pressing your buttons like a madman for <30-60 seconds ending with your home button (might take a while to get the timing right). Go into settings and disable pattern-lock.
6. Try the normal recover password routine from GMail.com and start over from 1.
7. Perform a factory reset. YOU WILL LOOSE all not-synced DATA (SD card will be left untouched).
1-6 are possible workarounds, these doesn’t work for everyone but can be worth a try to avoid factory reset. 6. is what should work but hardly never does. 7 – The factory reset always work
In this case the solution is to make a factory reset (sometimes referred to as hard reset or wipe). This will erase all data on your phone (not on your SD-card). Your contacts and mails should be in sync with the Google servers, no problem there then. Downloaded applications needs to be installed again but there is a list of your previous downloads in the Android Market->My Downloads. Other things though are lost if you haven’t backed them up manually with a 3-rd party application. Example on things you will lose: Call logs, text messages, application settings.
This is your 3 step solution
Factory reset your phone (links to Android device manuals can be found below, it differs between devices)
Setup your phone just like you did the first time you unpacked it (use the same Google Account if you want your old contacts back!)
Restore any manual back-ups and install your previous applications from the My Downloads list.
How do I factory reset? HTC leads the way and put this information in their manuals, other manufacturers should learn from this!
Dear readers, as much as I would love to keep a directory on how to factory reset every single Android device out there, it’s just not possible. Use your rights as a customer, go back to the store and ask them to help you factory reset your device!
With the phone turned off, PRESS and HOLD Volume down and Send buttons CALL buttons (the manual says SEND and with that they obviously mean Call)
Press the END/POWER button. You will see a screen with three Androids at the bottom of your screen
Follow on screen instructions
Samsung Galaxy (note old Galaxy i7500, Galaxy S further down):
1. Turn off your Galaxy.
2. Hold volume_down+call+power button.
3. After boot, press menu button to start recovering.
Motorola Droid (a.k.a. Milestone): 1. Turn the Droid off. If it won’t turn off, take the battery out then place it back in.
2. Open the keyboard and press the X key while pressing and holding Power. The device will power on. Keep holding the buttons downuntil a yellow triangle appers.
3. Press the Camera and Volume Up buttons at the same time to get to the menu.
4. Use the direction pad to the right of the keyboard to select the Format option.
1. Turn the phone off. If it’s frozen in the on state, pull the battery.
2. Press and hold both the Home and Back buttons simultaneously.
3. While continuing to hold the buttons, press the Power button.
4. Release Home and Back.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the hard reset.
If you want to do a Hard Reset but can’t do it through the menu, please use the update from T-Mobile UK website: T-Mobile – Help & Support
But use the file from the “Android updates” section and the following piece: November 2009: T-Mobile Pulse software
This software update should be used ONLY when your T-Mobile Pulse has been security locked and you do not have a valid password.
If you right-click on your mouse here and select the “Save target as..” option – it should take about 2 minutes to download depending on your internet connection speed. PLEASE NOTE: Installing this update will remove all existing data on your T-Mobile Pulse.
Then in your pc format the SD card. then copy the folder dload to your new formatted SD card. So the folder with the two files will be on there.
Insert your SD card in the phone
Then when your phone is off, do the following:
Vol + key & “hang up button” – keep them both together pushed and then turn on the phone. Then the update will start automatically. Once the update is finished it might hang to long in the “phone will restart automatically”. If so, take out the battery again and turn the phone on normally. then it all will go as normal.
Once the update is done, you will have to configure your phone again, which also means you can choose the language again.