UPDATE: Gingerbread is still coming to HTC Desire! Read more here.
According to their UK Facebook page, there’s simply not enough memory to deliver both Gingerbread and their latest Sense UI together. They explored all possibility to maintain the HTC Sense experience but had finally gave up due to technical constraints. Of course, for those who are adventurous can still find a way of getting Gingerbread update through unofficial channels. Hint: XDA Forums.
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Mobile phone designs have come a long, long way since the day of the device we all affectionate call the “brick” or “tumbler” phone.
Today, mobile phones are almost all screen with large touch interfaces dominating the front facia of the device. Mobile phones of today are more powerful with the processing power equivalent to some computers circa the late 90s. Modern mobiles lasts longer too thanks to advancements in battery and mobile cellular technology.
But what factors influence mobile phone design? Why has it evolved to the shape that it is today? What goes engineering consideration goes into the design of a mobile phone?
If you’re just a curious about all this as we are, watch the video up top. We have to admit, for a geek, the content can be rather basic but it is still an interesting video to watch. Enjoy!
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Earlier on, HTC has announced 2 Facebook phones, the HTC Salsa and HTC Chacha. Now, it appears that one of them is already here in Malaysia but offered as a contest prize for DiGi’s FB SMS Contest to promote its Facebook SMS Alert and Update service.
Just a recap on the device, the HTC Salsa is an Android device with a dedicated Facebook button at the front. Being a Facebook-centric device, the Salsa is expected to have Facebook deeply integrated into the OS which we think is already a standard in most HTC devices. You can read up more on these Facebook devices in our previous post here.
If you’re interested in winning one, all you need to do is subscribe to DiGi’s FB SMS Service from now until 31st July and send at least 3 FB updates. To subscribe, just sms “FB” to 2325. They are giving away 2 units each week throughout the contest period. According to their FAQ, the winner is picked based on the top 2 users with the most FB status sent for that week.
For more info on the contest, visit DiGi’s FB SMS Contest.
Our favourite keyboard Swype, is a must download for every Android device that we use. It offers typing with just a single stroke movement across the keyboard with a single finger, making it the fastest way to type long text and sms while on the go.
Although it works great on small handheld smart phones, we can’t say the same for tablet usage. We had tried Swype or equivalent style of inputs on the Galaxy Tab, HTC Flyer and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, and we felt the usability of it gets less practical due to its larger screen and it gets worse when you’re on landscape mode. We have always wondered, what’s the point of having full width swyping keyboard for tablets when they can just maintain a small one for shorter distance of swyping. Now it seems that Swype has finally solved that with the upcoming Swype 3.0 which is slated to kick start its Beta anytime soon.
On Swype 3.0, they have optimised their keyboard for Android 3.X Honeycomb tablets, which offers both full width and a smaller sized keyboard which would go easy on the fingers. To add more flexibility, the mini-sized swype keyboard is movable to either left, centre or right side of the screen. For the full QWERTY keyboard typist, there’s also a predictive tap feature which automatically detects your typing pattern and corrects them immediately.
Right now the Beta download page is not available but you can check this link later of the day.
Check out the demo video after the jump.
The LG Optimus Black which costs RM1399 outright is offered at RM1049 and RM799 for 12 months and 24 months contract respectively. Meanwhile, the entry level HTC Wildfire S which costs RM1099 is offered at RM749 and RM499 over 12 months and 24 months respectively.
As comparison, Celcom is offering their Optimus Black as low as RM548 while the Wildfire S as low as RM248 on a Celcom Exec 250 contract of 18 months.
For more information, head to DiGi’s Smart Plan page.