Ask NerdGirl: Updates to 2.2 and Blocking All That Unwanted Data!
Jun 4, 2010 7:00 AM –
I’m catching up with your questions, everyone! Keep an eye out for yours!
I have an HTC Magic phone with Android 1.6 on it. I’ve given up on there being an OTA update for this (Vodafone has moved on to newer handsets), so I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth a manual upgrade.
Is it possible to do this with the HTC Magic, without losing the Gmail, YouTube and Market Place apps? (And where do I start?)
Well, Davo, according to this article, Vodafone will be updating your phone to 2.0. They haven’t announced a release date yet but they have said it’s coming. Although your phone isn’t “old,” it is underpowered. The processor, a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor, doesn’t push enough power to run 2.1 Eclair efficiently.
Now that Sprint has pushed out the 2.1 update, there will be (if there aren’t already) stable ROMs that will allow you to root your phone to 2.1. Just keep in mind that there will be features that are unusable or run really slowly because of the processor.
I have a little (but annoying) problem. I installed several Tools and Games from the Market. I noticed that every once in while there is data traffic using GPRS/3G. I know that at least one Tool (Advanced Task Killer) has ads.
My question is:
1) Is there any setting that will prevent any ‘unauthorized’ use of GPRS/3G on my phone?
2) Is there any application that can do like number 1) above. Just in case there’s no setting that can prevent it.
Communication cost in my country is still relatively expensive and the ‘unauthorized’ use of GPRS/3G has caused me a considerable amount of money.
The easiest way, AN, is going to be to turn off your 3G while you are using these apps. The downfall of this is that you cannot receive calls.
On my phone, the HTC Droid Eris, I can go into Settings » Wireless & Networks » Mobile Networks » Enable always-on mobile data. With this off the phone doesn’t connect to the network without permission. This might be something to do with HTC Sense so you need to check your phone.
Any idea when Android 2.2 will be available for HTC Desire?
Late this month, maybe June 23rd. I’ve also heard that it would be in the second half of the year. So like most release dates, no one really knows until it goes live. There does seem to be an agreement that any phone released this year will be getting 2.2 at some point. If that’s the case these phones should see 2.2:
- Acer Liquid E
- Dell Aero
- Dell Thunder
- Geeks’Phone One
- HTC Desire
- HTC Droid Incredible
- HTC Legend
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC myTouch 3G Slide
- Kyocera Zio M6000
- LG GT540 Optimus / Swift
- LG LU2300
- Motorola Backflip
- Motorola Devour
- Motorola i1
- Motorola MOTO XT720 / Motoroi
- Motorola Quench / CLIX XT
- Pantech Serius Sky
- Samsung Galaxy A
- Samsung Galaxy S / GT-I9000
- Samsung Halo i8520
- Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10
- Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini
- T-Mobile Pulse Mini
- Vodafine 845
- XTE Smooth
Please note that not all of the phones on the above list are released as of yet. Also, I just generated this list by its release date. I am in no way guaranteeing that these phones will all see 2.2 from their manufacturers. Total speculation!
If you don’t want to wait, there is a ROM that is 90% working for the Desire with 2.2 if you want to go that route. It looks like you need to fidget with camera settings to get the camera working correctly and Bluetooth doesn’t really work for data yet.
Tags: Android 2.2
, Android Advice
, Android Questions
, Android Software Update
, Ask NerdGirl
, Disable Background Data
, Help with Android
, HTC Desire
, Vodafone HTC Magic Smartphone
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