Archive for August, 2010


T-Mobile Speed Test Update

I’ve been doing my own testing and concluded that T-Mobile does have one of the fastest if not the fastest data connections when it comes to downloads. So far for me, uploads have been a different issue.

Here is my Android Speedtest on T-Mobile 3G:

Here is a friend of mine’s tethered Sprint 4G speeds using the EVO:

So you can see that T-Mobile 3G is already pretty much as good as Sprint 4G, and this is after all the hype Sprint was putting out and with them charging an extra $10 per month to their customers. While my T-Mobile Internet is $20/mo. with unlimited data. And this is all before T-Mobile’s 2010 year end upgrade to HSPA+ which should more than double the current bandwidth, I cant wait to report back with tests on those speeds.

Thanks for reading.

*Edit*

Here is the previous post on this topic: https://androidontmobilehd2.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/t-mobile-is-super-fast/

I am currently running a version of Android Froyo on my phone that includes HTC Sense user interface. I really like having it and I think it has some great widgets, props to HTC. The HTC Mail Widget is one that I really like to use and I had some trouble with it. Yahoo mail worked fine at first with it and then it just stopped updating.

Yahoo mail POP access is a funny thing. I think they allow pop access for a short period on each new device before they shut it down to tease you into paying to upgrade. Or maybe it is completely random, either way, sometimes it just works even though it apparently isnt supposed to. For United States and most other regions of the world, Yahoo wants you to pay for the Pro version to gain POP access. But I have found out how to make it work consistently at no cost with a little known loophole/workaround that Yahoo must have placed there intentionally for clever hacker friends to take advantage of.

If you go into your Yahoo Mail settings and change your region of the world to Asia, then it works. And strangely enough, everything else about your account stays basically the same other than a few minor graphical differences. Everything is still in English and your timezone doesnt change. Hence the reason I think it must be an intentionally placed loophole.

Anyway, I’m glad to have found it and cheers to anyone that can gain any enjoyment out of this. One more note, I still think it’s worth having the Yahoo Mail app installed for certain situations. Thanks for reading.

My friends and I over at the R6Live.com forum have been working on a living app list. We’ve been updating it and hopefully it will continue to stay updated. Here it is below. Watch for changes.

Battery Left – Free. One of my very favorite apps, I might just buy the paid version.
Fake FireFox
Stock Quote – Free. This is the best stock app I’ve found to manage your portfolio, it has widgets but I prefer the HTC Sense stock widget.
SystemPanel Lite Task Manager – Free. I like this one for all the data in the program but not the widgets.
TasKiller – I like this one for the mini taskbar.
eBay – Free
Yahoo Mail – Free
Craigslist – Free. Love the updates, craigslist in socal is a must have.
Yelp – Free. This is a must have also, we love to find and rate restaurants and this lets me do it in realtime on the go.
Speedtest – Free. I use this constantly.
AudioManager – Free. Has an awesome 4×1 widget that sits nicely under the power widget and lets you manage every notification volume and vibe control.
ShootMe – Free. Must have for screenshots; for root users only.
SetCPU – This is a cool thing to have. I’m using a kernel compiled specifically for my phone so I havent seen much if any difference really. I’m hoping it will give me better battery life but the verdict is still out. It does have a lot of cool data though, overall I like it.
Titanium Backup – Free. I have yet to actually use this but I hear great things about it.
DailyFinance – Free. I like this one for the daily movers. The charts are cool too and it works well for quick quotes.
GPS Test – Free. Signal testing and satellite locating program. Has speedometer and coordinates too.
Google Earth – Free. It’s google earth
Digital Clock Widget by Maize – Very clean homescreen clock widget.
XDA-Developers – Necessity
Ulysse Gizmos – Wicked set of gadgets that read all of the devices internal sensors.
Free Power Widget – Like the Android power widget except with TONS of features.
Current Widget – Measures the devices current draw in mA.
GPS HUD – I havent really used this yet but it seems like a good idea.

Tapatalk Pro
Color Flashlight
Google Sky Maps
IMDB
Notepad
My Verizon
(verizon customers obviously..lol)
Barcode Scanner
Wapedia
Dictionary.com
Liquor Run
The Word
(Stephen Colbert)

ShopSavvy – best app for comparison shopping etc.
HandyCalc – “full” calculator
Caller ID Faker – the free version lets you make 2 min calls, lets you disguise your voice as a mans or womens and you can disguise your number to be what ever you want it to be…this one has been a ton of fun messing with friends. I’ve called friends while standing 5 feet from them and had them going for a minute till they realized it was me, pretty fun app!
Documents to go – full version lets you modify/create word, excel, powerpoint & pdf files
Lookout – similar to wheres my droid but free
PrinterShare – can print from phone either to networked computer or route through computer on network
Scanner Buddy – Police/fire scanner has lots of cities
Trapster – shows where speed cameras are, and where police like to hide
Visual Voice – (t-mobile) app for visually seeing your voice mails

Advanced Task Killer Pro
Brainwave Tuner
(I swear it cures my headaches almost instantly)
Digg
DroidLight
EasyTether
eBay
Google Finance
(I happen to like this one)
Google Goggles
Google Sky Map
Kayak
Pandora
NESoid
(to play NES roms)
Quick Check Surf Report
Remote VNC Pro
Shazam
SportsTap
Tapatalk Pro
TV Listings
Twitter
Urbanspoon

PDAnet – love it
aDyno – a neat little dynometer app that uses the G-sensor and custom profiles to give you a fairly accurate reading on your vehicles hp, 1/4 mile times, etc
Antigen – fun puzzle/action game
BofA/Wells Fargo apps – AWESOME for managing your accounts on the fly… especially useful when paired with Mint.com app
Bubble – handy leveling app that can get you a close-enough level of surfaces, pool tables, etc
Car Finder – i’m pretty good at remembering where i parked my car, but this app is good for remembering exact meeting spots for group outings
Cardio Trainer – this app is a must-have app if you do a lot of outdoor cardio. it tracks your progress via google maps/gps and tells you your calories burned, has a pedometer, and auto stops when you stop so you dont have to fiddle with it
Craigslist – already mentioned… amazing app when you’re shopping for a place to live or buy random stuff
Dolphin browser – IMO, the best web browser on Android
Funny Jokes – cool little app with thousands of jokes in categories… neat little party favor
Kindle – good to have on long trips to have a book or 2 at your disposal at all times
Meebo – decent IM app for all the big IM clients (AIM, Yahoo, Gtalk, MSN, FB…. )
My Verizon – very easy way to monitor your usage, pmnts, etc
Pandora – if you don’t know this one, go back to your cave
Photobucket – I love this b/c i can delete all the photos on my phone since they automaticall upload to photobucket shortly after i take them… also allows you to view all your pics/albums from a good looking, easy to useapp
Ringdroid – fun ringtone creator, uses mp3s and allows you to splice them on the fly
Robo Defense – addicting tower defense game (drains the crap out of your battery though)
Skyfire – good browser for viewing flash-reliant web pages (like Hulu)
Tip Calc – good app for divvying up large checks among diners
Trapster – i’m on the fence with this one… its not very good for local spots, but its a good speed/camera trap locator for unfamiliar territory
Urban dictionary – good for finding definitions to any bit of slang
Zedge – AWESOME rington/background search app… i’ve fond dozens of sounds and backgrounds using its simple interface

Slacker radio

http://www.appbrain.com/

launcher pro
pandora
easy tether

Audio guru
Toggle screen
Cnet scan
….haven’t tried yet.
Air1

Regular Apps
Astro– file browser (install apps that are saved on your SD card/ browse SD card)
Awesome Drop– Send files from computer to phone without having to plug it up (no acct needed) I also use it to send apps from my computer to my friends phones.
Beautiful Widgets– HTC like widgets for LauncherPro
Better Cut– customize your icons
Bump– bump phones with another person to send pics/contacts/apps/etc to them
Chrome to Phone– send a link from your computer browser to your phone…..the page instantly opens
Device Information– memory, cpu, component, etc info. allows access to system logs as well
Dolphin HD(IMO, better than plain Dolphin)- web browser that is MUCH better than the stock…gesture controls, installable firefox-like add ons, and all
Fancy Widget– HTC clock/weather widget for LauncherPro
Fps2D– tells you fps and stdev of your display
Freetube– rip youtube vids to your phone
Gmote– use your phone as a media remote, mouse, and keyboard for your computer. It also allows you to stream movies on your phone from your computer
Good Morning– Alarm clock that plays mp3s, tells you the weather(can I ride my bike today), and says a custom message when it wakes you up
GPS Speedo– to make sure my SpeedoHealer is calibrated right
Handcent– better SMS program than stock……IMO
LauncherPro– it’s been listed already…..but 1 more time because it’s the shit
Linpack– system benchmark
Lockbot Pro– change your lock type and screen (I love the rotary vanilla lock)
Lookout– Antivirus and Where’s my droid in one…..but free
Micdroid– Autotune your voice…..my kids love it
MMA News– self explanitory
MyBackup Pro– backup/restore your apps, homescreen, contacts, messages,…………EVERYTHING(allows you to select what you want)
Our Groceries– allows the wife and I to use both of our phones to access the same grocery list
Quadrant Standard– Graphic performance benchmark
Spare Parts (the modded LeFroyo version that I have is root only but basic is not)- system tweaker
Swype– the ONLY way to type
TV Guide– self explanitory……the main feature I like is that you can pick your favorite shows and it will tell you all of the times that they play
Rooted Apps
AdFree– removes ads from apps
Android Shell Emulator– terminal for Linux commands……installs without root….but kinda useless without it
Quick Boot– direct reboot, bootloader, or recovery
Rom Manager (I have Premium ver. but it only adds access to a few more Roms….free version still a must for rooted users)- flash either recovery directly from app, direct rom downloads, backup roms, etc.
Root Explorer– file explorer (I use it when I need write access to system files….otherwise I use Astro)
SetCPU– CPU(overclock/underclock) and governor manager. You can set up profiles to control your CPU usage to conserve battery or perform better at certain times.
ShootMe– take screenshots
Titanium Backup– back up/uninstall apps (I use it to uninstall google/Sprint apps that I don’t want)
Wireless Tether– free Wifi hotspot
JuiceDefender-helps strech your battery out a little longer by applying tweaks when certain things aren’t being used.
MSL Reader-tells you your MSL (Master Subsidy Lock) code needed for various functions on CDMA devices. (useless to some people, but a must for others)….and it totally beats having to use the CDMA Workshop to get it.

Games– just a few of my fav games
Air Control Lite
Assassin’s Creed
Beatdown Boxing
Grave Defence
Labyrinth lite
– cool because it’s 3D
My Paper Plane 2
Phit Droid
Robo Defense
Speed Skater
Speedx 3D
Spongebob puzzles
– Keeps my 4 yo occupied
Traffic Jam
Traffic Rush
Yo Spongebob
– another for the 4 yo

Netflix – Now out for the iPhone. You can watch streaming videos from your queue.

This is why I’m getting 3.5Mbps on 3G.

T-Mobile to launch nationwide “4G” in 2010? – Android and Me

And another great article showing a 6+Mb Speedtest score.

http://techcraver.com/2010/07/26/t-mobiles-3g-network-speeds-are-superb/

T-Mobile 3G is signifigantly faster than Sprint 4G. By the end of this year it will be twice as fast, and it works on all 3G phones so you dont need a new WiMax enabled device like the EVO.

Looks like my HD2 is working out quite nicely. I’ve been able to make the battery last 9&1/2hrs before the phone shuts off, which is not too bad but still a far cry from my old Blackberry that would go three days of heavy usage without a charge before it died.

Thanks for reading.

*Edit*

After you’ve read this one, here is a new post with updates to this topic: https://androidontmobilehd2.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/t-mobile-speed-test-update/

Money Bomb for HD2!!!

Here are the people that are directly responsible for the development of Android on the T-Mobile HD2. Please donate to them if you have this phone and like using Android!

cr2
NetRipper
dcordes
Markinus
LeTama
Cotulla
dan1j3l
Parad0XUA
manusfreedom

Without these talented developers, we would not be able to make good use of this great piece of hardware. Please find them on forums.xda-developers.com to donate to each of them via Paypal.

Many of these developers work at this full time or do the work to make extra money to support themselves. They work very hard. Please give at least a dollar.

Here are the donation links for the top devs courtesy of memin1857
Dcordes:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=NF3YYSMALGXUJ

Cotulla:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3C7JC3YZYBU2U

Netripper:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=YKS63N9FSJFYC&lc=GB&item_number=xda&currency_code=EUR&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donate_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

Side note:

I tried to get the links to all of the developers and was unable to. So if any of the other developers directly associated with making Android happen on the HD2 would like their links added to this blog post, please comment below and I will be happy to add them.

memin1857

Since my last post I have indeed been able to get Android running on the Windows Mobile 6.5 based T-Mobile HTC HD2. You never know going into these things if it will be easy to figure out and make it usable but it was actually a piece of cake thanks to the developers over at xda.

I’m now running the FroyoStone-Aug7-Clean rom by DarkStone1337 from xda-developers.com for 24/7 use. The battery usage is fantastic! It uses less power than Windows Mobile 6.5 (WM) and even running from the SD card, this rom is faster and more responsive than WM. I’ve never been able to get this phone to run an entire day without charging on any OS/rom but this is as close as I’ve come so far so I’m excited for the future of Android on the HD2.

I’ve tested about 5 or 6 different rom builds for the HD2 1024 and this is the first one that I’ve been able to get almost everything working. Everything that I need for day to day usage and to switch away from WM anyway. Of course I’m still excited for further developments and watching every day for new breakthroughs 🙂

Android rom Info:

The clean version here is the best one for me so far. I tried the Sense version and personally wasnt able to get it to boot but other people use it without issue.
http://gamesquare.co.uk/froyostone.htm
For anyone that is having the blank screen issue, kind of like an sod but where the phone is alive and the display is on, it just stays blank after going to sleep. I had this too and was not able to get it to wake up without pulling the battery but I have since realized that I have to unmount and remount the SD card from within Android twice every time after I install applications before I let the phone sleep and it prevents the issue from happening. DarkStone mentions this in the readme txt and I’ve found that doing it twice after installs before the phone is put to sleep completely eliminates any problems.

Very small price to pay for daily use of android on a phone that wasnt designed for it. And it takes less than a minute. Heck, even WM freezes on me but FroyoStone-Aug7-Clean doesnt!

This is the xda build list thread.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=7338504&postcount=6655
I may try more of these because some of them are supposed to have even better battery usage! I’m not super concerned right now though because what I have is working now and I know that I’m going  to want to change my rom again soon anyway as major developments are made.

Not really any more info on the other builds I’ve tried will be useful as they were just beta roms for testing and were known to have issues. New developments are made now on almost a daily basis, the xda guys are hard at work on this particular device and for that I’m very thankful.

This is a quick video showing FroyoStone Android rom running flawlessly on my T-Mobile HTC HD2.

Thanks to:

cr2
NetRipper
dcordes
Markinus
LeTama
Cotulla
dan1j3l
Parad0XUA
manusfreedom

Without these talented developers, we would not be able to make good use of this great piece of hardware.

HD2 FM radio and transmitter

Does the HTC HD2 have an FM transmitter?

January 24th, 2010 | Author: Surur

There is a pretty active thread going on on XDA-Developers started by hoss_n2 discussing the possibility of the HTC HD2 having a FM Transmitter built into its WIFI chip, and the tantalizing suggestion this may be activated.
The theory is rooted in the belief the WIFI chip in the HD2 is actually the Broadcom BCM4329, which is a WIFI N-capable chip (just like the HD2) and therefore also capable of being a FM Transmitter also.
Interestingly the circuit diagram shows the Broadcom chip using the same hardware for transmitting as receiving, including the antenna, suggesting all that is needed to activate this latent feature is the right software.

Of course veteran Windows Mobile users will have much experience with having devices with under-utilized hardware, and some (much less) experience with that hardware being unlocked. Examples include the GPS chips on some devices, the FM radios on others, and the hardware graphics acceleration on a few more. Some devices have even been found with VGA screens posing as QVGA.
Follow this thread for the latest developments in in this matter, and I am sure the posters would love the help of a good hardware hacker also.

Maybe one of the best things that I’ve found about this yet. I’ve been wondering what to do about my Podcasts since I download them through iTunes on my iPod.

http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/doubletwist-is-itunes-for-android-2010064/

http://androinica.com/2010/07/22/doubletwist-android-app-adds-widgets-last-fm-scrobbling-and-much-needed-fixes/

Vs.

Side note:

Turns out, after all the hype, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 3G is as fast or faster than Sprint’s WiMax 4G.

T-Mobile recently took some heat (including from AT&T) for a recent announcement that insisted that their HSPA+ service offered “fourth generation speeds” — though the service itself is third generation technology. But Phone Scoop ran a series of tests that found that T-Mobile’s more than justified in using the phrase — given their HSPA+ network matched and in some cases far exceeded (particularly upstream) the speed provided by Sprint/Clearwire Mobile WiMax. You can see the full testing data here, and they discuss what hardware they used in testing here. T-Mobile continues to insist that they hope to have their faster HSPA+ service live in over 100 major metro markets by the end of this year.

HTC HD2 T-Mobile vs. HTC EVO Sprint by ApacheZero

The two phones are almost the same, with the same screen and processor while the HD2 has a 5MP camera instead of the 8MP HD camera on the EVO. But the EVO has 512MB RAM and the HD2 has 576 MB of RAM while both phones have 1024MB ROM. The EVO comes with an 8GB card while the HD2 comes with a 16GB. The EVO also has a forward facing camera that the HD2 does not have as well as the HDMI out port. I wont mention Sprint’s 4G WiMax as I’ve already mentioned T-Mobile’s 3G HSPA+ is just as good and from what I’ve heard it will be available in most markets way before 4G gets there. And last but not least, the HD2 has no Kickstand which I think is a great feature of the EVO and hopefully I’ll be able to buy a case that has one for my HD2.

Also, the EVO is 2mm wider and thicker, though it is 1mm shorter than the HD2, and it is also 13 grams heavier than the HD2. Next on the list is the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, which is clocked at 1GHz on both handsets, but comes in a newer chip version on the EVO, namely the QSD8650, and not the older QSD8250 in the HD2.

Other differences in the connectivity are the data transfer rates they support. The EVO 4G is said to come with support for theoretical download speeds of 10Mbps, though the actual speeds might differ. As for HD2, it supports 56Mbps in theory, though only 10Mbps in practice, making it a little faster than the EVO.

Overall I think the EVO is a better phone but I did get mine a lot cheaper and as far as I’m concerned, Sprint is shiesty trying to charge you extra for things like mobile hot-spot. Plus the few little differences where the EVO is better dont really matter as much to me as the fact that it comes with Android and saves you the hassle of installing that. But that is part of the fun too. And I like the fact that the HD2 is thinner, has faster Internet (only in theory really though), more RAM and it was the bigger SD card that finally made me buy it. Especially since it is so much cheaper than comparable phones and it will replace my 16GB iPod Touch that I can now sell to recoup some cash. So all in all I’m really excited about this. I’m not 100% sold on it yet though and I do have a 30 day right of rescission so I can return it if I decide its too much hassle.

HTC HD2 Thread, and Android Installer Info (USA T-Mobile version)

Just picked up one of these today for $99 w/ a 2-yr contract. I’ve been with T-Mobile for 7-Years now and I have an older plan that isnt even available anymore. I pay $69/mo for 1000 anytime minutes, free nights and weekends, myfaves and unlimited text and Internet.

The Phone will be here by Tuesday, but she included the expedited shipping for free so I’m thinking it may get here tomorrow or Monday.

It comes with WinMo 6.5 so I’m going to install Android. XDA Developers have been working on this project since march of this year. I’m just getting started with this but I believe you can choose between the two operating systems at start-up or you can load Android from windows.

Android loader announcement
Android Loader App Available for HD2 | xda-developers

Android loader thread with instructions
Android Loader v4 App for HD2 – xda-developers

Android on HD2 FAQ
xda-developers – View Single Post – [Discussion]Linux and Android on the HD2 *READ POST4 BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS*

Development progress of Ubuntu and Android for the HD2
xda-developers – View Single Post – [Discussion]Linux and Android on the HD2 *READ POST4 BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS*

How to install hardspl for T-Mobile 1024MB ROM phones
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=653614