06
Aug

After playing around with my HTC Desire for 1.5 months the update to froyo finally became available and god, it’s beautiful! For those that don’t get the OTA update notification and are being told the device is up to date, there’s a manual way to udpate. Don’t try this unless you have an unbranded Desire, it should fail gracefully, but no garantuees!

1. Grab : http://liveimage.htc.com/OTA_Bravo_F…crut4wrv30.zip
2. Copy the file to your microSD card and name it update.zip.
3. Power off your phone.
4. Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button and power it back on.
5. The phone will now search for files like PB00IMG.zip, etc. This is normal. Scroll down to recovery and press the POWER button.
6. When you see the /!\ symbol, press the POWER button and the Volume Up button at the same time. You should be presented with a menu and one of the options should be “Apply sdcard:update.zip”.
7. Use the volume buttons to navigate to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and select it by pressing power.
8. When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.

This will take a good while and your phone may appear unresponsive for a few minutes on the first boot, it even seemed to check my sd card for errors. All should be good though and in the end you too should be blessed with Froyo.

A few of the improvements i immediately noticed:

  • Vastly improved battery life, if left on its own and if there’s no traffic it switches from WiFi to your mobile carrier much faster, conserving a huge amount of battery life as your mobile connection module is active anyway to receieve calls.
  • Long press HOME to get to your most recently used applications.
  • Smoother scrolling and generally improved responsiveness.
  • HD Video recording.
  • Improved SMS-App.
  • Of course, WiFi-HotSpot, which enables you to use your mobile data connection and lets the handset act as a WiFi-Router to which any other WiFi-Enabled device can connect.

All in all, my handset is now active for >36h and there’s still 33% battery left which is great since i did infact use it quite a lot (especially google maps and google maps navigation consume huge amounts of power!).

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