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June 29, 2010

Kindle for Android app released

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 2:22 pm

Amazon have released a Kindle app for Android – woohoo! Now you can download and ready eBooks on your Android device – and yes it works for Australians. See here for more details – including a scannable QR code to download the app. Or search for Kindle in the Market.

If you have multiple devices (i.e. a Kindle, maybe the Kindle for PC software as well), this app will keep your ‘last read page’ synched as well, so it should be a seamless transition between devices.

I’ve managed to buy an eBook to test it out, so it definitely works for Aussies, but the full list of markets (from the website):

Kindle for Android is currently available for customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Are you an Aussie interested in getting an Android phone? See my guide to Android for Australians for more details.

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June 14, 2010

Android guide for Aussies updated

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 7:52 pm
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I’ve updated my guide to Android for Australians. Includes splitting the Phones and Apps sections onto separate pages for easier maintenance and readability.

Enjoy!

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May 28, 2010

HTC Legend coming to Australia – Vodafone, Three

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 10:40 am
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imageAccording to the HTC Twitter account (@htc) Vodafone will be releasing the HTC Legend on 3rd June and it will also be available on Three (but no date announced for that). Good news for the Aussie market. The HTC Legend is kind of the HTC Hero 2 but sadly will only have a 600Mhz CPU (hopefully this is wrong!). Also depends on if you like the ‘chin’ that comes with this model phone.

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The Australian HTC site doesn’t have any more details other than ‘coming soon’, so head over the UK site and get your drool going. Android 2.1, AMOLED screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS yada yada yada.

May 25, 2010

Another update to the Android guide for Aussies

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 8:43 pm
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Further updates to the guide – added some more web sites to buy phones from, a bunch more Australian specific apps and also a footnote about the HTC Magic on Vodafone. Keep the feedback coming!

The full guide is here.

And the Australian specific Android apps are listed here.

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May 24, 2010

Updated Android guide for Australians

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:26 pm
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I’ve updated my Android guide for Aussies including a list of Australian specific Apps available in the Android Market. Hope you find it useful!

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May 20, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero released (for Sprint)

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:17 am
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Finally the official Android 2.1 ROM has been released for the HTC Hero – albeit for the Sprint Hero only (the US CDMA version). It can’t be long now until they release the official ROM for the GSM version of the Hero surely?

More info here: http://www.htc.com/us/support/hero-sprint/downloads/

May 19, 2010

Android guide for Aussies

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:29 pm
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I’ve started putting together a guide to Android phones for Australians – you can get it here. Hopefully I can keep it up to date over time, but it contains an overview of phones currently available in Australia and other key things to know about Android.

Let me know if you find it useful or have any feedback!

May 11, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – Custom ROM

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 8:57 pm
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Android logo After all my bitching about HTC not bringing out an official Android 2.1 ROM I finally bit the bullet and installed a custom ROM. Check out HTC Hero ROMs for a list of some of the available ones, or the excellent XDA Developers Wiki – HTC Hero section.

I had already rooted my phone long ago and was running a 1.5 custom ROM. I had not rushed into a 2.1 ROM for my phone though because I knew that the ones available were based on early versions or leak test ROMs. But they seem stable enough now.

I originally went with VillainROM 5.3 but that didn’t prove too stable for me (your mileage may vary), and in the end I installed SenseHero 2.2 which has been great.

Android Police has also been another great site full of helpful info – see their Tutorials listing to get started.

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May 4, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – will it ever happen?

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 9:52 am
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I bought an HTC Hero (GSM) early November 2009. I love the phone, it’s been good to me. But now it’s getting frustrating that I’m stuck on version 1.5 of the Android OS when phones are being released with 2.1.

One of the reasons that I bought an Android based phone was that I figured that I’d get more regular updates than a Windows phone (with their releases coming out very few years). While I’ve only been waiting 7 months… the frustration comes from the fact that there seems to be no firm release date from HTC.

A simple search using Google reveals the trail of previous articles rumours setting out release dates for February, March, April, now June! It’s at the stage where I’ll believe it when I see it…

In my opinion this has come about because of the wonderful beast that is the HTC Sense UI. This particular add on to the OS requires updating to 2.1 – but they’ve obviously done that for the HTC Desire and others, so why does it take so long for the Hero?

Hurry up already!

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March 7, 2010

Android marketplace more vulnerable to malware?

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 2:55 pm
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Interesting article at New Scientist detailing how security researchers crafted an app called WeatherFist and loaded it onto various mobile phone app marketplaces.

The software was actually malware and “surreptitiously relayed data about the users’ locations and phone numbers to a server controlled by Brown and Tijerina [the researchers]”

The article claims that Android users are more vulnerable to this because unlike Apple, Google doesn’t scrutinise apps as closely. 90% of the 7,800 downloads came from Android users. Maybe they are just more into downloading weather apps?

It’s a good point and a reminder though that with systems that are less controlled and more open there can be high risks associated with security. And as Google pointed out in response to the research, the user is warned what features the app wants access to on your phone – still, you have no idea exactly what data is being transmitted so it is pretty hard for any user to know exactly what an app is doing.

So how long till we see the first botnet of smart phones?


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