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4 years ago

How to manually update your Nexus One

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Neuxs One manual update

If you're the type who just can't wait for an update to be pushed out (erm, like some of us around here), you're in luck. You can manually apply today's update to your Nexus One, enabling multitouch and (hopefully) fixing that pesky T-Mobile 3G issue. Here's how to do it: [via Android Forums]

  1. Download the update from here (Google official) or here (mirror).
  2. Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
  6. On the next screen, select "Recovery."
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply sdcard:update.zip" and let things run their course.

You may have to soft reset a couple of times after this. (I got a picture of the Android guy outside of a box. But a couple resets later and all was well.) But now multitouch is enabled, and we can sit back and relax, knowing that we have zero patience and just can't help ourselves.

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4 years ago

Quick tip: See what's using the battery

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Android battery usage

For Android 1.6+ If your battery isn't lasting as long as you think it should (does it really ever?), there could be a rogue process or application sucking down more juice than it should. And keeping an eye on what's hitting the battery is pretty simple.

Just go to Settings>About phone>Battery use and you'll get an easy-to-read chart showing what's been going on since your phone was last plugged in. Chances are the display (as in the phone's screen) will be near the top of the list, so turning down the brightness might be one of the first things you try.

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4 years ago

Quick tip: Turn off Nexus One voice input, gain a comma on the keyboard

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Nexus One voice inputComma on the keyboard

Sure, being able dictate e-mails, text messages -- anything you want, really -- to your Nexus One is pretty darn cool. But it comes at a price: There's no comma directly on the on-screen keyboard. OK, you can hold down the period, or switch over to the symbols to get it. But for me, that's one step too many. But you can put the comma back on top of the keyboard, if you don't mind trading voice input to do so. Here are the steps:

  1. With the on-screen keyboard open, hold down on ?123 (in the bottom left corner)
  2. Choose Android keyboard settings from the pop-up.
  3. Uncheck Voice input.

That's it. You'll now have a comma back on top of the on-screen keyboard, at the expense of voice input. You can always turn it back on, though, doing the same steps. [@bck via @palmsolo]

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4 years ago

How to: Hard-reset the Nexus One

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Nexus One Hard reset

Two words phrases we throw around a lot: Soft reset and hard reset. The former is what it's called when you turn your phone off and on, or pull the battery. The latter is a bit more drastic. But sometimes things go wrong, and you need to restore it back to its factory settings, wiping all of your applications and personal data. Here's how you hard reset the Google Nexus One:

  1. With the phone off, hold the Volume Down button and press and release the Power button.
  2. You'll boot into the menu you see above with the little skateboard guys. Select Clear Storage from the list by pressing the Volume Down button.
  3. Press the Power button, and confirm by pressing Volume Up.
  4. Sit back while your phone reboots in its virgin state.

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4 years ago

How to: Force Nexus One into 3G mode

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T-Mobile 3G workaround

We're still waiting on a fix for the problem the Nexus One is having staying connected to 3G (and we don't really care who fixes it -- Google, HTC, T-Mobile or whomever). In the meantime, there's a workaround that will force your phone to only connect with 3G.

So join us after the break if that's the sort of thing you're looking for. (With a big tip of the hat to XDA Developers)

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4 years ago

Hit the Home button twice to go back to the main screen

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 On your Home screen but lost on some page full of widgets? Just hit the home button again and you'll jump to the main home screen.

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4 years ago

How to: Toughen the Droid's battery cover

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Motorola Droid battery cover

The first thing I was told after being handed a Motorola Droid was: "Be careful with that battery cover. It loves to come off." And, sure enough, it does.

The good news is that Bryan at The Gadgeteer has posted up a quick video showing a few quick seconds with a small flathead screwdriver can help keep that cover in place, so long as you don't mind some very minor surgery to your device. (We're not worried about it, but isn't really an official fix or anything.)

Check out video of Bryan's fix after the break, and let us know if it helps you any.

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5 years ago

Download Android G1 RC33 Update Now

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Instant gratification is never having to wait. Thanks to the XDA Developer community, the latest Google Android update is available now. Among other things, it includes Google Latitude, a location-based app that's created quite the stir among those with privacy concerns.

The Android update for the T-Mobile G1, RC33, will start rolling out today, February 5th, and will continue rolling out through the 15th. If you don't want to wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update, RC33 can be downloaded now and you can be running Google Latitude in no time.

If you want to know where to download it and how to update the firmware on your G1, then follow along after the break!

Sometimes things like firmware updates can feel daunting if you are trying to do it manually. The good news is that manually updating Android is a fairly simple process, the most difficult part being getting the new firmware version prior to receiving it OTA.

I recommend a fully-charged G1 before you begin this process. So if your G1 is charged and ready to go, then just follow these steps and you'll have an updated G1 in a matter of minutes.

DISCLAIMER: Android Central nor myself accept any responsibility for any mishaps that may occur during the update process. If you somehow manage to "brick" your phone, that's unfortunate, but it's ALL on you. Using these same steps, I managed to update my firmware without a hitch. Just remember that what you do with your G1 in your own home is YOUR business and YOUR responsibility. Now, with the sloppy legalese out of the way, are you ready?

  1. Download the RC33 file that's posted at XDA Developers here. VERY IMPORTANT: If you have root access ("jailbroken" G1), this update will NOT work for you. Community member JF has been very helpful in modifying updates to work for those with root access.
  2. Once you download the file to your computer, it should appear as: signed-PLAT-RC33-from-RC30.f06aa9b3.zip. This next part is important. Rename this file as update.zip.
  3. Make sure you have a Micro SD Card in your G1. Connect your G1 to your computer via USB. You should see the USB icon in the top left corner of your G1. Drag it down and enable the USB connection to your computer.
  4. On the desktop of your computer, drag and drop the update.zip file to your G1, placing it in the root of your Micro SD Card. Then, unplug your G1 from your computer.
  5. Turn off your G1. Make sure it's completely powered down. Then, turn it back on by holding the Home and End keys. Wait for the icon popup after the T-Mobile G1 logo screen. Slide open your keyboard and type Alt + L. The event log should be displayed.
  6. Press Alt + S to begin the update. If you have properly renamed the file to update.zip and placed it in the root directory of your Micro SD card (meaning that it's not in any other folders), the update should begin.
  7. Be patient. The update will take a few minutes. Be sure to follow the on-screen instructions. You will be instructed to press the Home + Back buttons to finish the update. Be aware that your G1 will reboot a few times to properly install the update.
  8. Enjoy your new, shiny RC33 update, complete with Google Latitude!
After you have updated your G1, let us know what you think! Thanks for the heads-up on the RC33 availability, Yoshi! [xda developers]

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5 years ago

Ask Android Central: How to Unlock And Use a T-Mobile G1

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Following up on one of our newest feature, Ask Android Central, where you guys ask the question and we provide the answer, we have a question from Ty Underwood regarding the T-Mobile G1's usefulness of being unlocked

Would an unlocked g1 run on other (gsm) networks without a hitch? There isn't any tmobile in my area and I was just curious. Thanks!

 

The T-Mobile G1 is certainly a popular device and Android is in the eyes of a prospective many but one sticking point with the G1 is its ties to T-Mobile. We at Android Central definitely understand your concern about T-Mobile as a carrier—paltry 3G network, spotty service—but luckily there are definite options to make it work on other carriers.

After the jump, Android Central answers how to use an unlocked G1.

Before we get started, we should note that there are a few roads you can take to get an unlocked G1. Our most recommended route? Become an Android Developer and purchase the Android Dev Phone 1 (aka a SIM and hardware unlocked G1 with a snazzy graphic on the back cover). After an initial $25 fee to become a developer, you purchase the phone for $399 and will be able to use ANY sim card from any carrier AND flash custom Android builds since the bootloader is unlocked as well. Honestly, the Android Dev Phone 1 offers an amount of freedom unmatched with other options.

The second option would be to buy a regular already sim-unlocked T-Mobile G1. There's a great web portal that lists unlocked T-Mobile G1's on eBay here.

And finally, the most popular option would be to buy the T-Mobile G1 contract-free from a T-Mobile retail store and then either wait 3 months for the unlock code OR purchase an unlock code from a reputable unlock source (some of the writers on Android Central used unlock-tmobileg1.com) if you want to get nasty with a different carrier immediately. You'll need to give the website your IMEI number which can be found in either the settings/About Phone/Status or by pressing *#06# in the dialer.

After you receive your unlock code, simply follow the instructions in this video:

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Basically insert a non T-Mobile SIM card and then enter your SIM unlock code. Voila. Your T-Mobile G1 is now just a G1. But you're not quite done yet, because the phone is not set up for data on other networks you'll have to tinker with some of the APN settings. Luckily, it's dead simple. For example, for AT&T:

Simply go to Settings > Wireless Controls > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names then hit Menu and select New APN. Enter the settings for your Network. For example, this will set up AT&T (If it's not mentioned on this list, leave it at whatever the default was:

  • APN Name: AT&T
  • APN: wap.cingular

And you're done! You'll be on your way to a fully functional G1 in no time. But buyer beware, since T-Mobile uses a funky band (in the US, at least) for their 3G Network it won't be compatible with your AT&T account meaning your unlocked for AT&T G1 will only be capable of lowly EDGE speeds. No 3G for you unlocked AT&T users. Why you ask? Well to quote the T-Mobile forums:

 

In the U.S., T-Mobile and AT&T both use GSM technologies, but there are fundamental incompatibilities in their 3G services. AT&T runs its 2G and 3G services at 850 and 1900 MHz. T-Mobile's 3G service uses 2100 MHz to transmit and 1700 MHz to receive.
The G1 can handle 2G service at 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz, which pretty well covers the world's markets. But 3G comes only at 1700 and 2100 MHz. That takes care of T-Mobile in the U.S. and everyone else in the rest of the world. But it leaves out AT&T's 3G service.

 

Is that a bit of a downer? Well, of course since AT&T is the only other GSM carrier in the US. But at least you'll still be able to enjoy the openness of Android and its potential on AT&T after following our instructions!

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5 years ago

Ask Android Central: Is the T-Mobile G1 Available in the UK ?

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Continuing our newest feature, Ask Android Central, where you guys ask the question and we provide the answer, we have a question from Antoinette regarding the T-Mobile G1’s availability across the pond!

Antoinette asks “I really like the G1. It is a little costly. Do you think it is possible for me to buy one for the UK?”

 

Check out Android Central’s answer after the break!

To quickly and succinctly answer your question before we delve into the deeper issues such as price concerns, Yes, the T-Mobile G1 is available for the UK! It was released on October 30th, 2008 for FREE if you sign up for a £40/month plan. Worried that the £40/month was too steep (it roughly translates to $62)?

No worries! After a recent price drop in the UK, the T-Mobile G1 is NOW available for FREE if you sign up to a £30/month ($46) on a 18-month contract which includes “700 minutes, 1400 texts, or any mix you use”. We at Android Central aren’t exactly sure what “any mix you use” actually means, but we’re sure you UK folks might be more familiar with it. To sweeten the deal even more, T-Mobile UK is throwing in an 8GB microSD card!

Compared to the US, where we pay $179 for the phone, $55+ for a service plan, and only a 1GB microSD card included—it can almost be considered a steal! The UK version is also ALL white. Unlike the two-tone silver backing of the US version, the White UK G1 looks clean as a whistle!

Now for the greater concern. Is the G1 priced too high? We can’t speak for the UK pricing strategy since we’re not all too familiar with the phone climate across the pond, but here in the United States we think the G1 is definitely priced on the low end of the smartphone spectrum. At the very least, it’s the most competitive pricing of any smartphone in the Smartphone Round Robin.

Let’s take a look:

Obviously, this is an admittedly rough chart that doesn’t take into consideration A LOT of different factors. Like quality of the service, 3G networks, amount of minutes, text messages, etc. This is a very, very rough comparison of pricing you’d find on the carrier’s websites. But either way, the T-Mobile G1 is hands down the cheapest smartphone you can buy out the door.

We at Android Central won’t go as far to consider the G1’s price to be “cheap” but it surely is competitive. I think T-Mobile, Google, and HTC did a fair job in pricing it at a point where they could profit from hardware sales but still allow the consumer to save some money. In all, we think the G1 represents great value—you get a desktop-class OS with a burgeoning app selection, instant access to the internet, and well the knowledge of being cool to Google fans everywhere.

 

Did we get anything wrong? Tell us so in the comments! And if you have a question to ask Android Central, feel free to contact us via our Contacts Form and your question just might be featured in the next Ask Android Central!

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5 years ago

How To: Save YouTube Videos to your G1 Android

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Are you a YouTube junkie? Are you one of those people that simply MUST get your YouTube on every day and share with your friends? To me, YouTube is simply amazing. Fifteen years ago, I never would have dreamed of having the ability to post, share, and view thousands upon thousands of videos posted by people all over the planet. If you want to carry your YouTube vids on the go, saved to your G1, then check out the video and step-by-step provided by AndroidTapp via www.intomobile.com:

  1. Search for the video you want. In the video below, I choose “The Transporter 3 movie trailer”
  2. Tapp the YouTube link, by default the G1 will prompt 2 options: Browser or YouTube. Chose “Browser”. The reason, to get the YouTube link.
  3. Tapp “Menu” + “Go to URL”, the YouTube URL should appear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kodviK1AHdg.
  4. Press on the keyboard “Menu” + “C” to Copy on the G1
  5. Go to www.keepvid.com
  6. In the search field press on the keyboard “Menu” + “V” to Paste on the G1, hit Enter
  7. Slide down and Tapp “›› Download ‹‹ (video.mp4 - High Quality)“. This will open a new window and download the MP4 in your browser history. Disregard the .FLV version as the G1 can’t do Flash Video… yet. (Alternatively, it’s saved on your SD Card under “downloads” folder).
A big thanks to intomobile.com and AndroidTapp for the step-by-step! [AndroidTapp via intomobile]

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5 years ago

Ask Android Central: Why Android isn't on the iPhone

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We’re starting a new feature here at Android Central and it involves you guys, the readers. Do you have a question regarding Android? Need to know anything about Android? Send it over to us and we’ll do our best to explain, as in depth and head on as we can, and hopefully provide you with an answer!

To kick off the very first Ask Android Central,

Derek asks do you know if there is an Android OS for the iPhone? If not, why not? Any idea if it will ever be possible to get Android on the iPhone? Your thoughts are appreciated!

 

Android Central tackles this question after the break!

 

Ah, the ol’ iPhone is linked to our beloved Android once again. We totally understand: you like the iPhone but may be a little bit wary of joining the closed Apple ecosystem where seemingly Steve Jobs’ fleeting emotions are the only say in deciding which app gets passed and which app gets banned. Trust us, we’ve been there.

And you see Android. The shiniest of new toys, undoubtedly the one with the most potential and perhaps the most anti-Apple of them all, and you think, why not combine my two interests? You get the great iPhone hardware with the great Android software. PERFECT, right?

Not so much. A brief trip down memory lane might serve us good. I know it’s a bit hard to imagine these days but Apple is first and foremost, a software company. Not a smartphone company. Not a music company. Not a computer company. A software company (and okay, maybe a computer company). The Mac OS is the backbone of all things Apple and even though their recent hits might suggest hardware (iPhone, iPod, Macbook)—they still do software best (think iTunes, iLife, OS X, etc).

Step back and think about it for a second, every Apple product runs their own specific Apple software. You may get a bit more leniency with the Mac because you can load Windows onto it but that’s probably the length of freedom you’re officially allowed. So to imagine an Apple product without Apple software? To the legions of Apple fanboys, that would almost be blasphemous. To the boys in Cupertino, that would probably be illegal. So to answer your question, in short, at least: No, there won’t ever be an official iPhone Android.

The longer answer would be, yeah, sooner or later you'd probably be able to hack Android onto the iPhone because well, that’s what hacking is here for. The technology behind the iPhone and Android makes it at least theoretically possible and the awareness of the two platforms make it entertaining. Because Android can be ported onto any device without any licensing fees, a very astute homebrew iPhone hacker might one day be able to get Android on the iPhone.

So obviously, it wouldn't the most official way—but with the flexibility of the Android OS and the genius of the iPhone dev team—well I wouldn’t bet against it happening, unofficially of course. And they are probably already well on their way, here's a video of the iPhone running Linux and with Android being based on the Linux kernel, it can be assumed that Android would be the logical next step.

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But I guess the bigger question would then be, would we want Android on the iPhone? And after some serious thought (confession: we were once iPhone users) we at Android Central actually think it’s a bad idea.

The benefits of having Android on the iPhone, cool hacking factor aside, just isn’t worth it. Stripping the iPhone OS away from the iPhone really takes a lot of the shine off the iPhone. What you’re left with is simply a shell—a form factor that only support one button, doesn’t have Stereo Bluetooth (though Android doesn’t have that just yet), and has middling call quality. Also, Android doesn’t yet support a soft keyboard so there won’t be any headway on this hack until Android gets that feature.

Just comparatively speaking, the iPhone’s hardware isn’t miles ahead of the competition. Let’s be honest and take a look. The iPhone’s killer feature? It’s large and expansive touchscreen. It’s great to be sure, but it also has remain unchanged since the original iPhone. That’s almost 2-year-old technology. And that goes towards the rest of the iPhone—aside from quickly evolving its software—the iPhone is still relatively the same phone hardware-wise it was 2 years ago.

If we were to look at current phones to port Android to, I'd much rather prefer an HTC Touch HD or a Blackberry Bold to run Android. Something to take advantage of today's offerings and give us an amazingly gorgeous screen to play with. But then again, those phones weren't designed or specified to run Android, so it obviously won't offer the best user experience.

So it'll be definitely more exciting to look forward to what’s next in terms of smartphone hardware designed for Android. Android allows a certain amount of flexibility that running it on the iPhone would strip away. There’s no need to limit the OS onto the iPhone’s self-imposed limitations. I mean, if we got Android ported onto the iPhone, what would be the difference of having, let’s say, Android on the Touch Diamond? Stripping the iPhone OS away from the iPhone really makes it nothing more than ordinary.

The iPhone limits itself in ways that Android has no intention. The fewest buttons possible on the iPhone is a design choice that Apple has to live with, not us Android users. The iPhone is the iPhone because of its OS, not its hardware. So no, there won’t ever be an official way to get Android on the iPhone. But yeah, there’ll probably be some enterprising genius who manages to do so. And yeah, the interweb will probably go crazy for it. And heck, we will too. But after we come to our senses and realize its issues—we would pass.

So don’t worry Derek, if Android ever gets on the iPhone, just check Android Central to find out! In the mean time, look forward to using some better hardware with the same great Android OS in the near future!

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6 years ago

How To Factory Reset Your T-Mobile G1

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Ever wanted to know how to factory reset your T-Mobile G1? Don't worry Android Central has got you covered. Doing a factory reset is a fairly easy process on the G1 and is immensely useful for those returning units, selling units, and/or just want a fresh start.

Here's how it works:

  1. Power off the G1
  2. Hold Home Key + End key for 20 seconds or until you see a "triangle with an exclamation point and a picture of the G1"
  3. Open the QWERTY keyboard and hit Alt+W
  4. Restored!

To do a soft reboot, simply hit the Home+Back buttons when you reach the "triangle with an exclamation point and a picture of the G1" screen.

[Phandroid]

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6 years ago

How To Tether Your G1 for 3G Browsing

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Do you have a laptop but no data plan love for it? If you want to save a few $$$ either in WiFi rates or a 3G data rate plan for your laptop, then consider tethering your G1 to your laptop and use it's 3G goodness for some large-screen internet browsing and emailing.

How do you do it? Well, fortunately for all of us, there are those who discover the ways and means and then post for the rest of us mere mortals. Thanks to Mark Wilson at Gizmodo via TmoNews Forums and jkOnTheRun, just click here for a detailed step-by-step that will have you tethering and surfing in no time.

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6 years ago

How To Manually Upgrade T-Mobile G1 to Firmware RC29

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Can't wait til November 11th for T-Mobile to give you the much ballyhooed RC29 update? Need to stay current with the latest firmware version available? No worries, we at Android Central got you covered! There's a way to manually upgrade your T-Mobile G1 to firmware RC29. It's easier than you think but then again not the 'official' route you should take and thus, a wee bit dangerous.

To get this done you need to:

  1. Download firmware RC29 from Google
  2. Rename downloaded file to update.zip and place it in the root of your MicroSD card
  3. Unplug USB cord
  4. Turn off G1.
  5. Turn G1 back on holding Home+End keys until you see the G1 image pop up
  6. From that icon, open keyboard and hit Alt+L
  7. Hit Alt+S to begin update
  8. Follow onscreen instructions and hit Home+Back to finish
  9. G1 will reboot to flash the new firmware
  10. Voila! RC29 Firmware is installed!

Be aware that this isn't the recommended solution, T-Mobile suggests that you simply just wait out for them to officially roll out the update to users. If you happen to destroy your phone, T-Mobile can't guarantee any replacements and if replacements were to be given, the turnaround rate may last a week. In all, Android Central warns you in attempting this process but hey, to each his own.

[MobileCrunch]

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