Category Archives: HTC Desire
I came accross some really great software called Texdro. Texdro is an Android/desktop application which makes it possible to receive a pop-up window on your computer as your phone receives a SMS or an incoming phone call. You can easily read the pop-up message and send back a SMS to the sender directly from your computer. When you send the SMS from your computer it also keeps the SMS on your phone so that you never miss any of your conversations. You can also import all your phone contacts and if you are using Texdro Desktop Pro it will import your contacts photos as well.
Texdro works via Wireless and Texdro Desktop Pro adds USB and Bluetooth to that. Personally for me I use wireless as I leave my phone lying around the house or the office making it easier for me to reply to SMS’ or calls.
- Read and answer new SMS’ directly from your computer.
- Import your phone contacts to your computer (Also supports Gmail and vCard contact imports).
- Remove and edit contacts.
- Conversation views.
- The desktop application is platform independent and runs on Java.
- Network traffic between your phone and computer is highly encrypted and also uses a password.
Additional features why you should get Texdro Desktop Pro over the free version:
- More stable connection in general.
- USB Connection
- Bluetooth connection
- Automatic phone discovery over WLAN. You don’t need to enter any IP-address anymore. This is great for dynamic IP-addresses or when you use Texdro at multiple locations.
- Notifications when your phone is ringing.
- Send group/multi messages.
- Wi-Fi autostart, make Texdro start automatically when you’re in range of your home Wi-Fi.
- Tabbed conversations
- Contact photos
- Automatically update downloads
How do I install Texdro on my phone / computer?
- On your phone, search for “Texdro” using the Market application and install it.
- Once installed, click here to download and install Texdro on your computer.
- Open up the download Jar file and follow the on-screen instructions (Java has to be installed on your computer. Get it here!)
- If you are using wireless enter your phone’s static IP address.
- When you have finished setting up Texdro on your computer, open up Texdro on your phone and press the Texdro icon to run the application.
- The icon on your phone and on your computer’s task bar should both be green.
- You should now have successfully installed Texdro! If you have any problems, check out their website here.
If you like this software, support this guy, it’s only $2.99 for Textro Desktop Pro version is really awesome and worth it!
I purchased my HTC Desire around 4 months ago and have been loving it! When Android Froyo 2.2 was released I was able to do an automatic update over the air and it has been working great! Recently my mate also got an HTC Desire but he is stuck with Android 2.1 because his service provider doesn’t allow an upgrade to Froyo 2.2! WTF right?! Here I am going to show you how you can install Android Froyo 2.2 on your HTC Desire using either an official Android Froyo 2.2 ROM or a custom version. I am currently using LeeDroid ROM and it is absolutely fantastic! I chose this one over other ROMs because it still contains HTC sense. You can read more about it here. Alright lets get started.
Before you begin.
- This is the easiest method (that I know of) available to root your phone.
- If you have HTC Sync installed, uninstall it first before continuing. It tends to interfere with the rooting process.
- This rooting method will also flash a custom recovery image so that you can start flashing ROMs straight away.
Root and Flash a Custom Recovery Image
- Download the Unrevoked rooting application: click here
- Plug your phone into the computer using your USB cable.
- When the Unrevoked application has downloaded, double click it to run. Assuming that you are using Windows, open the file called “Hboot Driver” and follow the instructions provided to install the modified Hboot drivers. Cant find this driver? Download the modified Hboot driver here. (Graphical installation instructions provided on this download link too)
- Once the drivers have successfully been installed, run Unrevoked’s Reflash program. (Should appear as an icon on your desktop)
- Once the driver is successfully installed, unplug the USB cable, turn off your phone by taking out the battery and putting it back in. You can turn your phone on again by pressing your power button and get your normal phone’s home screen.
- Right click Unrevoked’s Reflash file on your desktop and choose “Run as administrator”. The program should now have opened with a message saying “Waiting for device”.
- On your phone, navigate to your Menu > Settings > Applications > Development and check that USB Debugging has been turned on.
- Plug your phone into the computer again using your USB cable.
- It should automatically locate your phone if it is plugged in. Just follow the on-screen instructions on Unrevoked’s Reflash program to continue.
- Done! You have now successfully rooted your phone and have a custom recovery image installed.
Issues? Unrevoked still not locating your device? Try the below steps and head over back to step 3.
Download the drivers from here.
- Put your device into USB debugging mode (Settings > Applications > Development).
- Extract the drivers to desktop.
- Open Device Manager, right click the phone and click Update Driver Software…
- Click Browse my computer for driver software.
- Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
- Click Have Disk…
- Click Browse…
- Browse to your desktop and go into the usb_driver folder.
- Select android_winusb.inf and then select Android Composite ADB Interface.
- Turn off USB debugging mode.
Load Android Froyo 2.2 on your HTC Desire using a custom ROM
Now that you have rooted your phone we can install Android Froyo 2.2 on your phone. Please note that when installing a custom ROM it wipes out all data so make sure you have backed up your contacts and any other info you want. This will not erase your SD Card, only the storage on your phone itself.
Note: Make sure your phone is fully charged before flashing a ROM.
- Head over to XDA-Developers’ Forum and download a custom ROM of your choice. I use the LeeDroid ROM which is awesome, and official ROM can be downloaded from here.
- Plug your phone in with your USB cable and mount the SD Card. If you are using an Android phone other than the HTC Desire you need to choose your phone first from XDA-Developers website and then choose the Development section.
- Copy the downloaded ZIP file to the root of your SD Card. Do NOT extract the ZIP file.
- When it has successfully copied over to your phone, unplug your phone from the USB cable.
- Turn of your phone, hold in the down volume button while turning on your phone again. This will boot your phone into the boot-loader. (If it finds a file called “PC36IMG.zip” on your SD Card and it wants to update your phone, say NO, we don’t want to do this.) Wait a few seconds then navigate the bootloader menu using the volume up / down buttons and select “Recovery” and wait for your phone to boot into recovery mode.
- Scroll to Wipe Data and select “wipe data/factory reset”. Next select “wipe cache”. (Note this erases all data on your phone!)
- The final step is to scroll to “install from zip file”. Select the ROM that you have earlier copied to your SD Card and wait for it to finish flashing. Once it has finished flashing, hit reboot and you are all done! If you want to flash a different ROM, just follow this procedure again.
Enjoy your new Android Froyo 2.2 phone! Once again if something went wrong with your phone don’t blame me, cannot be held responsible. If you have followed these steps correctly everything should be perfect! If you don’t understand anything or stuck somewhere feel free to comment below!
Some guys over at XDA-Developers have managed to hack the PlayStation 3 with Google Android phones. This hack is referred to as jailbreak, and by jailbreaking your PS3 you will be able to create backups of your games.
Below is a step-by-step guide you can use to jailbreak your PlayStation 3 using a rooted HTC Desire phone (entirely at your own risk!). We are not held responsible if you end up damaging your PS3 or your HTC Desire… Cool?! Alrighty let’s move on…
If you have a phone other than an HTC Desire make sure to check out the compatibility list here.
Note: Your PS3 firmware should not be newer than version 3.41.
Step 1: Download this package: download file, and extract it.
Step 2: Now extract the file named “N1-CM6-PSFreedom.tar.gz” and copy its contents to your HTC Desire’s microSD card.
Step 3: Also copy the file named “PS3-signed.zip” and “PS3-no-more-signed.zip” to your microSD card and reboot your phone into recovery console.
Step 4: Once you reboot, flash “PS3-signed.zip” on your phone and reboot it.
Step 5: Use a terminal app (like ConnectBot) to type in the following:
Step 6: Switch off your PlayStation 3:
- For PS3 Old Model: Switch off at the back.
- For PS3 Slim Model: Unplug console from wall.
Now plug your HTC Desire into the PS3 via USB.
Step 7: Turn on your PS3 and press the power button followed by eject button in quick succession.
Step 8: Voila!!! Your Sony PlayStation 3 is now hacked with an HTC Desire! You should see “Install Package Files” under Game on the Cross Media Bar (PS3’s UI), this will confirm that your PS3 is now hacked.
You can return your phone to its previous non-flashed state by booting back to recovery mode and flashing “PS3-no-more-signed.zip”.
The hack does have a few bugs though, namely: Wi-Fi and USB Mass Storage which will be disabled on your phone until original boot image is flashed back.
Disclaimer: Hacking or modding your PlayStation 3 (PS3) might result in Sony banning your console from PSN (PlayStation Network). Use it only at your own risk.
Type in the above code as you would normally type out a number before dialing. This code can be used to get some interesting information about your phone and battery. It shows following 4 menus on screen:
- Phone information
- Battery information
- Battery history
- Usage statistics
The following steps should significantly extend the battery life on your phone.
- Connect the phone to the charger with the phone powered on, and allow the phone to charge until the notification LED is green, this indicates the device is fully charged.
- Disconnect the phone from the charger, and power the phone off.
- Reconnect the phone to the charger with the phone powered off, and allow the phone to charge until the notification LED is green.
- Disconnect the phone from the charger and power it on. Once the phone is powered completely on, power it off again and reconnect it to the charger until the notification LED is green.
- Disconnect the phone, power it on (OPTIONAL: Enter Recovery at this point and Wipe Battery Stats (from Advanced menu), and use it. You need to use this sequence only once.)
You have now successfully calibrated your HTC Desire’s battery.