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Aside from the lucky few in our forum community there are still many waiting for the Android Hero update, so where is it? Apparently only devices sent directly from HTC have the update now. Anyone not willing to flash a new ROM to their phone by themselves will have to wait for T-Mobile to get around to finish testing it before they can mark it suitable for public consumption. Flashing ROMs can be tricky business so before you try such a thing be sure to read the entire thread and know what you are getting yourself into before you start.
With all the little goodies to come in this update you would have to have a lot of patience to wait that long. Unless…nah, you wouldn’t…perhaps?…okay go find the update in our Android forums. Enjoy!
PS. First person to post a direct link to the thread gets a free copy of DVD Catalyst when I post the review in a few days!
How much better? Well that’s for you to decide. They have implemented some bug fixes and incorporated some new features. Read more for pictures and descriptions of these new treats. More >
As of this morning the newer beta of SkyFire arrived with many enhancements:
- Multi-Line Text Entry (2,000 character limit) (Good!)
- Auto-complete text entry (YAY!)
- Paste into URL or search (Life has just gotten easier)
- Ability to delete bookmarks (Thank you)
- Multiple zoom modes for touch screen phones
- Double Tap to Zoom In and Zoom Out (not important to us Non-Touchscreeners)
- Support for custom virtual keyboards (again non touchscreen)
- Web Search Shortcut in softkey menu (Thank you again)
- Access to the Windows Mobile Taskbar in softkey menu (Easyiness)
- Persistent Settings for SMartfit, Mute and Zoom Size (Good!)
- Support for 12-key and 1/2 QWERTY devices
- Password Masking (for those curious eyes)
- Backlight usage based on system settings
- Ok button sends SkyFire to the Background (Great!)
- Additional sites listed on the Featured:Info and Media tabs
For those of you with an existing beta copy it will stop working on May 7th.To update, simply fire up SkyFire > Click the Upgrade Now link and an SMS will be sent to your phone with a download link. You will need to use the original email you signed up with. If you aren’t on the beta, sorry. If you signed up already stay patient as they open up to more users all the time.
If you want to sign up for the SkyFire beta visit Skyfire.com. The download is 466KB and the installed size is 1385KB.
Without a doubt, Skyfire is in demand. Over a week ago I downloaded my beta copy and have enjoyed it ever since. It does break my heart a little that not everyone can enjoy it yet. However my hopes were lifted with this recent email concerning Skyfire and the beta program. Hopefully this will left your hearts as well.
Straight from the Skyfire Office:
“Here’s the status of our private beta program. As you know, we have quite a demand for the beta and sign ups beyond what we can support today. On February 8th, we invited a batch of the sign ups to download Skyfire beta 0.5 based on the chronological order in which they signed up. We purposefully kept the number of those first downloads to a manageable number so we could finesse our systems before we increased the pool. We’ve taken the time since February 8th to work out any kinks in our system — nothing of significance, but the normal stuff that comes up when you go live the first time. We needed this time to fine tune the download process, support, etc. and assess our infrastructure relative to real users.
After this period of tweaking and assessing, we are in a position to invite more people to download Skyfire. Very soon, we will invite another batch of people to download in a first signed up, first invited basis. That’s not to say, we can invite every beta sign up to download immediately – the invitations will continue in a measured pace to meet the significant demand for Skyfire. Next week, you will see our external messaging to beta signs up in this regard – blog updates, email blasts and website messaging. We appreciate that you point your readers to our sign up page as that’s the best course of action to get into our private beta program. However, it’s safe to say that there is a wait as we continue in a measured pace.”
So you heard it here. Up until this point every reader of AllShadow.com should already be signed up on the beta program’s sign up page. If you aren’t then you need to get over there and get your beta on. As you can see they are proceeding in chronological order of when people signed up. Do you want to be the last?
A supervisor at T-Mobile just sent me an email detailing some additional features in the most recent update ROM for the T-Mobile Shadow. It’s great to know that T-Mobile listens and cares about the community and aims to correct problems we have. Read the full article for more of the changes/updates/features in the new ROM: More >