7 Apps that don't yet work on the HTC Hero

There are some apps that I’d love on my Hero but, for one reason or another, I can’t currently get.

Talk To Me
This is a language translator, which uses both text and speech facilities. Sadly, it needs Android 1.6 onwards.

HootSuite, an online Twitter client, have had an iPhone app for a while. Now they’ve released an Android version, but it only currently works for Android 1.6 onwards. Thankfully they’re working on a 1.5 version…

Google Apps
There are 3 recently launched Google Android apps – Google Buzz, Google Goggles and Google Earth – that only work with Android 2+. Funny that their own fun, the Nexus One, is the only Android phone currently using this version…

This is a superb keyboard replacement which gives you the ability to type by moving your finger across the keyboard without lifting them between letter. It provides a far quicker typing speed as a result. Others are available but Swype works particularly well.

Unfortunately, it’s not yet available as a standalone application (they’re having it bundled with new phones) and even then it only worked for higher resolution phones (they’re apparently working on a lower resolution version).

Twidroid Pro
After reviewing lots of Twitter apps, I decided that Twidroid Pro was the one for me. Sadly, I can’t get it on the Marketplace for reasons that are yet unknown to me. I’m told it’s “Google security”, but that’s all I know. If anybody knows how I can get hold of it (legitimately), then please let me know!

Now I wish someone could create a driver for my iGo bluetooth keyboard…

Update 3/3/10 – Seriously Google? Now they’ve launched Gesture Search. For Android 2+ onwards.


What they don’t tell you about Android & the HTC Hero

Before I bought my Hero, research highlighted a few things that I suspect (and, indeed, looking at forums I know this is the case) many first-time users won’t realise at the time of purchase. What I’m not so sure about is where the dividing line is between T-Mobile, HTC and Android, so some of this information may only be relevant to one of these. Or a combination.

So, in no order what-so-ever, here’s my list of what you need to know.


More phone foibles

Yes, I’m still in the market for a new phone. I’m now 2 months away from the end of my contract which means that if I stick with O2 and Carphone Warehouse I can move contracts now. Except, well, they don’t have a half decent Android phone.

At the moment the HTC Hero is the only one that interests me. None-the-less the New Year looks to bring the Sony Ericsson X10 and the Google Nexus One so, right now, my plan is to ride out my final 2 months and then look seriously at what’s available. If it’s still only the Hero in contention then I’ll jump ship and move networks.

Whilst I’m on the subject of Carphone Warehouse, I received a letter after I had 2 months of remaining contract, saying that I would SOON have only 2 months left. But it confirmed the correct date, indicating that it had already passed. Hmmm. After that, though, I heard nothing for a week until I started getting mysterious phone calls in the evening – if I don’t recognise the number then I don’t answer. Anyway, they eventually rang during the day and I decided to see who it was. The voice was distant and foreign enough to make understanding them quite difficult. They identified themselves as being from Carphone Warehouse, but a few seconds later the line went dead (duff signal I suspect). They never rang back.


iPhone and being rumbled

Ha. After my story the other day that the iPhone advert has been banned, PC Pro have an excellent video showing you EXACTLY how quick the iPhone would be doing what they advertised.

Meantime,  my other story about a software retailer not lowering their prices has been revealed by PC Pro, and they’ve mentioned their name, which I decided not to do. Yes, stand up McAfee. The PC Pro article was also reported by an affiliate, who remained anonymous, but their words reflected my own. It doesn’t help that before this story broke, PC Pro has also published an article about how PC retailers were planning on dropping their prices to reflect the VAT change.

However, no sooner had they revealed the story about the VAT put McAfee decided to back down. Hurrah for common sense.

Some choice comments from their forums…

Do you really want to buy software as complex as a security suite from a company who cannot easily update the VAT rate in their own selling software?

I think McAfee has a very good candidate for “Most Pathetic Excuse of the Year”


Sony Ericsson K800i

Well, I did say I might mention it in a later Blog.

First of all an explanation of why I’ve stopped moaning about nuisance mobile phones and bought one…. the other Friday I was due to pick my daughter up from her mums. And it snowed. Not just a little but a lot. A blizzard really and I couldn’t see the lines on the road let alone anything ahead. Meantime my daughter was stuck at school, her mum unable to reach her.

It was just luck that I’d remembered to take my emergency (pay-as-you-go cheap n’ nasty) mobile out of the boot and had it turned on – I got the phone call from her mum to tell me what was happening and we decided in the end to call it off – I’d pick her up when the weather cleared the next morning. Meantime I’d found somewhere to pull over.

So all of this made me realise that having a mobile – a proper one that I have turned on all the time – might be a good idea. It would also help during my (oh my god it’s less than 3 months) wedding. Oh, and a pay rise at work helped justify it as well.

So after some research I plumped for the Sony Ericsson K800i. The high quality camera also further helped justify it (as I then wouldn’t be caught shot of not having a camera when I needed one). And I got a Bluetooth headset for it as well.

And I have to say, it’s very good, although accessing the phone contents on my PC via Bluetooth is flaky (not that it’s an issue – Bluetooth file transfer is so damn slow). I got a hard transparent case for it along with a 1Gb micro memory stick from – very, very cheap price. Recommended.

I also managed to get it, eventually, to allow traffic uploads to my TomTom One. However, it wasn’t clear cut – my phone kept complaining about a “Connection Failure”. I spoke to Carphone Warehouse (whom I bought the phone from) and they, handily (I’m kidding), told me to visit one of their shops (what is the point of phone support if that’s there answer!). Meantime I’d posted my problem on a GPS forum and they came back with an answer.

If you have the same problem (or again, this will be useful to remind myself of the answer), then you need to do the following:

  • On your phone navigate to the following:Settings|Connectivity|Data Communications|Data Accounts
  • Select your data account and then ‘More,’ then select ‘Account Info’ and note the number against ‘External ID.’
  • Now, when the TomTom errors, you get a prompt to enter the details manually. Do this and skip through most of the information.
  • When it prompts for the dial information it will probably look something like this:*99***3#The number 3 here should be set to your phones External ID.
  • Next, your logon will appear as something like this:at+cgdcont=3,”ip”,”internet”,””,0,0All of this depends on your account and various bits may be different. However, once again the 3 should be your External ID. Change that bit too.

And that was it (although I’d be curious to know how long it would have taken CPW to have worked that one out!).