Download and install Android 2.2 on your Nexus One now!

Still waiting for the OTA upgrade to Android 2.2 for your Nexus One ? Wait no more; you can download the ROM directly from Google’s server and upgrade your handset manual (backup your stuff before ):

- Grab the .zip file from one of the following link: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF50-from-ERE27.1e519a24.zip Google took the link down, but here are some mirros: DOWNLOAD (MediaFire Pro) / MIRROR (ROMraid / CoBlitz) MD5: 946229291ed8e24cd80aeb4a66ca2fc7

- Rename it to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it widisplay an exlamation point) andthen press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

follow the ongoing XDA thread here in case you have some problems

1 hour long video chat with Windows Phone 7′s Director of Developer Experience


Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7 had a one hour long video chat last night on Microsoft‘s Backstage site to discuss the company’s developer strategy with WP7 and answering a lot of interesting questions. The full transcript isn’t up yet but here’s a couple of notes I took while watching the whole ything a few minutes ago:

-Third Party Apps can’t open email attachments

-Refresh of development tools every months and final dev tools will be released few months bprior to the launch on WP7.

- Sockets support coming but timing is still unclear. Only managed access to HTTP is available now.

- Expect the MarketPlace policies to be announced soon. Transparency in the approval process. If an app gets rejected the developer will receive a bulleted list of things that need to be fixed so he can re-submit his application.

- OEM applications can’t do Multi-Tasking but the OS is “fully Multi-Tasking & Multi-threaded”

- No application side-loading in the first iteration of the OS. Installation is only possible through the Marketplace.

- Compass and accelerator support in the emulator coming in future update

- No VPN support in WP7 at launch

- Third-party App-to-App communication is not allowed

- Windows Phone 7 handsets will be provided to developers soon

- Microsoft first-party and third-party titles are being build

- Local storage won’t be exposed in the first iteration of the OS.

And finally
- Developers, developers, developers!

If you don’t have much to do I suggest to watch the whole thing here (registration required). I’ll will post the full transcript once it’s made available.

Source: Microsoft

Android 2.2 already being pushed out to the Nexus One?


This is kinda weird, MG Siegler from Techcrunch is reporting that his Nexus One has been updated OTA to Android 2.2 a few hours ago even though Google themselves announced last night that this update will only be released in a few weeks. So far nobody else seems to have gotten the update in the US or anywhere else in the world. Let’s wait and see if other people report that their Nexus One handsets are indeed receiving the Froyo firmware.

Source: Techcrunch

HTC Vision, HTC Glacier and HTC LED Android handsets info

Looks like a some upcoming Android handsets from HTC are on the way. First it was Engadget who got tipped about the following device codenames: HTC Vision, HTC Glacier and HTC LED. As you can see in the blurry picture above the HTC Vision seems to headed to T-Mobile (EU or US?) but not much is know about the other two devices. Later on Tweakers.netfound the user agent string of he HTC Vision on HTC’s mms server which shows that it has a WVGA (800×480) screen and full Qwerty keyboard:

Source: HTC via  Engadget & Tweakers.net

Google Nexus One to get Android 2.2 in a few weeks

Good news for all you Nexus One owners. Google has just announced via Twitter that the handset will receive its Android 2.2upgrade in a few weeks. They’ve also disclosed that Android 2.2 aka Froyo will be made available to OEMs and the Open Source community in the coming weeks. HTC has said earlier that only some of their 2010 Android handsets will be upgradable to Android 2.2 and that those upgrades will only be released in the second half of the year. The Nexus One is getting it quickly mainly because of the fact that it doesn’t have any third-party UI (like HTC Sense) and also because it is officially a Google product (even-though it’s 100% an HTC device).

Source: Google Twitter & Twitter thanks for the heads up Mike