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Old May 29th, 2010, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Laugh Android 2.1 is HERE ! ! !

T-Mobile Hungary has released 2.1 for Pulse!
I have tried it on mine (Croatian) and it works nice, all the languages and localizations are here.

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T-Mobile Pulse szoftverfrissítési útmutató

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http://www.t-mobile.hu/static/szoftverek/t-mobile_pulse/T-Mobile_Pulse_21_B815.zip

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T-Mobile Pulse 2.1 Software Upgrade Guide:

Please before installing the update, back up all your data stored, because they will be deleted during the upgrade! We are not responsible for any loss of data.

Do the update only with well charged battery or connect the charger during update! Do not remove the battery and the do not turn off the phone while flashing!

* 1 Copy the "dload" folder to SDcard from T-Mobile_Pulse_21_B815.zip.
* 2 Turn off your phone.
* 3 Turn off the device and press the red (end) + the volume up to + hold down the power button, and wait for the "Preparing to update ..." message.
* 4 At the end of the upgrading, device restarts.
* 5 After phone booted, copy the "dload" folder from T-Mobile_Pulse_21_B815\CUSTOMIZED_HU to SDcard, and overwrite the existing one. Turn off the device and press the red (end) + the volume up to + hold down the power button, and wait for the "Preparing to update ..." message.
* 6 At the end of the upgrading, device restarts.

What to do if the process does not restart at the end of the updat?

* 1 Remove and reinsert the battery, and continue the software update as described in section * 5.


Important! After installing the new software, the available free memory reduced to 40 MB (additional storage space stored in the device).

Important! You cant go back for the oldr 1.5 updat, after flashed this 2.1

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I have just read on the T-Mobile website forum that someone has installed 2.1 onto their pulse and it will not boot. They do not say however that they got the software from the hungarian site.

I will wait untill it is available on the uk site.
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I have just read on the T-Mobile website forum that someone has installed 2.1 onto their pulse and it will not boot. They do not say however that they got the software from the hungarian site.
There are lots of beta 2.1 firmwares around.

But this is the final one from t-mobile.
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Am I reading that right? 40MB available for apps after this update? That is ludicrous.
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I downloaded and installed. Not quite the exact process as described above but easy enough.

Loooks superb but not much room left for apps.

Will give it all a thourough test tomorrow.
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Been running the Hungarian 2.1 for 3 days now on UK Pulse with no problems. Seems more responsive to the touch screen & quicker overall.

Voice search wasn't there by default but there's a link to the correct .apk on Modaco & that worked fine.
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Loooks superb but not much room left for apps.
There are few mods for this firmware now - rooted + apps2sd.
I am running one and its working sweet
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There are few mods for this firmware now - rooted + apps2sd.
I am running one and its working sweet
It is working perfectly. A big improvement on 1.5! It did not reboot during the installation, but taking out the battery and turning it on again did the trick. It must also be pointed out that the first folder should be deleted from the SD card before installing the second.

Next step is to root and unlock. Could you tell us where there is a good guide to rooting?
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It is working perfectly. A big improvement on 1.5! It did not reboot during the installation, but taking out the battery and turning it on again did the trick. It must also be pointed out that the first folder should be deleted from the SD card before installing the second.

Next step is to root and unlock. Could you tell us where there is a good guide to rooting?
Custom roms and all kind of useful information are available on modaco.
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Iv jst installed the 2.1 version on my UK Pulse its installed fine and working but its unstable keeps Force closing on me and slow when downloading off the market
Might be because of the regionality hopefully wen the uk version comes out it will be more stable
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I'm on T-mobile UK. I took my phone in to be repaired the other day and while I was talking everything over with the technician he asked if I'd backed everything up off my phone because it was likely to come back 'with updated software installed'.

Though I'd take this with a pinch of salt, as the same guy said the HTC Desire is a great phone because of it's 'built in processor'.
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Though I'd take this with a pinch of salt, as the same guy said the HTC Desire is a great phone because of it's 'built in processor'.
Probably referring to the snapdragon.
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I just updated via these instructions. The only thing I'm missing is the keyboard from before. I don't have the numbers on the top row and can't remember / be bothered googling to find out what's going on there. If anybody else had this problem and fixed it, any advice would be useful.
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There is an android keyboard and one already built into the phone.not to sure how to change them around.

Does anyone know how to root? I have tried following the instructions on a few other websites installing files and endless reboots, but nothing has worked. If anyone knows please post.
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In my defence, it was late and I was tired.

Settings -> Language and Keyboard -> Touchpal. Turn on Slide-down symbols.

To change between input types, long press an input field, select input method and then select the required input. As another user mentioned, voice isn't an option, I haven't looked into turning that on yet. Not sure I need it either to be honest.
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Probably referring to the snapdragon.
It's hard to convey with text, but he said it in a way that implied phones didn't normally have a processor.
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It seems to me that biggest issue with running Android 2.1 on the Pulse is that little memory is left over to run apps?

So is Android 2.1 the answer? This will let you install apps on the SD card...

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So is Android 2.1 the answer? This will let you install apps on the SD card...
On the pulse, the type of memory where apps are installed is similar to the memory of a hard disk in a computer. Your SD card is like a second, external hard disk on a pc.
The memory they speak of as being too small, is similar to the RAM memory in your pc.
If needed, you can normally upgrade the RAM in your PC when upgrading your pc operating system. e.g. 1Gb ram -> 2Gb ram when upgrading from WinXP to Win7. Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade this memory on the pulse.
So 2.1 will probably run OK on the pulse, but multitasking will cause a drastic reduction in usability (speed).
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On the pulse, the type of memory where apps are installed is similar to the memory of a hard disk in a computer. Your SD card is like a second, external hard disk on a pc.
The memory they speak of as being too small, is similar to the RAM memory in your pc.
If needed, you can normally upgrade the RAM in your PC when upgrading your pc operating system. e.g. 1Gb ram -> 2Gb ram when upgrading from WinXP to Win7. Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade this memory on the pulse.
So 2.1 will probably run OK on the pulse, but multitasking will cause a drastic reduction in usability (speed).
Thanks for that; but prior to 2.2 are apps stored in RAM or is there integrated flash memory? For example, I understand that my HTC Desire had roughly half a gig of RAM and half a GIG of ROM (flash?).

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Thanks for that; but prior to 2.2 are apps stored in RAM or is there integrated flash memory? For example, I understand that my HTC Desire had roughly half a gig of RAM and half a GIG of ROM (flash?).

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Yes, the RAM, as they call it, where the apps are stored is actually a sort of integrated flash memory which is non-volatile, and is not lost when you remove the phone battery.
You can now install more apps on the device using the SD card, but the volatile RAM that is used to execute the os & apps is still limited. Android 2.2 uses more of this volatile RAM to run than 1.5. So once you have a few extra widgets and background services loaded, there ain't much left for your other apps to use.
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OK, how much system (volatile) RAM does the Pulse have and how much non volatile storage? Every time I look at a specs list for the Pulse it's different!

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No too sure myself, but from the specs I read, I'd guess-

256mb non volatile memory, of which is partitioned into two (or more?) sections, one for the OS and one for apps etc.
192mb volatile memory
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I downloaded and installed. Not quite the exact process as described above but easy enough.

Loooks superb but not much room left for apps.

Will give it all a thourough test tomorrow.
tried updating the other day did the steps - "update failed" and when I turned the phone back on the phone screen was totally unresponsive..

do you mind just quickly giving a step-by-step instructions on how you updated your phone?

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tried updating the other day did the steps - "update failed" and when I turned the phone back on the phone screen was totally unresponsive..

do you mind just quickly giving a step-by-step instructions on how you updated your phone?

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Same thing with me BUT you can use the JOYPAD to move the option when you Switch off the Pulse from the OFF button

( STILL trying to get it to work though !? ;-) )


I'm guessing that the PATTERN UNLOCK is causing me these problems ??
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yea pattern unlock gave me those problems aswell!!

I ended up sending the phone back to tmobile they sent it back with the old update again.. but obviously fixed..

Looking to do the update again - but this time without it breaking!
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yea pattern unlock gave me those problems aswell!!

I ended up sending the phone back to tmobile they sent it back with the old update again.. but obviously fixed..

Looking to do the update again - but this time without it breaking!
For all the necessary instructions try Modaco here:

The Ultimate Pulse Owners Guide - Android @ MoDaCo

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I'm mighty tempted by 2.1 with apps2sd, but reading through Modaco leads me to believe the problems outweigh the benefits.
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Hi since i updated too 2.1 on the pulse everything was find then the next day the dedicated button at the bottom don't correspond too there actual icons. I was wondering if anyone has experienced these issues and how can i sort them out.

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Just installed 2.1 on my Pulse every things working fine
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Which is the color of the notification bar in this ROM? Originally (version 1.5) comes with gray notification bar, but all updated ROMs uses black bar.
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