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Droid 2.0.1 users try out this HTC 2.1 keyboard?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pcm2a, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. pcm2a

    pcm2a Lurker
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    When the HTC Hero 2.1 was leaked out I immediatly pulled out the new HTC_IME.apk file (the keyboard). I figure that it will be updated for bigger, high res screens since this is whats going to come on hte Bravo/Passion/Dragon. I was sad to find out that the version number was higher than my droid so it would not install.

    When I peeked into the Manifest file I could see that it is SDK level 6 where Droid is on SDK level 5. At the time I assumed 6 was 2.1. However, Google has already released the 2.0.1 SDK and it is level 6.

    So, since I haven't gotten my update to 2.0.1 yet maybe someone else wants to see if the HTC_IME.apk will now install?

    You can either pull the file down from the web, install it with a file manager like Astro, or push it to the phone with "adb install HTC_IME.apk" if you have the SDK installed.

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  2. pcm2a

    pcm2a Lurker
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    Crap, the 4 meg file is too big to post up here. All the free upload sites like megashare or whatever are blocked from here at work. I can email it to someone if they want to post it for me, or someone can pull it from any of hte Hero 2.1 roms over on XDA.
  3. Fadelight

    Fadelight Android Expert

    ill post it for you.
  4. mazz0310

    mazz0310 Android Enthusiast

    I would love to know if this works. I was looking forward to install this keyboard.
  5. pcm2a

    pcm2a Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Email sent!
  6. Fadelight

    Fadelight Android Expert

    Here is the link.

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  7. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member

    Oh snap.
  8. pcm2a

    pcm2a Lurker
    Thread Starter

    If anyone tries it out and it works please post up and let us know. If possible use your digital camera and snap a pic in portrait and landscape and post it for us.
  9. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

    This would seriously rawk! Subscribed!
  10. brandini

    brandini Member

    Downloading it now on the droid
  11. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Heh, this thread is so gonna poof/lock
  12. brandini

    brandini Member

    Package installer failed with could not parse file error on Moto Droid.
  13. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    Just to confirm - you do have the 2.01 update on your Droid, right?
  14. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

  15. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Isn't this HTC software proprietary? Or is it GPL'd via Android?

    I'm pretty sure it's proprietary and not exactly legal to be redistributing it. But I could be wrong.
  16. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member

    This is all legal and fair game
  17. droidpcguru

    droidpcguru Android Enthusiast

    Did you try to run it straight from an email? I ask because this never works for me.

    In order to use ANY .apk's(and I have plenty:p) I have to use a file manager(I have ASTRO), and run them directly from the SD card. When I click the .apk in ASTRO, it asks Browse File or Open App Manager. Clicking Open App manager has not failed me yet. Now having the newly installed apps force close is a different story, but they all have installed just fine.

    If I email the .apk to myself, and try to open the attachment using the default mail client, I get a parse error every tiime. I use K-9 Mail to save the attachment(.apk) to the SD card and do the above.

    I will try this method and report back if still needed..whenever I get the OTA update:rolleyes:(still waiting as are most lol).
  18. brandini

    brandini Member

    Nope I have 2.0, in downloads folder, hit 'run with' option in filedroid lite, chose package installer, and it says cannot parse.
  19. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    It needs to be tested by someone with 2.0.1 due to the change in SDK level.
  20. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    How do you know? GPL'd? Wouldn't we be able to download it from HTC then?
  21. htowngtr

    htowngtr Well-Known Member

    hopefully this works for someone

    I am tired of the stock soft keyboard
  22. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Replying to myself as I just read up on some of this. Apparently Android is on the Appache license, so unless HTC specifically allows this, then I think it's a no go legally. (Not that I didn't download the apk too though ;) )

    Android (operating system) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Licensing With the exception of brief update periods, Android has been available as open source since 21 October 2008. Google opened the entire source code[22]) under an Apache License.[23] (including network and telephony stacks
    With the Apache License, vendors are free to add proprietary extensions without submitting those back to the open source community."

    "On the 24 September 2009 Google issued a cease and desist letter[69] to the modder Cyanogen, citing issues with the re-distribution of Google's closed source applications[70] within the custom firmware. Even though Android OS is open source, phones come packaged with closed-source Google applications for functionality such as the application store and GPS navigation. Google has asserted that these apps can only be provided through approved distribution channels by licensed distributors. Cyanogen has complied with Google's wishes and is continuing to distribute his mod without the proprietary software. He has provided a method to backup licensed Google applications during the mod's install process and restore them when it's complete.[71]"
  23. droidpcguru

    droidpcguru Android Enthusiast

    Better keyboard is nice IMO, Just takes some getting used to the subtle changes in layout-namely the smaller spacebar. I still plan to try the HTC keyboard though.
  24. jmccarthy14

    jmccarthy14 Well-Known Member

    Bumping again to get Anyone who has got 2.0.1 to download this.

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