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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by BC2010, May 29, 2010.

  1. BC2010

    BC2010 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    What do the new versions of android do for us? Why are folks so angry they don't have them? I have the MY Touch 1.2 version and it is a great device. Please help me know what I am missing.

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  2. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    pull a search.. there is so much that you need to learn.. 1.6 is ancient
  3. EinZtein

    EinZtein Android Enthusiast

    You can use bluetooth dun.
  4. mulletcutter

    mulletcutter Member

    that's because you have 2.2 with flash and tether wifi :)
  5. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    ya damm skippy.. lol
  6. mulletcutter

    mulletcutter Member

    Plus there are alot of new games that 1.6 cant play, dragon hinter, hawk, gangsta 2......
  7. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    along with some apps, google earth, etc, etc
  8. PatrickHuey

    PatrickHuey Newbie

    live wallpapers, more than 3 home screens. just to name a couple..
  9. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    the mtsg wouldnt get the wallpapers anyway... you guys will get a broken down version of 2.1, like the hero did.
  10. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Android Expert

    That's not necessarily true. Lots of people running CM 5.07 are using LWP.
  11. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation

    Even with 2.1 we still can't play those games. The GPU is severely lacking with the MT3G.

    Most of these games are iPhone ports originally designed to work with a PowerVR graphics processor and the Moto Droid (which also uses PowerVR) is really the only device compatible. Also some optimized snapdragon processors could work as well. (Nexus, Incredible, Xperia 10 etc)
  12. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    how much you wanna bet wall papers wont be included in an OTA update...? thats assuming you guys even get an update
  13. mulletcutter

    mulletcutter Member

    your speaking chinese algebra....but if we dont get 2.1 before my wife gets the slide.......root for me
  14. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Android Expert

    Tell ya what... I'll Rochambeau you for it. I go first.
  15. dbgrigg189

    dbgrigg189 Well-Known Member

    can i get a ticket to come watch that
  16. anpk05

    anpk05 Newbie

    I have 1.6 firmware. If that's ancient how do i upgrade to the newer firmware. Can someone shed some light!!!!
  17. dbgrigg189

    dbgrigg189 Well-Known Member

    I was trying to find an article that i thought was on the phandroid news site about the whole fragmentation thing. Since I can't find it I'll try to sum up the ideas of the article. Yes there are at this very moment 5 versions of the android system out int he phone market (obviously including Froyo). The reason there are so many is because Google is updating and innovating android at its own pace. Since systems like windows mobile and the like are bought by the manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, etc, Microsoft has to hold back on its updates so that smaller companies with limited resources can update the equipment that runs the platform. With android being free for these companies to use, Google has no obligation to hold back and can update at will. What happens, which is going to be an answer to your question, is that you have phones that though they are running android as a whole, they are simply not capable of running the newer versions of the os. I'll give this example, take an older Palm Centro and a Palm Pre. Both are running the Palm os, but the Centro wouldn't be capable of running the newest version of WebOS. This is the same idea of what is going on with android, just at a much faster rate because Google isn't have to slow down and wait for the stragglers to catch up, they can just fall back and use 1.5 or 1.6 and still have a decent phone. Now you can always go the route of rooting your phone, which if that is what you decide to do then by all means, I have and its awesome. You just have to be mindful of the limitations of your hardware. Hope this helps.
  18. liljoj12

    liljoj12 Lurker

    Well the to me the big deal is that the customers that supported the android movement are being ditched. Its kinda dissappointing to know that they just left us out. The "older" members of the ever so grand android movement have been the foundation of what android has become and as soon as they gain a little progress are we are left with is a pitiful consolation ( firmware 2.1) Its a stab in the back. Of course I love the dirrection that android is headed and this is what led me to my HTC Hero. I know its still a business and the primary goal is to make money ,but at what cost. It seems to me that they went about it all the wrong way. Supposedly the 'Old" phone are incapable of using this new technology to it fullest , so why not build on what you have.I I dont really know what to do yet . Of course another phone is out of the question because i only purchased the phone in January so with sprints 2year contract.. i have to wait. Of course rooting is an option but for those of us who do not know everything about technology it isnt that easy. Its kinda of ironic that simplicity was something that HTC promised with its * New Android * phone ,but simplicity is definately not in this whole equation.
  19. dbgrigg189

    dbgrigg189 Well-Known Member

    Though I understand your point, its a little narrow minded. Look at the advances Google has made just in the past few years in technology and what they are pushing in terms of equipment growth. There is no malicious intent here. I am a MT3G owner and though I am feeling the pangs of being slightly left behind, I am also excited to see what is coming next. There are so many possibilities with what android can do here, not just as an os, but as a catalyst for change. With the rising popularity of rooting, the cell carriers are having less control over what we can do with our phones. I can tether with my phone which no carrier really wants. I don't abuse it because I am usually in range of a wifi signal and I usually also have my laptop, but its nice to be able to if i need too. Carriers are notorious for gimping the abilities of phones across the board. Hell look at the Sony w810. A phone that is still to this day one of my all time favorites. This phone was discontinued over 4 years ago and is still selling for well over 100$ unlocked, hell I've seen them go upwards of almost 300! Thats the power that phone had and still has. I am hoping android is going to help turn things around in the consumers favor, or at least keep allowing us to bend the rules when necessary.
  20. mytouchman3G

    mytouchman3G Lurker

    dude shut up!!!!! of course mytouch will get it tmobile is working on it now! ******!
  21. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Android Expert

    Hey! Newbie already knows Merf's middle name!!! lol
  22. anpk05

    anpk05 Newbie

    Got it rooted...wow what a difference..eclair!!

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