Alternative ROM for Nexus One

Well in case you were bored or disappointed with the stock Nexus One ROM there are a number of alternatives floating about. One that I rather like is being put together by this guy:

 http://android.modaco.com/content/google-nexus-one-nexusone-modaco-com/303009/22-mar-alpha-18-modaco-custom-rom-with-htc-sense-desire-rom-a18-desire-doesnt-have-this/

You can download directly from their web site. Be sure you know what you are doing if you don’t you can study carefully the literature on the web site before you embark on your experiments. The ROM is not perfect but even as it stands its (in my opinion) way better than the one you get with the N1. The alternative is to go out and buy yourself an HTC Desire 🙂

For those living in Thailand the ROM from the MoDaCo website doesn’t contain support for the Thai character set so I’ve taken the liberty to re-bake it to include the Thai character set. You can download it here:

http://www.javamecca.com/Alpha18-Signed.zip

Have fun 🙂

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Missing features from N1?

A few things I use to love on my Nokia appear to be missing from my N1 if anyone has any ideas how to do these please let me know!

When I plug my Nokia via its USB to any USB device in it asks me how I want it to behave… I can tell it to be mass storage when I do that it appears & behaves as a memory stick which not only means I can use it as storage but I can also plug it into my stereo and play all the music that’s on it as if I was plugging in a memory stick.

While you are at it can someone develop a sms & email system in which I can actually cut and paste text from messages I have received & not just messages I am writing! The N1 doesn’t appear to be able to do that either

Also there is no internet tethering so I cannot use my phone to connect my lap-top to the internet as I used to use my Nokia

Hum also there appears to be no way of adding multiple Mp3s to a play list; I have to do one at the time! Hope I’m wring and I’ve just not spotted the way to do it.

Sometimes it seems like the apps have been developed by someone that has never used a phone as a phone!

Of course don’t forget there is no way of inserting or attaching a phone number to an sms or mail…

I better stop here 🙂

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Hail Google but what have you given us?

So here it is the Nexus! Conceptually a brilliant phone integrating multiple information sources in one congruent and coherent platform… but wops hang on… there are a few things that don’t work…. Ho hang on again those useful features I had on my NOKIA N97 don’t appear to exist on the Nexus…

Well yes indeed there are a few bugs… actually quite a few and yes there are a few features missing… like really essential ones, such as the ability to backup your content or having multiple backups of your contact taken at different points in time. While the contacts, notes and calendar get synchronized online to your Gmail account (when this feature works which is not too often) this it does mean that if you delete a contact by mistake on your phone it will also be deleted from your Gmail account and there is no apparent way to recover! Moreover if you happen not to be online then you simply cannot delete a contact at all from your phone!!

As for missing features…  Why does the Nexus Blue tooth only enable me to connect up to my Blue Tooth headset set? Which BTW is not provided with the kit. How about browsing the phone’s memory or using it as a 3G modem link to use my phone to connect up my lap-top to the Internet?

Well I guess it gives all those budding programmers a chance to develop code and features to put on the Android Market site!

So far not so good…. The 3G connection doesn’t work the synching stopped working twice and the only apparent resolution is to reset the phone to factory setting… the phone lacks the Thai character set and also several others which means if you hit a web page not in the English language then you’ll get a load of unattractive squares in place of characters. There is a solution to this but it requires hacking into the phone, gaining root access and pushing in a few font files but this then voids you guarantee… but hey why couldn’t Google do this before they shipped out the phones? Hum this is not good all in all I’m glad I kept my not so sleek Nokia N97… and its older brother the 6230… that really was a proper phone! It made calls and allowed you to send SMSes in a flash!

So what’s the verdict for the Nexus  One? Well this is just my opinion so take it with a pinch of salt. I like the phone, its sleek, looks really cool but doesn’t really work properly yet and I’m not using it as my main phone because it lacks some fundamental features and has some unwanted features (bugs) which are too big to ignore. This phone right now is very much a techno person’s fun toy. Its good fun to play with it and gives you an idea of what’s coming in the future but right now in my mind it’s more of an expensive toy then a work tool. Never the less it’s a great platform with which to try out the multitude of applications available for Android and it’s really cool for hooking up to your stereo and listening to streaming radio geee Shoutcast’s Smooth Jazz, love it!! As for trusting it with my contacts and daily meeting schedule… hum not yet thanks!!

Clearly the pressure to get to market has had the better here but this will be a great phone in the future… it just needs a few updates!!

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Welcome to Android! The Google/HTC Nexus One!

  

A Reflection Of You In Their Hands
 

 Having used it for just a few hours I’ve come to realize why Google wants to be in mobile phones so desperately. The only objection I have is that rather than sell their phones they should be giving them away free! I will explain why but before I do let’s just make sure we are all on the same page as to what Google does. For most people Google is a search engine that enables them to find the information they are looking for on the web… a sort of indexing engine that makes life on the web way more fruitful then just aimless wonder. To the slight more savvy Google is a marketing tool through which they can advertise their products and services and target their adverts to the audiences most likely to make a purchase. The ability to target an audience here is key to Google’s successful model and it is achieved by collecting information on what people search for. Yes when you search for something on the web you are inadvertently paying for it by giving away a scrap of your own private mind as well as your physical location, which is determined via the address of your internet connection… And you thought you were surfing for porn anonymously ha?  

So for the most savvy Google is in fact a PUBLIC COMPANY ENGAGING IN INFORMATION GATHERING FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCIAL GAIN!  

Now to the Phone: This phone is pretty amazing not only because it’s a sleek phone with an amazing touch screen, a 1Ghz CPU and the highest resolution screen on the market but also because it’s the first system that ties all the dots together. Be aware, it may be a phone to you but to Google it’s an information gathering device of unprecedented capability and the key component  driver to their future strategies!Perhaps the most clever thing is that the information is literally bribed out of you. If you’re going to get the benefit of the full experience you will want to go with the flow and turn everything on. In-fact if you don’t then there is little point in buying such a phone!On the very first screen Nexus asks you to link in your Gmail account or to create one if you haven’t already got one. Great you mail is now integrated with your phone your contacts synchronized up on-line and it even asks you if you wish it to keep all your configurations and  passwords on line in case you change, lose or your  phone is stolen. Of course now Google chat is also active. You will want to activate the location services just so that the weather screen gives you your local weather rather than that in Kiev! For this you are give free access to maps and your location is proudly displayed in a high definition map! Amazing given that I’m indoors but of course Google’s positioning is driven by IP address ID as well as satellite.Next you will want to link in your Facebook account that will also sync up with your already present contacts and pictures of your buddies will be downloaded and associated with your phone contacts which by the way are now also loaded into Gmail as well as your Phone! Ho did I fail to mention that your Gmail account also now knows where you are and your Google searches now know what you are searching for, where you are, how old you are what your email address are, your phone number, what you picture looks like, what your marital status is, who your friends are, what you are doing tonight, what they are doing now, what your web site preferences are and everything else you have been so busily posting to your Facebook account. In fact in my case when I opened the picture gallery, it displayed pictures of a trip to Vietnam that I had posted 3 years back on my Picasa Web Album . So not only had Nexus gone through my list of friends on Facebook but it had also gone through all my other personal information including pictures, downloadig them to my phone and even displayed the date and time they were taken!Activate Tweeter and more information is gathered about what you say and who follows you. View or post a video to YouTube and you are giving information away about your preferences and tastes. Add or remove an application to/from your Google phone and that act is also recorder and scored against your profile.Anyway I think you are beginning to get the idea. In one swell swoop Google is now collecting profiles on each and every person that fully utilizes their phones. Your searches, your location, your mails, your chats, your friends their pictures, your pictures, your tastes, your choices, the web sites you visit, the partners you have, the restaurants, pubs, shops you patronize, who you call and how long for, where you have been all day, every day and what you are planning to do each and every day straight out of your calendar and to-do list!  The phone even has the potential to gather and detect information such as you getting on a plane, or doing some exercise, telling when you wake-up or go to sleep, and of course who you bank with! In-fact the only thing I have determined its unable to do is tell when I am on the toilet!Undoubtedly Google will utilize this information for even finer advert targeting but what else will they utilize this for??? What can be gathered through this phone is more information that my government has on me, in-fact its more information than my Mother has on me!And what if the Government demanded access to all this? Where is my freedom gone?The choice is truly yours: A tantalizing cyber experience or your privacy.

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