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HTC HD2 SMS update: third time lucky?

HTC HD2 SMS update: third time lucky?

HTC don't seem to be having much luck addressing the ongoing SMS problem some HD2 owners are experiencing.  After posting - and subsequently pulling - two firmware updates already, it's now time for the third attempt.  HTC HD2 firmware v1.66.707.1 is, like the others, intended to deliver "fast and reliable SMS messaging"; whether it does, we'll have to wait and see.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets second shot at Android 1.6 update

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets second shot at Android 1.6 update

Having briefly released and then promptly pulling the last firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, the French company have left owners waiting as they tweak the apparent "major issue" in the web browser.  Now Archos have tried again, releasing firmware 1.7.33 complete with an update to Android 1.6 Donut for the touchscreen tablet.

HTC HD2 firmware update

HTC HD2 firmware update

HTC have pushed out a reasonably significant firmware update for the HD2, addressing in-call voice quality as well as tweaking accelerometer performance.  The update apparently improves automatic portrait/landscape orientation flips in the preinstalled Opera browser, together with offering what sounds like gapless music playback from the HD2's mediaplayer.

Update: Antony points out that this update has been around for a while - Thanks!  However HTC have also pulled the recent SMS update for the HD2, which users had mixed results with.  No word from the company as to their reasons for doing so.

HTC HD2 update takes second shot at SMS woes

HTC HD2 update takes second shot at SMS woes

HTC have pushed out a second SMS hotfix for the HD2 today, described as a "new SMS function update".  While the description is generic, it's believed that the new update might address ongoing SMS issues whereby outgoing messages fail to send and instead get stuck in the user's outbox.

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N900 gets Maemo 5 PR1.1 update: Exchange 2003 support, Ovi Maps improved

N900 gets Maemo 5 PR1.1 update: Exchange 2003 support, Ovi Maps improved

Nokia have pushed out a significant firmware upgrade for the Nokia N900, Maemo 5 PR1.1, and there are some key changes which will hopefully make it a more palatable device for business users.  Top of the list is tweaked Mail for Exchange support, which means the N900 now supports Exchange Server 2003; previously the N900 would only work with more recent versions, despite many companies still using 2003 (or third-party equivalents of it, such as Kerio Mail Server installs).

Palm Pre webOS 1.3.5.2 update hits Europe

Palm Pre webOS 1.3.5.2 update hits Europe

Palm have released webOS 1.3.5.2 for European Pre users, a firmware upgrade that bundles together the collective improvements of the 1.3.5 and 1.3.5.1 updates US users saw last week.  Among the improvements are more space allotted for the installation of third-party applications, the ability to tether the Pre via Bluetooth (though make sure this is something O2 is happy with you doing first, unless you want to run the risk of penalties should they discover it), and animated GIF support in the browser.

Zune HD to get XviD support, smarter playlists come Spring

Zune HD to get XviD support, smarter playlists come Spring

In a somewhat inconspicuous update Microsoft has revealed that the Zune HD will receive a firmware update adding native support for the MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP codec, including the long-awaited format of choice for many netizens, XviD video support.  Microsoft has assured that files in this format should play both on the Zune HD itself, as well as when sent out to an external TV display via the HD’s AV Dock.

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Motorola DEXT and Milestone getting Android 2.1 too

Motorola DEXT and Milestone getting Android 2.1 too

Having seen their US arm confirm that the Motorola CLIQ, DROID and Backflip would see Android 2.1 firmware updates at some point, Motorola Europe have announced that the DEXT and the Milestone would get similarly updated too.  The news was posted to the company's Facebook page, and also confirmed that the Milestone will be getting an intermediate update too.

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GSM HTC Hero update released [Updated]

GSM HTC Hero update released [Updated]

A new ROM update for the HTC Hero has gone live on the company's UK support site, but right now it's not entirely clear what the new firmware addresses.  Version 2.73.771.73 (H3G) was released today and is apparently a "generic software update" free of any carrier modifications; however we've tried to download the package using the serial number from a regular, unlocked GSM Hero only to be told that it's unsuitable for our device.

Motorola Droid hacked – Wi-Fi tethering within reach

Motorola Droid hacked – Wi-Fi tethering within reach

The recently released Motorola Droid is a jack of many trades but unfortunately stops short at the art of wireless tethering.  An online tutorial over at DroidForums has incidentally appeared and evidently reveals how to enable the Wi-Fi tethering functionality on the smartphone.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut".  With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.

Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.

HTC HD2 update fixes camera distortion issue

HTC HD2 update fixes camera distortion issue

HTC have pushed out an update which is intended to address the pink blob problem experience by some HTC HD2 owners.  Described as "Digital Picture Enhancement", the new firmware aims to remove the patch of pink-hued distortion some users have found in the center of photos taken with the HD2's 5-megapixel autofocus camera.