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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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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.

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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.

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Verizon OTA fix coming to address DROID photography woes

Verizon OTA fix coming to address DROID photography woes

The Motorola DROID's bizarre date-related camera bug will apparently be addressed "within the coming weeks" according to Verizon, who are promising an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update that will prevent the cyclical "bad autofocus" issue from reoccurring.  The new software will also improve voice call quality, something the DROID didn't have too much difficulty with in the first place.

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HTC HD2 1.48 WWE firmware gets video demo: speedier and more stable

HTC HD2 1.48 WWE firmware gets video demo: speedier and more stable

When it came to bugs and glitches, our experience with the HTC HD2 was generally uninterrupted; a few on-screen keyboard slow-downs were pretty much all we observed.  Still, other users have reported more significant issues, and so HTC have pushed out a new firmware version for the smartphone, build 1.48 WWE, which attempts to address the problems.  Xmoo - who happens to have two HD2's - put together a quick comparison video highlighting the improvements.

Video comparison after the cut

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