Steam Mobile Client Preview

So, Valve were nice to me and let me have access to their beta mobile client for my HTC Desire phone and iPod. I haven’t yet tried it on my iPod so the information below is solely from my phone.

At a quick glance they seem to have done pretty well with integrating chat, game purchasing, groups, news and profiles into the application. There are still a few things not working, which clearly say are still a work in progress. This is not a review, nor is it to be considered one. This is simply a post showing some screen shots of the app that is in development.

Below are screen shots of each of the major sections with a little explanation of each. Click the images for a larger view!

The Profile

This is the main profile page. Click the image for a larger view

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HTC Desire Camera Bug

If you have a HTC Desire and have used the video feature of it and noticed that your video becomes all messed up? For example, when recording video on my phone, the image tends to be purple one half of the image is “magically” moved to the other side of the screen.

It turns out that this may well be a software conflict issue, and there is an easy way around this problem.If you, like me, live in a city where it is hardly covered by 3G or faster, you are limited to using the GSM network to establish your internet connection. Using this GSM connection while your camera is active causes a software conflict some how.

The best solution to the problem is to either switch off your GSM connection or switch to 3G or WiFi. I have done numerous tests with my camera and have noticed that it does not have any issues when my GSM connection is not active.

Unfortunately this issue is not localised to one particular version of Android on the HTC Desire. I was having the same issues when I first got my phone. It was using Android 2.1. Tthe issues continued through 2.2 and 2.3 also. Unfortunately, HTC are no longer going to update the Desire, so a permanent solution will not be found.

If you have this same issue, have you found any other solutions? Has solution I have provided worked for you?

Android 2.3.3 on my HTC Desire

After a load of reading on the many websites that I visited since the update was announced by HTC, I decided to take the plunge and update my phone to Android 2.3.3.

To be honest with you, there aren’t as many differences between 2.2 and 2.3.3 as one might expect. Below I will outline the main differences between the two with some screen-shots as no websites I found with reliable information had provided enough of a description for each new feature.

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HTC Desire running Gingerbread?

So the news has been out for many hours now. HTC Released an RUU ( Rom Update Utility ) for the HTC Desire to upgrade to Android 2.3. With the release HTC quite nicely released some shocking news that some things had been removed from the update due to memory constraints. Another awesome bit of news, in their disclaimer;

… certain functions may no longer be usable after re-flashing the ROM if you are using an excluded variant (listed below), including but not limited to MMS and SMS and HTC also disclaims liability for any unusable functions.HTC disclaims liability for the loss and/or leakage of any personal data resulting from the re-flashing of the ROM.

So not only have they taken out some applications, they are saying that in certain regions, you may not be able to use SMS or MMS; luckily these are limited to Germany (Deutsch Telekom), North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan. Which should mean that all networks in the UK should experience no problems at all!

I will be awaiting more news on the matter before proceeding with the update on my phone. First of all, there are issues with some latest applications that I use. I will not update these unless their issues are fixed, but by upgrading, I will effectively be installing these defective products when the time comes around to installing them, which I certainly do not want!

If you are on O2 Pay and Go and have installed the Android 2.3 upgrade, what’s your thoughts on it? Did you have problems?