Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Android 2.2 Froyo comes to Vodafone UK HTC Magic users

Just a quick note to pass on what I found via juggly.cn. Vodafone UK has announced updates to Froyo for their HTC Magics. First it was T-Mobile in the US. Now Vodafone in the UK. What carriers, if any, will be next? More importantly, will Docomo ever remember that they actually used to sell this handset and called it the ht-03a?


  1. I am 100% sure that docomo will not remember ye 'ol ht-03a - the first 'lil android that could.
    The shop staff still remember it with a nice "ありがとうございます" when I bust it out at the shop...but an update?...no way.
    I used to ask them if we could an expect an update any time soon...now I just skip to telling them that I went ahead and updated it myself.

  2. Techniker.TechnologeDecember 15, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Since noone sucks as much as japanese Carriers, definitely not. Some other european carriers might follow, especially where vodafone is active.

  3. How do you do that? ht-03a..

    I want to update my phone to 2.2 to play angry birds....

  4. You can use universal androot to do it - check the labels on the blog for "root"

    Instead of cyanogen, try this ROM:

    And even with an extra 15 MB of RAM, Angry birds performance is horrible. It is fun to play on the newer/faster ipod touch. It is NOT fun to play on my magic.

  5. techniker.technologeDecember 22, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    just fyi: vodafone germany is also pushing 2.2.1... seems almost everywhere in europe they will get the update... but still, i have no hope for japan...

  6. Hey there.
    I've got the HTC-03A, and sadly the little guy is dying on me. At first I thought it was the SD card, but now it keeps rebooting, and not loading the SD, and... well, anyway... I think the hardware is finally giving in. I've had it since literally the day they made them available, and I'm pretty rough with my phones, so, it's not a surprise.
    Anyway, the reason I'm posting to you is that I followed your instructions here on the site for jailbreaking the phone to put on Froyo 2.2. Worked like a charm.
    However, now that the hardware is failing, if I don't restore it to it's more or less factory conditions (v1.5 or 1.6), if I take it into the shop, they most likely will blame me for messing with the OS, and won't honour any insurance or whatever I have with them to change the phone.
    I tried a hard reset (hold power and home while inserting the batter), which I thought would reinstall factory conditions, but it cleared everything out and went to 2.2.
    Is there a way I can downgrade it to 1.5 or 1.6 before I go to the shop and rattle their cages?

  7. Unless you made a backup you are SOL. I can check I may have a backup I made but I am not sure.

  8. Did you buy the supplemental insurance that replaces the phone for 5000 yen or something if it was lost or um... stolen...?

    If so, I am glad to hear that your phone got lost or stolen.

    Otherwise, you won't be able to fully cover your tracks because to flash 2.2, you had to flash a new recovery. If they boot the phone into recovery after you give it to them, they will know you did something. I've heard a lot of people discussing this with US T-Mobile, and the consensus seems to be that T-Mobile doesn't tend to look at the recovery.

    Docomo could be a different story.

    You should have made a backup of your original ROM if you used universal androot. You would want to flash that via recovery.

    You may have to do more, depending on what directions you followed.

    If you did the 15 MB RAM hack or used the Goldcard method and changed to an engineering SPL, you will also have to flash the original SPL, which may or may not be available on XDA.

  9. Nicholas, softbanksucks,

    Thanks for your advice and information!

    Yeah, I bought a monthly insurance for the phone, though it wasn't 5000 yen, it was something like 500 yen per month.

    Unfortunately, one of the first signs that my phone was dying was that the SD card, which had the backup of my original ROM on it, got spontaneously fried. Just suddenly stopped working and can't be read on any other device. So at first I thought it was just the SD card itself that had failed, but then the phone started to act more and more weird after that. Now I can reliably cause it to reboot just by mounting and remounting the SD card. And when starting it up, it will sometimes loop through reboot after reboot indefinitely.

    So, yeah, I should have copied that original ROM to another place other than just having the one copy on my SD card. All I can say is that I didn't think of it... lesson learned.

    It looks like unless Nicholas has a backup he can make available, I'm about to have my phone lost, stolen, or much more dramatically broken (something involving the screen, probably).

  10. Too bad about your SD can and backup of the ROM.

    The insurance costs something like 500 yen a month, but it won't get you a free replacement, you still have to pay. I think the cost is about 5000 yen - which is what I was talking about.

    Still need to know what method you followed so we know if you need a new SPL.

    I also have a 1.5 ROM that was given to me from a reader. I haven't checked to see if it contains personally identifiable information, though. My guess is that it has his google account info and more on it, so I am not so keen to give it out unless I clean it up, which is something I don't really have the time for right now...

  11. Oh, yeah, I get what you're saying. Yeah, I don't expect that I'll just get a new phone for free... in fact, I'm pretty sure that I'll have to switch to a newer model, maybe change my plan, get beaten with a broom stick in the corner... basically get shafted by DoCoMo like we all get shafted constantly by mobile phone companies.

    But, you know... If I can get some kind of cut on the price, whatever it is, then I want to claim it.

    Anyway... the method I used to jailbreak my phone was on this page:
    I followed the 9 steps from "Drew", and did nothing else.

    I don't know what an SPL is, so I'm guessing I didn't touch it (?).

    Don't worry... I wouldn't expect you to go messing around with ROMs if they weren't immediately available. If someone had a clean 1.5 or 1.6 kicking around, then that would be sweet, but I don't expect miracles.

    I'm currently thinking about if it makes a difference if the phone is lost, stolen, or broken. Lost is probably best.

  12. OK, then your better off because they may not look it close enough to tell you voided the warranty by flashing a new recovery. But they might, so even if you do get a clean 1.5 or 1.6 to put on, you still have to gamble that they won't really check it out.

    What were the terms on the warranty? this phone has been out for over a year now, so if it was only a 1 year warranty, then you'd be out of warranty, and you'd have to use the insurance you bought.

    So if it is out of warranty there is absolutely no reason to physically give them the phone, since the extended warranty you bought covers loss. If you give them the phone, they may figure out you did something and it could cause you problems.

    IIRC, you'll pay 5000 yen and get the exact same phone. It may be a refurb. If you get a new phone for 5000 yen, I'm losing mine tomorrow ;-)

  13. No extended warrently, so yeah, it's been over a year, and I'd just be using the insurance. Your point that there's therefor no reason to show them the phone is well taken. I'm glad I discussed my situation here first :)

    I think what will happen is that they'll offer a refurbished one if they have it, but if they don't, they offer some kind of equivelent new model, but I think they limit the choices. They may even offer non-smartphone models if it goes that way.

    In any case, no matter what, it's not like I'm going to get the cutting edge latest awesome phone for 5000 yen.

    However, since I've got to replace the phone, I'll probably spend the extra and get something decent. I'm just hoping that the insurance counts toward the purchase in some way.

    If that's the case, then I'm thinking the Galaxy, maybe.

    Or, apparently they're announcing new models tomorrow. Though that's probably going to be pricey.

  14. let us know how it goes and what you end up getting.

  15. Okay, so here's what happened. I went to a DoCoMo shop just to talk and see what the deal was. I'll skip a lot of the process of how I found things out, and just cut to the facts:

    You can claim the phone was lost, that's fine, but if you do, you need to provide them with the number off a claim ticket that you get from the police when you report your phone missing. I guess that's so if the phone turns up they can claim it or something.

    I didn't want to involve the police... it's not that big a deal, but that's my preference. Instead... well, suffice it to say that my phone was getting less and less responsive as the day went on, and eventually it stopped turning on entirely. So I figured it was safe to walk it into the shop.

    Another small detail: for lost or broken phones, you're actually supposed to phone a support centre. However, since my only phone was now dead, I went to the shop anyway and asked if they would let me call from there. They were fine with that.

    They said they would replace my phone with the exact same model (they said it would be new, not refurbished), and it would cost me 5,250 yen, added to my next month's bill.

    I checked about upgrading, but the insurance can't be used in any way to offset the price of the newer phone. Getting the new phone is the same as not having insurance. The prices were just too high for any of the models I was interested in, so I decided to just get the replacement.

    Takes a day or so for it to come, and they can deliver to your home or the shop. I chose home. They offered a rental phone in the meantime, free of charge, but I declined. I use my phone more for internet than calling, and I've got other ways to access the internet. Didn't seem worth the hassle of setting up a temporary phone that I'll only have 24 hours.

    Moral(s) of the story: Hang onto that old ROM just in case (which I'll be sure to do when the new phone arrives), get the insurance, and don't expect any assist on an upgrade if you need to replace your phone. The insurance is designed to replace your exact model, and absolutely nothing else.

    Hope that information is helpful to someone.