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#53869 15-Dec-2009 00:29
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Firstly I am a smartphone noob, so be gentle.
I have just got a parallel imported HTC Hero, and while I have managed to successfully get the thing working and connecting to the web via wifi and GPRS (is that the correct acronym?) I now want to download some apps from the Android Market but there is no shortcut on the phone that I can find to get to it.  (User manual says there should be one HOME>Apps>Market).  I set up a google account when I first booted the phone, but now when I try to log into my account all I get is a blank screen.  I don't know if the two are related.  I found a thread that talked about a factory reset but that didn't seem to make any difference.
Any assistance appreciated.

EDIT:  It would appear that a shortcut called "slideME" is what is on this phone for downloading apps.  Anyone have any comments on this site?  And can I still get APKs that I have downloaded to my PC (from Android Market) on to my phone?

EDIT2:  While I'm in a questioning frame of mind,  My phone seems to connect using HSPA according to the screen icons - is it just because the 3G signal is not the best or do I need to revisit my APN settings (currently direct.vodafone.com) I am on prepay plus BBLite.

Edit3:  Told you I was a noob!  Can anyone confirm that HSPA is actually a 3G mode? Embarassed


Close Out Edit:  It would appear that Market only comes packaged with SOME Heroes depending on where in the world they are sold (manufacturer must pay a tariff to Google).  The replacement installed is slideME and I also found Getjay. All because I was looking for a video player.  If google seriously wants to compete with Apple as far as apps go they will have to do a lot better.




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  #285558 28-Dec-2009 11:01
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Just an update to close off this thread.  I finally bit the bullet and rooted and loaded a new ROM on my hero.  I now have access to Market and all its goodness.  The process didn't prove that difficult in the end, but that didn't stop me holding my breath while doing it.




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  #285605 28-Dec-2009 14:03
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HSPA is 3G and then some pretty much. Without googling, 3G is 3 Mb/s max downstream, and HSPA is at least 7Mb/s down.

In the winmo world, unlocking/flashing is the equivalent of "rooting" your android device. It's not hard also, but my heart still skipped a few beats watching the upgrade process and thinking "am i now about to watch several hundred dollars do down the drain" :D




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