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  Reply # 357675 28-Jul-2010 12:49
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kevorkian: So now that this Milestone has been discontinued and probably wont be getting an over the air update to 2.2... AND google still hasnt released turn by turn navigation for New Zealand. I wonder what Telecom is going to do.

I can't help but giggle at all of this. By the way, I freakin love my Nexus One. :P


So much changes in so little time....  

Since my original post I too noted Motorola's end-of-life notification for the Droid/Milestone1.  Then there was Motorola's non-commital to Android 2.2 upgrades on the device family. And then I discovered that the Milestone has implemented the signed bootloader (the original Droid didn't) making it a lot more difficult to modify.

After that I found an obscure piece in a NZ article online, where a Telecom spokesperson indicated that Milestone updates in NZ would *not* be available OTA (indicating to me that Telecom intend to modify the build and control updates themselves).  That was the end of it for me...  

Last week I ordered an XT compatible Nexus One from MobiCity.  It arrived on Monday, and I'm loving it too :).

I showed my Nexus to a workmate yesterday morning, and by lunchtime he was down at the Vodafone store buying one :). 

Incidentally, in case anyone didn't know, Vodafone are now selling Nexus Ones from their outlets at $999 outright, with the usual reduced prices for contracts.  (they snuck that one in with no fanfare whatsoever!)


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  Reply # 357679 28-Jul-2010 12:54
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JohnnoW: Incidentally, in case anyone didn't know, Vodafone are now selling Nexus Ones from their outlets at $999 outright, with the usual reduced prices for contracts. ?(they snuck that one in with no fanfare whatsoever!)


The press release was published here on Geekzone and there a couple of discussions around it as well. You missed it...




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  Reply # 357684 28-Jul-2010 13:02
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freitasm: 

The press release was published here on Geekzone and there a couple of discussions around it as well. You missed it...


See that's what happens when you get too busy to get your daily fix of GeekZone :) :)

Sorry Guys.... 

J. 

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  Reply # 357720 28-Jul-2010 13:58
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JohnnoW:
kevorkian: So now that this Milestone has been discontinued and probably wont be getting an over the air update to 2.2... AND google still hasnt released turn by turn navigation for New Zealand. I wonder what Telecom is going to do.

I can't help but giggle at all of this. By the way, I freakin love my Nexus One. :P


So much changes in so little time....  

Since my original post I too noted Motorola's end-of-life notification for the Droid/Milestone1.  Then there was Motorola's non-commital to Android 2.2 upgrades on the device family. And then I discovered that the Milestone has implemented the signed bootloader (the original Droid didn't) making it a lot more difficult to modify.

After that I found an obscure piece in a NZ article online, where a Telecom spokesperson indicated that Milestone updates in NZ would *not* be available OTA (indicating to me that Telecom intend to modify the build and control updates themselves).  That was the end of it for me...  

Last week I ordered an XT compatible Nexus One from MobiCity.  It arrived on Monday, and I'm loving it too :).

I showed my Nexus to a workmate yesterday morning, and by lunchtime he was down at the Vodafone store buying one :). 

Incidentally, in case anyone didn't know, Vodafone are now selling Nexus Ones from their outlets at $999 outright, with the usual reduced prices for contracts.  (they snuck that one in with no fanfare whatsoever!)


Cheers,

Johnno



Can your workmate (or anyone else with a Vodafone Nexus One) confirm:

a) whether there is any physical Vodafone branding on the phone, and
b) whether Vodafone have installed their own custom ROM, and if so what does that bring which stock 2.2 doesn't have?

Tks

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  Reply # 357771 28-Jul-2010 15:30
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walt12: 

Can your workmate (or anyone else with a Vodafone Nexus One) confirm:

a) whether there is any physical Vodafone branding on the phone, and
b) whether Vodafone have installed their own custom ROM, and if so what does that bring which stock 2.2 doesn't have?

Tks


Hi Walt,

Andrew and I have just done a side by side between my XT compatible N1 (ex MobiCity) and his Vodafone one.

There is no Vodafone branding anywhere on his device or packaging. Also there is no Vodafone branding in the software on the phone, and no 'Vodafone' apps evident.

Comparison of system info shows no difference whatsoever, same kernel, same Android version and build, same everything.  The baseband version is different (I would imagine that's the XT/Voda difference).  

Obviously all his APs were preloaded with Voda's details, whereas I had to enter my XT ones manually from this fine forum :).

As far as we can tell (though neither of us are Android/Nexus experts) there is no difference at all between the two devices other than the 3G frequencies that they address.

One additional very promising indicator of a 'no interference' policy by VodaFone is that Andrew's Nexus did a direct OTA update from Android 2.1 to 2.2 as soon as it was brought to life.  This bodes very well methinks :).


Hope this helps.

Johnno

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  Reply # 357785 28-Jul-2010 15:47
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JohnnoW:
walt12: 

Can your workmate (or anyone else with a Vodafone Nexus One) confirm:

a) whether there is any physical Vodafone branding on the phone, and
b) whether Vodafone have installed their own custom ROM, and if so what does that bring which stock 2.2 doesn't have?

Tks


Hi Walt,

Andrew and I have just done a side by side between my XT compatible N1 (ex MobiCity) and his Vodafone one.

There is no Vodafone branding anywhere on his device or packaging. Also there is no Vodafone branding in the software on the phone, and no 'Vodafone' apps evident.

Comparison of system info shows no difference whatsoever, same kernel, same Android version and build, same everything.  The baseband version is different (I would imagine that's the XT/Voda difference).  

Obviously all his APs were preloaded with Voda's details, whereas I had to enter my XT ones manually from this fine forum :).

As far as we can tell (though neither of us are Android/Nexus experts) there is no difference at all between the two devices other than the 3G frequencies that they address.

One additional very promising indicator of a 'no interference' policy by VodaFone is that Andrew's Nexus did a direct OTA update from Android 2.1 to 2.2 as soon as it was brought to life.  This bodes very well methinks :).


Hope this helps.

Johnno


Thanks for that.  It sounds vanilla Android in every way which is encouraging.

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  Reply # 357790 28-Jul-2010 15:57
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Thanks for that.  It sounds vanilla Android in every way which is encouraging.


No worries, pleased to be able to help.  If you think of anything that you want checked, just let me know.


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  Reply # 357954 28-Jul-2010 21:04
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I don't think anyone has mentioned in this thread yet, that you can get google turn by turn navigation on your android phone. Install the maps[brut] apk from here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=630887
basically, it is another google map/navigation app, but it has been hacked to work in NZ. You can't uninstall the original maps app so you end up with the two apps on your phone. just set maps[brut] as the default.

I've used maps[brut] in NZ and australia for the past 2 months without any dramas. the guys at xda developers update the app every now and then too, as new versions of google maps come out



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  Reply # 358048 29-Jul-2010 01:19
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meanderingmark: I don't think anyone has mentioned in this thread yet, that you can get google turn by turn navigation on your android phone. Install the maps[brut] apk from here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=630887
basically, it is another google map/navigation app, but it has been hacked to work in NZ. You can't uninstall the original maps app so you end up with the two apps on your phone. just set maps[brut] as the default.

I've used maps[brut] in NZ and australia for the past 2 months without any dramas. the guys at xda developers update the app every now and then too, as new versions of google maps come out


I've installed it on my Nexus One with CM 6 RC2 tonight...and it seems to work really well. It immediately gave spoken instructions that were clear and correct. I'll try it tomorrow on the way to work an see how well it goes. One of the issues with the hacked Nav was the voice instructions were often late or missing entirely, though it functioned correctly in every other respect  

 




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  Reply # 358083 29-Jul-2010 08:15
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  One of the issues with the hacked Nav was the voice instructions were often late or missing entirely, though it functioned correctly in every other respect  

 


That was in an earlier version.  They seem to have fixed it with this latest update, although she still says some odd things, like "continue on continue on third exit to Main Street".  Still better than getting directions from my gf :)

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  Reply # 358705 29-Jul-2010 19:29
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meanderingmark: I don't think anyone has mentioned in this thread yet, that you can get google turn by turn navigation on your android phone. Install the maps[brut] apk from here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=630887
basically, it is another google map/navigation app, but it has been hacked to work in NZ. You can't uninstall the original maps app so you end up with the two apps on your phone. just set maps[brut] as the default.

I've used maps[brut] in NZ and australia for the past 2 months without any dramas. the guys at xda developers update the app every now and then too, as new versions of google maps come out


Thanks for the lead.  I installed it last night.  

I've used it all day today and I'm really pleased with it.  I got the 'continue on continue on' thing too, but not all the time - and it's not a biggie.  Automatically muting the music player for navigation announcements is a nice touch too....

Now, does anyone know how to trick the Nexus One "Car Mode" into using brut rather than the original Google Maps? That would be the icing on the cake for me.

Thanks Again,


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  Reply # 360620 31-Jul-2010 13:28
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Droid's official 2.2 update is beening roll out this week and milestone's is on the way.

And there is a unofficial 2.2 for milestone(yes, there is custom roms even the bootloader is locked)

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  Reply # 360857 31-Jul-2010 22:42
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Good to see the Milestone will hopefully be getting 2.2 soon. I still havent decided yet which Android device im going to get. Has anybody heard any more about when Telecom will be releasing the Milestone?

Maybe they were waiting for the Milestone to officailly get 2.2 then start selling the Milestone.

Telecom orginally said july, then I think somebody has mentioned 5th August. What is the latest does anybody know?

Thanks :)



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  Reply # 360862 31-Jul-2010 22:58
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M_I_C_H_A_E_L: Good to see the Milestone will hopefully be getting 2.2 soon. I still havent decided yet which Android device im going to get. Has anybody heard any more about when Telecom will be releasing the Milestone?

Maybe they were waiting for the Milestone to officailly get 2.2 then start selling the Milestone.

Telecom orginally said july, then I think somebody has mentioned 5th August. What is the latest does anybody know?

Thanks :)


I asked someone at a Telecom store yesterday and they said the Milestone would be out very soon. They did not know anything about any other phones.

I had wondered idly if Vodafone may have ditched the HTC Desire because they found out Telecom NZ would be getting it (pure, 100% speculation based on Telstra selling Desire in OZ and sharing the same frequencies as Telecom XT....and Vodafone suddenly switching to Nexus One).

Milestone - a phone a year old and at end-of-life - seems an odd choice for a "new technology" network service provider. 

Just odd. 


 




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  Reply # 360899 1-Aug-2010 01:23
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Milestone - a phone a year old and at end-of-life - seems an odd choice for a "new technology" network service provider. 

Just odd. 


 


And even more worrying (and the other reason I went to the Nexus One) the MileStone and Droid 1 do not meet hardware spec for Android 3, which is fast approaching...

But then again, August 5 sounds about right for the release date for the Droid 2 - surely Telecom wouldn't be hanging out and getting the latest and greatest???   Now *that* might cause me to move on it :).

J

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