My previous blog post was about my history with mobile phones. How I have switched from Windows Mobile to Android to Windows Phone and back to Android. I have had a temporary car in the beginning of this month. It was a highline Volkswagen Polo which contained the native Volkswagen RS multimedia system. Android Auto worked perfect. Of course I had to download the .apk myself on the phone. But there are plenty of guides explaining that. I was really excited that my new car (Volkswagen Golf) photowould contain a Pioneer system. It was the Pioneer AVIC-EVO1-G72-BBF which has Apple Carplay and Android Auto. I connected my phone with a cable and…. nothing. So I called the Volkswagen dealer and they had to look into it. I got a call back that I would not have that option which seemed weird to me because it was the top most feature on the Pioneer website. After a few days my wife connected her iPhone to charge it and it launched Apple Carplay. I was blown away and took a look at the manuals that I found in the dashboard glovebox. In the installation manual it mentioned on page 8 that you had to connect a USB to a specific port on the back of the Pioneer. So that would explain that Carplay works and Android Auto did not. So I mailed and called the dealer again and they told me to bring the car in.


It took them over three hours to switch the cable on the back and test it. They could not get it to work. They even called Pioneer support and got an answer that it was not supported and would not work. They retrieved a brand new Pioneer system from the warehouse and it was largely displayed on the outside of the box that it would have Android Auto support. So a lot of effort and still no Android Auto. But at least the radio was connected to USB 2. I searched a while online and found this link. I thought it would not affect me because I do not have a Pixel. But I do have USB-C (Nokia 8) and when they delivered the car, there was an USB extension cable in the glovebox so I decided to give it a try. And it finally worked. So buying a short USB-C did not help me, because due to an issue on Pioneers end, I will always need an extension cable Confused smile

Next step: try to update firmware of the adapter and the system itself. Currently I just keep getting incompatible USB stick. Even when it’s formatted as FAT32 filesystem and only has the firmware file on it in the root directory.

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I’d decided to make a good list of my previous owned mobile phones. I have blogged about it before. And made a list of it back in 2013, so it’s time for an update:

  1. Nokia 5110
  2. Nokia 3210
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  3. Nokia 5210
  4. Alcatel 511
  5. Motorola T720
  6. Sony Ericsson W800
  7. HTC S710 (first Windows Mobile phone for me)
  8. LG Cookie (worst phone ever!)
  9. HTC Touch Diamond 2 (2nd Windows Mobile)
  10. HTC Desire (Android 2.x never got to 4.x)
  11. HTC Desire C (Android 4.x never got to 4.1 etc.)
  12. Nokia Lumia 920 (Windows Mobile 7, 7.5 and even Phone 8)
  13. Nokia Lumia 930 (Windows Phone 8)
  14. Microsoft Lumia 950 (Windows 10 Mobile)
  15. Nokia 8 (Android 7 or 8, now running 9)

There are rumors about the Nokia 9 which seems awesome, but I've also heard good stories about the Xaomi Mix serie. I will stick to my Nokia 8 for a bit longer.

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It’s inevitable, but I have to upgrade from my Lumia 950 running 10.0.15254.527

It drains my battery so it does not last for a day anymore. I believe it is because the Twitter app is deprecated and they moved from a UWP to a PWA type. Since that moment my battery drained faster. I even ordered a new battery. That’s how dedicated I am to UWP apps and the win10 ecosystem.

I thought that I did not care that I missed some apps. But just yesterday I broadcasted my session of Super Lucky Tale’s on Xbox with Mixer and I needed a Mixer app on my mobile which redirected me to the Google/Android store!

During my holiday there was an issue with Azure. So I needed to borrow the iPhone from my wife to use the Azure app… I am on a Microsoft phone and cannot have an Azure app. That is just brutal!

So I have 2 options: the Apple eco-system or the Google eco-system. Option 1 is not an option for me. Because I don’t like the phone’s price. For instance there was an issue in the Netherlands with the new ID cards. You would receive a letter from the government that you need to scan your ID card with an app. This was only possible with Android because of the NFC chip and because of the iOs SDK limitation it was only possible on Android.

Microsoft also launched it’s own Android Launcher. So I am moving to Android. There are then two options (imho) a Samsung or a Nokia. I have been a Nokia fan for ages. (5110, 3210 etc. Lumia 920, 930, “950”)  Samsung has been in the news a lot about staying behind on the updates and not having a vanilla Android. So I will move to Nokia.

Next step: decide what Nokia. Wait for a 6.1 release in Europe? Or go for a 7 or 8 or even the Sirocco? Because of the price, I think that I would go for the 8. I am out the Android eco-system for several years, so I have not a lot of hands on experience with perf and the effect certain hardware can have on the UX.

I had to lookup how long it was ago. My first Android app release in the Google store was in 2010 (8 years ago!) The last person who bought it was in 2014. I took it offline not much after.

I am slowly getting a bit exited about moving to the Nokia+Android eco-system. Would prefer a Surface phone though, but you can’t wait forever! I blogged in 2013 about moving to Windows Phone 8.x and Android custom roms in 2011 http://jphellemons.nl/category/android reading back the app list makes me want to move even faster. An official Sonos app would be great! Miss it on a daily basis. And Android will give me the option to switch my bank to Bunq!

Thanks for reading my 2¢!

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nokia-lumia-920I have had the HTC S710 a few years back. It had Windows Mobile 6.0 After that phone I got an HTC Diamond 2. It ran Windows Mobile 6.1 and later 6.5. I loved both phones because I work all day on my Windows notebook and had it connected with USB to charge and sync my calendar and contacts with Outlook. It was awesome! But after a while Android kicked in and became very popular in a short time. My favorite phone brand started to release more phones with android OS than with windows OS. So I moved to an HTC Desire with Android 2.x on it. I rooted it and got a custom rom on it to cope with the limited app memory. 

After a while I decided to make a native android app. It is Dutch and not that good, but it was worth the challenge and I learned a lot of it. After the HTC Desire got reboots because of the heating issue, I switched to a HTC Desire C. It was a cheaper phone, but had all the software that I wanted. It runs Android 4.x but the CPU (and RAM) seems limited and made the phone laggy. Even installing Zeam Launcher did not fix it. The HTC rom seems slow. All the eye candy.

Because my previous HTC Desire didn’t handle all the rom changes that well, I decided not to try moving roms again because of the heating issues that may occur. So what is next? A new Android phone like the Samsung Galaxy SII plus? Or perhaps a Windows Phone 8 with wireless charging? The Nokia Lumia 920 had a price drop and Nokia is known for great hardware quality. I have had Nokia’s before; the 5110, 3210, 5210 with swappable covers. The hardware and software never let me down and the battery was great! So why not try Windows Phone 8? I love windows 8 and am looking forward to 8.1. I work all day with Visual Studio 2012 and have 2013 preview installed. I know C# .Net and HTML5, so building apps is no problem. So what can be a problem? Apps (and small OS features)!

So Here is a list with my “can not live without apps”:




furthermore, I cannot live without proper A2DP support to stream my Spotify music to the radio in my car, but according to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2770012 Windows Phone 8 does support version 1.2 Can someone verify that it works well with a Sony X-Ploid radio?

So dear reader, what do you advice? A Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus or Nokia Lumia 920 or something else? Both the Samsung as the Nokia support 4G internet.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus with Android 4.x is now 260 euro and the Lumia 920 is 330 euro. The Lumia 520 is just 152 euro’s and is nice to use as test device for application development, because my notebook does not allow the Windows Phone emulator to run. My notebook has no Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) support and cannot run hyper-V. So I need a Windows Phone device to build apps for that platform. So what to do?


ps. Here is my phone history: Nokia 5110 –> Nokia 3210 –> Nokia 5210 –> Alcatel 511 –> Motorola T720 –> Sony Ericsson W800 –> HTC S710 –> LG Cookie –> HTC Touch Diamond 2 –> HTC Desire –> HTC Desire C –> Samsung Galaxy SII plus or Nokia Lumia 920??

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I have an HTC Desire and I have always liked it (and still do) but there is one (major) downside, it only has 70MB of internal storage for apps. Adobe Flash is over 10mb and so is Google maps, so there is still 50mb left. Whatsapp and Gmail are 15 together so that is still 35mb left. Skype, Facebook is another 15. So after a few basic apps, your internal memory is stuffed. Now I know that android 2.2 (which I officially have thanks to T-mobile) I can move some apps to the SD card. But that is limited for a few apps and you have to move the apps back to the internal memory when you want to update them. As an advanced user, you do want up-to-date apps! [more]

So I have browsed the web for answers and I found on the HTC forum the exact same answer as on an Android forum and that was: install Cyanogen mod. It has the best support for the HTC Desire. Some other mods cannot enable Bluetooth, some mods cannot enable the camera. Cyanogen mod is around for a while and can handle both.

I was a bit afraid to loose my warranty, because installing an other mod/rom requires you to have root access to your device. Also known as ‘unrooting’. But after the 10th time of having insufficient space for updating the basic apps, I decided to give it a go. I had these two apps running for a while: Calltrack and SMS backup which allow me to backup my sms/texts to gmail and my call log.

Here is my how-to in small steps:

- login at Gmail and verify that you have all your contacts, texts, call logs

- copy my pictures to my pc and my mp3 files

- use notepad++ to make a list of my currently installed apps (menu –> configuration –> apps

- EDIT: As Dan pointed out in the comments: Make sure you have HTC Sync on your system or get the drivers from the link he posted in the comments!

- shutdown the phone, start with power and back key pressed. my phone showed me that it is PVT3, so that’s good (PVT4 isn’t)

- go to unrevoked.com and downloaded the v3 version for windows (desire)

- installed the windows hboot usb driver: http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/windows_hboot_driver_install 

- run the unrevoked 3, and bam! superuser access. next stop: get the rom manager from the market. the free version is ok.


- open the rom manager and select Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.

- download the latest radio update from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=687464 the latest when I did it was put the downloaded zip in the root of the SD card

- select boot into recovery from the rom manager

- use the trackball to navigate, select install zip from sdcard

- select choose zip from sdcard, toggle signature verification if needed

- if it is installed, press the back button and select reboot now

- after the reboot, go to the rom manager and select download rom, select the cyanogen mod rom(not nightlies, but the free stable) and choose the latest version. I had the 7.0.3. after the selection do not forget to check the google apps. I did a manual download of the ClockworkMod and the Google apps and moved both zip files to the SD card.

- after the download is finished you press on it in the notification area. you check all checkboxes, so that it will backup your rom, wipe data and cache etc. after the reboot it will do all that and launch up in your fresh installed Cyanogenmod Smile


Enjoy your HTC Desire!

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