Google Buzz on Android 1.5/1.6 handsets!

14 Feb

We have great news for all those Android 1.5/1.6 users who have been feeling left out of Google Buzz because it runs only on Android 2.0 and above. Well, the fact is that you can Buzz away merrily even on Android 1.5/1.6 devices – and we are not talking of walkarounds like using the Shout Out option in latitude or constantly fiddling with your status messages. Nope, we are talking of buzzing in the purest and simplest sense. Best of all, it costs not a penny. We used it on our HTC Hero (which is alas, still awaiting Android 2.0+ goodness from HTC) and it worked a treat.

All you need to do is download the latest edition of the Dolphin browser, which is available free of cost from the Android Market. Once you have got the browser running, just head over to  http://buzz.google.com, upon which you will be informed that Google Buzz requires Android OS version 2.0+ and iPhone version 3.0+ and that “older OS versions may be able to access some features but are not officially supported” followed by a link saying “Continued on an unsupported device.” 

Just click on the link and you are all set. After a brief Web page-loading period, you will be able to see your Buzzes as well as those of people you are following, set locations for your Buzzes and of course, make your own Buzzes and comment on those of others. We could not figure out a way of  adding links smoothly, but heck, even this is more than adequate for those just looking for simple Buzzes and the option to follow others. Oh, and the links Buzzed by other users open up just fine in the browser. 
Which suits us just fine, even though it ain’t gonna stop us from constantly querying HTC about that firmware update to get our devices upto Android 2.0+

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