Zune HD firmware 4.3 adds predictive text and desktop mode

Zune HD firmware 4.3 adds predictive text and desktop mode

Summary: I was messing around with adding devices to my GDGT list today and discovered this discussion about new Zune HD firmware. I then fired up my MSI Wind with Zune desktop software, connected my Zune HD and walked through the 4.1 (191) upgrade. A couple of the key upgrades include a much faster web browser, desktop or mobile controls in the browser and predictive text support with the keyboard.

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I was messing around with adding devices to my GDGT list today and discovered this discussion about new Zune HD firmware. I then fired up my MSI Wind with Zune desktop software, connected my Zune HD and walked through the 4.1 (191) upgrade. A couple of the key upgrades include a much faster web browser, desktop or mobile controls in the browser and predictive text support with the keyboard.

Here are all the updates I could find people mentioning since Microsoft hasn't posted a comprehensive list of what was upgraded:

  • Faster web browser
  • Option in browser for desktop or mobile sites
  • Predictive text in the keyboard
  • Auto capitalization
  • Larger landscape keyboard
  • Toggle between seek or presets for radio
  • Support for future 3D games
  • Other minor updates and improvements, not specifically identified

You can check out the below video for some improvements to the browser and landscape keyboard.

As I mentioned in my Zune HD browser post the mobile only support drove me nuts so I am very pleased to see the option to toggle between desktop or mobile sites. While I can now view my full ZDNet blog (not the mobile version) and go to the full YouTube site, there is still no support for Flash so you cannot watch YouTube videos on the Zune HD. I would also like to see browser history support. The browser is definitely better though and I will probably use it more for casual couch surfing than I did before.

The update may not have essential new features, but it is a worthy point upgrade and I haven't heard any reports of issues with the update.

Topics: Mobility, Browser, Hardware, Microsoft, Software

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  • Good Update

    It's the minor things that make the difference, but the update definitely makes the browser a lot more usable just trying it out for the last day. Loading up mobile sites, such as for Twitter and Facebook, is much improved, let alone that one or two regular websites that would crash or slow down the device originally load fairly now and respond alright.

    Overall, a nice improvement. The next steps in my book will be some apps, including ones for Twitter and Facebook if possible at all.
    clindhartsen
  • 3D games?

    "Support for future 3D games"

    Any idea what that is?

    Usually you need the right hardware for that in addition to the right software. And with the extremely limiting form factor of mobile devices: If you didn't have 3D in the design specs when designing the hardware, it's gonna be a pretty bad experience.
    CobraA1
    • Zune HD uses a Tegra APX 2600

      which has hardware support for Direct3D Mobile, I believe.
      njoho
  • RE: Zune HD firmware 4.3 adds predictive text and desktop mode

    Updated my ZuneHD... very nice update! I like the changes!
    Hucko
  • I'm sure the 311 people worldwide who buy it will appreciate it

    being the last generation of Zune hardware and all..
    HollywoodDog
  • RE: Zune HD firmware 4.3 adds predictive text and desktop mode

    Just throwing in a comment to keep this from being totally
    ignored by all but Zune users.
    I wonder how well the Zune, which from what I can see is a
    decent device, would do if Microsoft wasn't marketing it?
    dheady
  • Sounders!

    I don't have a Zune, but DUDE Sweet Sounders FC skin!
    burns777