Android Happenings

by G 23. February 2011 13:07
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I love my G-1 phone and the Android operating system. I think that Microsoft is missing the point of what makes Android so successful. I look at it in terms of Apple being like the North Korea of platforms, WinMoPho like China, and Android is, all BS aside, the United States. Who drove the PC market for years? The 3D graphics card market?

I am going to the Android Development meetup tonight.

I met Greg Shackles at the NYC Code Camp last weekend and got to talk to him a little bit about my Android. For this meetup in particular, I would like to understand a little about the advantages of development on MonoDroid and C# versus development using Eclipse and JAVA from a n00b perspective.

To Microsoft's credit, I think that Microsoft's products are way ahead of their time. It's like an alien dropped some shit on earth about 4 years earlier than the competition, embracing the second mover advantage, and with a crappy marketing campaign. It's WEIRD and oxymoronic. Do they let the product speak for itself? I'm in. Look at the ZuneHD. It's so beautiful, yet with usability issues, that it brings tears to my eyes, but Android is buggy and usability is a small price to pay. The hot nerdy chick that came to the ball too late, wearing a one-off dress, and never got asked to dance because all the guys were too wasted.

I heard of the Evil Operator app yesterday, thanks Nigel. This app fits in a series of apps that really take advantage of a phone OS. It is the Chinese Connection phone prank app. I think that model to monetize an app is pretty decent. It belongs with the vocoder apps, number screening apps, and other apps that you can program because it is a phone.



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archos 5, 7, 9, 10, and elocity tablets grid

by G 30. December 2010 08:55
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I went tablet-crazy at the turn of the year and made this grid of tablets that looked promising to replace my phone and iPod touch as my PDF and eBook readers. A 4” screen is good enough to read a few pages, and you don’t know what you’re missing until you read your book on at least a 5” screen.

feat/mod 5
screen(s) 5” 7” 10” 9” (amzn)399
OS Android v1.6 Donut Linux, ANDROID™ 1.5 application framework Android 2.2 Froyo Windows 7 Starter  
camera No Yes Yes    
GPS Yes        
PROC speed Main processor: ARM CortexTM-A8, 32 bit, In-order, dual-issue, superscalar core @ 800 MHz; Additional processor: 32 bit DSP @ 430 MHz

ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP; Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0

ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP; Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0

Atom 1.2Ghz
Dual ARM 9 CPU (1GHz clock speed)

USB 2.0 Slave: Mass Storage Class (MSC); USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) – Connect a mass storage device or keyboard & mouse (adapter micro B/A sold separately); Micro SDHC card

hdmi HDMI connection with the optional DVR Station or HDMI Mini Dock HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)     1080p
usb       2.0  
g-sensor yes Yes      
ram 256 MB (Low-Power DDR SDRAM) 256MB   1GB (DDR2 SDRAM 400) 4GB + 512 DDR2
dvr station 32GB Y (free, jr) ?      
legstand yes Yes      
screen/display High resolution touch screen, 800x480 pixels, 4.8'' TFT LCD, 16 million colors High resolution touch screen with virtual keyboard, 800x480 pixels, 7'' TFT LCD, 16 million colors High resolution capacitive multitouch screen, 1024x600 pixels (WXVGA), 10.1'' TFT LCD 1024x600 resistive touch
[sIntel Poulsbo US15W]
800x480 Tegra II T-250
multi-touch no     no  
gsm (cell) tether tether      
openGL   Yes      
price (jr) JR $269 JR-OOS $270 JR-OOS    
price (amzn) 500GB $249
32GB $298!
price (tiger direct) $249 $349     $349




by G 8. November 2010 23:28
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the chromatic mod was really slow on my phone, but the controls for the camera were really nice. touch is way more sensitive.

latest version (and google apps):

so, this is what i had already installed from my previous post.  it seems easy to get confused when flashing your android. Grab the latest radio from here. I had to…

THIS IS NICE!! everything seems very responsive.

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flashing android GPHONE: no network provision

by G 7. November 2010 22:39
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I’ve finally gotten around to flashing my G1.

phone specs

9/2/08 s0
build number dmd64

here are some articles that i found useful:

cyanogenmod here is where i started, and my phone’s build was dmd64.

root the  g-1
my phone had build dmd64 …

check out this video
at this point (i think), i had to have a SIM with internet (don’t worry, after this you will have rooted your phone), even if it’s pre-paid (on t-mobile).  When you complete this you will be at RC29.

from there, i hit i a couple of links:

then some ROM listings: (a: what to do now that you have root)

wi-fi tether app:

I’m running the chromatic custom build right now. and i am liking it so far, but this phone is slow as phuck (with the 500Mhz proc). i will be looking for some tweaks …

here is another app i'm checking out:

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An Update (Ohhhhh)

by G 6. October 2010 10:21
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Oh well, I don’t have any other outlet other than here at this time to comment on what’s happening in the phone space. I’m sure we all know, Windows Phone 7 is finally here. Its worldwide launch is October 11th here in NYC.

I’ve been to a couple of developer events so far. I got to hold a 1Ghz phone, and I’ve learned what I need to develop for it. Visual C# Express and the Phone Tools is all you need. Coincidentally, I crashed a nerd dinner last week, and lo and behold, I met Charles Petzold. He claims that he is having the most fun programming that he's had in a while. Watch out for his book, a 900 pager or so book that's going to be the definitive on both XNA and Silverlight development on Windows Phone. The only one on XNA. 

I’m thinking that the same things that made Android popular are going to make WinMoPho just as popular, and we will be watching how Apple reacts as it will be on the defensive, the first time in a long time.

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Accessory Review: Body Glove Shield Protector Case W/ Belt Clip Kick Stand

by G 18. February 2010 03:44
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Crap! Twice. This accessory case makes the phone look a lot cooler - like a military device or something of that nature, and the kickstand is a big plus at the office. The drawback is that you need to be VERY watchful of your phone because it snaps off the belt clip too easily and it will probably be too late to find your phone by the time you notice that it is gone! It happened to me twice while biking and on Halloween night and inadvertently caught it falling off a couple of times getting in/out of cars.

There is a better belt accessory that I will post about soon here

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