App Review: DroidWiki

by G 5. February 2010 10:19
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DroidWiki is probaby one of the top most useful apps out there. A Wiki is a kind of application that lets you create, edit, and link content. There is markup that lets you quickly format your text, something that is really convenient in a mobile app. This version lets you export html or wiki markup to the sd card, find your notes by tag, and saves created and last update dates for you.

version: org.sjb.droidwiki,0.8.5

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App Review: Armadillo Roll

by G 3. February 2010 11:35
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The 3-D graphics are smooth and the game uses the accelerometer to control the Armadillo's Roll. This app has never finished downloading its update. It keeps alerting that there is a new version but keeps getting stuck at 100% and installed but maybe it doesn't update its local status. If the developer can fix the hung update, this app could silently sit and take up some space on my phone as a fun-to-show app for its 3-D graphics which are OpenGL-ES, a subset of OpenGL for embedded systems.

version: Armadillo Roll,1.0.3

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App Review: The Weather Channel

by G 28. January 2010 11:14
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This app kind of sucks. I have been trying to delete one location forever. No matter how many different ways I attempt to trick it into forgetting the stupid location, it won't. I can't imagine from where the app is loading its state, but soon I'll figure out if this a pain-in-the-ass point of the [Android] API or sloppy coding. I will probably have to uninstall and reinstall the app for my location configurations to take effect.

version: The Weather Channel,2.1.9

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Major Tip: Run Fewer Connected Desktop Widgets

by G 28. January 2010 10:44
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To help your Android run better, run fewer connected widgets. The connected widgets are those that access a webservice over the network. I'm thinking about Finance, Weather, Calendar, etc. as a widget, not a shortcut. This will have noticeable impact on your day-to-day experience. My Android had almost slowed down to a crawl until I cleaned up these widgets.

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Android | G-1 | Performance | Tip

bugs

by G 19. January 2010 01:21
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  • when go back to message thread, ok, but you hit back brings you to the desktop
  • when in message go to options, hit make call does not open default phone number

 

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G-1 Review - Part 1: Introduction

by G 14. January 2010 07:36
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First post here. I'm following Android and mobile os development in general. I'm primarily a .net developer and love to see cool stuff - also in code :)

I have been using G-1/Android 1.6 for about the last 6 months and, although I am less than impressed with it for daily use, still recommend it for any one of its outstanding qualities as a smartphone development platform.

Hardware: check
I'm not sure where this phone stands out against the rest with respect to its hardware features, but it has a trackball, a color touch screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a physical slide-out keyboard, a gyrometer or something of that sort that lets you tilt the phone to get a reading, and a GPS receiver.

Operating System and SDK: check
Android Cupcake Donut (1.6) is a cool platform for smarthphone applications.

The SDK for Android was easy to install. It is a plugin for Eclipse. For more info check out:

Using this phone every day is kind of a pain in the ass! I mean that the more I use it, the more that its hardware and developer shortcomings become evident.  The OS can't handle that much stuff going on, but (i need to drive an iPhone this year) if you keep your desktop free of network calls (see apps reviews), the phone will pretty much be great. It is defiinitely not as great as the old blackberry (i need to drive a newer blackberry this year) for contact management and calls, but i think that it would fill in everything that the Blackberry wants with a killer phone app - and a scroll wheel it needs a scroll-wheel and cursor arrow keys (edited to complete thought; etf) :)

In G-1 Review - Part 2: Everyday usage, i will cover everyday usage of the G-1/1.6 like a phone and a connected desktop on-the-go.

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