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 Post subject: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 15:10 
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I think Grim... has an Android phone, and I've got an HTC Magic, so I thought I'd start a wee thread.

I've gone utterly in love with my HTC Magic, TBH and I simply don't do that over phones. It is quite awesome, the touch screen is lovely (if a bit smeary thanks to my grubby fingers) and I've just about got the hang of typing on it. The trick seems to be confident and type quickly.

The integration into Google for email and calendar is awesome. Browser is lovely and nipping around the screen is slick. It could possibly do with a bit more grunt.

Still haven't got Wi-Fi to work at either work or at home. I suspect idiocy on my part. I just don't get on with Wi-Fi.

Battery life isn't great, but I do have it constantly checking two email accounts.

The Linux origins showed up with the need to mount an SD card before Windows would talk to it.

Apps of choice ShopSavvy, Skymap (thanks Grim), NetCounter. Been recommended at Advanced Task manager, but not quite getting what it is for. I don't like getting too geeky with my phones.

Is there any way of adding different alarm sounds? Is it a new app type thing?

In short, 824 bananas.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 16:14 
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I was just about to do a search for this!

Anyway,

I've cancelled with Vodafone in anticipation of the HTC Hero coming out next week on Orange/T-Mobile.

I'm so sick of Windows Mobile 6.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 16:23 
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There's a liveCD now to boot Android on your PC: http://code.google.com/p/live-android/


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 16:57 
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Battery life on the G1 is terrible, but it hasn't annoyed me too much yet.
I haven't tried this for Alarms, but you Ringdroid will allow you to edit mp3s that are on the phone and set them as ringtones/notifications.
You could also download Rings Extended which will popup every time you try to set any kind of notification and allow you to pick files from the SD card.

I've been on a bit of an install frenzy recently, so I'll have a look at what I've got and see if any of it's any good.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 18:23 
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Right, here's what I've got - usefulness to be decided, but most of them sound practical.

Astrid - To do/task list organiser
Astro - File manager that lets you browse the phone/sd card - I'm sure this must be useful for something
cab4me - Choose where you are on the map (it'll try to work it out using network/GPS depending on your settings), then it'll give you a list of local taxi numbers. Grim... might want to install this one.
ConvertAll - A unit convertor that I'm probably going to uninstall in favour of handyCalc
handyCalc - ludicrously complicated graphical calculator that also does unit conversion
IM+ Lite - haven't really used this much, but it's the free version of an IM program that seems to support pretty much all the clients
Last.fm - Er, it's Last.fm
MapWeasel - Brings up a map of the uk with any traffic incidents highlighted, click on them for more details
Movie Finder - Local cinema listings with links to imdb pages
Nav4All - Someone on here (LaceSensor?) mentioned this. It's a satnav program, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet
Night Clock - Displays a clock on the screen, plays mp3s as alarm
Note pad - It's a pad. For notes
PktAuctions eBay - Links to all your eBay auctions (buying and selling)
Places Directory - Like Movie Finder, local listings for all sorts of stuff (banks, shops, parking, etc)
Power Manager - Uses different profiles depending on the power state of your phone (battery, low battery, ac, usb). The free version doesn't let you change the profiles
Ringdroid - Edit mp3s and use them as ringtones/notifications
Scoreboard - Supposed to keep you up to date with sporting results from pretty much any sports you can think of. I haven't tried it out properly due to lack of football.
Shazam - Play it music and it will tell you what it is. As has already been pointed out on here, this has to be the devil's work.
ShopSavvy - You've already got this, but for anyone that hasn't it allows you to search for products (either by typing in the name or scanning the barcode) and then finding the cheapest prices online and locally.
Shutter Speed - Supposed to offer a few more camera options, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet
SMS Popup - Lots of options to configure SMS messages
Sound Grenade - Just to amuse myself occasionally. ;)
The Weather Channel - Weather
Twidgit Lite - A Twitter Widget, I only installed this yesterday, but it seems better than Twidroid
Twidroid - Twitter client
UK Traffic - Like MapWeasel, but just in text
Google voice search - Like Shazam, this use of technology scares me. The last time I saw any voice recognition software being used was about 10 years ago in PC World and it was laughably bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 19:56 
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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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That would be a typo. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 20:37 

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When an android phone comes out that has a better spec than my N95, I'll be having one.

Which would be this one, then:

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 0:49 
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my HTC Hero turned up today.

it's lovely. I got the exclusive graphite one from Orange and it looks really nice.

Android seems good although I get the feeling it's the XNA to iTunes' XBLA.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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That Samsung looks lovely. A shame then that my D900 has been nothing but a cunt.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:06 
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Is it possible to get a reasonably priced, unlocked Android phone yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Android looks interesting, but why do HTC only put their nice 800x480 screens on Windows Mobile phones? I'd love a phone of that resolution (two and a half times the pixels of the iphone's screen) for browsing, but haven't heard much good about Windows Mobile and would rather go with Android.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:08 
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Right, here's what I've got - usefulness to be decided, but most of them sound practical.

I'd add:

Locale - Adjust phone setting depending on your environment (location, time, battery life, etc)
SkyMap - Google maps, but for stars. Knows what you are pointing it at and stuff
GPSTracker - tells people where you are
Wikitude - AR app that tells you stuff about what you point your phone at
BeebPlayer - iPlayer
RecordIt - Sky+ intergration
GPS Speedo - Records average and top speed (as well as current) for a journey. Deadly ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:46 
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MrD wrote:
Is it possible to get a reasonably priced, unlocked Android phone yet?


Expansys do the HTC Hero for £399

The Magic is the same price.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:49 
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TonePicker has been the best ringtone manager I've found so far.

I do wish there was a way to assign a different tone to an incoming SMS, than for an email.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:00 
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TonePicker has been the best ringtone manager I've found so far.

I do wish there was a way to assign a different tone to an incoming SMS, than for an email.

SMS Popup can.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 17:59 
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GPSTracker - tells people where you are


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 20:16 
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Android vNext "Donut" running on a G1: http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/26/earl ... ing-on-g1/

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Android's official code repository has been updated with a fresh load of Donut stuff in the past day or so, and as you might imagine, the dev community is already having a field day with it. Early reports show that all of the features demoed at I/O this year have made it into this cut in one form or another, including universal search, text-to-speech, and system-wide multitouch with gesture support, allowing users to draw symbols on the screen to trigger actions. What's more, though, the codebase is showing signs of CDMA support -- a must for Sprint and Verizon, of course, both of whom will almost certainly have Android sets at one point or another -- and a cool 5-in-1 bank of toggle switches in a home screen widget that can be used to control common features like Bluetooth and WiFi.

Perhaps more excitingly, the community is hard at work on a couple major fronts here: first off, the Donut build is actively being ported to current handsets, and an Android Dev Phone 1 / T-Mobile G1 version is already available (though very, very crashy and incomplete right now). Secondly, work is being conducted to extract major elements of Donut (some of the new widgets, for example) and roll them into cooked 1.5 builds, making the best stuff available in a more solid, accessible form without having to wait for 2.0 to become stable. If you're an adventurous -- nay, borderline mental -- G1 owner, though, you can start your journey to Donut right now.


I increasingly want an Android tablet.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:22 
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Anyone got any games yet? I've got some good Tower Defence ones (Robo Defence and Retro Defence).


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:28 
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None that are particularly good.

Asteroids
Doom
Labyrinth - guide the ball round the maze by tilting the phone
Monkey Jump
Mystique: Chapter 1 - trapped in a room puzzle game that me and GJ were supposed to go back to and try and finish, but haven't got round to it
Nine Hole Golf
Pacman
Papi Jump - ball bounces up the screen and you have to tilt the phone so he lands on platforms
Papi Pole - Don't think I've tried this yet
Papi River - Or this
Snake
Solitaire
Sudoku
ThrottleCopter - Not as good as the powerpoint version that must have come close to getting me fired
Wixel - Word puzzler with more words than the dictionary (that's not a good thing)
WordWrench - Another word game that doesn't make you swear as much when it tells you what "words" you've missed.

There's a version of ScummVM as well, but I've not tried it.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:39 
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Shoulda been called Word Wench.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:56 
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Grim... wrote:
Anyone got any games yet? I've got some good Tower Defence ones (Robo Defence and Retro Defence).


I'm trying to buy the full version of Robo but it's not on the Marketplace and the free version has no links to it.

Hngh!

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:01 
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Today's games are Buka, in which you have to protect a talking planet (I think) from asteroids and stuff. Cute, and not bad.
Also Crystallight, a tower defence game with a campaign mode which you mix crystals together to make weapons. Quite good so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:45 
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A couple of new apps I've found.

Car mode - Just a simpe toggle that automatically outputs calls through your speakers when it's turned on.
lcviewer - converts pdf files so you can view them (there are a few programs that do this, so there might be better ones)
missed call - Flashes the led when you've had a missed call
Task switcher & task killer - These two are a bit weird. Task switcher is supposed to allow you to switch between your running apps, while task killer is supposed to show you what's running so you can switch between or kill tasks. They don't tend to agree on what I have running though.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:51 
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If you like comics, I liked Atomic Robo and Dynamo 5 (although I've been waiting for an update for that for a while).

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:32 
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well, this is the thing.

I really like the Robo Defense demo. I can't buy it though. I tried but it's not on the Market over here in the UK. I checked out the dev's blog, plenty of people asking how they can buy it. No response.

I dl'd a torrent of it and found AppInstaller on the Market which lets you run .apk files. Ran the file, now got the full version on my phone.

Hmmm....

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Odd. I bought it no problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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wierd. it doesn't show up on my Market thing. I even tried scanning in a barcode to download it and it didn't work.

I wonder if I'm set to some stupid version of Market then. No idea how to fix it if I am.

EDIT:

oh... because Orange didn't sign something or other with Google, the Hero on Orange is treated as a dev phone and won't allow many paid apps.

http://androidforums.com/htc-hero/7171- ... oblem.html

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Well that fucking sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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maybe the dev phone status is what's letting me run a torrented version.

very odd.

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