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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What Is Your Must-Have Feature?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 08:30 AM


This summer, on a whim, I decided to write a book. Because I knew it would be a substantial writing project, and because I'd never used Google Docs for anything in particular, I figured I'd try using it for my manuscript. While I eventually ditched it (That's a whole different post), While I was using it, I found that I'd need to be connected to the Internet while writing to have it auto save (duh...). The problem was, sometimes inspiration would hit me on the train home, and even though this is 2010, Metro North Railroad still doesn't have WiFi on it's trains. So I used my Android phone's built in Tethering support. When I got an iPad in July, I also found the tethering indispensable - allowing me to surf the web on my way home when not being annoyed by throngs of Yankees fans on their way back from a game.
For me, Froyo's built-in tethering is the Must-Have feature of my Nexus One. It is something that, now that I have, I never want to be without. What is your essential Android feature?


Monday, September 6, 2010

New HTC Slider to Hit Verizon

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 06:42 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/04/...fcc-decked-out/

"Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G? It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC."

A new HTC device is on it's way to Verizon, with an approximate size of 4.7"x2.4", this slider packs a 4-inch screen. While this behemoth is packing every feature you'll need, don't plan to put it in your pants pocket! Head over to Engadget to check a few more images.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spotting Android Scum!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.tested.com/news/how-to-s...on-android/862/

"Android offers developers a lot of freedom in using a phone's hardware in their apps. While this leads to some really amazing functionality, it can also be a security concern. Google has chosen to run a more open marketplace for apps, and does not hold content up so they can review it first. There is no gatekeeper for the Android Market. All a developer needs to do is pay the $25 developer fee and upload their app to the Android Market. Naturally, this has invited some riffraff to join the party. By looking at an app with a skeptical eye, and checking the permissions, you can avoid apps that are shady, or just plain scams."

Here's a fun thought for a Sunday - There is a lot of crap out there trying to get on your Android Phone! This Tested post has a lot of good information though that should help you next time you decide to explore the market! And the picture is priceless!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Android OS Increases Market Share in August

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 09:00 PM

http://blog.quantcast.com/quantcast...-os-share.html?

Quantcast reports more market gains for the Android OS in August 2010. Head over to their site and check out their full report. While you're there, check out how the top Android devices compare in web usage.

Tags: android

Sears Cuts Prices on Droid line

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 03:30 PM

http://searswireless.com/mobile/ver...1_E&CFlyout-VZW

Sears has cut the prices on the Droid line:

Check out that HTC Incredible for $69 on a new contract - if you are on the hunt for a new device, this is one sale you probably don't want to miss!

Tags: sale, android, sears

Hidden Gem Available Soon: Samsung Gem listed in Best Buy's Buyer's Guide

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/02/...y-buyers-guide/

"We've heard talk of the Gem before, and a new listing for the phone in Best Buy's September buyer's guide confirms the existence of Verizon's new low-end Android piece..."

Looks as if Samsung will have the Gem out (and available at Best Buy) very soon so keep your eyes open! Who knew Best Buy even had a Buyer's Guide anyways? Eh, they probably send me one, but like all the other junk mail, it quickly gets placed in the recycle pile without even a second glance.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Hello!

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android Thoughts Site Updates" @ 03:00 PM

Hey everyone,

I've been a Thoughts Media reader for quite a while, and am excited to contribute to Android Thoughts as a contributing editor. I've been a phone geek for quite a while, having owned multiple Windows Mobile, Apple, Blackberry, and Android devices. I currently work full-time supporting an international financial service corporation. In addition, I am attending college full-time, for Cisco hardware and network administration.

I look forward to presenting my view on current and upcoming Android developments, enjoy the site!


Verizon Offers Prepaid Data for Android, Sorry Windows Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/02/...-data-packages/

"BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced it will be expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage). These new prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store today and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 28."

Verizon still has Windows Mobile devices (Although perhaps not for long), yet those don't get in on this $30 a month prepaid unlimited data offer. I'm not sure what their reason for snubbing WM here is - I can't imagine it costs them any more money to add it to the other smartphones in their line, and perhaps they just didn't mention the WM devices in the press release. Perhaps some brave soul should test it out when it becomes available!

However it looks like most, if not all, of the Android offerings do (Oh yea, those blackberries and palm devices are eligible too...). Not a bad price if you just want a non-contract data device lying around. Anyone Android-fan going to take Verizion up on their deal?


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bah weep graaagnah wheep ni ni bong

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Thoughts Site Updates" @ 11:00 AM

Greetings fellow robot lovers!

My name is Jason Lee and I'm a mobile device junkie. From my early days in elementary school playing with a friend's fancy Casio Databank watch and lusting over those amazing Sharp digital organizers, to my first Windows CE 1.0 device in 1995 to my shiny new Nexus One today, I've had a gadget problem. I'm always on the look out for the latest and greatest toy to enhance my life.

I am pretty much a geek all around. Other than mobile gadgets I love playing computer games, collecting toys, reading comic books, watching cartoons... you know, the important stuff. ;)

Professionally I am a Network Analyst for a good sized university, primarily responsible for the wireless network. My background consists of wireless network design/implementation/security, many years of user support, and I graduated from said university with a degree in Anthropology. Yes... I said Anthropology. So my interests in technology extends beyond what the latest gadget is and how it works into the realm of how and why people use these wonderful toys.

I hope that my unique/odd world view will foster fun and interesting discussions about our little robot buddy Andy and his escapades.

'Til all are one


The Google Phone: The Nexus One Reviewed!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Android 2.1 Smartphone
Manufacturer: HTC
Price: $529 (T-Mobile 3G) - Find it on eBay now!
Specifications: 800 x 480 3.7'' AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11g WiFi, 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor, MicroSD Card slot, MicroUSB Charging, 5 MP Camera

Pros:

  • It's speedy and responsive;
  • Good fit in hand and light;
  • Camera takes excellent photos.

Cons:

  • The price;
  • Unused trackball and lack of buttons;
  • 3G reception issue for some.

Summary: Honestly, this article was written when you could still buy the device easily. Still a great device though, and it deserves a review! For years we heard it was coming. The "Google phone" would revolutionize our lives. Then last winter we saw it, and experienced the fastest Android handset on the market running the newest version of the operating system. But for those who are still wondering if they should upgrade (from say a G1) or switch (from say an iPhone), questions may still be unanswered. So read on for more information about my journey with the Nexus One!

Read more...


Welcome to Android Thoughts!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Thoughts Site Updates" @ 07:00 AM

Welcome Thoughts Readers, to a site conceived in the back of a bus! Specifically a bus in Seattle, Washington, earlier this year. In the back of said bus was the fearless leader of Thoughts Media, Jason Dunn, and myself, and our discussion rambled over toward Android. Fittingly, a year earlier I had become interested in the platform and was carrying with me a T-Mobile G1, and both Jason and I agreed that the platform was getting bigger and better by the day - the perfect candidate for a new Thoughts Site. But while Jason found Android interesting, he hadn't really "gotten into it" and decided that if a Thoughts Site were to be launched, it would be similar to Apple Thoughts, without his editorial presence. I guess you can see who decided to step up to the challenge of running the site! So what can you expect from us? And who is Android Thoughts? Read on and find out, then post a message and let us know you're as psyched as we are! Read more...


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