Saturday, May 14, 2011

FlashLight. Darkness Rules

This will be a rather short post due to time constraints but I wanted to share a quick app that is very useful.  The app is called FlashLight and is available in the android store for free.  There is not much to say about this other than the fact that it is a surprisingly bright flashlight available for the Android system.

There are many other settings available for the app, including the ability to change the color. It is very bright and useful for anything in the dark as you would expect.  Try it out, it is free and very useful to have on one of your home screens.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Take a Look at This.

I found this rather interesting.  Pyramid, an independent research firm, concluded through their studies that Windows Mobile OS will surpass the Android OS in market shares by 2014, possibly earlier. They site the partnership between Nokia and Windows as the main evidence.  A full story can be found HERE. Below is a graph of their predictions that is very interesting and seems like a very far out estimate at best. Comment on what you think about this trend. Personally, I don't believe it will happen but who knows?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Just a Comic

I like to poke fun at Apple.  I really like the quality of their products but the prices are stupid and the software is total crap.  This is my opinion and you can think what you want but I found this comic and I thought I would share.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where's My Droid? A solution for lost phones.

I had heard of this app awhile ago when someone was telling me how they annoyed their friend with it but I never knew exactly what it was until recently.  "Where's My Droid" is an app designed to help you find your Android phone if it is lost.

The main idea is that you send a text message to your phone from another phone if it is missing say, under a pile of clothes.  It will ring and vibrate regardless of whether your phone is on silent, which is a huge deal for some who tend to lose their phone. Personally, I rarely do.

There are many settings to choose from and many custom options including the ability to change the keyword for your phone.  By default, if you text the phrase "Wheres My Droid" to your phone, your selected ringtone will ring at full volume, regardless of your volume settings.  As mentioned before, people who know your keyword can annoy you by texting you the keyword when you are not expecting it, such as when you are in class or sleeping, so it is best to change the keyword to a more personal and secret phrase.

It is free so check it out.  Also you might want to test it first to make sure it does work.  I would give this app a 4/5 for usefulness but as I mentioned, I would not use it very much.  Thoughts and comments can go in the comment section.  I have been busy lately so I have no made to many posts but I hope you enjoyed reading this and have a great day.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Google Talk video chat coming to Android 2.3!

There is great news in the Android world this week.  On Thursday, Google announced their plans of bringing a video and voice chat service to the Android system.  This news all comes with a slight problem, however.

They are moving fast through there plans and plan to have an over-the-air software update in the next few weeks.  Initially, the update is planed for the Nexus S smartphone and they plan to release it to more Android phones in the near future and an example of what this will look like appears on the right.  As far as I know, the service will be "free" if you have an unlimited data plan.

The service is planned to run on wi-fi along with 3g and 4g data networks but the problem is that it is currently only being installed on the newest version of Android which is known as Gingerbread(2.3).  There are not too many details on how it will work or specifics on data usage at this time

Most of the current popular Android phones currently run Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, and even a few new and soon to be released phones that are being released still run the "old" version of Android.  Google says that most of these phones are just not physically capable of running the new version of Android and says that the video chat update will not occur on these phones.  This is bad news for the thousands of people who currently own these phones.

Personally, I find this update very interesting and I think the feature is great, however, I do not believe that I would use the video chat at all.  I hardly talk on the phone with people and would rather send text messages, that is just me.  If anyone has any thoughts about Google Talk voice chat, feel free to comment below.