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Android SDK tips and tricks.

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The Android SDK is meant to be a set of developer tools to create Andorid apps, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful to Android users. In fact, there are plenty of interesting and useful ways you can use the SDK. It allows you to make changes to the phone’s settings, do things not usually allowed on stock devices, and it can even get around some nasty carrier restrictions. All of this without ever having to root your phone. All you need is the Android SDK, an Android phone, and basic knowledge of you computers command prompt or terminal. Read more…

Home Screen Replacements: LauncherPro vs. ADW.Launcher.

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

LauncherPro, Stock Froyo, ADW screenshots

One of the coolest ways to easily customize your phone is by changing your home screen launcher. The home launcher that comes with stock Android phones is usually very limited, and comes with few customization options. While the custom launchers available in HTC sense, MOTOBLUR, and Samsung TouchWiz phones all have some interesting features, they can also sometimes suffer from laggy/choppy scrolling, strange UI choices, and unattractive design. So what if you’re bored of the stock look of your phone, tired of a poorly scrolling home screen and app drawer, or you’re frustrated with the ugly “enhancements” your phone maker decided to add to your homescreen? That’s where third party homescreen replacements come in.

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A simpler way to move apps to SD card on Android 2.2.

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

As most Android 2.2 users have already noticed, finding out which apps can be moved to the SD card is not exactly intuitive. Since developers have to update their apps to support this feature, most apps don’t even allow it yet. To make matters worse, trying to find out which apps can be transferred over using the built in app manager can get incredibly frustrating. Navigating through settings menus and scrolling through dozens of apps get tiresome, especially when you have a handful of freshly updated apps that need to be checked. Lucky for us there’s a much easier way to do this, and all it requires is one awesome app from the Market.
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Manage your apps the easy way with AppBrain.

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

As the Android market continues to expand at an alarming rate, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to browse for quality apps. Let’s face it, the Android Market doesn’t do a very good job of organizing apps, and the official Android Market website isn’t helping at all. During this year’s Google I/O Keynote, Google announced that they will be making some much needed overhauls to the Market , but we are in desperate need of a easy way to manage our apps today. Thankfully, AppBrain is here to pick up the slack.

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Android buyer’s guide: July 2010.

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Which Android phone should I buy?”

This is a question I hear all the time, both online and in real life. If you’re looking to get your first Android phone, or want to upgrade from your old-school G1, choosing the right phone has become quite a challenge. While having Android phones on all 4 major US carriers helps, there is still a wide range of phones to choose from, and it can get a little confusing. Some phones are blazing fast with huge, colorful screens, while others are underpowered and underwhelming to say the least. Which is why I decided to create this quick guide for the average person who may be new to the Android platform, or just doesn’t keep with with the incredibly rapid pace of innovation in the Android space. I’ll also list some phones you may want to avoid. (Unfortunately I can only do this for US carriers right now. Later on I may expand it to other countries.)

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Hello world!

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

As you probably guessed, this blog is going to be focused on the Android mobile phone OS, and Android devices. The Android platform has truly come a long way from the T-mobile G1’s release back in October 2008, and it’s meteoric rise shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. According to the latest Google announcements, there are currently 160,000 Android phones being activated per day, and the Android market has exploded to 70,000 apps, from approximately 38,000 last April.

I’m a big fan of the Android platform, so I decided to help out my fellow Android users and post some useful tips and tricks for your Android phone. My main goal is to help you make your Android phone easier and more convenient to use, which will hopefully make your overall Android experience a lot more enjoyable. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions on topics for me to cover.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you find it useful!

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