Which network and how much you paying?

August 12, 2010


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Netflix on Android?

August 10, 2010

Netflix has hired a Playback expert to work on the project.

Finally, facebook app for android updated! 1.3

August 6, 2010

I am a geek and I have more friends on the social networks than the real world. One of the applications I installed from the market as soon as i bought my android phone was the Facebook application. But it was not complete and it took time to comment and it didn’t show the inbox messages properly, there was no notifications shown, and the look of the whole app was not that great and this was not what I expected from Facebook. Although there is a Facebook-google war going on behind the scenes, this childish fights should not affect the Facebook users. I also came to know that the Facebook app for android is not an official app by Facebook but it is google which handling this application and Facebook has given some kind of blessing to them. Well I have heard this, I am not sure whether this is a fact or not. But it would most likely is.

Anyway I was not pleased with the earlier Facebook app and almost never used it. I used the Opera browser or the xscope-gl browser to browse my Facebook notifications and to comment on some post and all my daily Facebook chores, but just a few days back I saw the Android Market showing me the new 1.3 update. Even though I thought that it would not be much of an improvement I downloaded it, and when I ran it I and I was surprised, the new polished looks, the notification pull up bar(that actually go to the browser, more on that later on this post), that was much-needed, now you can browse your friends photos,(better, then before) and also view their videos, how cool is that. This Facebook update was much-needed after all. All my friends using an iPhone would see my Facebook app and say oh, there are very less functions but now I can use my android phone proudly in front of all the iPhone and other O.S using fellows.

I will give my experience with this new updated application after the jump:

Well overall the home screen looks are very polished and beautiful color selection and it is not much dark, pleasant to the eyes.

The news feed icon is the same ,the profile icon also remains the same, I wished they could put our profile picture on that icon, anyway we should not expect too much.

The friends icon also remain the same no change to that too. The events icon is present now which before was not there and I would say it is a good addition as many people like me would like to be prepared for the friend’s birthday and would see before hand what all events are there this month and the next month…great addition I would say.

The messages icon has been changed and it has also been renamed to Messages, well its good, not much on that.

Another addition to the old Facebook app is the friend requests now you can directly accept or ignore the friend requests directly from this, you don’t have to go to the browser anymore I guess now as it has covered all the basic needs of the Facebook.

Now if we look below it, we can see it is written notifications and when i was using this application for the first time I thought that by pressing this it would take me to the browser and open Facebook and then show the notifications, but this is th coolest thing in this update,the notification bar is a pull-up bar which can be opened and all the notifications will be shown and not only on which post the comments has been posted,but it also reads what the comment is, so beautiful, love it. But the sad part is I wanted more from the notifications bar and wanted it to take me to the particular post in which I clicked on the application itself, but when I click any notification from the notification, it opens the browser and takes me too touch.Facebook.com.

Anyways moving on we can also play videos directly from the application which I found very useful. (as I mentioned before)

They have also added a new photo reel which enables you to browse through your friends photos very easily, very useful thing too. You can also read the upcoming events and also RSVP directly from the application that’s totally cool.

On the top we can see two icons, the search icon and the chat icon, well that is not a chat icon, I hoped it was, but is not, it is the news feed icon and takes you to the interface where you can read what your friends have written..

It’s easy to post comments and it is awesome fast. You can read your friends comments,etc. I have not seen any changes here.

Well beside it there is also a search icon and no matter wherever you go on this app the search icon follows you ,that means you can search anything from friends, to photos and inbox messages,etc.

Well I guess I have listed almost everything on this new facebook update. Hope it is helpful to you. If you guys want to add something, you can do so by commenting and if those comments are really helpful I will put those on this post and mention the source.

You can also follow me on twitter my id is android_ajit
Team-android:keeping you posted!! #teamandroid

Wanna make your first Android App? In Plain English!

August 2, 2010

I successfully made my first app, few weeks back and thought, i couldn’t hold this to myself, It’s very easy, if its in plain english! Thanks to many great tips and links from my friends/developers i’ve done it. It’s a simple app that has only on purpose, its called Citibank Mobile, its a shortcut to the mobile site.

Any way straight to the point of this blog post, im going to walk you through the process of creating the app. If you have a computer, you can develop for Android. You don’t have to buy a specific brand of hardware to get started. If your planning on publishing your apps http://market.android.com/publish it only cost $25 to become a developer, not like apple $99/year.

Software you need to install:

First, download the latest JDK (Java Developers Kit) from Sun: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp The recommended package is Java SE (Standard Edition). Just select the JDK and you will be taken to a widget to download the correct version for your OS.

Second, download Eclipse IDE from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ and select Eclipse for Java Developers. Then just select your OS.

Finally, download the Android SDK: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

Unzip the Android SDK and remember where you saved the files (I placed mine in the Applications folder on my Mac, Program Files on my PC). If you want to configure the path to make getting to the SDK tools and installing the Android Development Tools (ADT), you can find concise directions at http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html#Installing
The Android Development Tools (ADT) are a set of extensions for Eclipse that make developing for an Android device much easier.
If you’re going to use Eclipse to develop Android apps, you need to install

ADT

Adding ADT to your Eclipse install is easy. Just click Help > Install New Software.

Click on the ADD button, and enter Android Development Tools for the name and https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/ for the location. If
have problems with the install, you might try it the install as http instead of https.
Select the Developer Tools in the next dialog, read and accept the license agreement, and click Finish.

Configure the ADT

Now we need to the let the ADT know where the SDK is installed. This accomplished in the Preferences (Eclipse > Preferences on the Mac, Window > Preferences in Windows). Select Android, then in the SDK Location area, browse to where you installed the SDK.

Components

The final step before we can program is to use the Android SDK and AVD (Android Virtual Devices) Manager to install needed components. Don’t skip this step! You need some virtual devices and SDK components to be able to make everything work!

To launch, in Eclipse, go to Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager. In the dialog box, select Available Packages in the left column, and then select all of the packages in the right window (no sense in messing around!). Click Install Selected. You may have to agree to some of the packages.

ADV

Go to Window> Android SDK and AVD Manager. Select Virtual Devices in the left window, and click New.

The Create New AVD dialog window will open. Name it ‘my_avd’.
Select the target platform (which version of Android you are developing for, in my case 2.2).

You can ignore the rest of the fields for now, just click Create AVD.
Close the manager.

Now the App:

Click File > New > Project. If the ADT is properly installed, you should see Android in the list of choices.
Select Android, which should show Android Project as a subcategory.
Select Android Project and click Next.

In the dialog box, enter:
Project Name: HelloWorld (NO SPACES!)
Application Name: Hello World (Spaces are okay)
Package Name: com.example.HelloWorld (or your name space, mine is net.demero.helloworld) (demero.net is my app website…)
Create Activity: HelloWorld (NO SPACES)
And click Finish
In your Package Explorer window, you should be able to open the HelloWorld Project > src > com.example.helloworld > HelloWorld.java
If you double click on HelloWorld.java, it will open in the main window with.
Youtube Video

ADT

(screenshot after done)
Click File > New > Project. If the ADT is properly installed, you should see Android in the list of choices. Select Android, which should show Android Project as a subcategory. Select Android Project and click Next.
In the dialog box, enter:
Project Name: HelloWorld (NO SPACES!)
Application Name: Hello World (Spaces are okay)
Package Name: com.example.HelloWorld (or your name space, mine is com.burtonsmediagroup.helloworld)
Create Activity: HelloWorld (NO SPACES)
And click Finish
In your Package Explorer window, you should be able to open the HelloWorld Project > src > com.example.helloworld > HelloWorld.java
If you double click on HelloWorld.java, it will open in the main window with:

The simple coding:


Under the import statements, add:
import android.widget.TextView;

Under public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
Add:
TextView tv = new TextView(this);
tv.setText(“Hello World”);
setContentView(tv);

Before the }

and your done. yea that easy… 😉

Note: Don’t copy and paste, may find some errors.

Now to see what your app looks like!

Go ahead and run it (as an Android Project) Run > Run You should see the simulator start and eventually your project will run.

Now your officially an inventor.

Source: Burtons Media Group

Android Central: Android 2.2 on the Evo 4G

August 2, 2010

Android Tablet Round-up

July 31, 2010

Well guys haven’t posted in a while, I miss you so I thought I’d do a quick round up of some rumors and some factual android tablets…well I guess theres only…2 I can think of tweet me or comment on here if you know of any big ones we missed out on.

Recent rumors and the Spring design website

https://www.springdesign.com/us/features/index.action

have put that the beloved Alex reader will arrive on a CDMA/EvDo network (anyone hear verizon?!) sometime this summer…as well as HSPA/GSM so im assuming T-Mo. As for my Favorite the Augen Gentouch 78 pretty nifty check it out here

http://www.augenus.com/indexhome.html/GENTOUCH.html

well as I was browsing their site I came across an Android Netbook, better say netbooks

http://www.augenus.com/indexhome.html/GENBOOK.html

the bad: 7″ android netbook (Genbook78) is lame and ugly and isn’t the best out there because of it sporting Android 1.6 (who honestly wants to try that besides Dell…dont get me started about the Streak…)

the good: the 10″ one by Augen (Genbook 108) is impressive, rocking android 2.1, 93% full qwerty keyboard, just look at it, for a Netbook and running Android is pretty sexy. I mean come on, its a netbook…that runs…android..HOW COOL IS THAT?! maybe im more excited than you POLL TIME

thanks for reading this guys, sorry about the informality, I wrote this on my droid while on my way to work.

Comparing "deathgrip" on iPhone 4 & Samsung "GalaxyS" Captivate

July 28, 2010

Apple/Steve Jobs was right?

Droid Incredible vs. Droid X

July 28, 2010

Motorola Droid 2 Dummy Phone Surfaces

July 18, 2010

Recently I was buzzin around the interwebs and i came across something I found very interesting. I thought I’d share it with you…here is is, Droid 2 Dummy Phone

http://cnn.cn/shop/motorola-droid-dummy-phone-p-9608.html

head to the link for pictures

from the looks of the pictures, the droid 2 has a slightly different keyboard than the Droid (1) and it has the same 5mp Camera, and the new Moto Blur aka Ninja Blur….this is an interesting phone.
Personally i still like the look of the Original droid, but if i can upgrade…i sure as hell will.
What’re Your thoughts on the Phone? leave a comment, Tweet this Etc. Etc.

#DroidDoes | First Impressions on the DROID X

July 18, 2010

watch?feature=youtube_gdata&v=ia6bbji–ps

So here it is, my HANDS ON on the Motorola DROID X, these are only my FIRST IMPRESSIONS, as I’ve only had a day of real use on the phone. Expect more to come folks.

Droid DOES!

–ps – ENJOY!