As a keen user of Android I’ve been thinking about how I can help out other Android users. I’m not a developer, so I can’t build a brilliant app or game, but there are other problems that Android users face, and helping people solve these problems might be just the thing I’ll be able to help out with!
What problems? Well, just think back about what you struggled with, or wished you knew, when you first bought your Android phone. Depending on your skill level and available time there are various different ways to help out (some easier than others). No matter which route you pick, you’ll be helping someone!
Kickstarter is a powerful resource for raising funds for a project, and recently some mobile developers have started using this platform to get the cash they need to make their games. Interested users donate some money and receive different rewards – almost always related to the project in question – depending on how much they fork over. The twist is this: if the project doesn’t raise the required dollars by the deadline, their money never leaves your pocket.
Let’s take a look at how Kickstarter is being used in the Android world. (more…)
Of course, this isn’t the only to-do app on the Market – far from it. We’ve seen Todo.txt Touch and Extensive Notes (and its sister app Classic Notes), and looked at a lot of similar apps in this productivity roundup. Heck, just search the Market for “todo” and you’ll see there’s no shortage.
But do you actually use them?
In the first roundup on this site, I mentioned Astrid as “my favorite task organizer”. Back then, I used it a lot; now, I’m not sure I even have it installed. But that’s not because it’s a bad app – it’s actually really well designed, with an easy way to enter new tasks and see your current priorities at a glance – it’s because I find paper so much more effective.
I still use my phone to keep track of some tasks; Google Calendar is great for entering appointments and due dates that are any further away than the next 24 hours, and Extensive Notes is useful for tapping out a quick reminder to myself. But I get so much more done with my current, analog to-do list: a narrow notebook, on which I enter all of the following day’s tasks at the end of every evening. (From the top down, I write the things I have to do today; from the bottom up, I write the things I have to do in the near future.) Maybe it’s because I have to restrict each task to a few words; maybe it’s because the list is always visible on my desk (rather than hidden away behind a lock screen and a shortcut); maybe it’s just because crossing a task out with a pen feels better than tapping a checkbox.
Other people swear by their digital methods, though – so what about you? Vote in the poll, and share your task management methods in the comments below!
It’s been around 10 months since I got an LG Optimus One, my first Android phone. It’s isn’t terrible, but it’s not a beast of a phone either. There used to be at least a couple occasions every day when I would wish it did just a tad more – especially in the last couple of months when my installed app base had started to reach monstrous proportions, threatening to use up all my internal memory every couple of hours.
Over a comparatively quiet weekend in August, I decided to finally take the plunge and install a custom port of the insanely popular CyanogenMod for my phone. The research started at trying to find the best ROM for my phone and going through page after page of discussions, tutorials and walkthroughs of how to do it. I ended up spending around six hours trying to absorb as much information as there was about the process before hitting the dreaded ‘Wipe’ button that you need to press before installing a new ROM. The actual process took no more than 20 minutes, and I’m so happy with the end result, I spend an unhealthy amount of time every day hitting myself for not doing it before.
In this article, I will try and compress all my research from various sites into a single FAQ, hoping to reduce the time you’ll spend trying to figure things out, so you can spend more time playing around with the new coat of paint on your device’s walls. Let’s jump in right away.
Amazon is going to be bringing out a tablet soon, and TechCrunch got the scoop on the details. We’ll go over the specs in a moment, but what’s important is that it’s a 7″ Kindle successor that runs a heavily modified port of Android – without the Market. But, honestly, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that this Kindle tablet will not equal the iPad’s price, nor surpass it. It will cost just $250.
The Kindle is an extremely popular device, even if not in sales numbers. While I don’t personally own a Kindle, I know people who do and they love their device when it comes to its primary purpose: e-reading. And it’s became very evident that Android’s chance at success is not trying to “kill” the iPad, but trying to target specific markets, like the Kindle does.
I think Android is failing in the tablet market, and I don’t think they are going to improve fast enough to turn a profit. However, I also think there’s a massive potential for Android to move into brand new markets and take over the world. (more…)
OK, so you’ve just heard on the news that people are starting to turn into zombies. No one knows how or why, but one by one, the population are turning into brain-thirsty living dead. What are you going to do to survive this awful apocalypse? Well, fret no more, because you can survive with the help of this roundup of essential Android apps to help you live in a society overrun by flesh-eating zombies.
This list attempts to cover as much as possible: from finding out the latest news about what’s going on, to first aid, food, equipment, geography, organisation, security and even preparation for such a day. It’s not going to be easy, but survival is essential until the government scientists work out some kind of cure. You can do this, I have every confidence in you. Just pay attention. One small piece of advice before we start… always go for the brain stem.
Task-management apps are among the most popular on mobile app marketplaces. Why? Simple, because people are always looking for tools to make life easier. That’s where Wunderlist by 6Wunderkinder comes in.
Wunderlist, among the top multi-platform task-manager apps, has just received a massive update for Android users. Launched a little over five months ago, the first version of Wunderlist for Android brought the great concept of managing your task on your smartphone, but omitted the UI that iOS and Mac users grew to love.
This month’s new version fixes this; from the sign-in the the “more” shortcut, this app has been rebuilt from the ground up.
Gameloft recently announced that they would be unrolling a subscription service in the UK called ‘Gameloft Club’. The idea is that you fork out £0.99 a week, and in return you get to download the full version of one of their games. You get to choose the game you download, but is it worth it?
Instant messengers are a dime a dozen in all mobile platforms. When it comes to Android, you don’t even have to download and install one to begin with.
So why bother getting another? Well, there might not be much of a difference between the popular chat protocols like MSN, Yahoo, GTalk etc, but it isn’t uncommon to have multiple accounts for business and personal uses. Moreover, our friends tend to have accounts on various platforms or social networks too. The best way to stay in touch with all of them at the same time is to have a chat client that can handle multiple chat accounts and protocols. BeejiveIM is a well known chat client and is available for almost all leading smartphone platforms, including Android.