Michael James Williams

Michael is a writer, editor, and web developer. He is the editor for Android.AppStorm and Activetuts+, and writes AS3 game development tutorials on his blog. You can find him on Twitter, too: @MichaelJW.

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Back in January, Darren Meehan rounded up some of the best keyboards available for your Android device.

Being able to choose between different keyboards is one area where stock Android beats stock iOS. But how many of you actually use this feature? And, for those of you that do, which keyboard have you picked?

This week, we’re asking you what you use as your main keyboard. Let us know by voting in the poll, and leave a comment to share why you picked it.

In last week’s live-streaming Honeycomb event (which we covered here), Google launched their new browser-based Android Market.

Connor Turnbull wrote a great guide to using this: How to Download Apps via Android’s New Web Market. So, how many of you have actually done so?

Let us know by voting in the poll, and leave a comment with your experiences so far.

This week, Justin Stravarius asked, Is the Android Market Refund Window too Short? In this article, he covered the potential impact that the decision to change the refund window from 24 hours to 15 minutes would have on both users and developers.

But I’m curious. How many of you have actually used the refund feature — and has the change in its length altered the amount that you use it?

Vote in the poll, and let us know whether this has affected you!

(If you’re not sure how to claim a refund on an application, it’s actually quite simple: first, open Settings | Applications | Manage Applications, and browse to the app you wish to get your money back for; then, press the “Uninstall & Refund” button. If your 15 minutes are already up, this button will just say “Uninstall”, and you’ll get no money back for pressing it.)

We’re going to be kicking off a new series next week, called “Ask the Editor”. This will run a few times each month, and give you a chance to submit questions to be answered by our editorial team (and a few expert writers, if we need some assistance!)

Whether you have a question related to Android apps, accessories, or hardware, I’d really love to hear it! I’ll do my best to answer a series of diverse questions that will be interesting for everyone.

Without further ado, here’s a quick form to submit your question for next week’s post. With a bit of luck, you’ll be seeing my response up on AppStorm soon. Thanks for contributing!

One of the big differences between Android and iOS is the range of choices of handset that Android owners enjoy. Apple fans get four choices: “big or small”, “old or new”, “lots of storage space or even more storage space”, and “black or white”. We have to decide whether to get a hardware keyboard, what screen resolution to go for, how important having two cameras is, … it’s almost too much!

Today we’re just going to focus on one part of that choice. We’re asking you: who manufactures your Android device? Vote in the poll, and let us know what you think!

Good news! We have randomly selected the five winners. Check the list of names below to see if you won. If you are one of our lucky winners, you’ll be receiving an email shortly with details on how to claim your prize. Thanks for all your suggestions, and be sure to check back soon for more awesome giveaways!

  • William Duan
  • JD Hoss
  • Guarian Rodriguez
  • Lawrence Taur
  • Steven Wong

Earlier on we reviewed SpiderOak’s Android client, part of SpiderOak’s excellent set of tools for sharing, syncing, and backing up data in the cloud. Check out the review for more information.

We’ve also teamed up with the developers to offer five lucky winners each an entire year’s “Plus” license for the whole SpiderOak service — that’s 100GB of online storage!

How To Enter

To be in with a chance to win, just post a comment below letting us know what you’re most looking forward to on Android.AppStorm. Make sure you include your email address in the box provided — don’t worry, this won’t be made public.

We’ll select five winners at random from everyone that posts such a comment within the next week, and announce the winners on Thursday, February 3rd.

Good luck!

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