Archive for the ‘Applications’ Category
I have been using the Motorola Droid Razr HD for about a week now and I do like it a lot. The battery is great, I can stream audio or videos for hours each day and the battery lasts all day. Today I streamed 4+ hours of videos from YouTube and audio from Pandora and this battery will go till tonight when I go to bed and put the phone on the charge.
The phones processor works smoothly and quick. I like the Google now update which came with Jellybean it makes the voice recognition more accurate. The only complaint I have is the App Foxfi which makes my phone a WiFi hotspot does not work with Jellybean. It did have a number to call for customer service but it also said my carrier did not allow the free hotspots service. I have unlimited data and the hotspot is very valuable to me with that unlimited data. I did not have any problems with my previous Androids. I was using a Motorola Droid Razr and it worked perfectly with Foxfi but the battery life was terrible. I will see if I can have a workaround with the Foxfi but otherwise this is a great phone. I do recommended this phone for anyone who is a Motorola fan.
I would emphasize that this is not the Motorola Razr Max HD that phone would have extreme battery life.
I downloaded this app on my iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless and was pleasantly pleased that I could upload a video instantly to YouTube, Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter. The app even gave me a link that I could post directly on my blog and it embedded the video easily. Now my only complaint is why Google would make this app for the Apple iOS first and we have to wait for an Android version to be released.
The truth is, these task managers and Android work against each other. Task killers are redundant, unnecessary and typically cause more harm than good. Yes, this goes against all that you have been told as an Android user; they seem like they’re helping. This is called a placebo effect. So why are these app managers bad? How do they actually cause harm? Unlike a PC where you must manage memory yourself by closing programs, the Android OS (2.2 and above) is meant to manage memory and processes on its own. Let’s say the user launches an application. This app will then stay in memory until it absolutely needs to be closed. This is done to improve application launch time; the app will “run” in the background – leaving battery and performance essentially unaffected – ready to be launched again at any moment. If a previously launched application is kept in memory, launching it again at a later time will take much less time. Killing the app removes it from memory and will slow down the application launch next time you need it. Android will automatically begin closing applications as needed, starting with the ones that have been inactive for the longest. Now that we have that out of the way, you can kill the app using the “force stop” feature is built into Android itself, effectively making any third-party task managers pointless. This all means that the use of a task killer does, in fact, have a negative effect on your phone’s battery life. If you are constantly shutting down apps manually then the system is never merely putting apps to sleep, but it constantly shutting down and reopening apps. It also means that the system will never be able to properly learn your app usage habits and ultimately your battery life will suffer. If you are using a task killer app then I highly recommend you uninstall it immediately. Once you’ve done that then you will have to wait a few weeks before your phone has learned more about how you use your apps before you will see a noticeable difference in the length of time you can use your phone before needing to charge it. In the end, however, it is definitely worth it. Task killer apps and battery manager apps can also effect connectivity settings/permissions installed by your carrier specifications/software/firmware on the device and can be easily fixed by a master reset or restoring to factory settings. So that’s it – if you’re running Android 2.2 or above then do not use a task killer/battery manager and completing a master reset/factory restore if they were installed will resolve unseen issues . Great link for more info http://android-developers.blogspot.com/
I have been using services like Google voice for years but google voice is a free service with many features. One feature that I use that is not advertised is that you can call Canada for free.
I use the data widget on my Droid Bionic not because I need to monitor my data (I have unlimited data) but to understand what my clients would experience using the widget. What I notice is the widget does not update itself anymore, you must press the widget to get your correct usage details. This was not so until the recent updates. Before the update the widget would tell you your data usage just by looking at it but now you have to press the widget and the widget logs itself into your myverizon account and gives you your current usage including minutes, data, text and billing information.
So remember you must press the widget to get updated usage information and this will work on all plans including the new shared data plans.
I have been using an application called Foxfi from the Google Play store for my hotspot. It is a free application and does not require any technical background to use. The app is very simple to use and works great. I also pay for the Verizon hotspots feature so I could test the performance of both and it seems I get better service from the free application Foxfi. Read the ruling by the FCC
Verizon Wireless response.” We still offer Mobile Broadband Connect, and the fee applies to customers using unlimited data plans. If a usage-based customer wants to subscribe, or continue to subscribe, to Mobile Broadband Connect, they can do so. They get both a high-quality robust tethering app and additional data allowances. On the other hand, a usage-based customer that wishes to tether other devices but does not wish to subscribe to Mobile Broadband Connect can cancel the service, purchase or obtain a third-party tethering application, and simply pay for the additional data usage”.
AT&T and Nokia are about to launch the Lumia 900, arguably the first Windows Phone “hero” device to hit the U.S. market. Business users should pay close attention, given Blackberry’s steepening decline and a leveling off of business feature enhancements on iOS and Android.
It’s but a wee bit of time until the Nokia Lumia 900 officially launches on AT&T and savvy shoppers can pick themselves up a brand-new Windows Phone for the simple price of one penny.
No, that’s not a typo. AT&T might have the Lumia 900 listed for a cool $99.99 as of this article’s writing, but a quick trip over to Amazon reveals that you can purchase the same device for a tiny piece of copper (technically, copper-plated Zinc, but who’s counting?
My friend Nick from Doyouit reminded our networking group how important it is to backup you computers and that reminded me of a situation I had a few days ago. I had a lady come to me almost crying her phone would not stay on because the charging port was broken and she had all of her contacts in the phone. The phone was a Verizon Wireless LG Voyager and a family member gave her an old LG Env 3 to use. She had spent two hours the day before in the store working with the representatives trying to get her contacts with now luck and that night she called Verizon Wireless technical support but still with no results.
Luckily I was able to rig the phone with an old home charger that fit the LG Voyager and got a little charge in then I was able to Bluetooth the contacts from the Voyager to the Env 3. Their were over 400 contacts that transfer over to the replacement phone.
All of this could of been avoided if they had used Backup Assistance which is a free Verizon Wireless service that backs up your contacts. This service can be used on simple phone and smartphones. There is even an upgraded version called Backup Assistance Plus that backs up pictures and music also. Smartphone owners should always use the services like Google on Android phones, Blackberry desktop manager and iTunes to back up the contacts.
Don’t let your phone die then worry about how you can retrieve your information. Contact the Mobilewiseguy to find out what options you have to backup your data and if you or your company need help with backing up the data from your computers call my friend Nick with Doyouit.
I just got an interesting call from Blackberry support they wanted to inform me of the new updates. I don’t use a Blackberry currently so I was a little confused why the called me and it was because I have written a few post about Blackberry in the past. I told the representative that I did buy a Blackberry Playbook recently and wanted to know about the update that is coming out and if it will bring the Android Market to the Playbook. I was told yes it will have the ability to use Android application but not all the applications at the beginning. Each application has to go through a approval with Blackberry before being allowed on the Blackberry Playbook. I ask about the camera on the Playbook because I was very upset to find out that the only video conference application was from Playbook to Playbook only. I was hoping Skype would work with the new update but it will not at the beginning until Microsoft which owns Skype and Blackberry work out the details. The Blackberry representative did tell me he uses Real Portal to Video chat with someone using a Apple iPad now.
The Blackberry Bold and the Torch will get an update that will allow Near Field Communications, Wifi calling and Mobile Hotspot capabilities. This update will first be available for Verizon Wireless and Sprint Blackberry devices.
I just read an article on 3 tablets, it breaks down the difference between the different tablets with price points from 200 dollars to 500 dollars. The 3 tablets in this article do not subscribe to any cellular services. They all need WiFi to access the Internet for browsing, downloading books, applications and any streaming media.
I use the Motorola Xoom which is a LTE 4G tablet on Verizon Wireless. My tablet does what the Nook, Kindle Fire and iPad do and has its own built in service. I can use my tablet anywhere on the Verizon Wireless Network and it has its own built in hotspot that I can allow up to 5 other WiFi enabled devices connect to the Internet.