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tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago  or at  4:47PM on Friday, June 4 2010 in chat

It seems like a few of us either have, or are getting Android phones so I thought a dedicated thread on them could be beneficial.

Hints, tips, good apps? Share the fun.

You can find a handy new user guide to the HTC Desire here.


Ben  said about 4 years ago:

what IS and android phone?


I am Morris  said about 4 years ago:

Android is the operating system designed by Google that they're putting on to touch screen phones. It's a functional counter to the iPhone.


LaxCharisma  said about 4 years ago:


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

So Android is a offshoot tree of the Linux kernel, but the Desire has no Linux support.. wonderful!


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

For apps on the Android phone, I'm finding AppBrain to be very handy for discovering new stuff and managing apps.

For extending the daily battery life on your Desire, I really like JuiceDefender (even with its basic default settings in the free version) and Quick Settings.

I'm also using ShopSavvy (to help slow down my impulse buys), Google Goggles (it's very surprising in what it can do), & LED Light as a quick tiny spotlight.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

So Android is a offshoot tree of the Linux kernel, but the Desire has no Linux support.. wonderful!

When you browse the Desire's file system (I'm using Astro File Manager) you definitely see a Linux file system and structure.


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

Oh I'm sure it would be workable after a fiddle in the shell, but still it's retarded.


Ben  said about 4 years ago:

booooorrrring


raven  said about 4 years ago:

What's the music support like?
I want to be able to just upload music to it in a filesystem manner, as a USB mass storage device, and I want it to support gapless playback (via LAME mp3 headers or whatever).
I'm pretty sure it does neither. FUCK YOU ANDROID.

(With an iPhone I can use foobar to manage the music, and upload gapless info etc. I hate/detest iTunes, and would dearly love an alternative to iPhone/iPod, but Android seems to effectively not care. Bah.)


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Try Google Sky Map, Ben. It's fun, not boring. And with a little bit of effort you can see Uranus.


tugboat  said about 4 years ago:

Raven. I have a tiny Sony 16Gb mp3 player.
I'm very happy with it.


raven  said about 4 years ago:

Trouble is, I have 200GB+ of music on my hard drive.
I don't want to carry a tiny-capacity mp3 player around really, which I have to continually manage. I want either a huge one that can just mirror my entire collection, or one that's part of my phone, and I'll deal with managing it.

But if it doesn't do gapless playback it can fuck off. Ah wells.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Android definitely plays mp3, wav, wma, midi, ogg, amr, & aac files. I'm only just starting to play around with mine re music. I've found it very easy to put music on it & I haven't even set up a sync folder yet.

The Cubed (otherwise known as 3) music player works well for browsing your music.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Raven, you can apparently set up Songbird so that it can play your music at home on your phone (data costs might be a bit high though).

I'm going to get a 32Gb microSD card and just live with that amount of music on the phone.


tugboat  said about 4 years ago:

raven said 11 minutes ago:
Trouble is, I have 200GB+ of music on my hard drive.
I don't want to carry a tiny-capacity mp3 player around really, which I have to continually manage. I want either a huge one that can just mirror my entire collection, or one that's part of my phone, and I'll deal with managing it.

True that.
Can you still rockbox a iPod nowaday?
I guess if you use mp3tag to clean up the id3, iPod would be kinda slightly less unbearable.

Back in phone chat.
What about the sony Android phone?


goldfoot  said about 4 years ago:

I've found it very easy to put music on it

Can you drag and drop files on it like a USB mass storage device?


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Can you drag and drop files on it like a USB mass storage device?

Yep, that's all that I've been doing so far. When you connect the Android phone to your pc you get the options of charge only/HTC sync/disk drive/internet sharing. Drag & drop is pretty straightforward.

Apparently you can set up a DropBox type folder to sync stuff, I haven't set that up as yet but there are instructions on how to do it (& there might be easier methods, I've not searched for them yet).


email  said about 4 years ago:

About time this bandwagon started getting some people on the back of it.

I've got the first gen, qwerty keyboard model, and it does a great job, except for one button on the keyboard that doesn't work. It's about a year old now, so I'm pretty happy with that.

I have had a bit of issues with updating the OS in the past though, but only once.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

I'm waiting for the over-the-air update from Telstra of Android 2.2 as it then allows you to save apps to the storage card, and is apparently 2-5 times faster than the current v2.1 software.

As it's a Telstra phone I have a feeling I might be waiting a while...


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

The smaller HTC Wildfire looks pretty good:

It has an app-sharing widget, which I'm sure the other Android phones will get soon.


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anok  said about 2 months ago:

i know pops, i know.


woolfat  said about 2 months ago:

Sorry guys! I promise I'll pop my head in here from time to time...


charlesincharge  said about 2 months ago:

I have informed my Mrs that there will be a smart watch in my life soon.


woolfat  said about 2 months ago:

Stupid question, but will it work as effectively for someone who gets paid weekly? I imagine it's a little more arseing about


woolfat  said about 2 months ago:

Goddamn, wrong thread. Sorry!


mrmagoo  said about 1 month ago:

do sennheiser still do in-ear headphones (with remote, microphone etc) for samsung phones? i can't seem to find them anywhere, only iphone/ipad ones!


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

I just installed a new 32gb sd card into my Samsung S2, but I can't get it to show up so that I can then move stuff on to it. The phone knows it is in, but when in Application Manager it defaults to the USB storage and I can not move any apps across. Suggestions?


tabula rasa  said about 1 month ago:

Hi poprocks, this YouTube vid suggests going to Settings | Storage | Format SDcard (obviously wiping anything that may be on it - no prob as yours is brand new)


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

I am slowly but surely getting there. Charlesincharge has helped me. I thought this exercise would be easier, but also have not updated any apps in nearly a year.


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

I am now finding the purchase of my external sd card kinda pointless. Can't move my apps to it and can't set up google music to save files to it.


GOD  said about 1 month ago:

Enjoying my nexus 5. Considered trying to move apps from the old phone but can't be shagged.


moo-core  said about 1 month ago:

S2 is derping on me more and more and the battery life is killing me. I have a few phones in mind (buying outright), but none are exactly what I want. Still, I'm open to people's opinions:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (small, good specs, but kind of expensive ~$600)

Samsung Galaxy S3 (decent specs, cheaper, but bigger than I'd like - the S2 barely fits in some of my pockets)

Motorola Razr M (awesome size, price and looks, but old - probably not an upgrade from the S2)


tawedog  said about 1 month ago:

Get a Z1 Compact. Camera v. good.


charlesincharge  said about 1 month ago:

Can't move my apps to it and can't set up google music to save files to it.

this should be possible via the settings in Google Music


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

Nope. Only for kit Kat on.


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

From what I've read...


charlesincharge  said about 1 month ago:

ohhhhhh rightio, that's possible.


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

timothycsimons @timothycsimons
It's cool that you can personalize most things about an android phone but it kinda ends up looking like that car Homer designed.


anok  said 28 days ago:

i have a dumb problem (yet again). i assume i'm gonna have to send my htc one back to htc, but i figured i'd ask here first.

when i call people or record audio all they/i hear is garbled, weird noise. BUT, if i call them and speak using speakerphone, bluetooth or if my headphones are plugged in, it works fine... there isn't a mic on the headphones either. wtf is that? is that a hardware or software issue? i've tried all the solutions online, including factory reset. ugh


rawr  said 8 days ago:

Just got a Nexus 5. Big, but nice.


charlesincharge  said 7 days ago:

what colour?


rawr  said 7 days ago:

black


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