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Sined 10-18-2012 08:55 PM

The Official Android Thread Part VIII: A slice of Key Lime Pie
 
Sined's Android Resources

Great Guide for Newbies to Android (with section for people coming from other platforms):

http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...ps-tricks.html

Beginner's guide:
So you're new to Android (or thinking of getting a device) what should you do first?
If you're unfamiliar with Android phones in general here's a crash course on what you need to know about navigation. All Android Phones come with 3-4 Android specific buttons.
- Home
- Menu (shows hidden contextual menu options)
- Back
- Search (not found on all handsets)
- Multitasking (only on tablets shows recently used apps)

Another thing worth noting is to become familiar with gestures, since all Android phones use touchscreens of some sort, tapping/presses, swiping, long presses (shows more specific menu options related to where you long pressed), pinching (on multitouch capable devices), etc.

First off you're going to need a Google Account, this will unlock all the great Google Services like GMail, Android Market, Goggles, YouTube, etc.

Now that you've set that up you'll want to arrange the appearance of your homescreen. long press any icons or widgets to move them around of get rid of them by throwing them away to the trash bin. Shortcuts can be added by going in you launcher tray and long pressing an app and droping a shortcut on the homescreen. Adding widgets can be done by long pressing the homescreen and choosing a widget (this is also the menu where you can change your wallpaper.

One thing you'll probably want to do off the start is get some apps. Once you sign in to your google account open your apps drawer and hit market once you accept the terms and conditions you're ready to download apps games and widgets.

For recommendation for apps check out these links:
http://play.google.com/ <<-------- Most important link
http://gizmodo.com/tag/androidappsdirectory
http://androidandme.com/tag/reviewcontest/
http://appaware.org/stats.php
http://www.androlib.com/

Here's another great feature of Android if you browse the apps through the http://market.android.com/ website and signed in to your google account you can install them remotely from the website without needing to tether your phone to a computer via USB.

Sometimes websites will also show reviews of an app and include what's called a QR code.
http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?c...ser&choe=UTF-8

These QR codes can be used to scan a URL using apps like barcode scanner and Google Goggles (highly recommended, it can identify art, landmarks and even solve your sudokus!).

For those who want to keep up with the latest in Android News and Reviews
General Tech Sites (will have non-Android news too)
- mobile.engadget.com
- www.theverge.com
- www.bgr.com
- www.phonedog.com
- www.pocketnow.com
- www.mobileburn.com
- www.technobuffalo.com
- www.mobilesyrup.com <---- Focus on Canadian content

Android Specific
- www.droiddog.com
- www.phandroid.com
- www.androidandme.com
- www.androidcommunity.com
- www.androidauthority.com
- www.androinica.com
- www.thedroidguy.com
- www.droid-life.com
- www.cyanogenmod.com
- www.androidbugle.com (of course run by yours truly with a focus on Canadian content)

Android Forums:
- www.androidforums.com
- forum.xda-developers.com
- forum.droid-life.com
- forum.cyanogenmod.com

List of All Android Phones ever sold in Canada via a cellular carrier:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...en&pli=1#gid=0

Device and network compatibility guide:
http://www.androidbugle.com/p/androi...d-network.html

Recommended apps/mods/games/stuff to check out:
Video player: Rockplayer
Music player: PowerAMP
Increase your battery life: Juice Defender
Customize you homescreen: Launcher Pro or AWD Launcher or GO Launcher Ex
Want to secure your device in case you lose it or it's stolen, check out: Prey

As far as games are concerned you have the obvious casual gamer big hits, Angry Birds (all free!), Slice it (free!), Plants vs. Zombies, Doodle jump, etc.
For those a bit more hardcore here are some videos to give you an idea of games you can find in the market (this video is pretty old so there are probably newer version of the same games out on the market now)






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Tablet Information:
(shamelessly stolen from XDA Eee Pad Transformer Forums but can be applied to most Android Tablets)

Software/Apps/Games Info:
Official Google list of countries supported for Android Market app installs/development (Market workaround details HERE)
List of compatible apps/games/etc
Office apps comparison thread
Game Emulator roms compatibility
Interesting apps to try out/show off your nice new device

Another Comprehensive list of Apps Optimized for Tablets

Using SIXAXIS on Android Tablets

Dave 10-18-2012 09:08 PM

Super pumped to get my first android device in two weeks.

McSorleyStick 10-18-2012 10:18 PM

KLP?

Already ?

SolidSnakeUS 10-19-2012 03:52 AM

Man I really can't wait to update my phone. It's going to be something probably 3 times faster at least :laugh:.

Sined 10-19-2012 08:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McSorleyStick (Post 55105007)
KLP?

Already ?

I always name the thread on the next major iteration.
It's as if our conversations last the length of the lifetime of one iteration. :laugh:

invictus 10-19-2012 09:46 AM

What happens when we get to Z? :(

TP 10-19-2012 10:28 AM

Question...

Ever since I got Jelly Bean on my galaxy nexus, I can't use voice anymore in any app.

If I try speaking my destination in Nav, it crashes

If I try in SMS, it tells me Recognizer not present

I tried clearing the cache, but same issue.

Any ideas? I'd rather not do a hard reset.

LickTheEnvelope 10-19-2012 11:03 AM

Sony Xperia T (new James Bond phone) is coming out in the next month or so also.

•Sony’s best mobile screen - 4.6” HD Reality Display with BRAVIA engine.
•Sony’s best mobile camera - 13MP HD camera with Exmore R, fast capture and 3D Sweep Panorama.
•Sony Entertainment Network - 15 million songs to stream and thousands of movies and TV shows for rent or purchase.
•PlayStation certified - Mobile gaming as intended.

http://st2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/sony/sony-xperia-t.jpg

Definetly on Bell unsure on Telus or Rogers yet.

Sined 10-19-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TP (Post 55113037)
Question...

Ever since I got Jelly Bean on my galaxy nexus, I can't use voice anymore in any app.

If I try speaking my destination in Nav, it crashes

If I try in SMS, it tells me Recognizer not present

I tried clearing the cache, but same issue.

Any ideas? I'd rather not do a hard reset.

I'd look at the Voice app in Settings -> Manage Applications and Clear the Defaults and Data of the app.

Sined 10-19-2012 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LickTheEnvelope (Post 55113867)
Sony Xperia T (new James Bond phone) is coming out in the next month or so also.

•Sony’s best mobile screen - 4.6” HD Reality Display with BRAVIA engine.
•Sony’s best mobile camera - 13MP HD camera with Exmore R, fast capture and 3D Sweep Panorama.
•Sony Entertainment Network - 15 million songs to stream and thousands of movies and TV shows for rent or purchase.
•PlayStation certified - Mobile gaming as intended.

http://st2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/sony/sony-xperia-t.jpg

Definetly on Bell unsure on Telus or Rogers yet.

http://www.androidbugle.com/2012/10/...n-shelves.html

Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers and Videotron

McSorleyStick 10-19-2012 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by invictus (Post 55112163)
What happens when we get to Z? :(

They should go back to A, but with salty foods this time

George Costanza : " Is that a Pastrami phone ? "

McSorleyStick 10-19-2012 12:52 PM

Official Google Play Twitter Page Confirms Verizon Wireless Carrier Billing Coming To Play Store

http://phandroid.com/2012/10/18/offi...to-play-store/

Milan the God* 10-19-2012 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LickTheEnvelope (Post 55113867)
Sony Xperia T (new James Bond phone) is coming out in the next month or so also.

•Sony’s best mobile screen - 4.6” HD Reality Display with BRAVIA engine.
•Sony’s best mobile camera - 13MP HD camera with Exmore R, fast capture and 3D Sweep Panorama.
•Sony Entertainment Network - 15 million songs to stream and thousands of movies and TV shows for rent or purchase.
•PlayStation certified - Mobile gaming as intended.

http://st2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/sony/sony-xperia-t.jpg

Definetly on Bell unsure on Telus or Rogers yet.

That actually looks like a pretty nice phone. We'll see, though. Sony doesn't have the greatest history in cell phones.

Hopefully with the information that they're putting in so much streaming, media and gaming into the device they can put out a phone with a great battery. More phones need to go the Motorola Razr Maxx HD route and get an amazing battery in there.

LickTheEnvelope 10-19-2012 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Milan the Great (Post 55116687)
That actually looks like a pretty nice phone. We'll see, though. Sony doesn't have the greatest history in cell phones.

Hopefully with the information that they're putting in so much streaming, media and gaming into the device they can put out a phone with a great battery. More phones need to go the Motorola Razr Maxx HD route and get an amazing battery in there.

i'm interested to see how the life is on a Note 2... the reports seem to indicate that massive sucker gets pretty decent life.

TP 10-19-2012 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sined (Post 55115385)
I'd look at the Voice app in Settings -> Manage Applications and Clear the Defaults and Data of the app.

No dice. :rant:

A reset may be in order.

SolidSnakeUS 10-19-2012 02:31 PM

Here is some more evidence of the 32GB Nexus 7 at the same price as the 16GB.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/17/3...gb-price-rumor

vBurmi 10-19-2012 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Milan the Great (Post 55116687)
That actually looks like a pretty nice phone. We'll see, though. Sony doesn't have the greatest history in cell phones.

Hopefully with the information that they're putting in so much streaming, media and gaming into the device they can put out a phone with a great battery. More phones need to go the Motorola Razr Maxx HD route and get an amazing battery in there.

I have no faith in Sony phones whatsoever. It's likely their "best" display won't match that of the One X, their media services won't really add anything that you can't get in the Play store, likewise for their gaming, and the thing will likely either ship with ICS or never receive an update. In other words, I don't expect it to compete with the flagship devices from Samsung or HTC - even Motorola and LG have likely surpassed them now. I do like that it has a dedicated camera button though - more Android phones should have that IMO.

Milan the God* 10-19-2012 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LickTheEnvelope (Post 55116791)
i'm interested to see how the life is on a Note 2... the reports seem to indicate that massive sucker gets pretty decent life.

Yeah. It would drain a lot of battery with the massive screen but I'm sure that also means it can fit a good battery into it as well.

SolidSnakeUS 10-19-2012 05:21 PM

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/19/3...ilable-staples

Yep, someone just bought one. Definitely real :D! I know what I want for Christmas :D!

Jori 10-19-2012 05:50 PM

$249 for 32 GB...hmm bet the iPad mini starts at $249, but only 8 GB maybe 16 GB.

I'm not regretting my 16 GB Nexus 7. I'm not much of a gamer and I use many of Google's cloud services; still have over 12 GB of storage left.

SolidSnakeUS 10-19-2012 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jori (Post 55122871)
$249 for 32 GB...hmm bet the iPad mini starts at $249, but only 8 GB.

Probably yeah :laugh:. Seriously, it has some damn good specs (not top of the line) and an amazing OS, with 32GB internal storage and only $250.

Jori 10-21-2012 10:29 AM

Nexus 10 anybody?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/21/3...roid-4-2-rumor

Sined 10-21-2012 10:33 AM

Man this Google event is going to be massive.

SixthSens 10-21-2012 10:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jori (Post 55159203)

Wow. I'll definitely be waiting to see if Google does confirm this. That would certainly leave me in a toss up with the Nexus 7.

ThaDevilGirl 10-21-2012 10:46 AM

Good God. I can't wait for Oct 29th now. I've been on the fence about getting a Nexus 7 (I don't have much use for it as I have a Gnex, an e-reader and a laptop) but if these rumours come true, the Nexus 7 should drop in price and I'll have a new shiny gadget.


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