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The Best Alarm Clock App for Android I think the dialer, contacts, sms, weather, newsreader, book reader, lockscreen, gallery, camera and calendar all beat anything Iv tried. The clock widget is pretty iconic too. Music isn't as good as Poweramp, friendstream isnt as good as various other Facebook/Twitter apps. Camcorder, mail, browser and the rest are so-so. RE the alarm clock, its mainly having the countdown/stopwatch/deskclock built into the same app. It does ascending volume and music on wake, but no maths, which I wouldn't use myself.
CyanogenMod is to Android, what Shelby is to Ford. CyanogenMod is easily the most popular AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM out there today, with MIUI catching up quite fast. While both ROMs are appealing in their own manner, MIUI ROM is based on CyanogenMod, and that alone is a testament to its awesomeness. How did the ROM start out, and when? The Complete Review Of CyanogenMod 7 [Walkthrough & Guide]
Unfortunately forums vary from one another based on popularity of the devices I believe. I was lucky enough to end up in pretty well organized forums in general. I had the HTC Raphael and it had all the information I needed when I started out. I had full guides from modifying registry files to flashing a new rom to tweaking UI icons, none of which I had to ask. I then graduated to the HTC Vision (Desire Z) where they had a complete step by step guide on how to root the vision (down to a copy/paste code). I mostly used Virtuous ROM for my choice, and they provided all the information there as well.
Pack for Android: Our List of the Best Android Apps Now that you mention it, I think Winamp would have been nice to include, or maybe Poweramp. Regardless, the last thing I wanted to do is get caught up in everyone's drama about which media player is the best and the one everyone should use and if you don't you're a horrible person-like we see in every Android media player post. :) I'm not that thrilled with Pulse, although I understand lots of people are - and Rom Manager I left on specifically because I didn't want to automatically assume everyone with an Android phone is rooting. Lots of people are, but it shouldn't be a MUST install and I wouldn't tell every Android user that they MUST root their phone, although there are lots of benefits to doing so. :) 8/04/11 10:46am
Super Evo Battery Tips and Explanations **Updated 1-22-11** Super Evo Battery Tips and Explanations **Updated 1-22-11** Over the months I have been an Evo user, I have collected some valuable information that all users should probably know in regards to maximizing battery life. Besides the stuff about 4G and a few specific options, these steps apply to pretty much any other android phone running 2.2, and a lot of them apply to versions below Froyo. General Lithium Ion Battery Information ^^This link includes stuff about charging, including trickle charging aka SBC (Why NOT to use it, or at your own peril) My tips for good battery life:Tips for Non-Rooted users:
Common misconceptions and other useful information (Updated 10/12/2010) I decided to write this to clarify a lot of the misconceptions around here. This is also good information for people who are new to modding their phones, the Evo in particular. I see a lot of the same questions being asked over and over so here is some information that some may find useful. I will also warn people if I know that what they are doing can potentially destroy their phone or cause it to stop working properly. RADIO/WIMAX/PRI/NV UPDATES: I see a lot of questions concerning this. Like, "Oh wow, the new HTC build # 3.29.651.5 is out.
[GUIDE] ¤‡¤‡¤ Kernel starter guide and other information ¤‡¤‡¤ [GUIDE] ¤‡¤‡¤ Kernel starter guide and other information ¤‡¤‡¤ Hey guys, Sorry... I havent had this phone in forever.. This will not be updated nor will I be answering questions about it. Its pretty much outdated as well. Good time while we had it!
In an ideal world, your Android's apps, their settings, and your system settings would automatically back up to the cloud so that if you lost your phone, bought a new one, or installed a new custom ROM, setting up a fresh device with everything in place would be a piece of cake. The good news: This utopian Android backup actually is possible. Here's how to set it up. We back up our computers religiously, but our phones are often neglected. There are tons of situations in which you may want to have your phone backed up. Perhaps you uninstalled an app and deleted its settings, only to decide that you want it back.
Okay, seriously... are you guys being paid to sell Evernote on Android to people? Evernote for Android STILL does NOT have access to notes when offline! No data connection, no WiFi? Too bad for you! How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer
Our Biggest Android Annoyances and How to Fix Them Google gets so much right, but their damn "Gmail" app! I keep "auto-sync" OFF for all applications, and the result is battery life that will last for days without a charge. I have my "Facebook" app account sync once-per-hour, as well as my "Email" app account sync once-per-hour (using my company email account). Why oh why, do I not have the option to have my "Gmail" app account sync once-per-hour... why am I stuck with constantly sync or never sync (and manual sync). HTC/T-Mobile G2, 2.2 Froyo
If you are streaming music, squeezebox is the way to go. It can stream your itunes collection, or music you have on your hard drive(s). You can play to a PC, mobile (that part's a bit clunky) and there are high fidelity devices you can put in your high fi stack. Controllable via web UI or a dedicated controller or apps on iPhone and Android. The Best Tools for Streaming Media to Your Gadgets
Web site Geekaphone lets you check off the platform, price range, and features you want from a smartphone and tells you which phones match your criteria. Geekaphone acts like most other "power search" functions you'd find on shopping sites, only it focuses on smartphone features and is incredibly easy to use. Just tell it what platform you want to use (Android, iOS, etc.), let it know your price range, and it will spit out a list of phones. Geekaphone Narrows Down the Perfect Smartphone for Your Needs
Got an Android or iPhone? Want to do more with it? Here are a bunch of little things you can do this weekend to supercharge your smartphone so it can do almost anything you want. First Things First: Root/Jailbreak You may have a great phone, but it can be a better phone when the possibilities are unlimited. If you're on Android, you just have to root your device and on iPhone you have to jailbreak. Supercharge Your Smartphone This Weekend
Despite its unassuming name and interface, Business Calendar is—by a good margin—our favorite calendar app on Android, due to its flexibility and ease of use. Business Calendar Platform: Android Price: Free ($4.99 Pro) Download Page Features Smooth scrolling calendarZoom into multi-day (1-14 days) views with a tap and dragChoose between a graphical view (with colored boxes) or a text view (with the names of your actual events)Month, agenda, day, and event viewsQuickly fade certain calendars in and out with one tap shortcuts along the bottomSearch through eventsCustomizable widgets for month, week, day, and agenda viewsTap a day to see a quick popup of that day's eventsMany options for recurring eventsDrag and drop in multi-day view to copy events (Pro only)Link contacts to an event (Pro only)Plugins to support Google Tasks and Toodledo (Pro only)Change font sizes (Pro only)11 widget themes (Pro only)Select individual calendars for each widget (Pro only) The Best Calendar App for Android
Good article, but I think we're still a couple of years away from this being feasible en masse. Even when the NFC technology is built into phones, retailers will be much slower in updating their POS systems to support it. Plus, if your phone battery dies, you're kinda screwed. I know that's the reason for carrying the one credit card, but that's only partially helpful. Until the iPhone can hold a charge for at least 12 hours WITH frequent usage, this will continue to be an issue. I do like how insurance companies like State Farm and Humana allow you to pull up your insurance card on your phone, but they do say that's not a legal replacement (particularly for auto). How to Replace Your Wallet with Your Phone
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