Friday, November 27, 2009

My droid eye verizon is blogged about :P

Android Application Top 10 Countdown – Week Ending 11/14/2009 | AndroidGuys
4 – Droid Eye Verizon
Price: Free
Description: This is a silly application to display the Motorola red Droid. It does not do anything else.
Thoughts: For those of us stuck with ‘Mo we can download this. It’s a picture of the red Droid, nothing more, nothing less. At least its free.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to add ringtones to your DROID

Motorola Owners' Forum: DROID : How do I transfer ringtones,...
My old LG-8300 was fine. I had some neat ringtones in there that I garnered from far and wide and wanted to put them in my Droid. Since no manual came with my droid other the thiny fold-out sheet and the built in help in the droid just shows you how to use the keyboard, I was wondeing how to xfer the rintones to my droid. In my LG I had them all on the micro-SD card. Droid has one too- but where is it? The fold-out sheet doesb't tell you! Well, I believe you have to take the battery out to get to it. OK, I can "mount" the droid to my confuser so I copied the contents of my LG microSD card to the confuser. Did some tedious search on-line and found this:

"If you already have music files you'd like to use for ringtones, alarms, notifications, etc. Connect your device to your PC, on the device, got to USB, then mount the SD card. Now on the root of SD card create the following folders by type, they are as follows:

Notifications: media/audio/notifications
Ringtones: media/audio/ringtones
Alarms: media/audio/alarms"

In better terms, on the Droid SD card create a directory called "media". Then in the media dir create a subdir called "audio". Then in the audio dir create subdirectories called "notifications", "ringtones", and "alarms".

The directories in my old LG sd card that had data in them were:

my_flix (videos)

my_pix (pictures)

ringers (ringtones)

Sooooo, I copied the ringtones to the new ringtones dir on the Droid SD card. I also created a new dir called Pix and one called Flix and copied my pix and flix to them. I'll sort that out later when I have time. Unmounted the Droid. Checked it out and all my ringtones are available without me doing anything further. I set up some contacts with the new ringtones and they are working fine.

Just thought I would pass this on. Hope it is useful to someone. (Thanks to Jared elsewhere on this thread for the initial info!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

1024x480 display! nuts!

And from Softbank:

* Sharp AQUOS Mobile FULLTOUCH 941SH: All we need to say about this one is "4-inch 1024 x 480 display," which, as you might be able to imagine, is a world's first.
* Sharp AQUOS Mobile 943SH: Dual one-seg tuners let you watch one program and record another, and a mention of transferring Blu-ray content has us thinking that Managed Copy is along for the ride.
* Toshiba dynapocket X02T: Remember how NTT DoCoMo had previously gotten the TG01 as the T01A? Yeah, well, now it's Softbank's turn -- and this time, it's called the X02A. Not much more to it than that.
* Samsung X01SC: This looks to be a localized version of AT&T's Samsung Jack, of all phones, meaning that it's a Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard phone (no touchscreen) with a QVGA display and portrait QWERTY keyboard.
* Sharp 942SH KT: No lineup would be complete without the obligatory Hello Kitty marketing tie-in, and the 942SH KT does the honors this time around with a black shell featuring stylized pink text and graphics.
* Samsung OMNIA VISION 940SC: Samsung's now-famous OMNIA brand comes to Softbank on the wings of a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, one-seg tuner, and kickstand for desktop viewing.
* Sharp Jelly Beans 840SH: We don't think you'd want to try eating it, but the 840SH comes in seven colors -- hence the name, we think.
* Android: The simply-named Android runs -- you guessed it -- Android with a 3.7 inch AMOLED display and 1GHz Snapdragon processor; unfortunately, it won't be available until next Spring and the manufacturer isn't being revealed right now.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

How to synch yahoo mail on the droid

Motorola DROID / DROID Eris now available in stores, online « Boy Genius Report the email icon the physical menu button accounts the physical menu button add account
6.enter in email address and password manual setup in the lower left hand corner imap account
9.enter the following into the imap server field - next
11.enter the following into the smpt server field - next
13.choose your email frequency and if you would like the email to be your default account next the account done

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Great post on how to modify the sms inbox

Android Tips
Monday, September 7, 2009
SMS Blocking in Android
Recently, I tried to develop an app that would block sms from certain numbers that you can choose. It seems that you cannot completely block the incoming sms.

These were the problems that I faced while working with this app.

1. There are no APIs supplied, that handles the SMS inbox (I mean, no content providersm which can be directly queried to fetch records from the sms table). However, you have a workaround of finding the tables where the sms is stored, and then querying and updating that table. Well, there is actually a content provider, that exposes this table to other applications, but it is not documented anywhere. So, I have to hardcode the column values. This is potentially dangerous, if in the next Donut release, Google changes the column names, my application would fall apart.

2. On receiving of an SMS, I have 2 things to do. Remove the SMS from the sms table, and disable the notification. Deleting the sms from the table was pretty easy, but I couldn't find a way to remove the Notification. Perhaps, there is no way that we can disable this notification. One workaround might be, to temporarily change the Notification settings, the moment you sense an incoming message from a blocked number. And, after you delete the message from the sms table, you just turn on the notification. I haven't worked on this, but this might just work.

3. If the Messaging application is already open, and an sms arrives, weird things start to happen. I can see the blocked sms being deleted, and the list of sms gets updated. But the next message in the list is marked as "Unread". Probably, this is done my the Notification, I don't know.

4. SMS broadcast, is definitely, an un-ordered one. So, the easiest way, that could have worked, would have been just to abort the broadcast. But in this case, you don't have this option. so, once you recieve this broadcast, you have to manually go and delete the message, by matching the incoming number, timestamp etc. Timestamp method isn't foolproof. Because, the timestamp you receive, is the timestamp of the broadcast, and not the time when the sms is written into the DB. So they wont match. You should pick up the incoming number, and check for the timestamp within a range of about 1 seconds. This should give you the sms that you need to delete.

5. There's another problem. When you recieve the broadcast, the system wont write the sms into the table, before it is sure that all the broadcast receivers have done their work. So, it waits for some time, and then writes the sms into the table. Before this, if you try to delete the sms, obviously, you would not find it in the table. So, make your code sleep for about a second, and then go and delete the SMS. That should do it.

But, the most important problem still persists. THE NOTIFICATION. I guess, it can't be removed.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Mio Miuddy GPS unit for Windows CE moves to Android

Mio MiBuddy GPS units to trade Windows CE for Android
Mio MiBuddy GPS units to trade Windows CE for Android

by Joshua Topolsky posted Nov 2nd 2009 at 9:22AM
If you're keeping tabs on Mio Technology's GPS happenings, you'll be interested to dip into some facts that PC World has uncovered about the company's upcoming offerings. According to the mag, the next version of the electronics-maker's MiBuddy satnav unit will dash the underlying Windows CE architecture for Google's newer and far more suave Android platform. The new device will be pushing into MID territory, boasting a 4.7-inch touchscreen along with a hardware slider keyboard, the ability to browse the internet, and WiFi and Bluetooth onboard. Call us crazy, but it seems possible that devices like dedicated PNDs running Android could easily adapt Google's new turn-by-turn system as their primary mode of operation. Alternately, you could switch between Mio's proprietary version and Google's variation... or they could axe the big G's altogether, though that awkward situation makes far less sense to us. No word on timing or price just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Soyea MID Android Device

Soyea's MID Z5 features an Atom CPU, 3G, and a significant price tag
Soyea's MID Z5 features an Atom CPU, 3G, and a significant price tag

by Joseph L. Flatley posted Nov 2nd 2009 at 1:01PM
Sure, there are some of us who like to play around -- and a first-generation Android MID might be lots of fun to those folks -- but how about the peeps out there that need a portable Internet device with serious muscle? Soyea's Z5 features a 5-inch (800 x 480) resistive touchscreen, 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, WiFi, 3G (from China Telecom) and Bluetooth 2.0. A dual boot device, this bad boy eschews the cell phone OS du jour for both Windows XP and Linux -- and since you're liable to fall in love with this thing (and quickly max out the storage) the included microSD slot should take the sting out of the mere 8GB SSD. But that ain't all! It also rocks stereo speakers, a webcam, a VGA port, and mini USB. Of course, a device this serious has a serious price to match -- expect to pay 5,999 Chinese yuan (roughly $879) from Amazon China. Available in black and white, we have one more pic for you after the break.