120 posts • joined 22 Jan 2010
Re: Remind me again why Android's crappy update system is good?
The majority of phones I've seen ship Chrome, which will auto-update happily.
Some phones (particularly older ones) ship an AOSP based browser, usually also customised by the phone manufacturer, which has this issue.
Android does allow such applications to be updated in the Play store, and some manufacturers have started to do this, e.g. manufacturers putting cameras, etc. in the Play store so they can be updated easily. Unfortunately, this has only started to happen fairly recently and I haven't yet seen a manufacturer customised browser updated via the store.
So -- it's not an Android issue, it's a manufacturer issue that reflects badly on Android.
Yes, I liked Gauntlet, but Gauntlet 2 made it so much more fun with a much wider variety of features ("Blue valkyrie is it", "Green elf now haaas... reflective shot"), although the option to have all 4 players with the same class (e.g. "Red elf", "Green elf", etc) took something away.
Agreed. It's going to be interesting to see what Apple come up with. I'm sure it will be a big success because:
a) It's Apple and their target demographic tends to have a fair amount of cash available to spend on tech.
b) It will likely look really nice (unlike the 2 currently released Android Wear devices -- still waiting on the Moto 360, which looks chunky but unique!)
If Android Wear somehow became compatible with the iPhone (may be difficult due to Apple not liking anything with "Android" in the title for apps -- e.g. the Android Central news app can't get in to the App Store, and Chromecast is based on Android but used the Chrome name to get on to iOS), it could make things interesting. I know that as an Android user, I would prefer something cross-platform compatible in case I feel like changing devices. I treat services that I use in the same way, generally veering away from platform specific services.
Obviously the iWatch will not be Android compatible.
Re: I really don't see...
As I understand it, it's because iMessage doesn't send SMS to a number, once it knows that number is an iDevice, it uses a proprietary Apple format.
Apple isn't intercepting SMS messages, it's just not forwarding on their proprietary ones and her friends aren't sending SMS. Imagine it a bit like you using Skype, then you stop using Skype but all your Skype friends still sending messages to you on it. The main difference is that Skype makes the difference between SMS and Skype messages very obvious whereas iMessage hides it from the users and "auto-detects" if the receiving number is an iDevice, but needs it to be manually deregistered by the owner of the receiving iDevice if the number is used by a different phone vendor.
Maybe they were irked by the Samsung commercial that made fun of their iPad Air/pencil commercial and one-upped their thinness.
It shows the pencil, then the iPad Air behind it (as the iPad commercial does), and then the slimmer Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 behind that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fThtsb-Yj0w
Re: Great, but not entirely perfect..
Any "." in gmail email addresses has no meaning. See https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10313?hl=en
Sure, but I also remember the great widget for the WM2003 phones used to recreate that same "Orange home screen" that only came on Orange and supported embedding multiple widgets horizontally, rather than just 1 per row. That allowed for artistic users to put together some really creative new "today screens" (home screens). One of my favourites was an OS-X theme with a bar along the bottom with icons that enlarged as they were highlighted.
On Android 4.3, there's also a checkbox that's enabled by default when enabling debugging that says "Verify apps via USB. Check installed apps from ADB/ADT for harmful behaviour". I'm not sure how this is checked (uploaded to Google for testing first?), but that may also pick up these apps.
Re: Password confirmation
I haven't tried the remote wipe, but it certainly doesn't ask for the password again for remote lock .
Re: Nexus - it is not just the dialer
I didn't see anywhere in the article that this list was for phone replacements. The iPad can't place calls either, as far as I know (from a quick search).
25mph? That blurred background is eliciting the sensation of travelling at 25km/h according to the speedometer.
Re: Is this a UK or US based article?
2 weeks ago, the FCC put a cap on prison call rates of $3.75 for 15 minutes, so very soon it will no longer be that much in the US either.
Not sure about the UK, but I found an article from 2008 saying it's about 11p/minute and complaining that this was too high.
Re: Pub bragging rights?
Or any of the parallax phone tilting live wallpapers. I've been using one for 8 months now.
Re: Stalkiness factor
I'm a bit torn on this.
It's very easy to record someone secretly. How do you think private investigators do it? The technology has been available for many years and is incredibly cheap now. If you want to secretly record someone, without them knowing, you can.
Now, have you seen someone wearing Glass? It's not exactly invisible, and is not really a hidden camera.
I believe that the issue is going to come more from accidental situations. e.g. Say you're sitting on a park bench reading a book with Glass on and hear a surprising noise. You look up and see that a child has made it. I'd imagine that if the parent sees you looking at their child with Glass on, they will get very defensive, as they don't know if you're recording their child in a creepy way or not.
Re: Looking good.
@AceRimmer and you've lost MHL (which is the main reason I haven't switched to cyanogenmod on the i9300 S3) and the ability to touch focus with the flashlight on, among other issues.
You can turn off most of the Samsung specific additions on their phones by tweaking the settings, installing a new launcher, etc. but it won't turn it in to a Nexus. Certain parts of the system (notification drawer, appearance of dialogue boxes, etc.) are hardcoded and only changing ROM will change them.
Unfortunately, the Exynos drivers are closed-source and so certain features are less than optimal on open source ROMs. The US versions on Qualcomm chipsets tend to have better support.
Samsung have been good (read: better than a lot of the rest) at supporting their older phones though, with the S2 getting Jellybean updates and the S3 is meant to be getting a lot of the S4 software ported to it, where the specific S4 hardware isn't required.
Re: I get feeds on my MeeGo N950 phone
Just put an ad in to the RSS article. Some of the feeds I follow already do that.
Google Listen worked fine for me, but I also use BeyondPod mainly for the smart playlists.
However, as with many RSS based applications, BeyondPod can also synchronise with Google Reader, allowing it to keep track of listened podcasts across multiple devices (luckily they've currently got a beta of their own synchronisation method in testing).
I'll miss Reader though, the ability to use desktop or mobile to efficiently read feeds (and easily mark certain entries as unread to come back to them later on the other device, if necessary) is/was very useful to me.
Flipboard and Feedly just don't work as well for me.
Re: D'oh, for cripes' sake...
> Does Amazon honestly think that I'm so goddamn' impatient that I can't wait a business day or two for my CD to arrive?
Does it matter? You still get the CD, and they give you the download for free.
> (never mind that most of the stuff I'm after wouldn't be carried on Amazon, or probably hasn't even been reissued on CD)
Then this doesn't affect you at all, so no need to worry.
> Will they blow me off and just keep piling up auto-ripped tracks in their cloud until it hits the limit and they start charging me?
When you buy music from Amazon, it doesn't take up any of your paid-for space, you get it added free.
> P'wah, "auto-ripoff", more like.
auto-freebies, more like.
> Besides, I'm not so friggin' incompetent that I can't slip a CD into my computer, fire up iTunes, and rip the tracks to 320k mp3, or wav, or use my FLAC converter myself, thankyuhvurymuch.
And you still can. They haven't taken anything away, just added things.
> you can't fix stupid.
"The only way to get sound out is via HDMI (at least until Android starts supporting USB sound devices)"
Doesn't Android support USB audio devices?
I don't have a Nexus (stock Android) device to test with, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 supports USB audio devices (as well as most other USB devices I've tried with it) with USB OTG.
It runs stock Android. You can get an OnLive client for Android, although obviously you'll need to pay for the service.
Re: Well when you've been dumped by everyone else...
The Snapdragon chipset may well be better, but there aren't any/many games that take advantage of the GPU on Android, unlike the Tegra 3 enhanced exclusives.
I realise that general software will be able to use the better CPU, but there is very little on phones/tablets besides benchmarking tools that shows an appreciable difference in the number crunching.
I'm pretty sure that Tegra 4 will come to quite a wide range of tablets and phones, as Tegra 3 did.
Re: Search engines all failing
I think it was always a bit ORish. In the past, you could put "+" in front of a term to make sure that it was required in the page. They changed that to double quotes now, so if you put double quotes around each search term individually it should make sure that the page contains them all.
Re: Quelle surprise...
This is very standard. It prevents claims of "wilful infringement" as well as saving a lot of time.
I'm pretty sure that I remember reading that Linux developers are also urged to not check to see if anything is patented either, a long time ago.
Some banking apps and other "secure" apps (such as streaming paid-for video) try to stop you running them if you're on a rooted device, but that's about it.
Is there any chance of getting The Register on Google Currents? I find it a great way to read many other news sites.
Re: Offline mappage
I was travelling abroad the past few weeks and found offline Google maps almost useless. You can't plot a route, which I knew, but I was also unable to even search for anything (e.g. road name, town, hotel name), even if it had been downloaded and was visible on the map, which was particularly poor.
I ended up using Osmand for free navigation. It wasn't perfect (based on OSM, so just as bad as Apple Maps!), but got me from A to B, and let me set waypoints to work around situations where it routed me down a private gated road.
Yes, I think that Chrome blocks installations (certainly of extensions) from outside the Chrome store, unless you put some effort in to working around it by going to chrome://extensions and drag&dropping the downloaded extension in to it.
That worked for me installing a greasemonkey script, anyway.
I'm not sure how thoroughly curated the Chrome store is though. If it's like Play store, anyone can upload an extension.
Re: S3 not exempt
> It likely doesn't violate the trade dress patents, but it would still violate the UI patents like the bounceback.
Where does the S3 use bounceback? It doesn't appear to use it in the gallery application or other applications that I've noticed. Instead, a highlight extends from the edge over the main display, but the main display stays still -- as in stock ICS.
Re: Photo editing?
It comes with free copy of Photoshop Touch which supports dodge and burn.
In fairness, Microsoft did already dump Windows Live Mesh (2008 edition) after a few years of use. They gave plenty of warning for users to rescue their files before they got deleted, but it would have been nice to have been able to have them transferred to another service instead (such as SkyDrive) before cancelling it.
Apple (if they wanted to), Google and Amazon can afford to sell their hardware at break-even prices, as they hope to make a lot of money from selling media through their stores after.
Unfortunately, the other Android vendors have no chance of competing with this. If they ship without Google Play, they generally get poor reviews and if they add their own stores, they usually contain very little compared to Google Play.
It's a tricky marketplace.
Re: I'm guessing Nokia saw the HTC One
@Voland's right hand.
What rubbish. The N95 came out before the original iPhone, it had 3G, GPS, and a great camera (for the time), TV output, multi-tasking, and it allowed applications to be installed. I don't believe that the original iPhone had any of these. Oh yeah, it also had basic features available on almost every phone such as MMS.
The N95 was so far ahead of its time with respect to the hardware, even in its slightly chunky package.
To phrase your sentence as if Nokia were competing with a phone that wasn't yet released is silly.
I also had no big problems with the N95. While the later firmware updates did improve the memory usage (particular demand paging) to allow more multi-tasking, it was still very functional before that.
Obviously the iPhone had a much bigger screen, a touch screen, looked better and was a lot less technical to use, but if you knew what you were doing, the N95 blew it out of the water with features. Satnav would be an obvious example.
(not any kind of fanboi, btw, I happily switch to whatever platform is most useful for me at the time, and I'm certainly not using Symbian any more!)
I haven't tried Mesh since Microsoft ditched their last online synchronised storage system, called... Mesh.
Admittedly, they did give a nice long warning, giving plenty of time to back it up, but I would have been happier if they could have just moved my data across rather than cancel the service then re-open it again with the same name.
Re: Lots of idiots
They've got to be technically competent enough to allow installation of applications from outside the Play market (Android disables this by default, but it can be changed in the settings after agreeing to a popup that notifies you of the dangers associated with changing it).
Obviously if there's another way to install applications that works around this safety precaution, it's an Android issue that needs fixing.
> Why does the current release of Google Maps need to be able to make phone calls - what do I gain from this ?
Surely Google Maps needs to be able to call numbers because when you've found what you're looking for (hotel, etc.), you can call it?
I've certainly used this functionality before and it seems quite an obvious requirement.
Re: ATV2 can't handle 1080p content
Where does it say that they won't detect that? It's strongly implied that as you will be able to sign up to Netflix on ATV2, you are also able to stream content.
Netflix already has different quality streams for their content, as well as dynamically switching between them on the fly depending on available bandwidth.
Am I the only one who thinks that this sounds like a story from Brasseye, especially with the name "Space Monkey"?
All those kids out there, taking cake....
> 4G must be great, if it can hold the call and if the user can find a 4G provider, for both himself and the one he is calling.
While I'm not familiar with 4G in the US, I would expect that the person being called doesn't have to be on the same 4G network for it to work. That would be silly.
From the click-through to the Google Blog post, I think that Google Bookmarks (which I use, providing HTML access or extension-based access for pretty much any browser) is staying, just the "lists" feature is being cancelled.
define: still works for me.
Cup-cake = 2 syllables
Dough-nut = 2 syllables
E-clair = 2 syllables
We'd be great at charades!
Some people may be on CDMA in the USA but travel to other countries where there are predominantly GSM based networks.
I thought that Chrome's bookmarks were synchronised to Google Docs anyway, so a user could just visit there to find them.
I remember the days, actually fairly recently, when I ordered a PS3 and PS3 remote, and they cancelled my PS3 due to being out of stock with no plans to restock, but still sent the PS3 remote. Very useful.
I called them, returned it, and... they sent me another PS3 remote. This happened 3 times before they finally accepted it back.
I've been happy with CDs bought from them though, except for a few crushed boxes.
I just updated Chrome again (I was on a previous 14.x version before, now on 14.0.835.186) and can now confirm that I also get the "YOU SHOULD NOT SEE THIS AT ALL" message, so it looks like they're going backwards.
Tested on IE9 vanilla, 64-bit Vista and got 100/100 with IE9, although missing the shadow from the reference image, so not perfect. Still not as bad as Chrome with Google Analytics opt-out extension.
Looks fine in Chrome for me, 100% and looks just like the reference image.
Interestingly though, if I install the Google Analytics opt-out extension (written by Google) it fails so horribly, looking a complete mess.
Nice way for Google to make you want to keep Analytics enabled :)
Strangely, there are 2 voice searches from Google.
The other one is https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.voicesearch.x and the changelog says it's now international, but the reviews say that it force closes for quite a few people (including myself).
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