[kwlug-disc] Android everywhere ...

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sat Sep 11 15:45:23 EDT 2010


But does it do all this without a data plan by sync'ing wi-fi to your 
local computer and magic happening from there? (Sync'ing into 
kmail/kontact/evolution/whatever first, then going to sky?)

Otherwise, I'm not paying $45+ per month for a data plan, and will 
never get it.

Mind you - when I'm away from the computer, I'm away from the 
computer. I don't WANT to be connected all the time, and will not. 
(When someone needs me NOW, they can phone, or txt, me. Otherwise, it 
can wait 'til I get back or finish what I'm in the middle of. Your 
emergency is not necessarily my emergency.)

So, apps, and I do use them, must be entirely self-contained, with no 
need for network access. And, as a result, do whatever sync'ing they 
need to when next I get within wi-fi range of home.

I'm guessing Android is not here yet. And I'm suspecting it never will 
be. (Rogers/Bell have no reason to sell them / allow them on their 
network, otherwise.)

What plan are you on? i.e. Rogers Pay As You Go only allows WAP 
internet (only specific sites available), while regular plans allow 
the entire internet.  I'm guessing WAP only would seriously break Android?

Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 09/11/2010 3:35 PM:
> I have been using an Android phone for the last 10 or so days
> (Motorola Milestone).  The phone is quite good, but there are
> a few flaws with it.
> 
> What really shines is the Android operating system.
> 
> My plan was to write a full review sometime, but wanted to share
> the gist of it sooner, after I saw this announcement by Google:
> 
> http://www.google.com/tv/ (maybe US based only, but also
> Android).
> 
> Back to the phone: I love the operating system and the user
> interface is very smooth. The Android Market has thousands
> of apps that you can get for various things (bubble scale, compass,
> Opera Mini browser, Facebook which you can post photos directly
> without copying photos to the PC then opening a browser, then
> uploading).
> 
> It syncs your Google account, which includes email (Gmail), Calendar,
> and Contacts. Add someone in the phone, and they appear in yuor
> browser too. This means no cables are needed to sync your stuff,
> it is done over WiFi or Mobile data (EDGE, GPRS or 3G). And that
> means I can use it from Linux without worrying about "its software
> works on Mac and Windows only". It also means you have a backup
> all the time.
> 
> Open the Google Maps application, click on your location icon, and
> it will show you the street view of where you are.
> 
> Obviously, all this will raise the "Google knows too much"
> 
> One app is Google Sky does the same things that Glenn mentioned
> earlier about the iPad (point it to the sky and it will show you the
> objects,
> constellations, ...etc.), so take that Apple!
> 
> Short version: I am impressed! This will go places ...
> 
> I think Google will (should) kill ChromeOS in favor of Android, which
> is now established with an ecosystem around it, developers, market
> and all.
> 
> 
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