[kwlug-disc] Android everywhere ...

Eric Gerlach eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca
Mon Sep 13 11:47:08 EDT 2010


I too have been loving my Android phone (Nexus One) since I got it.
The base Android is great, but it gets even better when you can add
apps.

I'm a huge fan of Remember The Milk, Seesmic (for Twitter), Evernote,
VLC Remote (awesome now that my fiancée and I are watching lots of
video on a computer), the Dolphin HD browser (way better than the
stock one), and K-9 Mail (way better than the stock IMAP email
client).

Oh, and how could I forget ShapeWriter, which is an awesome keyboard
replacement (not officially available anymore, but you can find it).

It also works quite well as a phone, though not as well as my old Nokia 2125i.

I think Android is going to be the eventual winner, though I'd love to
see WebOS and MeeGo get into the game in a meaningful way, too.

Downloading Google Sky now...

Cheers,

Eric

On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> 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.
> --
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
> 2bits.com, Inc.
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