March 20, 2011

send2cloud – from Android to Google Chrome

Filed under: Android,Gadgets,Technology — yoga @ 12:20 am
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It was awesome having the ability of sending links and info to Google Chrome via Chrome to Phone but I often wondered if the reverse was possible. After much searching I found this app called send2cloud. There are times I was using the phone to browse a website and when I sit in front of the computer I wish there was a way to see it in a full browser; emailing it and then copying/pasting the link was one way or just use send2cloud to instantly open the link in Chrome.

With Send2Cloud all you have to do is go to Menu -> Share page -> send2cloud and it opens up the app.





Clicking on send will immediately send the url to your Google Chrome. Don’t worry your computer doesn’t have to be turned on for it to work. Utilising Google doc’s, the application will share the url and the Chrome extension will automatically show an alert when you launch the browser.

send2cloud chrome extension

send2cloud chrome extension

The extension can be found here. The application is listed in the Android marketplace as “send2cloud”. Firefox users can download the extension here.


March 18, 2011

HTC Incredible S official launch, Malaysia

If you’ve been surfing Digi’s website lately you would have realised that they have announced that the HTC Incredible is coming soon. The soon is now here, HTC Incredible has been officially launched today and Digi will be offering the device with the DG Smart Plan. The phone retails for RM 1999 at th end of april, a subsidy of RM 550 for a 1 year contract and RM 800 for 2 years, making the device priced at only RM 1449 and RM 1199. The downside though is if you’re an existing DG Smart Plan customer, there’s no upgrade or contract extension.

HTC Malaysia has also mentioned that the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) will be coming in June for the Incredible S.


March 8, 2011

Chrome To Phone

Filed under: Android,Gadgets — yoga @ 4:00 pm
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Have you ever wanted to share a link, copy a bunch of text or even copy a phone number on your PC to your Android phone ? One of the way to go about doing so is to email yourself the contents so that you can retrieve it on the phone. Now thanks to the cloud, Google Chrome to Phone application and the Chrome extension this can be done with a click of a button !

This is one of the most overlooked and underutilised feature of Android 2.2 (Froyo). Chrome to Phone is a simple combination of a Chrome extension and Android application that allows you to click one button in your browser, and sync what you were viewing right to your Android phone to be check out at a later time.

Reading something interesting on the PC but need to head off somewhere ? Simply click on the Chrome to Phone button and the link will automatically be sent to your Android device and you can continue reading it when you have the time. No more remembering urls or bookmark syncing.

Here’s how to get it all setup

1. Those using Google Chrome as their desktop browser should go to the download section of the Google Chrome Extension site and download the Google Chrome to Phone Extension

Mozilla Firefox users should go here to download the Send To Phone 0.8 extension.

2. Once your extension/add-on has finished installing, you’ll need to download the Chrome to Phone app to your Android phone.

3. In addition to choosing a Google account to connect to, you’ll be asked whether you want links to launch automatically as they’re sent to your phone from the desktop or manually.





February 28, 2011

Android 2.2 Froyo – What’s New ?

Filed under: Android,Gadgets,Phones — yoga @ 6:20 pm
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For those who still don’t really know what the whole fuss about Android 2.2 Froyo is all about here’s a recap

New User Features



One of the most obvious difference noticeable is the translucent navigation bar that has access to the dialer, app tray and browser. 

New Home screen tips widget assists new users on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens. Another new widget is the app market widget which displays a slideshow of popular apps in the Android Market. The Google search bar has undergone some modification and now lets you search the web, contacts or apps. The YouTube widget has been given a slight facelift and now shows previews of the most viewed videos.

Exchange support

Exchange support

Exchange support
Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices. 

Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.

Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.

Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).

Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.

Gallery & Camera

Gallery & Camera

Camera and Gallery 

Gallery allows you to peek into picture stacks using a zoom gesture.

Camera onscreen buttons provide easy access to a new UI for controling zoom, flash, white balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure. Camcorder also provides an easy way to set video size/quality for MMS and YouTube.

With the LED flash now enabled for the Camcorder, videos can be shot at night or in low light settings.

Portable hotspot

Portable hotspot

Portable hotspot  

Certain devices like the Nexus One can be turned into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that can be shared with up to 8 devices.You can use your Android-powered phone as a 3G connection for a Windows or Linux laptop by connecting their phone to the computer with a USB cable. The connection is then shared between the two devices.



Multi language Keyboard

Multi-lingual users can add multiple languages to the keyboard and switch between multiple Latin-based input languages by swiping across the space bar. This changes the keys as well as the auto-suggest dictionary.


February 18, 2011

Android Low on space

If you’re like me and love to try out new apps and games for the Android, I’m pretty sure you’d have gotten this message on your Android phone at one point or another. Honestly, this can really be irritating especially when you have friends with iPhone who mock you because of it. C’mon Android get your act together, even Froyo users are not spared from this issue.

The Issue

As I’ve mentioned previously, Android phones have internal and external storage. Just because you have a 32GB microSD doesn’t mean that you have that much space to install as many apps as you like. The internal storage is used up instead and with Froyo you can now have a choice of installing those apps and games to the microSD card instead. So what seems to be the issue you ask ? It’s the data and cache that these apps use. Yes, despite being able to move some of those bigger apps to the microSD card, Android still insists on storing the data and cache required to run the specific app. So how do you go around resolving this issue ?

The Solutions



If you’re a visual person and likes to know what takes up your space this is something you should download, DiskUsage from the Market. This nifty little app allows you a basic visualisation of your phone’s internal and microSD storage space. Really helps when you need to know what is taking up so much space on the SD card. Knowing which apps are taking up the most space in your phone allows you to decide what you want to do with it. Yes, it’s a FREE app ! 🙂

You can grab it from the Market using the scan-able QR code , or search for “DiskUsage.”

Android 2.2 (Froyo) : Move apps to SD card

If you have Android 2.2 (Froyo) installed or have updated to it, you’re in luck. You have the option to move some of those memory hogs to the SD card, freeing up precious internal storage.  Go to SettingsApplications Menu, and choose Manage Applications. Switch to the All tab, hitMenu button and Sort by size.

From here you’ll know what are your biggest apps and you can start moving them to your SD card. unfortunately not all apps can be moved to SD, you’ll have to just try and see which works. You can start moving apps to the SD BUT there is a downside to this. When you have your SD card mounted on for disk drive/mass storage access, that app will not not available. Plus if you ever get your SD card corrupted, say good bye to your app. A small price to pay for the space reclaimed if you ask me.

October 22, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Filed under: Android,Events,Gadgets,Phones — yoga @ 10:20 am
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Galaxy Tab

Galaxy Tab

Finally the highly anticipated 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab has been officially launched yesterday and the good news is Maxis will be the first Telco to sell the device.

The tablet will be powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and has a sim slot allowing owners to make voice calls and send text messages. Pretty sure most people will be pairing it with a bluetooth headset or a handsfree kit to make calls; unless you like holding a 7″ device against your face.

The Tab comes with a 3MP camera with autofocus and LED and is also equipped with a front facing camera for 3G video calls. The letdown with the Tab is the screen is a capacitive TFT display (1024×600) unlike it’s smaller brethren the Galaxy S that uses a Super AMOLED display.

The Tab comes with all the goodies you would expect out of an Android powered device such as support for Adobe Flash 10.1, Google Mail, Google Maps and other Google services.

The tablet comes with 16GB and supports up to 32GB via its external memory slot. Powered by the Cortex A8 1.0 Ghz processor you’ll be happy to note that it has enough processing power for even the most demanding users.

Now to wait and see what applications are going to emerge to take full use of the extra real estate of the 7″ tablet.

Based on news from people who attended the launch yesterday, The Samsung Galaxy Tab is retailed at RM 2,699. Users can also sign up for a 12 or 24 month contract with Maxis for RM 1,849 and RM 1,749 respectively.

August 2, 2010

HTC rolling out Android 2.2, 720p video, iTunes sync to unlocked Euro Desires

Filed under: Android,Gadgets,Phones — yoga @ 10:25 am
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If you don’t already know by  now there’s been a few rumors flying around stating that finally the much anticipated Froyo update is coming out on the HTC Desire. Now there’s confirmation from HTC themselves regarding this and apparently there are people with unlocked Desire that have been getting the OTA Froyo notifications. If you’re using an AP set this would be a chance to be jumping with joy as you’ll be getting the update sooner than local Desire owners 🙂

“The Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for HTC Desire will start rolling out across Europe this weekend. As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense. The update will provide 720p video capture, HTC’s App Share widget, as well as our enhanced HTC Caller ID, and improved multi-language keyboard. Also, through the update, HTC Sync will allow HTC Desire users to sync their music with iTunes.

HTC Desire users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available to download when their phone automatically checks for software updates. The update won’t delete any of the phone’s content. However, due to the size of the update, we would advise using a WiFi connection to download it wherever possible to avoid additional data charges.

This update will initially roll out to unlocked HTC Desire handsets. Operator specific versions of the update are undergoing testing and we expect to make them available in several weeks’ time.”

Source – http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/30/official-htc-rolling-out-android-2-2-and-720p-video-capture-to/

Here are some reported new features found on the OTA Froyo update


– It’s faster
– Dialer has new Android robot, kinda 3D looking one now.
– Screen can now also be rotated to the right! (Found by martintzvetomirov)
– Now vibrates on shutdown (Found by Domsdey)

New Apps:
– HTC Share App
– News & Weather
– Videos
– Voice Search
– WiFi Hotspot
– Torchlight
– Search (Google)
– Pictures renamed to Gallery

New Widgets:
– Calculator Widget (Found by jaymit)
– FM Radio Widget (Found by martintzvetomirov)
– Market Widget (Found by jaymit)

– Wireless Networks contains settings for WiFi Hotspot
– New seperate menu for Screen settings.
– App screen is split up in 4 tabs: Downloaded | Only actived | All apps | On SD-Card
– New screen for speech.

– It’s no longer possible to unlock the slide-down screen by pressing menu. (Found by kevano22)
– The screen unclock sequence can be set to engage after some minutes, or immediatly. (Better formulated by elek_it)
– Can now be a pattern lock, PIN lock or an alphanumeric password
– The lock pattern has grey middle buttons instead of black.
– Instead of just the time of the next alarm time. It also shows which day.

– Keyboard now allows for Chinese input
– Keyboard now allows for quick language change.
– User dictionary no longer jumps to top when editing a word (Found by jaymit)
– Seperate screen for deleting user dictionary words, allowing for batch deleting.

– Camera icons now rotate along with a smooth animation when rotating the phone (Found by @MARK)
– 3 codecs to choose from: H.263, H.264 and MPEG4
– 720p Recording possible with MPEG4 Codec.
– Flashlight can be set on during video recording. (Found by monsterfly)

– Option to automatically send someone directly to voicemail now. (Already in 2.1 according to Bouncer5)

– The bottom box to type text is bigger.
– Now shows how many characters you have left from the start.
– New icon for send.
– New icon for attaching something.
– Scrolls smoother when a conversation has a lot of messages.

– Adobe Flash 10.1 support is built in (make sure plugins are allowed in settings!) (Found by martintzvetomirov)

– Icons from the Sharing menu are smaller. In portrait mode, all are visible in 1 view.

– Labels now have same color as those in Gmail on the web. (Found by @MARK)
– Now displays your email adres all the time in the upper-right corner.
– Displays a small icon of the person that send the mail if you have them in your address book.
– When viewing a mail, there are now buttons to go to the next and previous mail.
– Can copy text to clipboard now via menu button.

Google Talk
– New interface
– Don’t know of much more, I don’t use GTalk.

– New option to allow automatic updates. (Found by jaymit)
– New seperate tab for app comments.
– Can now mark comments as: Useful, not useful and spam.

Music Player:
– When no cover available, the music note is now green.
– Pressing next has a MUCHHH smoother CoverFlow animation
– Genres are FIXED now.
– Pressing the left-button to open up the menu happens much faster.
– Shuffle seems better (not sure, but don’t bump into same song that often anymore).

Source – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=741491

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