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Google Wants to Control Your Home

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/2011/05/AndroidAtHome.jpgGoogle’s Android operating system may have been created for phones and refined for tablets, but the OS is set to move beyond the bounds of mobile devices.

Today, Google announced a new class of Android devices for the home during the opening keynote at its annual I/O developer’s conference in San Francisco. These devices—dubbed “Tungstens”—act as an intermediary between an Android phone or tablet and a suitably enabled home appliance. They would allow users to remotely control everything from lighting to refrigerators.

The company demonstrated how a Tungsten could make playing a game on an Android tablet more immersive: explosions and gunfire set the special lights in the room flickering with every blast. New software that makes it easier for Android devices and their apps to interface with other devices and objects, including home automation equipment, was also demonstrated.

Video Chat on Your Android Phone

Sometimes, the expressions on a person’s face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we’re launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones.

You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer. You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.

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In your Google Talk friends list, a video or voice chat button will appear next to your contacts and you can simply touch the button to connect with them. Any text chats from the person you’re talking with will be overlaid on your phone’s screen so you can read them without having to leave the video. And, if you need to check something else, the video pauses automatically so you can go back to your phone’s home screen or another app. The audio will keep going even though the video has paused. Check out how this works:

Google Talk with video and voice chat will gradually roll out to Nexus S devices in the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update and will launch on other Android 2.3+ devices in the future.

Launcher 7

https://ssl.gstatic.com/android/market/info.tikuwarez.launcher3/hi-256-1-50b8fe022933887ce4f4356df95c559ace887952

I had a look at windows mobile 7 phone and I was hooked at the user interface. Since then I was looking for something that could change my Galaxy 3 home screen to windows 7 tiled home screen. And then I found Launcher 7. It is more than decent at giving the feel of windows 7 user interface.

It is still a long way ahead for this app. But it will not disappoint the user.

It is a Windows Phone 7 style launcher for Android.

Unlike other current WP7 launchers (Windows Phone Android, Metro UI), this one allows you to properly modify your start screen. Just long press on a tile and drag tile where you want!

Point your androids barcode reader to the code to get it.

http://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=5&d=https%3A%2F%2Fmarket.android.com%2Fdetails%3Fid%3Dinfo.tikuwarez.launcher3

Dialer one – The fastest dialer App for Android

https://ssl.gstatic.com/android/market/kz.mek.DialerOne/ss-1-320-480-160-1-ee420208342c541df47dbcce1319135a315d21f1Ever since I had bought my Galaxy 3, I just felt that the Dialer app is slow that I could not think of making calls from my phone. Then I came across this Dialer one one. It is an extremely fast app and makes dialing a breeze. There are loads of shortcuts and the best part of it is you can backup and restore your setings with one tap.

Dialer One is smart multilingual T9 like dialer application.

*Speed dial
*Call log grouped by contact
*Send contact
*Customizable
*Swipe between screens
*Tone dial
*Export calls
*Simultaneous search on calls and contacts on two languages
*Filter contacts by group/organization
*Filter calls by type

To downoad point your Androids camera at the code image below.

In case you dont have a barcode reader search for it in the Android market and install.

 

Samsung Galaxy 3 Froyo Upgrade

http://androidcity.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Android-2.2-Froyo-Launch.jpgI wanted to upgrade my Galaxy 3 to Froyo but could not find how to do it. Couple of days of online research and I landed on this beautiful explaination. The linked page gives every detail and it helped me upgrade to froyo in just one day with some hit and trial.

The linked page gives all the details as to how to froyo your galaxy 3.

Here I would just mention my own experience of upgrading.

I downloaded ODIN multi downloader, ops file and the Froyo rom along with the default factory rom for my phone, just in case something goes wrong.

I factory reseted my phone, connected it to laptop and fired up odin, after lots of trial and error I am now sure that to get to the ROM download mode you have to press – Menu + Home + Volume down + Power on Galaxy 3.

It takes less than 5 minutes to copy the ROM.

And then it takes 4 to 5 minutes to restart and Voila! You have the colourful froyo.

A warning though… Froyo is not meant for low level hardware. At times Galaxy 3’s 667 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM fail to cope with Froyo.

Android 2.2 needs a decent hardware to run in full glory with all bells and whistles.

I first of all configured my office exchange email and suddenly I noticed all the things becoming dead slow and later a intense search online revealed that exchange has issues with Froyo. I did factory reset my phone more than 10 times and it was still the same.

I guess it was time to unFroyo and be back to éclair. The process was simple, only the ROM package was the one that I downloaded just for this situation.

One thing that I would like to confess is that after seeing Froyo with all its colors and menus I just wanted to go back to Froyo and was thinking how to go about it.

Today I did it again but this time I just copied the ROM with Odin without the factory reset.

All was going well but in some time the processes started to fail and I thought of rolling back to éclair, but just to be sure for the final time, I did a factory reset, installed improved email from market, configured exchange and somehow it didn’t slow down the phone,

Now here I am with Samsung Galaxy 3 running Android 2.2 Froyo with exchange email and the other 2 most popular apps Dailer one and Handcent SMS.  The battery life is better and the interface looks really vibrant. At times the phone becomes slow but I can live with that as I have installed Advanced task killer.

Apart from all this I still am unable to root this phone on Froyo, It will be great if any of you could suggest how to root it. I have already tried super one click root and z4root.

This is so far my experience with Galaxy 3 has been satisfactory, although it’s my first android, I learnt a lot from it. I am looking for a new android and would buy a new one soon that can run Gingerbread without sweating itself out.

7 reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy 3

I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy 3 as a Valentines day gift  😉 . Yes I really did.

I needed a new phone, wanted to play angry birds and my Nokia E63 was not able to run my office email properly. So here I am with a shining new Galaxy 3.

I was very enthusiastic for this phone as this is my first android phone and yes the phone delivered on the expectations when it came to applications.

I switched on the phone and went online within 2 minutes. I got a call and it was already displaying the contact details, name and photo. Thanks to Google sync. The phone is great for applications.

But here comes the reality. I just want to share my experience because I am very demanding from my gadgets and their functions.

You buy a phone to make calls and text, right?

But this Galaxy 3 from Samsung sucks big time at it though it is to be considered a phone.

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  • It took the phone almost over a minute to display the Contacts.
  • It is very slow for phone functionality.
  • It takes more than 20 seconds for the SMS to show up.
  • Phone application hangs with a Force close / Wait popup staring at you.
  • The phone hardware is just decent.
  • Samsung decided not to enable the Live Wallpapers.
  • Samsung Kies does not support connection over Bluetooth. (Who keeps the phone connected to the computer always?)

7 reasons to buy Galaxy 3

7 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy 3

Android is in the air and every one (well not every one) wants to have it in their pocket. The android phones in market now range from mere INR 7k budget phone to whopping burn a hole in your pocket price upwards of INR 30k.

There are some such cool apps for android that just want you to have an Android phone.

I had my radar on for a decent android phone that could play Angry Birds, yes, I bought the phone for the game. My prerequisite was the cheapest phone that can run the game. I settled for Samsung Galaxy 3 I5801.

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  • It’s android.
  • It is a decent phone, can make you wonder with its application running capabilities.
  • Looks good.
  • Good camera.
  • Nice responsive touch screen.
  • And its not expensive, I got mine for INR 11500.
  • You can run Live Wallpapers on it. (Through a hack)
image : http://gsmarena.com

7 reasons not to buy Galaxy 3