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Showing posts with label google. Show all posts

October 27, 2011

the understatement: Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support

the understatement has done little research into Android smartphones getting updated to the next release, or not. The result is rather discouraging. Read Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support. And many LG and Sony Ericsson devices aren't even on the chart. I believe it's US-centric. But EU is no different, sadly.

Conclusion: an Android is not a good investment for the average smartphone buyer. An iPhone is much better albeit more expensive. But at least you are getting more of your money's worth.

October 19, 2011

A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown

TechCrunch has a short and sweet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown.

My favs? Flexible widgets, folders, screenshots, data usage built into OS.

August 4, 2011

Android least open source mobile platform

Interesting read: Android is least open of open source mobile platforms over on ArsTechnica. Valuable points are made. Also interesting is that the most open platform, Eclipse, is generally believed to be a disaster to work with. It's so flexible and open and customizable that the general public won't be able to get it suited to there needs.

True openness let's anyone contribute anything they feel like. Through a process of community-driven discussion and cherry-picking, various fixes and enhancement then find their place into the product. However, quality control, consistency checks and overall architecture are often overlooked or under staffed and, as a result, don't take place. It's also not a fun job to do, to have to tell people that what they did was great but can't find a place in the product because it breaks "the general idea". Someone sees a thing, investigates and works on it. If you shoot that down all the time, that person will never again help.

August 1, 2011

How to protect your Google account

July 12, 2011

Chrome extensions for G+

ComPixels has a bunch of articles on linking G+ to FaceBook, Twitter, cross-post from G+ to Twitter/FaceBook, and so on. Haven't figured out most of them myself, but I'm tagging various useful extensions here and will let you know.

Update: you may want to move your pictures over from FaceBook to G+ and take advantage of using Picasa.
Update2: Chrome extension that changes G+ CSS slightly to make it better readable.
Update3: 5 Chrome extensions for G+
Update4: Whole bunch of add-ons apps for G+

July 6, 2011

Google Ocean now double in size

Google has teamed with the world's leading Oceanographic institutes to makes the searchable seabed twice its previous size.


Google Earth, Columbia University Map Seafloor Area Bigger Than North America

Differences in today's clouds

Great read on the differences in paradigm between World's three great Clouds at this time: Apple, Google, Amazon:
“It Just Works.”.


Apple's has or will make the cloud invisible, where Google makes it transparant and Amazon visible.

Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) and Google's Rankings

Great article on Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) and how well they are correlated. Excellent read for anyone working with or interested in SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Reminds me also of LSI, which we were working with at KPN Research back in 1996-1997

May 20, 2011

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Just as my friend MrVanes, I am becoming more and more partial to the Acer Iconia Android Tablet. Not that I need one, mind you. But I'm so curious to see Honeycomb (Android 3.0) and can't wait to try version 3.1 that's out now (but won't come to Acer until June this year).

While there are a number of 9-10" Android tablets out now, most people still get the iPad2. Fine, really. It works well, sure. But it's too easy. :) I might buy an iPad for my parents or grand parents, because they need a stable well-engineered device that just works. And Apple certainly works well. Perhaps Android does too, don't know yet, but it is not as polished yet IMHO for everyone. And I like to do a bit of polishing myself, which you cannot on an iPad without jailbreaking it.

So where Modaco Paul was really happy with the ASUS Transformer and the Motorola XOOM was handed out to everyone at Google I/O, I'm leaning to the Acer simply because it has a very active, passionate and productive community. The Acer Liquid was one of the first cheap, performant Android phones and it shows. Regular leaked ROMs, awesome custom ROMs and great spirit among the users with everyone helping a hand where and when needed.

So needless to say Engadget's Acer Iconia Tab A500 review, highlighting subtle differences between the Iconia, the Transformer and the XOOM is music to my ears. :)


Update: I got one beginning of June!

May 6, 2011

Global searches on Google

You need WEBGL to see it. So cool and the platform has an open API.

March 24, 2011

Greplin - a personal search engine

Greplin is one of those things we didn't need in the past. At least, only maybe a select few. But today you really need it.

Greplin is a search engine that indexes your sources of important information. Currently it indexes Google services and Google Apps, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox and more sources of personally relevant information. If your company has Google Apps, it can index that too. Great for all your work information!

Some serivices are premium (SalesForce, Basecamp, Highrise), so you'll have to pay a fee to use them, but I believe that it is worth it. Gmail already made it impossible to loose an Email, now Greplin makes it impossible to loose the rest too!

February 24, 2011

iPad alternatives

The iPad is a great little device! It works very well, almost everyone seems to be able to use it instantly and everyone wants one. Well, almost everyone (hi Martin!). But while Apple must be given credit for starting it all and showing that tablets are incredibly useful and handy, the iPad is not cheap and... well... from Apple. So what else is there? Competition is always good and here it's no different.

T3 has a round-up of iPad alternatives and lists the HTC Flyer, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the LG Optimus Pad and the Acer Iconia Tab A500. (Also check the review.)
But don't forget the Notion Ink Adam, Motorola XOOM, Dell Streak and more from Toshiba, Asus and Archos.

Most of the Android tablets will be based on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb and feature a powerful dual-core CPU. The iPad2 may even the playing field again come September, but until then Android rules the iPad in power. Usability and personal preferences remain, well personal. :)

Update: Sony Ericsson Play, XOOM review
Update2: another Xoom review by Engadget
Update3: www.tabletcenter.nl for tablets in Holland

January 28, 2011

Rooting the Nexus S

Today I rooted my new Nexus S Android phone. It's great. The Galaxy S hardware from Samsung is a dream compared to my old trusty Acer Liquid's Quallcomm Snapdragon. Sure, the Nexus S runs on 1 GHz compared to 768 MHz for the Snapdragon. But newer is better in this case. It also helps that Gingerbread (android 2.3) is optimized for the newer hardware.

However, I need root. I want root. I hate running into something cool and nifty, only to be stopped by a pop-up screen saying "Unable to XYZ, your devices must be rooted". So I did. Mainly to install the battery saving JuiceDefender and UltimateJuice. They make my smartphone last 2-3 days instead of just one measly day. Really!

So I tried my Windows XP laptop from work, but it wouldn't recognize the Nexus S. It found it, but then failed to find drivers. Turns out, the Android SDK supplies these. But that also needs the Java SDK (78 MB). A bit much for just drivers. So I tried my Mac Mini running Snow Leopard (10.6.6) and the Nexus S appeared just fine.


Now it took just a quick visit to ModaCo's Nexus S forum and I was done. Here is exactly what I did:
  1. Connect phone to computer (OSX for me)
  2. Download Paul's Superboot tool, unzip and have it ready
  3. Power off phone
  4. Boot to Recovery Mode (press Volume Up and Power simultaneously and hold)
  5. Unlock the bootloader (as Paul suggests, Recovery Mode says "Lock state: Locked") first: ./fastboot-mac oem unlock
  6. Phone reboots.
  7. When back in Recovery Mode, bootloader now unlocked (in red), run Paul's root script: ./install-superboot-mac.sh
  8. Upon reboot, the phone is rooted automatically. Note the large unlocked padlock at the bottom of the boot screen!
  9. Done!

Want to check if it's rooted? Try an app such as setCPU, or simply open the app drawer and you should find an app called superuser...

September 3, 2010

Wave open source next steps: "Wave in a Box"

Since the announcement that Google is gonna stop the Wave development, lots of people have been asking them what will happen to the open source code. Google now let us know they will create a "Wave in a Box". Everything you need to run a small Wave server for yourself. Excellent! Time to dust off some old hardware laying around because I thought Wave was the first real innovation in the Internet since Mosaic added images to hypertext pages. I know will be right but I guess Google and I are simply in the right place but not in the right time.

February 17, 2010

Living Stories

There is news in News-land :)

Google opened up their Living Stories pilot with The New York Times and The Washington Post. Here is the idea behind it.

I can't help but that the format and organization of news this way much hints at the existence of a Google Wave behind it... or is that just me?

January 6, 2010

Google Nexus One details


Well, the internet and blogosphere is filled to capacity with news on Google's new smartphone, Google Nexus One.

  • 3.7" AMOLED screen

  • 700x480 pixels

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon @ 1 Ghz

  • multi color (back?)lighting

  • 5 Mpx digicam with LED flash

  • 11,5 mm thick, 130 gr weight

  • touchscreen, but not multitouch

  • 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth

  • A-GPS

  • Android 2.1


Google sells it through its web store. In the US in combi with a subscription from T-Mobile or separate. Outside of the US, it is for sale in (sim-lock free!) Singapore, Hong Kong and England. The Netherlands can expect availability in march of this year, through Vodafone.

On a side note: we can expect the Xperia X10 around April and the Motorola DROID aka Milestone in March.

December 17, 2009

Nexus One Hardware Running List

An Android website is keeping tabs on the Google Phone "Nexus One" that comes out early next year. The specs are close to what my Liquid does, so nothing exciting there apart from the newer Android version 2.1 (vs my v1.6). Read the article on these are the droids.

Superboot: how to get root on the Acer Liquid A1

Following a brief exchange of notes between MrVanes and myself, I got thinking of getting root on my Liquid. I.e. I can become superuser and do whatever I want to on it, including breaking it beyond repair. :) Life on the edge! ;)
Anyway, not decided yet. Still trying to see if I can get Google Maps Navigation working without root. But just in case, here is howto root the Liquid using a utility called "Superboot".

December 9, 2009

December 8, 2009

Google Goggles

T3 reports on Google Goggles: "Google has launched an Android mobile app which will allow users to discover a host of information about famous landmarks just by taking a picture of them on the phone's camera.

The augmented reality service, which is endearingly named Google Goggles, combines a GPS-based location pinpoint with the company's image database to provide users with information on landmarks, works of art and even company logos."