October 22, 2014

Android for Non-geeks

If you’re anything like me then all this talk about Android development, source code, root, version, etc., is all completely over your head. If you don’t know who Cyanogen is, it’s okay. Well, for now. So, what’s the real deal about Android phones? So far, only the geekiest have them, right? I mean, who else is going to sit at a computer all day fiddling with source code to come up with some new doohickey thingamabob that changes a single light on a phone? Well, my husband, the biggest geek I’ve ever met, and thousands more.

I never really paid attention to operating systems until my husband got his first Android phone. Even then, I didn’t really care. The phone wasn’t nearly as cute as the one that I had! All of that changed the day my cats ate my charger. I was forced into using a rooted G1. I had a hard time with the touch screen at first, I couldn’t get used to it. However, the keyboard was a vast improvement over my previous one, and I now had a phone that could operate as fast as  I was texting. There was no longer a lag as the phone struggled to keep up with me. Now though, I can text on a soft keyboard almost as quickly as I used to text on a hard keyboard.

I am no longer afraid of geek-speak. I can jump in with some of the noobs and actually feel like the smart girl! My husband has created a monster, though. I am now on my third Android phone in a matter of six months. I keep wanting a more advanced version!  I don’t root, and I definitely don’t mess with source code, but at least I can understand some of what my husband is saying now. If I have a question about my phone, I am just a few short clicks away from an answer. No longer do I stay on the phone for hours at a time with some no name operator trying to resolve an issue with my phone. By the time I can even get someone on the line, I have already found the answer within the Android community and fixed the problem myself.

I am now fixated on Hubby’s Nexus One and counting down until it becomes mine! Android is no longer just for the geeks. This operating system  is amazing for anyone and everyone. My purse is so much lighter now, too. I no longer have to carry a day planner, magazine, book, or toys for my preschooler. These phones are  all of that and so much more. Never before has something been so easy for even the most technologically challenged to use. I am anxiously awaiting the latest and greatest development to become available.

Maybe one of these days, I’ll be writing source code too. For now, I am perfectly content telling Hubby what I want and having him create the code that allows my phone to do it. It’s pretty incredible to have a phone that you can get to do exactly what you want it to. I will never be able to return to the prehistoric ages of feature phones. I am now and forever more a devoted Android fan.

If you’re anything like me then all this talk about Android development, source code, root, version, etc., is all completely over your head. If you don’t know who Cyanogen is, it’s okay. Well, for now. So, what’s the real deal about Android phones? So far, only the geekiest have them, right? I mean, who else is going to sit at a computer all day fiddling with source code to come up with some new doohickey thingamabob that changes a single light on a phone? Well, my husband, the biggest geek I’ve ever met, and thousands more.