Can Hardware Keep Up With Android?

Since the G1 rolled out a year ago, there’s one question that continues to burn the cilia of my ear. “Does the phone lag?” Why does this bother me so much? It seems like a fair question, doesn’t it? Does it lag? Well, why should it? I mean, a phone should be made to ...

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Duarlander Promises Consistent Android Experiences

The issue of Android fragmentation is a legitimate one but has a much greater effect on developers than consumers.  We, as consumers, want your app to work on our phone, period.  Your job as a developer is to insure that it does just that.  And with a now 48 hour return policy in place, ...

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Book of Phone Wars 1:1

A recent article detailing the release of the Droid included this sentence. So, at midnight last night, the world experienced Android 2.0 for the very first time.  And the world was happy. The last sentence had a very Biblical tone or maybe I just read it that way.  Either way it got me to ...

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iPhone or Droid? [COMIC]

This one’s so much better than the last one I posted (see Darth Droid Meets the iPhone). Hope you enjoy it! Oh, and if you haven’t already, you should totally add xkcd.com to your list of frequently visited sites. It’s nothing short of pure awesomeness. Source – xkcd.com ...

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An Open Letter to Droid Owners

Welcome Droid Owners. It’s great to have you here. You might be reading this on your home computer or possibly on your 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, 16 million color depth with a physical screen size of 45.72 mm by 81.34mm. Either way, welcome! ...

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App Review: Lucid

Lucid is a dreamy game with a simple concept and levels that are increasingly difficult to master.  First let’s talk about what Lucid is not.  It is not a racing game, jumping game, or any kind of first person shooter.  Your objective in Lucid is to assure that Baby Hermin gets a good ...

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How to Show/Hide Soft Keyboard Programmatically [DEV TIPS & TOOLS]

I had to figure it out today so I thought I’ll shared it with the world. Say for whatever reason you need to show or to hide virtual (soft) keyboard in your Android app. It’s not very intuitive but can be easily done. Here’s one scenario – you are executing action that ...

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App Review: Astraware Sudoku

Astraware’s Sudoku for Android is an app for true “Sudokuphiles”. I say that not to imply that only a true Sudoku fan would agree with the $4.99 price tag it bears on Android Market, but because a true fan will appreciate the wealth of features and controllable settings built ...

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Parrot’s “Grande Specchio” Android-Based Digital Frame

Parrot has decided that simply displaying pics of your loved ones isn’t enough for their Specchio digital picture frame.  They believe you should be able to pull up RSS feeds, weather updates, browse the internet and more with it.  Enter the Grande Specchio which does all this and ...

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HTC Tattoo vs HTC Hero

HTC (for now) is the company with the largest selection of Android devices. They were the first one on the scene with the G1 and they have one of the best all-around devices available, the HTC Hero. They’ve recently released an affordable device, the HTC Tattoo and I’d like to ...

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The Too-Fast Aging G1

I like my G1. It is, by far, the best phone I have ever had. I love how it feels in my hand, not too light or too heavy; it fits just right!  I even got used to the keyboard. At first, I didn’t like the lip on the phone as it made getting to... Read More

Return of the Fancy ListViews

We resurrect a long-gone blog post series by returning to the issue of fancy ListViews, taking advantage of new APIs in Android 1.6/2.0, in today's episode of Building 'Droids!

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App Review: TouchDown by NitroDesk

On the one year anniversary of the release of their Exchange application TouchDown, NitroDesk remains the de facto choice when it comes to superior functionality, quality, and ease of use.  TouchDown is rife with a treasure trove of features that work across all areas of Outlook, it’s ...

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Oh, boy do I feel cheated! Gone, gone are the honeymoon days when I had this wonderful love affair with my brand shiny new MyTouch. The bride turned out to be a little bit too old, not very smart and missing some very important qualities. To my own horror I found myself lurking in the... Read More

Google is Pushing Droid on its Homepage

The picture really says it all. Google is obviously fully part of the big Droid launch marketing today, giving it a coveted link on the Google.com homepage. The “learn more” link leads to a page on Google headed “Search on Droid by Motorola.” The page includes photos of ...

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