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The first phone with social skills? Motorola’s Cliq (or Dext)

Motorola officially revealed their first Android powered phone recently, known as the Cliq in the States and Dext in the UK.

You could argue that as more and more Android phones are released each one becomes less significant. True enough, but there are a couple of things about the Cliq which make it particularly worthy of note.

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Learn astronomy – get chicks (maybe)

So you’re at a BBQ or other outdoor night time based event with mixed male and female company and you’ve been wondering all night how to impress the foxy blonde chick/himbo quiet introverted type in the corner.

Here’s what to do: Sneak into the kitchen and download Google’s Sky Map app to your Android phone, fire it up and learn the location of a couple of constellations/planets/stars and you’ll be in the perfect position to strike up a romantic conversation with your chosen target.

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Mobango. *Another* alternative to the Android Market

Remember a couple of weeks ago our post reviewing some of the web sites offering downloads of Android apps outside of the official Market? If not, you can read the post here.

Anyway, it turns out there’s another web site which is also worth checking out if you’re in the market (as it were) for apps. It’s called Mobango.com and concentrates on free apps for multiple platforms. A quick search for G1 compatible applications reveals over 400 in the database so a pretty good inventory then.

Here’s a screen grab.

Mobango. Free apps a-plenty

Mobango. Free apps a-plenty

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Documents to Go 2.0 for Android – Support for PPT and PDF

We reviewed Documents to Go a while back and thought it was a great product. At the time, Dataviz were working on PDF and PowerPoint modules for the product to go with the existing Microsoft Word and Excel support. Today we received an email from Dataviz to alert us that version 2.0 of Documents to Go for Android has just been released which includes this functionality (and additional enhancements) and that it’s available for download in the Android Market.

Now with PDF & PPT!

Now with PDF & PPT!

PDF reader. Nifty.

PDF reader. Nifty.

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Love xkcd? Get gkcd!

Let’s face it, if you’re an early Android adopter you’re probably a bit of a geek. I know I am. It follows then that you’re a fan of xkcd, Randall Munroe’s ‘webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language’. If so, you’ll be wanting gkcd, an Android app which serves xkcd to your phone.

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Motorola backs Android for consumer smartphones

PC Magazine are reporting that Motorola are heavily backing the Android operating system over the next couple of years. Here’s what Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha, said about their strategy:

“The majority of our new devices will be smartphones, as we expand Android across a broader set of price points…”

“Our core strategy really is to take Android … as low down the feature phone tier as we possibly can, by bringing in smartphone features…”

Sounds interesting. So we can look forward to some cheap Android phones in the future by the sound of it. PC Magazine also quote a Motorola spokesman’s email:

“For 2009, [Motorola] mobile devices’ primary strategy is Android. With that said, Windows Mobile is very important for our enterprise mobility business.”

So they’ll continue with WinMo for enterprise solutions but if Motorola is taking this step, will others follow? Does this mean the beginning of the end for consumer devices sporting a Windows Mobile OS?

And the Android/Motorola invasion begins this year with 2 phones to be released before December in the States and other territories. A further batch are due for release during the first quarter of 2010.

Exciting times for Android then.

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Slow G1? Some tips to improve perfomance

A brand new G1 (or HTC Dream if you prefer) is a reasonably speedy device but most owners find they tend to get more sluggish over time. This is a lot to do with a serious lack of internal memory. Not much we can do about that but here’s a few tips to keep your phone running as fast as possible.

  • Downloaded an app but never use it? Get rid. It’s taking up valuable resources. Go: Market -> My Downloads -> Long press to uninstall. Alternatively, go: Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications for a list which includes the size in KB of each installed app. Use the menu button to order the list by size to zap the memory hogs first.
  • Turn off radios (GPS, Bluetooth, wi-fi) when you’re not using them. You’ll also prolong battery life by doing this.
  • Use Airplane mode if you don’t need a connection at all. Long press the on/off key for the option.
  • Android claims to manage in memory apps and close recently used apps to free up resources but you can take control by forcing any application to stop via: Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> app to close -> Force Close
  • Use something like TasKiller (available from the Android Market) to make the above a 1-click operation.
  • Bit of a weird one this but it seems to make a difference. If you have long text conversations delete the thread. Long-click on the thread you want to delete or: Menu -> Delete Threads to remove everything.

If you’ve got other tips, please let us know.

  • Bit of a late addition, this, but the ultimate way of improving performance is to perform a hard reset on your phone. You’ll be amazed at just how much quicker your phone runs afterwards. Bit of a drastic step but not nearly so traumatic as you might think. Full instructions of how to hard reset your G1 here.
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Review of Abduction World Attack for Android

Abduction is a casual platform based game for Android smartphones. Originally a free download only, there’s now a ‘full’ paid for version featuring additional levels, characters and themes, though the basic premise remains the same.

Cow abducted

A cow is abducted

Cow rescues goat

Cow rescues goat

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How to install applications (APKs) on Android phones

The Android Market is how most people will find new applications for their phone but it’s not the only source. If you’re planning to download apps from other sources you’ll need to know how to install them.

Here’s some step by step instructions of how to install non Android Market apps for Windows users (after the break).

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Google Analytics on your Android phone. Three apps reviewed

Google Analytics is a great service but trying to check your web stats on a phone (even a smartphone) can be a bit troublesome. Sure, you can view the standard web app with the browser but since the interactive graphs are rendered with Flash, they’ll be impossible to view on Android phones released to date. You can just about manage without graphs, of course, but unfortunately the date selection widget is similarly affected.

If you want to view other than the standard monthly period, you’re a bit stuck then. (Actually, you can modify the URL but that’s for hax0rz only).

So what you really need is an app. We’re going to take a quick look at three Android applications which provide access to your Google Analytics account. One is free (mAnalytics), and two paid (Mobile GA and Droid Analytics).

mAnalytics graphing

mAnalytics - Simple, functional, free

MobileGA-visitors-graph2

Mobile GA - Funkiest graphing

DroidAnalytics Graphing

DroidAnalytics - A good balance of features

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