Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nexus One, 3G reception and CyanogenMod

Google Fodder: It's known that HTC (who make the Nexus One and Desire and many other Android-based phones) tend to put their antennae in the back of the phone and in the base.

But the back and base is where you tend to hold the phone, usually. In theory, I suppose, this keeps the antennae away from your head when talking, and more like down by your jaw or chin (depending on the head size).

The effect on reception appears to be negligible, unless you're already in an area with very marginal reception. Then it may make a difference.

CyanogenMod v5.0.6 for the Nexus One allows the screen/display content to rotate through 360 you can hold the phone completely upside down with the base at the top...and happily use the screen.  Yes, the buttons to touch are now at the top of the screen, but the phone isn't huge, so there is no real inconvenience in this.

I've just found that in a location where I get slow "G" throughput, by holding the phone upside down as described above, I was able to get "H"...and much faster throughput.

I'll have to play with it some more, but post this here in case anyone finds it useful.

For what it's worth, I've not seen any of the 3G reception issues with my Nexus One that have been reported in the US. The phone works perfectly for me.  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Android running on an Apple iPhone 2G

It had to come, I suppose. Yet another demonstration of the power of Open Source generally and the flxibility and versatility of the Linux and Android operating systems, in particular.

Android running on an iPhone. Thanks to MobileCrunch.

I'm off to check out OpeniBoot to see if it will work on my iPod Touch.  I'll probably make a donation, too, as David Wong is clearly doing some amazing work.(Update: I donated US$20).

Saturday, April 10, 2010

OMG! Google's Nexus One

I've had my Nexus One for several days now. The bottom line is that it's an awesome device. I was going to use the word "phone" but decided not to. The Nexus One is a phone, of course, but it's a lot more than just a phone in the same way a bird is a lot more than its feathers.

I'm honestly not sure what word to use. It's my camera, camcorder, music, video, Internet, information, messaging,  communication, location-aware, multi-mediacreation / consumption,  personal computing device. Ish.

It's fast. It's light. It feels good. It looks good. You'd have to have one yourself if you used this for a few days and wanted something that was all of these things.

I do. This is it.

It's also the first Android phone I can easily do two-fat-thumb typing on a landscape soft keyboard with something like a 99% accuracy rate. Or I wouldn't even attempt this blog post on it. But it's OK. It works. It's actually easy.

I nave to say, Google's Nexus One and Android v2.1 take the whole android experience to a new level. A good one.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Blogging and Time

I'm a naturally helpful person and I can and do spend many hours exploring and experimenting and reporting what I learn via this blog. I get a fair bit of email from people grateful for my posts here. The downside is the time used is of little benefit to my family unless they read my posts and find them useful.

In an attempt to find some balance, I've added a Donation button to the blog in order to help make it clear to those near and dear to me that this isn't a complete waste of time and that it is worth doing, aside from the caring and sharing that goes into the posts themselves.

I want to spend a lot more time documenting all the things I've been up to the past few weeks that I know many people would benefit from reading. I'll do it anyway, but the odd donation here and there will certainly help me justify the time. Of course no one has to donate anything at all. That's what donating is all about - utterly voluntary. But if you WANT you can. Before, you couldn't.