I finally took the leap about a month and a half ago and got myself off the "grid" by rooting my Droid Incredible and then flashing the ROM to Cyanogen 6.1RC2. I'm now on 6.1 Stable and I have to say, it's a HUGE improvement over the stock HTC ROM + Sense UI. I still don't have the stones to rid myself of the stock content for good and will likely keep them around as long as I have the insurance plan for the phone. However, it is nice to know that none of that crap is launching at startup or chewing up my resources.
Anyone else root their phones? Any advice to would-be rooters? Which ROM are you using and why?
I was starting to wonder if the HTC Droid Incredible would ever make the 2.2 update this year. Looks like Christmas came a bit early for those willing to do a little manual updating. don't worry, this patch is legit and comes straight from Google's own servers.
-You have to be patient. I know. That's the last thing you want with an early update, but it's true. I found myself waiting at several screens for more than 5 minutes while it did its thing. Just be ready for that. Don't reboot during any part of the update.
I found this great post over at techdroid. It shows how to both install and use the development environment and setup the AVD to enable the market. The one downside? No 2.1 or 2.2 version available yet. I'll keep my eyes open, but as of now, I haven't found any yet. Anyone else have a different experience?
There's been a recent explosion of new gadgetry (both software and hardware) for the Android OS over the past couple of months. Here are some of my favorite discoveries:
ShapeWriter and Swype. Why type when you can swipe a message many times faster and more accurately? As of this writing, I have both installed for free, but I understand that Swype will be exiting beta soon and may have a price tag afterwards. ShapeWriter is also now off the market for free and will be signing licensing deals with individual carriers/phones (up to 50 this year). As long as the price is right (hopefully free!), I'm stickign with this technology. It is light years ahead of other input methods for mobile devices.
RockPlayerBase. Play all kinds of video on your Android device. Excellent app.
Apps Organizer. Forget folders. Tagging/Labeling your apps and then creating shortcuts to the labels is THE best way to organize apps on Android!
I've had the HTC Incredible for almost 2 weeks now and have had the opportunity of installing and using MANY applications in that short time. My favorites so far:
Finding stuff nearby: Zillow Earthquake! Urbanspoon My Tracks Yelp Talk to Me Carrr Matey!
Entertainment: Pandora Movies Fandango A Online Radio TED Mobile Shazam Boxee Ringdroid DailyStrip YouTube Solo Lite Slacker Radio VLC Remote Howcast Peep Picasa Tool
Shopping: My Coupons Shopper Amazon Craigsnotify
News: Finance Listen 1Cast SportsTap The Weather Channel Google Listen
Tools: Barcode Scanner Astro Goggles 3banana Bump Tricorder metal Detector Calculator (more advanced version than default) ES File Explorer (haven't decided between this and Astro yet...) ES Task manager Dial Zero Thinking Space Clipper Droid48 (Best calculator for Droid!) Bubble (level) Easy Scorecard
Books: Aldiko (the only one you'll need) Reveal (for Scriptures and LDS resources)
Games: Gem Miner Flood-It! WordUp! SpacePhysics Replica Island MeteorLite Blow Up Word Frenzy DroidDice Shoot U! Winds of Steel One Stroke Nintaii Frozen Bubble Slugs Abduction! Radiant 3d Pong
Internet: Google Translator eBuddy Skype Mobile Android VNC Dolphin Browser HD Google Services (for Dolphin Browser HD)
Read a post this morning about how Netflix is hiring an Android developer to help bring Netflix streaming app(s) to the platform. Here's to hoping they finally ditch MS Silverlight in favor of something more Linux friendly!
My new phone is on its way! Looks like it might actually be here a day earlier than they predicted too. I guess it depends on the instructions given to FedEx by Verizon. Also looks like its coming from Ontario, Canada which I found a bit odd. At any rate, I'll be rockin' my new phone by the end of the week! Since I'll be in certification classes all this week, it might become a big distraction, if I'm not careful. :)
In anticipation of my HTC Incredible (shipping next week), I had a friend of mine invite me to Google Voice. I had heard you could do free SMS messaging over the service, but I had no idea how truly powerful it actually is. I will be switching my phone number to take full advantage of the features, but it's well worth it. The best part? Most of the services are available through ANY phone I add to the account! Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile take note. This is what mobile phones SHOULD be capable of with nothing more than a phone connection.
transcribed voicemail as e-mail and/or text message to multiple locations
block individual numbers
free text messaging (if you have a smartphone, you can cancel anything you currently use, this is much better)
cheap international calling
custom voicemail greetings based on GMail/GVoice contact lists
I broke down and decided to jump in on the Android action today. I purchased my first Android device, the HTC Incredible. I preordered it on Verizon Wireless for $200 + taxes and will get the unit on April 29th, 2010. While excited, I have to admit the monthly charges of $30 + $6 insurance almost scared me away. Hopefully I can get at least that much value out of the device on a monthly basis. I'm sure I'll get by somehow.
Here's a great, full review of the device at Genius Boy.
I started this blog to chronicle my adventure as a somewhat tech-savvy user of Android-enabled devices. While I might not have the funding of a full-time reviewer, I do have a unique perspective. I'm not paid to write any of this. In other words, these are my experiences, not the experiences of someone paid to have them.
As an end user, I find infinite utility in reading how others have loved or hated various technologies. This is my attempt to give back to that community.
I decided to title the blog "Iron Android" as a play on the novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and the Android OS. I see Android as the next big thing in mobile computing.