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.