Android’s already looking successful; but …

Android’s steaming ahead.

Yup. Pretty much a given..

Google says we’ll easily have around 18 Android ‘phones by year end.

Please read this excellent NY Times article first (opens in a new window), and then continue here, if it so pleases you…

Well, I don’t know about you but am a bit taken aback by (Google’s) Andy Rubin’s statement regarding the three options that handset OEMs and wireless carriers have.

In effect, the first options says (and I’d love someone to correct me if i’m reading it wrong here)- take it completely free but don’t touch (preload) our (Google) apps; the second “small strings” option says- sign a distribution agreement with us and all’s cool. Hmm, can we see this agreement? Third option “no-censorship” aka “The Google Experience” phones- so, looks like there is after all, a Google Phone 🙂 . Right? I mean, Google logo on the device and all.

Initially my impression was that Google is indeed trying to “distance” itself from the platform. “Hey, it’s open- we built it, now do what you like okay”. Now that, apparently, looks to be not-so-true.

Still, this is not necessarily “a bad thing”. Okay Google is (starting to) leveraging it’s considerable strength with Android. It’s still an open platform. Yes. But… one just wonders..

Well, we’ll wait and see…
hope to keep you posted!


Motorola and Android Newly Weds

Well, it was bound to happen, everyone knows that.

Now it’s “official”.

Motorola is newly wed to the Android platform.

They’ve put up a nice aggregate (tutorials, etc) site.

So far, I have not (personally) seen/used a really great Android phone (or device). In the hardware sense of course (the software platform simply rocks!). I mean, the camera on the G1 (I use the ADP1, completely equivalent) is terrible when I compare it with a Nokia N-series phone, for example…

I think this limitation will now be addressed: Samsung already has an Android smartphone out, now Motorola looks set to release one this year; interestingly, Motorola definitely seems to be looking to leverage the vast open-source community already around the Android platform via their developer site. Good going! -much much nicer than what they did at first with their (early) Motorola-Linux platform(s).

We wish them luck. The more the merrier. The better it gets- for Android, the OEMs, and of course, us.

Most Useful Android Apps

[Update, May 2015]

I use a Samsung Note 3, recently firmware updated to Android v5.0.

Apps that I find most useful and use on a daily basis include:

  • GTasks (Google Tasks; syncs with Tasks on the PC, etc)
  • Torch
  • Evernote (and Skitch)
  • Drive
  • Maps
  • Alarm Clock Plus
  • Chrome
  • Inbox
  • SwiftKey keyboard

Not on a daily basis, but useful:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Quora
  • Dropbox
  • Stack Exchange
  • Google Translate
  • Camera360
  • Wikipedia
  • Exercise
    • Nike Running
    • 7 Minute
    • Workout Trainer
    • JEFIT
    • Abs
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Easy Uninstaller
  • Security
    • Lookout
    • Lastpass
  • Misc
    • Android Wear
    • Contacts Optimizer
    • xe currency
    • Gravity screen
    • S Planner


Very useful app- ASTRO File Manager – as one can backup all existing installed apps onto the SD card and (re)install them from there..
Also realize that apps that sync data online are the way to go..

So, among my Best Android Apps are:
Built-in: Contacts (w/ gmail), gmail, (google) calendar,
Sync: 3Banana, twitdroid.
LBS: GPS Status, MyTracks, Compass, SnapPhoto,
Misc: ASTRO, Useful Switchers, ToggleBlu

More to follow…

Ok, an update (6 Oct ’09):


Internal Memory Widget : useful to see how much space remains on internal flash (as all apps get installed there).

MoonPhase : as it says, and really done nicely.

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