Android :: Should I Get Smartphone Or Laptop Or Wait?
Aug 12, 2010
I had a Toshiba laptop which after years I sold it off. I am never a big fan of laptops in the first place as my desktop is better, faster and I use multiple screens as work computer. As far as I can tell I only need a portable computing device mainly for office programs like microsoft word and powerpoint, and data storage. I use photoshop but I don't think current smartphones can support it yet. I am reluctant to get a laptop as I know that it will be underutilised. Since my contract phone runs out in June 2011, should I wait for better stuff to come or get a smartphone now? What I really want is a a mobile phone with Sony Vaio P series minature laptop for occasional work. Am I asking too much for the current crop of smartphones?
I am available for an annual upgrade on november 9 after. I looked online to make sure i would be able to get the DX on the 15th when it came out. it didn't look like i was able to get a smartphone for the 2 year contract price. so, i called customer service and they said that i am indeed able to upgrade on nov 9 but i'm not eligible for the early upgrade because i am currently a smartphone user.
Is it possible to reboot an Android smartphone as a non-smartphone(Like a Nokia 1100) ? Just enable only services to make phone calls and everything else remain disabled(Slow down the CPU to the lowest clock speeds, lower bit depth, turn off all on-board electronics other than those necessary etc). Motivation is to save power. In my phone most of the power is consumed by Android OS (and not screen). I was wondering if I had a mode like that I could keep the phone alive in case I can't charge the phone immediately, by switching into this power saving mode.
Using my Android application, when a user does a certain action, a background service is started that fetches the current GPS location and saves it in a database in addition of doing some other stuff. In that service, I use the requestLocationUpdates() from the LocationManager class and wait until the onLocationChanged() of my LocationListener (which is implemented by the service) is fired. But what is the best way to wait for the onLocationChanged to fire? Should I simply poll on a variable and wait until it is set? Any tips?
I cannot simply write to the database in the onLocationChanged() because of some other stuff.To clearfy my situation, I can present an example similar to my case:Let's say user pushes a button and a method myMethod is fired which will return some object. Then, in this myMethod I will register for location updates from the GPS (using requestLocationChanged) and in addition wait for the users location and use it for something. In other words, myMethod cannot return before the location is present. I don't know how I can use onLocationChanged in this case.
I have one activity call a camera view activity, and in the onActivityResult, I have it start that activity again with different parameters. Android doesn't seem to like that, and gives me an error that the camera is not available if I start it right after it returns. I tried just waiting a few seconds, but this doesn't seem to work on all phones, and it sometimes crashes. Is there some way to wait until that activity finishes properly, and gives up all resources?
I just realized that I posted my last thread in The Lounge rather then Android Lounge which I intended to Makes sense why I haven't gotten any replies. Anywho, this is what I posted earlier Just signed up for your forum to ask for your recommendations for my first smartphone. Now, I'm leaning towards an android mainly because I don't want an iPhone and it seems like it has some great feature as well as a lot of potential.Now, the only issue is that I live in Canada and I'm with Rogers. (Sim cards)My current criteria is that I want a touch phone and it has to support a sim card. External qwerty keyboard is a bonus!I'm sure you all get requests like this all of the time but some help selecting a new phone would be great. I tried doing my own research on what phone to buy but I'm really not great with hacking phones and whatnot to make things work with my carrier but I'm willing to try.tl;dr:Need smartphone with sim card and touchscreen.
When loading a page with WebView, images seem to appear one at a time as they are downloaded or loaded from the cache. This gives the user more of a "browser" type of experience instead of an "app" type of experience. Is there a way to make WebView wait until all images are ready on a page before displaying the entire page?
I am making an application that has Activity which communicates with a single service, and is used to start, stop or change settings of that service. I used a singleton approach from this tip.
My problem is that busy-waiting is not working for me and I can't attach a listener to the service because activity gets blocked. I want the service to start or get it's current instance at application start so I put the busy-waiting in onCreate. I'm guessing I'm doing this very wrong, so how do I do this appropriately?
I just purchased my Driod on Wednesday. I took it back today because it kept on freezing. They gave me a new one, but for the last 6 hours it has been "loading data, Please wait...". The Verizon store had no clue what was going on. It is in the task bar.
I'm new in the android family (own a Samsung Galaxy i5800) and i would like to know if there is any application that lets you type an sms on the computer and send it to multiple receivers from a contact list through the Smartphone.I have a list of clients and would like to use the free sms/month i have to send them sms. I need to do it through the computer (with the smartphone connected) cause the list is very big and it is difficult to do it through the mobile.
I am a Verizon Wireless customer, and it is time for an upgrade this coming weekend. I am really considering the HTC Incredible over the X (too big for me) and D2. Would if be worth it to wait a month or two for any future Android phones?
I have a problem handling messages in a Thread. My run-method looks like this The problem is that the run-method logs "id from message: null" though "message ID" has a value in the Log-statement. Why does the message "lose" it's data when being send to the thread? Has it something to do with the notify?
Smart-phones have built in ROM and RAM separately. Also a few phones has virtual memory support too. I would like to know what these memories are basically used for. I understand that RAM is available to user processes. But why do they have a big chunk of ROM? E.g. The wiki page for Droid Incredible says
512 MB DDR RAM 1 GB ROM (748 MB free to user) - what's this free to user? plus 8 GB moviNAND - typically used for data storage
I have been developing an Android application for about two months now, and the guy I'm writing it for wants me to use this instead of the android SDK so we can deploy the application for multiple smart phones: http://rhomobile.com/ he says you can write the application in one language and it can be deployed for most smart phones. Has anyone used this website to do something similar? Any advantages or disadvantages I should know about and tell him? Maybe someone could give me a better explanation on what this really does. I'm current a one man army. He wants the application out for most smart phones but can afford to hire more developers.
Memory Booster:Android RAM Optimizer to Speed Up Your Smartphone! Memory Booster offers a memory optimization app with a bit of graphical flair. The light version allows you to do a quick boost and shows exactly how much memory is being used and freed. The paid version allows you to set a threshold for the program to automatically kill tasks and boost the memory when it hits a certain percentage you decide. Paid version also offers an Ultimate Boost.
Product Features: Real-time Smartphone Memory Status Report & Monitor
I'm just looking the easiest way to save some of my favorites music CD into my Android smartphone (OS version is Froyo). I'm using a Linux Ubuntu laptop : I suppose I need to store the CD on the laptop and after in the smartphone, correct?
I'm a young, inexperienced programmer (I've had a year of Java, some MATLAB, and HTML/CSS in school) but I've decided that to get better, I'm making it my goal to produce a simple smartphone app of some kind this year- probably either webOS or Android since I'm on a PC and can't afford a Mac just to write an iPhone app.
I guess I'd just like some input from more experienced folks. I have some Barnes and Noble book credit I'm looking to get rid of too, so if there's a guide you think would be useful, feel free to request.
tl;dr: Programming newbie ultimately wants to build a simple smartphone app. Where do I start?
Basically I have created a blackjack game (first using just java) and it falls under an infinite while loop (this is so that the deck data is kept and everything works well. So first it deals the cards and then it needs to wait for either the hit button (which is displayed) or the stand button (which is displayed) to be clicked. I initially did this with a while loop that would keep checking if buttons were hit (basically when a button was hit, a static int would change and stuff would occur). However this just causes the droid to freeze up (thus far anyway) and also not refresh. So please someone tell me there is some way I can have my method pause until a button is pressed? I also need to know the proper way to use invalidate() so that my textviews, pictureviews and such can be updated as the methods change them.
When a try to deploy my android App in the emulator, after the application(.apk) gets loaded in to the emulator, when I tap on the menu button in emulator for loading my application's initial screen, its is raising me a alert message with this information: <pre>Sorry Application Keyboard in Process (Force Quit / Wait)..</pre> and some other similar messages too.. How can I avoid this issue that is happening at all time, When this happens, unless I tap on Wait button, I can't able to proceed.
I just received a warranty exchange Samsung Vibrant, & I am currently in the process of putting all my apps onto it. I have the widget on my home screen. The widget seems to be working, but the "loading data please wait" message is still displayed in my notification drawer & the little circle of dots is still in the task bar up top.