Samsung Galaxy S and US Carriers

Samsung Captivate [androidcentral.com]

Samsung Galaxy S phones are coming to almost all US Mobile Carriers. The phone compares well with even the iPhone 4. The screen Super AMOLED seems to match the Retina Display. The Samsung Hummingbird processor is very capable too. I would love to get myself a Samsung Captivate as soon as it becomes available. I like my iPhone but it is getting a bit boring to use. I can’t tweak or hack it like the other smartphones I have had. Android seems to be the most tweak-able phone OS out there now.

But what is worrying is how every carrier apart from Sprint has removed the front facing camera from the phone. The original Galaxy S has a front facing camera. Looks like they don’t want anyone to be using video chat over their network. My Dad and Brother both have a Nokia N900 and seem to be video chatting using Skype. Why can’t I get a Android phone that can do it too?

Readability – Super cool bookmarklet

I have to say I tried the Readability bookmarklet again after reading that Apple used its code in Safari’s Reader feature. Now it is my favorite way of reading articles.

Readability™ is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading. Follow the steps below to install Readability™ in your Web browser. [Readability]

I love the way the bookmarklet removes the unnecessary elements of the page and presents the article in a nice big font. I cant go back to reading articles with out this anymore. Give it a try.

Thoughts on iOS4

iOS 4 was released yesterday. The update took a couple of hours for me. Everyone must have been downloading it. But I was watching Portugal score a sea of goals against North Korea while I waited. The update completed without any problem.

Here are the things I like about the update:

  • Folders are good. Now I don’t have to scroll through pages and pages of apps to find the one I am looking for.
  • Unified Inbox. I love this. Previously I had to tap a hundred times to switch between my inboxes. This is how it should have been all along.
  • Archive Gmail messages and threaded conversation. I like these. The mail app is trying to be more Gmail like.
  • My spelling is bad. So the spellcheck is a welcome addition.
  • Screen lock. Nice when reading in bed. Otherwise the screen keeps changing orientation when i don’t want it too.

Things I don’t care too much for:

  • Playlist creation
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • The home screen background is nice but I would not miss it if the feature went away.

Strangely the thing I don’t like is the way background apps work. The OS puts every app I open in the quick app switching list, even the ones that don’t support quick app switching. Does not make sense. The trouble with this is that quick app switiching is slower than launching the apps from the home screen, thanks to the new folders feature. And didn’t Jobs say that when an OS make you kill apps they have failed. I had to kill apps all day today.

The other thing is that the update made things very unstable. I have had a lot of apps crash on me today. Everything seems more sluggish too. Hmmm… Is Apple bloating their OS or encouraging us to upgrade to iPhone 4?

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    Google TV Explained

    When Google announced the Google TV, it seemed amazing but not completely clear how it worked. Now Google has released a video explaining this.

    But what is still not clear to me is how Google TV can integrate with DVRs other than the Dish TV DVR. If it can integrate with my Comcast DVR I am getting one as soon as it is released.

    Comcast iPhone app to schedule DVR

    Comcast recently added the myDVR Manager to my area. This lets me view, schedule and edit my DVR recording online. The same feature is also available on their iPhone App. Scheduling recoding from the iPhone app is way easier than their DVR’s UI but it needs more refinement.

    The search results for shows leaves a lot to be desired. It has no filter to show HD programs only. Most of the time it shows only the standard def. results. Hope they fix this soon. Also I can not wait for their iPad app.

    Play Pac-Man on Google

    PacMan Doodle

    Google usually have different doodles based on the day like 4th of July etc… Today is Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversay so it is no surprise that the doodle is a pac-man doodle. But the kicker is that it is playable. Just click the “Insert Coin” button. ;-) Tried it on my PC as well as iPhone. Cool.

    TeamViewer for iPhone

    TeamViewer

     

    I have been using LogMeIn previously to remotely connect to my Tablet PC or Desktop at home for sometime. Like I mentioned earlier the free version was sufficient for my needs. They have an iPhone app but it costs $30. I don’t remotely connect often to shell out 30 bucks.

    Recently I found TeamViewer via Download Squad. TeamViewer is free for personal use and has a free iPhone app too. It works great. Now if I need to look at some documents on my home computer I can just fire up the app in my iPhone and find it. Nice. Should be interesting to see how this works on an iPad.

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