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Android Market Rant

Before I get started with my little rant I wanted to say that I am not bashing Android in any way, just a little frustrated with a little aspect of it, and am seeking a solution. I give a huge amount of credit to the developers! But, if anyone has any suggestions for me, please feel free to comment or send me an email at oldandroidsite@gmail.com (or via twitter: @oldandroidsite).

If you are an email “power user” like I am you probably have a bunch of email addresses on your Android phone.  One problem that I have seen on my Android device is that the Market app gets confused about which account to attach your apps to when you download them.  For example I have my main email address that I use for everything and then an email address that I use for my website plus and email for my Android apps.  I also even have a SPAM email address that I use for signing up for stuff that I don’t want to get email from.
 The problem lies when I check that email than go into market to download an app. It seems to attach the download to that email address instead of my primary email account. So what I decided to do to combat this is to reload my secondary emails and see what happens.  To do this I went into the Settings – Accounts & Sync menu and selected one of my secondary emails. Then just press “Remove Account” twice (once on the initial screen, than again on the popup) and the account is gone. For this experiment I made a quick list of the apps that were attached to this secondary account, just incase they all went away, but fortunately they are all still there.

The next step of the experiment was to verify if the apps were still attached to me in Market.  Apparently they aren’t.  They are still installed, but kind of in the dark when it comes to the Market app.  If I am to do a search for an app that I know needed an update, once I find it does still show that the update is needed, but only then does it attach to the primary email account. This seems like a lot of effort just to fix an annoyance with the phone.  The hardest part of the whole process is that I now have around 50 apps on my phone that aren’t going to update because they aren’t attached to the Market.
 Another solution that I see is that the (Root Only) app Titanium Backup has an option that will “Attach Market” if you long press on an app if gives that option.  The downside to this is that the feature is only available through the donation version of the app, which I highly recommend, but can totally understand that not everyone is willing to part with the handful of dollars for an app like that, especially if it is just because of this annoyance.
 The last attempt that I am trying is the download an app called Zemna Applist Backup which is an application that takes all of your apps and creates a document with all of the Android market links.  This seems to work, but you still have to know which ones aren’t already associated with your primary account.  PLUS, once you click on the “orphaned” apps they just show up as installed and the only way to reassign them is to uninstall and reinstall them, which could take hours with 50+ apps.

Anyone out there have any suggestions?

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ZDBox (All-in-one toolbox)

If you are like me you like to make sure that your phone is running at peak performance. Android phones, like computers, are sometimes in need of maintenance (along with regular reboots).  To help with this there are a bunch of apps to help with cache memory and uninstalling apps, but ZDBox is the first app that I have found that is FREE and has this many great tools.

Here is a listing of all of the included tools (from the developer):

★ Widgets: Keep screen always on, kill all tasks, WiFi on/off, airplane mode on/off, brightness adjustment, sound settings, rotate screen on/off, bluetooth on/off, start/stop sync, switch between 2G/3G, app lock on/off, GPS on/off, APN on/off (mobile access point), flashlight on/off
★ Battery: Monitoring and showing lots of information about remaining battery time, temperature, health, time since last boot, necessary time until full charge and so on
★ Traffic counter: Monthly/daily mobile data usage overview, shows remaining data traffic, detailed data usage information for each app.
★ Do not disturb: Just set days and the time when you need your privacy and you won’t be disturbed by your phone. Set phone to silent, vibration or airplane mode.
★ App lock: Protect apps with a password or pattern, for exmaple your contacts, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and so on
★ Task killer: Kill all apps at once, define protected apps which won’t be killed, set auto kill when screen gets locked, mark single or multiple apps to kill
★ Notification bar: One tap on the bar shows remaining battery time, running apps, how much data traffic is left and if app lock is active or not. A tap on these informations starts ZDbox.
★ Uninstaller: Shows used/available internal and SD card memory. Apps can be easily uninstalled. Single or multiple (batch) uninstall possible.
★ App to SD: Move apps to your SD card. Single or multiple (batch) move possible. Only for Android 2.2 and 2.3.

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Back To School – Student’s Edition

As mentioned in the last post it is that time of year for all the young ones to go back to school. To help them prepare for this change from the lazy days of summer I have put together a couple apps that students can use as you are going back to school.

So check out these apps, and remember to be safe out on the roads and watch out for walking kids and school buses!

Name: School Assistant

Description:
Everything a student needs to keep organized now fits in your pocket!
School Assistant is your Android school planner, keep your routine organized with it.
You won’t forget any tests or works, School Assistant reminds you and lets you see progress charts and statistics.
School Assistant can mute your phone and notify you when a class starts based on your schedule.

Name: myHomework

Description:
The best way to keep your school life organized
Official myHomework app for Android.
Teachers not letting you use your phone in class? Parents on you for missing assignments? Show them you’re organized with myHomework.
myHomework is focused on apps that make student life easier. Our iPhone version has over one million downloads and now we’re bringing that same experience to Android.

Name: Dictionary.com

Description:
Take Dictionary.com’s trusted reference content wherever you go.
The free Dictionary.com app delivers reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. The app also features audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search and Dictionary.com’s popular Word of the Day and Hot Word blog.

* Dictionary and Thesaurus
* 375,000 words and definitions
* 300,000 synonyms and antonyms
* Phonetic and audio pronunciation
* Spelling suggestions
* Example sentences
* Word origin and history
* Daily content, including Word of the Day and our new Hot Word blog
* Voice-to-text search (for the most accurate results, please enunciate clearly and speak slowly)
* Favorite words list
* Custom backgrounds
* Text and email definitions from the app
* Word of the Day home screen widget

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Back To School – Parent’s Edition

Well it is that time of year for all the young ones to go back to school.  To help them prepare for this change from the lazy days of summer I have put together a couple apps that parents can use to help your kids cope with back to school.

So check out these apps, and remember to be safe out on the roads and watch out for walking kids and school buses!

Name: School A to Z
Description:
Do you struggle to understand your child’s homework? Does your child need to practice their spelling and times tables? Are you looking for inspiration for projects and assignments?

The School A to Z app is an essential tool for every parent of school-aged children. Produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, the School A to Z app brings together a wealth of resources to help parents to understand and support their child’s homework.

Name: My HomeworkNOW & School Alerts
Description:
Get school alerts and classroom homework with My HomeworkNOW & School Alerts.

Stay connected to your school or your child’s school and classes with the My HomeworkNOW & School Alerts mobile application.

With this homeworknow app you can: receive school alerts (such as closings, emergencies, back pack notices, announcements, etc.) with real time notifications, view the latest school wide notifications on-demand, view classroom information and homework on-demand, get notifications when teachers update a class page or homework assignment.

This app requires that you have a My.HomeworkNOW.com account and that your school or teachers use HomeworkNOW.com as its school to home communication solution. If your school doesn’t use HomeworkNOW.com to post classroom happenings, homework, and school alerts, talk to your school administrators and teachers. Let them know you want to receive your school information on your mobile device with HomeworkNOW.com!

Don’t have a My.HomeworkNOW.com account? Create one today with your web browser at http://my.homeworknow.com. Add your school and classes to your account, then choose all your communication preferences (text message, email, mobile apps, Facebook, RSS, etc.). IF YOUR SCHOOL DOES NOT USE HOMEWORKNOW, TELL THEM YOU WANT THEM TO! (http://my.homeworknow.com/tell.php).

About HomeworkNOW.com: Through a web browser, Facebook, email, Text Messages, Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android, RSS feeds, and more, HomeworkNOW.com makes it possible for schools to communicate to parents and students in any manner the parent or student choose. Used by teachers, administrators, and parent-teacher organizations of thousands of k-12 schools, HomeworkNOW is the most efficient means of keeping students & parents connected. Its web based. Ad free. No software or staff needed. Communicate without cost. Tell your school administrators about HomeworkNOW.com today!

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Help With Email Setup

So you have your gmail all setup on your Android phone, but you probably have (at least) another email address you would like to have setup.  I mean as amazing as Gmail is, people out there still use other email services.

Some email accounts are incredibly simple to setup.  AOL for example.  They use IMAP, and Android knows it, and just sets it up for you.  On the other hand, there are a few that I am going to give you some tips on how to make the most of your non-gmail email.

The first is Hotmail (or MSN).  Don’t get me wrong. If you key in your email address and password it will take it and give you pop3 access to your email.  The problem here is that pop3 is incredibly limited compared to either IMAP, or the ultimate Exchange server.  With pop3 you have the ability to pull emails from the webserver, and either delete them, or leave them as unread. Well it is great that you can get your email, the downside here is that you will either not get your emails on your home computer, or if you do you will probably have to delete your discarded email in both places.

So you can see how inconvenient this would be.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to set this up more like a gmail account and have the email automatically pushed to you with full sync capabilities?  Plus while they are at it throw in calendar support and contact sync too?  Well the good news is that the fine people at Microsoft (probably will get some slack for that one) have given Hotmail users access to their email through an exchange server, which is what a lot of companies use to get business grade email to their employees.

Using the following directions will allow you to setup your email as an exchange server:

Email: myemail@hotmail.com (or live.com)Server address: m.hotmail.comSSL enabledUsername: myemail@hotmail.com (or live.com)
Password: passwordDomain:

There you have it.  Email Calendar Contacts, all loaded into your phone!

Next, for all you Yahoo users that are having issues… When setting up your Yahoo email with the default settings you will probably see a disclaimer that only certain accounts have the ability to access their email on a mobile device, and that you may have to subscribe to their plus service to get the access. This is where the biggest workaround comes into play.

The first step is to skip the normal email setup.  Yahoo has taken their email a step further and provided the user with a free standalone app for Yahoo email.  It is available through the normal app channels, along with their website: http://mobile.yahoo.com/mail/android,  Simply download it, install it, login with your Yahoo ID and you are good to go!

The last email that I will cover is for those of you stuck using Comcast. Comcast email is always a chore to get working through the mail icon and you will get limited help from their tech support.  But lucky for you, Comcast has followed Yahoo with the whole app thing.  All you have to do is download the app, install it and login with your email address and password – then you are all set!  Link:

So load up your emails. I mean you can’t ever have too many.  I have a dozen or so…

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