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What I Want in Sense 5.1 and future editions

Well I have been using my gorgeous HTC One for almost a week now and let me say I am massively impressed with just about everything.

From the super smooth almost buttery performance to the great music player with those amazingly clear stereo speakers its a phone that truly raises the bar in a lot of ways.

However as I have discovered in my life long obsession with mobile devices there are always things to improve.

Im going to deal with the software aspects of it cause well there is no way for them to change the hardware now is it πŸ˜›

1) The Music player should have the ability to pull lyrics from other sources cause Gracenote’s selection is just too limited, having used used tunewiki on spotify I think that would be a perfect place to start.

2) The notes application while already amazing for having Evernote baked in, needs a widget or at least an awesome shortcut

3) Way for Power Saver mode to automatically activate when the battery falls below a certain percentage, leaving it up to the user is just too unpredictable. Obviously there should be a option to disable it too.

4) Blinkfeed needs to have way way way more sources to become truly accepted. I know this one is a really tough one but I’m sure if they work with someone like News 360 they can pull it off.

5) India on their TV App regions, I mean come one HTC we are a 1 billion strong nation who adore out TV series don’t exclude us! Just give us a chance to show you our love.

6) This one is a universal worry for me specifically but it would be great if HTC could address it. – Make contacts easy to manage, tying in all the services is great and also offering the linking solution so that the address book is a little bit more streamlined but it doest solve the main problem that the details are still all over the place. Make it super easy to cohesively collect all the info in one place and keep all that collected info backed up.

7) Dash Clock integration please HTC, I’m waiting for this one for sure. I already love the existing Lock Screen options HTC please make them even more powerful with Dash Clock integrated right into your default ROM.

Well for now this is about it. I do finally have a weekend coming up so will be able to test it out fully and hopefully update this with even more things I want to see. Lets hope some of the Software designers get a hold of this little list in the meanwhile πŸ˜‰

P.S. If you want to add anything please leave a comment, will make me discover my phone better.

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Random Ramblings # 57 – Why the iPhone may or may not be for me

I have been lucky enough to use the iPad over the last few months along with my own BB Curve running BBOS5, my dads Galaxy S2 running ICS and let me start of by saying it is one of the best tech experiences of my life.

Content consumption is king for me on my iPad and with the awesomely amazing display this one boasts its been a dream.

However this prolonged exposure to iOS (iOS6 is what I’m currently rocking) has shown me a few limitations which might just jar my everyday usage if I ever try to consider an iPhone.

Before all the bashing begins, these are just a few of my observations and I haven’t tried all sorts of things to get them to work.Your opinion might differ.

1) The current Maps suck balls. Period. Yes I know a lot has been said about this all over the internet with entire blogs also popping up to chronicle the suckiness of Apple Maps which lead to Tim Cook himself releasing a statement that there were issues and people should consider alternatives for the time being. This is almost a complete deal breaker for me as my road sense is annoyingly bad and while I am trying to remember roads better I still need a good mapping application on many an occasion and this one doesnt float my boat. I am waiting with crossed everything for the Google Maps app.

2) As a heavy google services user I find it a little jarring for my use, (to be honest I haven’t really made a concentrated effort to try and remedy this), but without easy pushmail support for Gmail (not counting the Sparrow app in this) and contact sync its a lil questionable for me. In the same breath Im am 100% certain that with the tiniest bit of googling I will find the solution. im just trying to say it doesn’t “Just Work” like it ideally should.

3) The price, well I think those two words itself sum up my feelings more accurately than anything else I need to say. When dealing with Apple products price means ‘nuf said.
But keeping these in mind Im still leaning more towards getting one than not due to the following:

1) As someone who has owned an iPod before I have had a chance to experience Apple’s legendary customer service first hand and its nothing short of incredible πŸ˜€ a definite plus point for when one is considering plonking down a serious chunk of cash for a device. I mean my iPods click wheel started acting wonky and without complaint they took it in just to replace it with a brand new one, within a week and that was amazing for something which was in month 11 of its 12 month warranty. Since that day its brownie points for customer service are firmly lodged in my heart.

2) Confidence that for the next 3 years I’m going to get the latest OS updates on my device as soon as they r launched. This is a huge factor for an ex-Android user who burnt his fingers with samsungs erratic and often hit or miss update schedule and logic. Yes, naysayers might say that certain features aren’t being made available, however they seem to only be the more processor intensive ones and in my opinion should stop from this version onwards.

3) The build quality, I mean do I need to say more? Apple’s products across its range, are over engineered to a fault and it shows and honestly I love it. I mean every single blog can’t stop raving about this till now and its a major factor in the firms feeling of niceness over its products.

4) The App selection, its vast, variety abounds and a lot of the good apps are extremely well designed also. This is kind of like a moot point for the point of view that all the really popular apps already exist or are in the process of existing across all the major ecosystems. However one point which is still valid is that a lot of the apps choose iOS to launch on first and then come to the others and for someone like me this counts.

5) Now this last point is extremely personal and will obviously vary, however with an iPad already in my stable with quite a few paid apps it makes a little more sense to get an iPhone over any thing else right? Well maybe, the cash I would save with another manufacturer as compared to the iPhone would surely make up for repurchase costs, but I’m still on the fence on this one having already experienced the apps on iOS and being pretty happy with them

The debate is still pretty open in my head and I’m gonna give it time till the Lumia 920 and BB10 devices launch, go handson with them all, take a long hard look at my wallet and then decide. Till then expect more of these to hammer out why others may or may not be for me πŸ™‚

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Random Ramblings # 54 – Blackberry 10 Initial Opinion

With Blackberry Jam Americas, having just had its keynote a few days back, my initial short and sweet impression of BB10 is that it looks pretty darn nice with tons of potential

With BB10, Research in motion is finally setting up it self for the next 10 years with a whole new UI and platform underneath by the looks of it.

The Keynote was impressive and all the departments came out a swinging from the gates, giving us glimpses of what was to come in the near future.

With any OS though there is always the good with the bad though so I’m going to try and run you through what I thought were possible Pain or Pleasure points we see till now.

Let’s kick it off with the Pain points so that we can get some Pleasure later on πŸ˜‰ (Bad joke sorry)

1) The lack of a persistent notification bar is one of the biggest pain points for me, its the same phenomenon which is present in WP and frankly its something I have very mixed feelings about to be honest because I love my quick status and notification bar on top which would tell me even when I’m in the middle of things where I stand on everything I’m doing, including critically my Battery life. They have made the lock screen a lot more flush with information though so maybe this is their way of implementing it

2) Why have they limited app frames to 8? does that mean only 8 will run at a time? what will happen to the frantic back and forth switching which is ingrained into the users of the current lineup? Will the other apps be frozen and brought back to life ala iOS and WP8? So many unanswered questions with important implications

3)The extreme gesture reliance is another question mark in my book, as it brings up a lot of important questions. Will the battery life suffer with the screen constantly having to be at the ready to “unlock” by a upward swipe? Wouldn’t a physical button be better? Are the gestures going to be intuitive enough? Certainly seems so but I’m going to be skeptical till I get a proper hands on.

Now let’s dive into what excited me about the OS, my so called “pleasure” points if you may πŸ˜›

1) Loving the unified inbox as always, its a rehash of a feature that has been running since a very long time, but its a more modern implementation in my opinion having it completely ingrained into the OS itself rather than having it as a separate app running

2) The keyboard seems to be an absolute joy to use. Multi Lingual Text prediction on the fly, swipable words, tie up with Swiftkey? Yes, Yes and oh my god Yes! I love all these features and I really hope they live upto their potential, have loved swiftkey’s keyboards right since the word go and am super excited to see RIM working so closely with them for this.

3) Their amazing push to get an app ecosystem ready before hand is just wow in my books, nothing different from what Microsoft tried to do with WP8 but I’m not quite sure if they were willing to back it up with hard cash though(correct me if I’m wrong please), this is so important because once you have the major popular apps on your ecosystem you have already served 80% of a potential users needs. Yes of course we want more innovative apps and are always on the look out for more and better ones but I think the top few can fulfill our pangs for a short while atleast.

BB10 is not revolutionary as far as the entire mobile ecosystem is concerned, I’m one of the first ones to accept that. However I do feel that it will make using your phone a lot more intuitive because more than anything else it has had time to gain insights from all the major players out there, this coupled with Thornsten Heins claim that it was delayed because it wasn’t fully baked put even more pressure that it isn’t just another first gen OS with the quibbles which are generally let go by Fanboys. This needs to come out of the fences with everything fixed raring to go and a lightning fast update schedule already planned out to keep its chances bright.

I hope way more positive consumer specific features come out in the upcoming months to make this a must have.

I do plan a shift away from my BB Curve early next year and am biding my time with so many important phones coming out in the meantime, let’s hope RIM is able to make all of us think its a viable place to plonk our money for the next 2+ years.

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Flashing The Galaxy Spica My Bumbling Journey Part 3

This is fresh news for me cause I just read it today having the time and the motivation to go across to the Samdroid.net forum today after what seems like ages and guess what I found AUDIO (albeit only the speaker) and multitouch is finally working for the froyo update and it seems huge massive ginormous strides have been taken since the last time I visited… still no reply from the moderator LeshaK for my request for help and have now sent a request to another moderator lets hope he replies…..

Sorry for not updating since a while if I wasn’t so lazy then i might have finished my guide till now…

have exams now so no updates till then but the week after that I should be full steam ahead in bugging people to reply to me and finishing this guide so that it helps absolutely everyone…. cheers till then…..

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Flashing The Galaxy Spica My Bumbling Journey Part 2

Well my research for the guide to flashing my Spice has been involving a lot of reading and while this is just a short post to update you guys on how its going here are a couple of links on what all I had been reading with respect to that

http://forum.samdroid.net/f26/i5700-how-flash-your-phone-odin-113/

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=662312

http://mesonprojekt.com/blog/root-your-samsung-spica-with-lk208

and a few more which helped me in small ways which I will try and include in my final guide when I write it.

Along this journey I also learnt a few other things along the way too…

Flashing a kernel is different from flashing a firmware or lets call it operating system for those not in the know…
flashing the kernel gives you root access and a host of other benefits while flashing your firmware/OS itself will be the thing which changes everything like giving you live wallpapers etc.

Well on to more reading then and then lets see how much further I can go..

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Flashing The Galaxy Spica My Bumbling Journey Part 1

A few months back I became the proud owner of a brand new Android Phone in all its slick open source amazingness…

Being the superficial geek that I am (meaning that I know most of what is happening in the tech world by keeping sufficiently abreast with the top Tech Blogs and a smattering of terms too.. but ask me something really technical and I will have to google it up) I was super excited this being a super cool new android phone which had been updated with Android 2.1 inside the box itself and given my limited resources was a steal at just INR 11k. So all in all I was a happy camper. Not going to give you a full review of the Phone that may come at some later time not right now.

What this article is about is the way I can’t for the life of me keep my inquisitive geeky little nose out of the Android modders marketplace and even though I know it may void my warranty i’m willing to take the risk… but only and only with a lot of information and knowledge on my side so that I don’t screw it all up and have to go running to my parents crying for a new phone which I surely will not get.

So this is where the Journey begins… Hopefully along the way I will learn a lot from everything I read and I will surely put it up for all of you to follow and at the end once this post becomes longer and longer due to re-edit after re-edit I will compile a simple hopefully easy to follow guide on how to proceed with the whole thing. But first as I have already seen on the various Blogs and Posts I have read let me put up the customary Disclaimer.(PS: I will try to put the sources too of what I read and refer to)

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND GUIDE ARE FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY I AM IN NO WAY TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE YOU CAUSE TO YOUR DEVICE AND IF IT GETS BRICKED

Ok now that we have dealt with that let me start with the basics the Firmware versions which I am currently using.

PDA: I570EDDJC5

PHONE: I570EDDJC5

CSC: I570EDDJC5

I got this Info by typingΒ  *#1234# into the dailer of my phone.

Some other info about my phone,

I am currently running LauncherPro version 38 as my home “page” or default Launcher.
I have games installed and PdaNet for tethering the phone to your laptop to use as a Wifi hotspot.
For those who don’t know tethering is a process of using the Internet available through your data plan or Wifi connection on your phone to power your Internet browsing on your laptop.

Thats all for now will augment this post soon with links and all too… but sadly I don’t think I will be able to provide screenshots. (I will try to learn how to though so I can help everybody even more)

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