Every once in a while, we like to poll our readers to determine the split of operating systems being used. These polls help us to cater our content to suit your needs. As a reminder, you can always use the platform filter on our homepage to filter out only Windows Phone, iPhone, or Android coverage. That said, please vote in the poll below and let us know what operating system you’re rocking!
Which Operating System is on Your Phone?
All Apple products, whether it’s an iPhone, Mac computer, iPod Touch, or iPad, can work with FaceTime. Apple has yet to fulfill their promise of opening FaceTime to work on multiple platforms, thus forgoing perhaps a huge opportunity to make FaceTime the de facto video chat standard for all smartphone platforms (it’s likely that Microsoft might soon make Skype that de facto standard). But that begs the question: how often do you use FaceTime? Personally, I used FaceTime quite a bit when I first got the iPhone 4. But as with most things that are new, the novelty wore off, [...]
Quick Response (QR) codes have been around since the 90s, and were originally used to track vehicle parts during manufacturing. They’ve since involved to help marketers (by pointing a user to an website), app developers (by pointing users to an app), professionals (by exchanging contact info), and so on. QR codes actually come in multiple formats. The micro QR code can only contain 35 characters once decoded and are much smaller in size that Standard QR codes.
The most information-rich QR code is 177×177 pixels and can contain 1852-4296 characters.
Most high end smartphone now either have an HDMI output in the form of a type C or D port, or can do HDMI output with a special cradle or USB accessory. In fact, Sprint’s latest high-end Android, the Photon 4G, joins the ranks of HDMI-ouput-capable devices. Granted, OEMs make it difficult to spontaneously connect your phone to an HDTV, but the option exists if you’re willing to hunt down the proper accessories. This begs the question: if your phone has an HDMI-output feature, do you use it? If so, what do you use it for?
Do You Use Your Phone’s HDMI [...]
Recently Joe showed us a preview of the latest version of the popular Dolphin HD browser, which recently saw an upgrade to version 5.0 beta 1. The browser provided solid performance in rendering web pages, but it wasn’t a dramatic increase over the stock Android browser.
What’s the Fastest Android Browser?online survey
Probably the most important feature of an Android browser is performance. When accessing websites on our smartphones, we want pages to render quickly, for scrolling to be buttery smooth, and for pinching and panning to be quick with [...]
While we have many different form factors of smartphones (many take the form of a “slate”, but we also have side-sliding keyboards, bottom-sliding keyboards, and candybar QWERTY), there’s one form factor missing: the flip phone. In the history of smartphones, we’ve seen a modest number of flip phones. The newest one is the BlackBerry Style. Previous to that there was the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, and of course the HTC Star Trek (one of my favorite smartphones of all time). Flip phones are great because not only does the keyboard and screen stay protected when the [...]
It wasn’t long ago that Amazon bravely launched their own version of the Android Market. The difference between the the markets is that Amazon staff filters each and every app (thus providing less junk to the end-user), they offer a paid app for free each day, and they allow you to purchase apps with your Amazon account and through the Amazon website. Naturally, the Amazon Appstore has far fewer apps than does the Android Market (with about 5,000 apps versus 200,000, respectively). Logic would have it that you’d be using the app store with the most amount of apps, but is [...]
One of the ways that Android informs the user that something has gone wrong in a given piece of software is the Force Close dialogue, which simply given you a quick way to force the app in question to shut down. This isn’t unlike the Windows “This program is not responding” message that also encourages you to force close the application. We’re wondering: how often does your Android present you with this error message? Please leave a comment and let us know which phone you’re using, whether you’re using stock software or a modified ROM, and how often [...]
We like to poll our readers every few months to understand the breakdown of operating system usage so that we can appropriately cater our content. So please tell us: are you keeping it old school with Windows Mobile, rocking the shiny new Windows Phone 7, keeping it simple with iOS, staying professional with BlackBerry, flipping through cards with WebOS, or perhaps you’re in the “other” category running on Symbian or, heck, even Garnet OS (Palm original)? Let us know!
Which Platform Are You Currently Using?
As we reported yesterday, the Android Market is about to get a makeover which brings both a fresh look as well as several new features — some perhaps more welcome than others. Besides raising the download limit to 50MB, introducing resolution-specific versions of the store, and adding content ratings, Google has also drastically throttled the refund period on apps from 24 hours to just 15 minutes. The company claims that the change is not a big deal because “most users who request a refund do so within minutes of purchase,” and that somehow it “will help [...]
Some newer Android-powered phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S, i9000, Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, and Epic 4G) don’t seem to be reporting the battery state-of-charge (SOC) accurately in the notification bar. This can lead to unexpectedly premature power-down.
The Android OS, however, seems to be correctly reporting the remaining battery power, which leads me to believe that the battery-life icon in the notification bar is being optimistic at best, and may be deliberately mis-representing the remaining battery life.
In this video I’ll show you just what I [...]
Besides being an Open Source, developer-friendly OS, the thing I like best about Android is the ease in which you can change the overall look and feel of the device, just by installing an app — specifically the “Launcher App.”
What’s the Best Launcher for Android?online survey
Switching the Launcher App lets you change things like the number of home screens you can run, how those home screens behave, what widgets you can place on them, what the notification bar and pull-down look like and contain, and even how the app drawer works. Some Launchers [...]
Amazon just announced the third generation Kindle, which makes us wonder how relevant dedicated eBook readers are when today, we have a vast amount of choice in how we consume our books. Whether you’re an Amazon or Barnes and Noble customer, you can read your books on PC, Mac, iPad, BlackBerry, Android, iPhone. That covers most smartphones. Some devices make it easier than others…I find it much easier to read an eBook on the iPhone 4’s Retina display than on an HTC Hero. But how about you? Do you read books on mobile, or does the cramped screen and sometimes grainy [...]
Reading Brandon’s post earlier about What’s Still Missing from Windows Phone 7 I started thinking about Copy/Paste functionality as soon as I’ve reached the second line of things (allegedly) missing from the upcoming OS, according to what we’ve seen and read so far.
How Important is Copy and Paste in a Smarpthone?online surveys
Putting my other self aside (the one that is constantly installing, tweaking, testing, etc. to bring you content), I figured that I, in my every day’s life, don’t really use Copy/Paste on my Windows Phone, [...]
We’re still a bit more than three months away from the release of Windows Phone 7, which we first heard about in February at MWC 2010. A lot has changed in these past four months in the smartphone industry: Android is stronger than ever with a new release (Froyo) already being deployed to certain devices, not to mention a fat pipeline of devices waiting in the wings (Droid X, Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy S on all carriers, etc): the iPhone 4 has been released with compelling new hardware (Retina display, front-facing camera, etc) and software that can finally multitask; and RIM [...]