If you’ve been following me on my Google+ you might have caught this post where I mentioned that I had made the move to Android.
Yes, that’s right after three years of showing the iPhone love I’ve packed up my bags and moved on. To be honest the iPhone is a good device and it fill the need that I had when I purchased it but I’ve had an itch to have something a bit more open and newer and a week and a half ago I took the plunge – it was smartphone day for the Newburys as we moved from AT&T over to Verizon (due to coverage issues) so everyone got new phones (and my wallet became noticeably lighter!).
Interesting side note, my wife and daughter went with iPhones and the boys followed dad onto Android.
For myself I picked up the Razr Maxx from Motorola (I do work for them but we don’t get free phones, at least in the division I work for) and after getting the basics setup I’ve started digging into the app store and have started thinking about the tweaks I may want to make.
I’m still in that “honeymoon phase” where apps are loaded, tested and then deleted but I have a few that seem to be sticking around and in some upcoming posts I’ll start sharing those that I’ve come across that I’m going to keep and some that you may just want to avoid.
Have a favorite Android app you think I should test out? Post it in the comments below.
Xmarks, a very popular bookmark syncing tool is closing its doors and shutting down the service on January 10, 2011.
I was a user of the service but when I made the nearly wholesale change over to Google Chrome it was no longer needed – I could sync what I needed through my Google account. That said the service was great and while I did use it I was very happy with it.
Todd Agulnick, the Co-Founder and CTO of Xmarks wrote up a great blog post covering the history of the company and how they came the decision to close the doors, including a mention of the browser syncing tools.
I’m sorry to see this company go – while I may not be a user of the service it did fit a need for folks that use more than one browser and I wish everyone an Xmarks the best of luck in the future.
Be sure to check out the Xmarks Shutdown page which has links to FAQs and further information along with suggestions on syncing services you can use in the future.
It’s been a while coming but the folks over at Evernote have finally done some update work on their Android app so for those of you that aren’t iPhone addicts be sure to check the marketplace and grab your update.
The update includes:
An Evernote widget
Pinch and zoom support
Send to Evernote
Note caching (a prelude to offline note storage)
And a bunch of fixes
All of the updates are explained over on the Evernote blog so be sure to jump over there to get the full rundown.
To be honest I was checking all day (ok, maybe not all day but fairly early on) and got my upgrade right around lunch time on the Eastcoast and so far I’m happy with my choice to upgrade.
There are a lot of new features that were included in this release but there were a couple in particular I was looking forward to.
Multitasking – this is by far one of the most sought after features for the iPhone. At one point I jail broke my phone (back at 3.1.2) just to get this feature even though it had a tendency to suck the life right out of my battery. The hooks are there for app developers to take advantage of it and while may haven’t yet one of my personal favorites, Evernote, already has. The ability to let photos and notes upload in the background is HUGE in my book.
Folders – another feature that I missed when I locked my phone back down. You simply drag one icon onto another and the iPhone creates the folder for you – simple. You are limited to just 12 apps per folder and it doesn’t appear that you can nest a folder within a folder but the feature works as advertised and I already have a number of folders set up.
Camera enhancements – there were a couple of enhancements to the native camera app, most notably a 5x digital zoom. This is another one of those features that I missed and even had an app installed so that I could zoom in. While I don’t remember seeing it mentioned elsewhere the camera function also seems to be a lot faster now – snap a picture and the shutter close delay is significantly shorter than before. I know for a lot of folks that’s not much but I for one use the camera an awful lot for data capture and every speed improvement is welcome.
I know there are a lot of features to this new OS update that I’m leaving out but those are the ones I was looking forward to (ok, being able to set your wallpaper is nice too). For those that are interested here’s the walk though video the folks over at Mashable shot.
So, did you upgrade? Not going to upgrade? Why not share in the comments.
Update: For those looking for yet more tips and tricks using the new iOS4 check out this post over at Lifehacker.com
If you’ve dropped by in the past you already know that I have a strong passion of the to-do application reQall and tonight an update for their iPhone application was pushed out which brings it up to date with the new features that they’ve rolled out in their web interface.
Items such as:
Set up your own categories
Faster add by voice
Editing of due date and repeating dates
User choices for eyes-free recording
Wizard for sharing items
Manually select location for ‘Here and Now’
User-configurable today list
New lists and grouping options
Keep in mind that some of those options will only be available for PRO users.
Don’t have reQall on your iPhone pick it up in the iTunes Store.
For a rundown on the new features and some great screen shots check out this slide show.