All posts filed under: Google Android

Google Wallet on Android

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Google Android

What is the Google Wallet Android app? I have finally had an occasion to use the Google Wallet app on my Galaxy Nexus. So what is the Google Wallet Android app? It’s basically an Android app that acts like a digital credit card that you can use to purchase coffee at Peet’s, medicine at CVS and so on. There is a special reader in the store that you tap your phone against when checking out […]

How to open a link in a new tab on Android 3 (Honeycomb)

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Google Android / Tablets

Android 3 (Honeycomb) has a lot of cool efficiency enhancing features, one of which is tabbed browsing. Honeycomb brings tabbed browsing to the native Chrome browser that provides powerful browser functionality normally reserved for a laptop. There are two basic ways that you can open a link in a new tab: 1.) Long tap a link (I have found that a one second delay works well) 2.) Tap and hold to bring up a menu […]

You should pay more for the Motorola Xoom

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Google Android

Last I checked, nothing is free. Bigger monitors cost more that small ones, computers with more RAM cost more than ones with less RAM, and so on. So, why are people shocked that the Xoom costs more than the iPad, given the fact that it packs higher end hardware? Simply stated, you should pay more for the Xoom. The Motorola Xoom ($799.99) is competitive with the iPad with 32 GB and 3G ($729.00). While most […]

Apple’s Unspoken Advantage: Lower TCO

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Google Android / iPhone (iOS)

Tomorrow is the big day Apple announce the iPad 2 and with too many articles reguritating the same content, I’m a bit taken aback at the complete lack of discussion of Apple’s big competitive advantage: Lower TCO. Yes, you read that correctly. The Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad have a lower TCO than the competition. I buy a lot of content and I’ve come to one distinct conclusion: Over the lifetime of my consumer electronics […]

The Verdict is in: FlexT9 Best Android Keyboard

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Google Android

I have tried many keyboards for my Nexus S and the verdict is in. Nuance’s FlexT9 keyboard dominates the competition. The biggest advantages I’ve seen with FlexT9 are: FlexT9 is production quality. It’s a polished keyboard that works. After months of use, I have never seen it crash. It’s swipe functionality is excellent. While I don’t use it much, the handwriting feature has been very useful in the situations where its a must. Learn how […]

Install FlexT9 Voice, Trace, Write and Tap Keyboard (by Nuance Communications)

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Google Android

How does the FlexT9 keyboard help me? FlexT9 is a multi-input keyboard that allows you to enter text by talking, tracing a word on the keyboard, writing letters on screen, and tapping the keyboard. Improved digital input is a long term goal of mine which has lead me to try early styluses, Wacum, voice recognition, and just about every other type of input mechanism. I have yet to use FlexT9, but am hopeful that it […]

Setup Android for Business Users

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Google Android

While there are numerous web sites with a “Top 10 Android Apps” list, my goal is to document the complete setup of an Android phone (Nexus S with Android 2.3) for business use. Some pages include installation instructions. As time progresses information will be added on app configuration and usage. Allow the installation of non-Android Market apps Swype keyboard Install Quick Profiles, a simple profile manager Install Tasker, an Android automation app Install Barcode Scanner […]

Install Tasker (by Crafty Apps)

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Google Android

How does the Tasker help me? Tasker allows you to automate Android. Essentially, you use Tasker to automate a series of tasks based on some event such as turning on GPS when you plus your phone into your car’s docking station. It helps you by removing the need to remember to change how Android is configured as you move throughout your day. Setup Steps Touch Market. Press Search. Enter Tasker in the search box, then […]