Tag Archives: Smartphone

ZDbox – All in One Toolbox for Android

I have been using this App since it first turned up on XDA Developers forum.

It has some nice features:

  • APP Lock
  • Battery Info
  • DnD
  • Task Killer
  • APP Manager
  • 2G/3G Traffic

Even though this App is still in beta at the moment it shows a lot of promise to be a very nice all in one toolbox app. I recommend checking it out, as it has made my life little easier.

As they say a picture speaks a 1000 words so I have attached some images of ZDbox 1.2.63 Beta on my HTC Desire running OxygeN 2.0.1

Apps I use on my HTC Desire

This is a list of some the applications I have installed on my HTC Desire and were I have downloaded them from.

From the Android Market

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HTC Desire Battery Life

I done a clean install a couple days ago of OxygeN 2.0.1, and to be honest I am getting better battery life than with RC7

Always running is:
3G Wireless
ZDbox – update every 60 sec
Beautiful Widgets – update every hour
System Info Widget – update every 60 sec
SetCPU
NetCounter
Telstra Usage – update every 6 hours

I am sitting on 50% battery usage @ 1 day 8 hours on battery, with above apps etc running and making odd phone calls/sms’s, updates, Facebook, IRC, etc etc.

The only thing I did to prep the battery was fully charge the phone to 100% and rebooted into recovery while still connected to the charger and wiped the battery stats and rebooted the phone and disconnected it from the charger.

Hope this info is some help
enjoy :-)

[SECURITY ALERT!] DroidDream Malware Found in Official Android Market

To view the list of malicious Android Apps that steal your information and download additional SH!T to your phone
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=11777643#post11777643

If you think you have been infected install Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout’s free product is absolutely free of charge. It is not a trial and you can use it for as long as you want.

Just as you protect your PC with antivirus, you need to protect your phone from malware and spyware. But unlike traditional PC antivirus protection, Lookout is lightweight, battery-friendly and only consumes as much power in one day as a 33 second phone call.

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Lookout protects against the recently discovered DroidDream malware that was found in over 50 apps.

Android Honeycomb SDK for HTC Desire

Coolexe from XDA Developer forums has ported Honeycomb to the HTC Desire. The ROM is still under development and not everything works and is only recommended to other Developers. But for now it something to keep an eye on

what’s working
just booted.
touchscreen.
Network working

what’s not
lots of things.
wifi
audio
camera
etc

[ROM-DEV] Honeycomb SDK port to Desire(DEVELOPERS ONLY)

Android Free Software (FOSS)

Here is a couple lists of software for Android-based phones that have GPL, Apache, license etc. cause the Android Market doesn’t allow users to easily filter applications based on their license status.

AndroidFreeSoftware – Le Wiki Koumbit
List of open source Android applications – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And there is the F-Droid Repository of easily installable FOSS apps

Feel free to comment on sites that may have more comprehensive list of FOSS applications for Android base phones

HTC misses out on Qualcomm dual core

This is a real damn shame, as I really love my HTC Desire

A funny thing happened on the way to Mobile World Congress 2011: 2010′s best mobile phone manufacturer got caught taking a siesta right before Barcelona. All the other major mobile manufacturers duly announced dual core devices arriving within a few months. HTC, winner of MWC 2011′s Best Device Manufacturer award, showcased… the Salsa and the Chacha? Minor updates to last year’s phones? What the heck happened? This isn’t what we would expect from the ninth strongest mobile brand, period, in the entire world.

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MapQuest for Android

Finally a voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation app for Android using the OpenStreetMap project.

FEATURES:
• Absolutely FREE – There’s no trial period, subscription, or upgrade necessary. You get all these capabilities absolutely free!
• Voice-Guided/Turn-by-Turn Navigation – Your phone speaks to you, telling you when to make a turn.
• Voice Search – Speak your destination or your search, for hands-free input.

EDIT:
I have had a chance to have a bit of a play with this app, but it still needs little on things like being able to select already cached OSM map data from sdcard that has already been downloaded, the ability to access to Contacts, and have favourite list or personal POI (points of interest) or starred have ever you like to refer to it as. For a beta app it seems to be rather stable on the HTC Desire.

MapQuest

Telstra Gets Australian Exclusive On HTC Desire S

Telstra has snaffled another of the Android phones announced at Mobile World Congress, confirming it has an exclusive on the HTC Desire S. Annoyingly (and typically), we haven’t got a more specific release timeframe than “the first half of 2011″, and there’s no pricing. Gizmodo has the full specs for the phone and where it fits in HTC’s range.

Damn you Telstra, I only got my HTC Desire about a month ago… but I still very happy with it :-)

Reference:
Lifehacker Australia