sudoin Linux. With a rooted phone, you can run more apps or install custom versions of the Android operating system. Note that there's a big difference between installing a custom ROM on an Android phone and just rooting it. Custom ROMs may offer plenty of features that aren't available direct from the manufacturer, but most of them can be added to a rooted phone by simply installing the right apps. That's what we're after today.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
When you receive a business card, the usual way is to manually enter the contact information to your phone book. If you have collected tens (or hundreds) of business cards in a networking session, you probably have to spend several hours entering the details. If you have a smartphone (such as iPhone or Android), one solution is to use a business card reader to automatically scan and add the contacts to your phone book.
Download the Business Card Reader (market link, cost US$4.99)
Open the app. You should see the main screen of Business Card Reader.
Tap on the option "Take Photo". Your camera will load and you will be prompted to take a picture of the business card.
Once you have taken the photo, it will scan the business card for contact info.
The parsed data will be displayed and you can check if the information are correct.
From here, you can either tap "Done" (top right hand corner) to add as a new contact to your phone book, or tap "Merge Contact" (bottom left corner) to merge this contact with existing contact. Lastly, you can also tap the "LinkedIn" button (bottom right corner to view the contact info in LinkedIn.
That's it for adding new contacts from business cards.
Back to the app main screen, there are also features like selecting a picture from your gallery to parse contact info (useful when people email you a scanned copy of their business cards) and the Card Holder where you can view contacts added using the BCR.
On the whole, BCR is easy to use. There are two caveats though: big file size and the inability to move to SD card. The file size of BCR is about 22MB and the inability to move to SD card can be a problem to those who have a small internal storage space in their phones.
Other than that, Business Card Reader has worked really well in my Android phone.
Business Card Reader is available for iPhone/iPod Touch, Blackberry and Windows Mobile as well.
Business Card Reader for Android (market link)
If you're running a custom ROM on your Android phone, you may have thought about flashing a custom kernel. A kernel, by definition, is the central component of an operating system. What a kernel does for your phone is manage the software and hardware. Depending on your kernel, you may have faster performance, improved battery life etc. Since there are different custom kernels that are capable of different things, it is nice to have the option of using kernels other than the stock one on your phone. Up until now flashing a custom kernel requires the user to reboot their phone into recovery and manually flashing the file. This process has now been made much simpler with the Kernel Manager app for Android.
Head over to the Android Market and download Kernel Manager.
After the app has gained root permission, you will be presented with a screen similar to ROM manager. A list of kernels available for download will be present as well as further information regarding each kernel. It should be mentioned that the number of available kernels depends on how many developers choose to submit their work via this application. Despite this, there are still a fair number of kernels available for download.
In order to install a kernel, scroll down to find a kernel that matches your needs. Read the descriptions of each kernel carefully to make sure that it matches what you are looking for. As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to always make a backup of your current ROM with its kernel in the event that something should go wrong.
After you have selected a kernel, press the button labeled "More Info" and you will be brought to the kernel's menu. A button located on the bottom of the screen will allow you to download and flash the kernel. The flashing automation is really where this application helps users manage their custom ROM and kernel. After download of the kernel has finished, the app will automatically boot into recovery and take care of all flashing requirements. It will even clear all caches to ensure that your phone behaves correctly upon reboot.
Kernel Manager is a great tool for anyone running a rooted phone with a custom ROM. The Pro version can be had for $3.99. This is not an unreasonable asking price considering all that the app is capable of. Ultimately Kernel Manager is a power user's dream for managing their phones software and hardware. It provides the easiest and simplest way of installing a custom kernel.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Dropbox for Android is easily one of our favorite mobile app. It allows you to download and view your files in your Dropbox folder and also upload files to the server. It is best suited for people (like us) who like to work on the move. If there is anything that we are unsatisfied with, it have to be the inability to sync your local files (in SD card) back to the server.
When you open a file from your Dropbox folder in Android, the file will be downloaded to your SD card and you can then view/edit the file with a file manager. However, after you have made changes to the file, the Dropbox app does not automatically sync it back to the server. The only solution is to manually upload the file. This is definitely not a good solution.
Download DropSpace from the market (it's free)
Connect your Dropbox account to DropSpace.
Tap the "Manage Sync List" button to set up the sync.
Navigate to the directory on your SD card that you want to link and long tap on it to add to the sync list.
Next, it will show your Dropbox folder and you can do the same thing (long tap on the folder) to complete the sync configuration.
Lastly, go back to its main screen and tap the "Sync Now" to start the sync.
By default, you have to manually tap the "Sync Now" button everytime you want it to perform a sync. However, you can set it as a service and get it to run at a regular interval. You can also configure whether to remove the remote files when the local files are deleted.
Syncing notes to Dropbox
If all you want is to create notes on your Android phone and have them synced to your Dropbox, Epistle is one such app that allows you to do so. With Epistle, you can create simple notes and it will automatically synced to the Epistle folder in Dropbox. I have found this to be extremely handy, especially when I need to jot down some ideas while on the move.
Epistle also supports two-way sync. That means, if you create a text file on your desktop and drop it into the Dropbox Epistle folder, it will show up in your Android phone as well.
Until the Dropbox team implements the synchronization feature in their mobile apps, we will have to make use of the above mentioned apps to get things done. They might not be the most feature-complete app, but they get the jobs done.
Now you can get the latest Ubuntu news, tips, interviews, how-tos and more from your favourite Ubuntu site wherever you are on your Android phone.
- Stay up to date with the latest articles from OMG! Ubuntu!
- Read comments and post your own
- Share articles via Twitter, Facebook and more
- Use swiping gestures to change articles
- Cache the articles for offline reading
- Filter posts by category
- Pull down list to refresh articles
- Adjustable font size
- Haptic feedback
- In-frame article viewing
Help us test itWe’ve been working hard on this for the last month and a half, and although it’s fairly stable, we think it’s ready for wide scale testing. Disclaimer: It’s an alpha version.
Future feature update ideas include better social integration, highlighting of featured posts, speed optimizations, a homescreen widget, optional new post notifications, and more.
If you’ve got an idea for a new feature you’d like to see, then constructive feedback is very much welcome either in the comments on this article or preferably on the Get Satisfaction page for the app.
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DownloadIt’s available for no charge in the Android Market.
Alternatively simply search for “OMG! Ubuntu!” on your Android phone and punch the button to install.