Lodahl's blog: Android - part II

19 September 2009

Android - part II

I got my Android phone a few days ago; a HTC Hero from my regular tele provider: Telenor. They called me the day after I ordered it and said that I could pick it up the very next day.
The first thing I did, was to upgrade the firmware. To do that I had to be connected to a PC through the sync software. That is unfortunately a Windows application? Fortunately a have a dual boot pc at my job with Windows (paid and) installed, so I could upgrade the firmware.

I think it's a very nice phone and its very easy to change settings and so on and so forth. One of the first things i did, was to disable the automatic access to mobile internet connection. That kind of stuff is quite expensive here, so I would like to have completely control over that. Getting access to Wifi was easy. I normally use different Wifi connections and they are all set up. When I enter the office, I automatically go on line. Great.

The user interface is elegant but there are place for further improvements. How is is that I an use the touch screen for everything but closing the active window? Or am I just missing something?

Perhaps I need to read the instructions once more.

To navigate between the screens are very nice and its very easy to get around and find what I need. To start an application is just a cick, but how the f%¤# do I close an application again? I found out that I could download and install an application for that. Crazy that you need to have an application to be able to close other applications. Maybe I'm just misunderstanding the concept.

I tried to install a few applications from Android Market and I would like the list of applications to show a short summary fra the description. Some of the applications has quite mysterious names. Its very easy to install and uninstall applications.

The mail application is somehow strange. When I read mail, the mail content will not show national characters properly. Honestly I thought that problems with character encoding was so old school. The Google mail application is fine.

The Google stuff is great. Everybody is very impressed when I show the Google Live Street View.

And I have even tried to talk with someone. Do any of you remember the days, where phones was devices to use for telephone conversations?

1 comment:

Rune Broberg said...

I think you're misunderstanding the concept, as you put it. I have been developing a bit for Android, though I don't have an Android phone yet, and based on that experience it seems you are meant to use the back-button to leave apps, letting them stay open in the background.

Most apps will have a number of "activities", and Android will reap the ones that are not visible when it needs the RAM to run other stuff. When implementing Android "activities" you override an "onPause(..)" function that you use to save data, clear up state etc. when the activity loses focus. This way, if the apps are well-behaved, having them stay open in the background isn't a problem as such, it's just something to get used to.

Then again, I may be completely wrong, and have forgotten to implement some crucial exit-function in my app! Who knows ;-)