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5.10.2011

You can't miss that little green #Android robot...

So last night I get home from a l-o-n-g day at work. I have a nice meal that my wife made me, then I sit down in front of the TV to watch some Detroit Tiger's baseball. They were in Toronto, for those who don't follow the Tigers.
I look away from the TV to see what the kid is breaking and when I look back I see an advertisement for a Canadian company. The ONLY thing that caught my eye... the little green Android robot COVERING the display board behind home plate.
Now, normally I don't pay two seconds of attention to those ads, but this one grabbed my attention for sure. Here's what I saw behind Brennan Boesch (Tiger's OF)... Very cool advertising!
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5.07.2011

#Honeycomb?! On a Sylvania Mini Tablet Express?!??!

Well... not exactly. :)


Actually, it's just my rooted SYTABEX7 with Launcherpro 0.8.5 and a Honeycomb theme from the Android Market (had to side load both). I'm also using FancyWidgetPro with a Honeycomb theme and BeautifulWidgets with a Honeycomb theme for the toggles, although I think I need to find something else. I don't think the toggles look as I'd like them to.


I've also gotta say that the new Plume app for Twitter has a certain Honeycomb feel to it. I think it looks great on the Mini Tab. I have yet to try it on the gtablet, but I'm guessing it'll look even cooler!

5.06.2011

Sylvania Mini Tablet - Express... my experiences so far...



Ella on the gtablet
Just about one week ago, I believe it was Sunday May 1 to be exact, I decided that I would purchase a small el-cheap-o Android tablet. Initially the purchase was made for my three year old daughter, Ella. She's a smart little girl who LOVES gadgets almost as much as I do.


I take my Viewsonic gtablet to work with me every day, and every single time I get home Ella is at the door asking me "Daddy? Can I play da Angry Birds or your toy now?" (By "toy" she's referring to my gtablet. That stems from the first day I have it. I brought it home and told her "That's Daddy's new toy. You don't touch it." ... Obviously over time I've let her begin to play games and read books on it.) Video link of Ella playing on the gtablet.


Sylvania SYTABEX7
Anyway, enough rambling. I bought the Sylvania Mini Tablet Express for Ella so she wouldn't keep getting sticky little finger prints on my expensive tablet. I played with it for a while in it's original stock state and was actually pretty pleased with the feel of the device. It is a sturdy tablet and the 7" screen actually has a good, bright, easy to read screen. I'll admit it was a kick in the teeth to work on a resistive screen but after a little while I was surfing around like I would on any Android device. 


The coolest thing, in my opinion, that I've seen that comes stock is the ability to snap screen captures. It appears to be a native application as it was available in the OS that it came loaded with (DG2.01, or Android 2.1) and was still there after I manually updated to DG2.20 (or Android 2.2 Froyo).
LauncherPro Plus 0.8.5
After I got tired of the stock OS I did some Google searching and found that people are actually developing various fixes and things for this tablet. The main site I've personally been using is called "AndroidTablets.net". The forums on that site seem to have the most information. That being said, there are others out there that a quick Google search will dig up for you.


I was able to install most of my usual apps, including LauncherPro Plus, some Angry Birds and Opera Mobile (which needs tweaks yet).
I believe I was able to get Flash working too. All I did (after root and update) was rip the apk from my gtablet, remove the stock flash apk, and replaced it. In Opera Mobile I'm able to play some internet videos, however using KidsMode (which requires Flash) I have yet to succeed.


In closing, for $105 (with sales tax) and with manually updating the OS to DG2.20, it's actually a fairly solid piece to add to your Android device collection. I thought it was worth the gamble, and I'm glad I took that bet.


Now if we could just get some ROM love from the devs (and some releases from the manufacturer) I'd say this could be a great little everyday device. Some GApps would be awesome too. Still no access to the Android Market and I have yet to find a solid alternative.

4.29.2011

HBO GO® for Android... my experience playing with it on my HTC Hero (CDMA)

As you have probably heard, HBO has released a new application to the Android Market called "HBO GO®". 
Web Market Link
Once I heard this, I immediately had it downloaded and installed on my HTC Hero and my Viewsonic gtablet.

I was unseccessful when attempting to login on the gtablet. I get a constant FC, but only when I attempt to login. That being said, it works pretty good on the Hero running CM7.0.2

As far as I can tell, it works well when connected to a wifi point. I was getting an error when trying to watch over 3G. Something about not being able to stream the audio and that I should connect to wifi. I did just that and was able to watch a couple of minutes of Band of Brother as well as Boardwalk Empire (two of my favorite HBO programs).




NOTE: You must be an HBO subscriber to utilize the app as it was intended. I was able to login using my Comcast (Xfinity) account without issue.

4.22.2011

Easy way to post Blogger to Twitter

While I was on the hunt for a way to automatically post my (new) Blogger posts to Twitter, I stumbled upon TwitterFeed.com
If you haven't already, you should check it out. I'll be testing this later via the official Google Inc. Blogger App for Android. This is actually a test post right now! You're part of my own personal "Beta Test"! Be proud. You deserve it.


UPDATE: It appears that twitterfeed checks for new blogger posts at a minimum 30 minutes. Would be cooler (much cooler) if we could turn the scan time down a bit.

Found some sweet icons for my gtablet!

So, last night I was playing around with my gtablet (per usual). This time I was reworking the home screen and with the addition of VT-Lab's VTL.Launcher, by gojimi and the team at VEGAn-Tab, I thought it needed some high-res icons to fill the graphical void left by the stock icons. In my search I came across this forum on xda, and more specifically, this post. I thought that these were pretty sweet! Being that I was into the comic book collecting back in my day, I thought these suited me pretty good. Here is a quick sample (please go to the original forum to download if you choose):
And a shot showing how they look with VTL.Launcher:
Click to Enlarge (that's what she said?)