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Review: Cloud Printing from your device

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One of the subjects that has been a great problem for a long time, actually since the days of Windows Mobile, is the need one has from time to time to print directly from the device.

To tell you the truth, at some point in the past I got tired from trying to find a solution for this issue and just let it go. However, during my last trip to Latin America, I had the need to print a new version of a contract urgently, and then noticed that my hotel (The Hilton Reforma Mexico City) had a kind of a cloud service on place for printing, and the use of the service was simple and rewarding. That's right, I used my computer for that, but it gave me again the appetite to try to find a solution that will make me able to do the same from the phone or from the tablet.

So I went for a visit to the "print" search at Google Play. I've got a list which was at the same time inspiring and disappointing. Inspiring because there are many people working on this subject. Disappointing because most of the things I've found were either useless, not comfortable, or expensive.

You can find there three kinds of apps:

- Software from the different printer makers, which seem to work fine, but at most support their own printers in Wifi or Bluetooth, and require us to install ALL the packages from the different makers if we want to support (almost) all printers.

- Free software that doesn't really work or misses much of the functionality we need.

- Software that sells for $10 or more.

However, in the middle of this mess I was able to find a real gem: Cloud Print by the developer Paulo Fernandes.

At first sight, I loved the fact that the developer was ready to put his own name behind the app. This shows seriousness. Additionally, he was ready to give us a full free version, with only 3 small limitations, and charge around $3 (depending on exchange rates) for the full version - a very fair price comparing to all others that were offering similar functionality.

So I decided to test it, and my conclusions are here for you after the break.

Upgrading my HTC Desire to Android 2.3 Gingerbread


OK, I have been already for 6 months with my HTC Desire, have upgraded it to FroYo, which left it approximately the same way it was previously with Eclair, and was already beginning to get bored.

What was left? Trying an upgrade to newly released Gingerbread.

The picture above already gives you an idea of the result......

My two main concerns:

1. Finding a ROM version that was reliable - since the Desire is my primary device,
2. Having Hebrew in the device at the end of the process - since without Hebrew using the device in Israel will be impossible, even though my calendar and phonebook are kept in English.

More after the break.

Android Users: now you can take our site with you

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OK, I admit: this site does not get updated every day.

The reason for that is simple, this is mostly an opinion & blog website, and I care to come here and update it only when I have something to say.

Considering this, I always try to provide tools that will facilitate receiving the site updates even when users don't come here everyday.

Well, this is the deal with our new functionality for Android Users:

 

We have published a new Android application which brings all the updates directly from the website. You can set this application to sync with the website automatically according to a schedule you choose, or to sync manually only. When syncing, all the updates on the site will be brought to the palm of your hand, and you will see them in the list you have in the left. Read items will have our icon in B&W, unread items will have it in color.

Full link between computer and Android Phone


I have recently received this information from a member of my Hebrew website www.mobilityfreak.co.il and thought it would be nice to share it here as well.

Member of the site adunsky describes a way to create a link and transfer information OTA between a computer running the Chrome browser and an Android device. The whole functionality can be very interesting for people that are frequently busy moving information from one to the other.

So here it goes after the break.

Having my wallet everywhere I am


Well, having my wallet everywhere I am seems quite trivial when I am talking about my physical wallet - yes, that one that holds the bills - but it may not be so when I am talking about an electronic wallet that holds my passwords and personal data.

In the past, when I used my Windows Mobile device, I used to use eWallet from Ilium Software, a great wallet system which had a very good desktop companion and Windows Mobile Client for keeping the wallet updated everywhere. Every day I would connect my device to the PC and the wallets would sync.

Then I moved to Android, and all that Ilium could offer me in this platform was a viewer to my wallet, while all the editing was supposed to be done in the PC. Better than nothing, but not enough for me. I was out to find my new wallet software.

Luckilly, in the same days, SBSH announced their new Safewallet 2, and with it a version for Android to be released soon (meanwhile it has already been released). Knowing the quality of SBSH products, I decided I ought to try it. And so I did.

Two months and a half with Android, some opinions

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I am completing these days 2.5 months with the HTC Desire, my first ever Android phone.

As a part of the festivities, I have prepared some opinions to publish regarding things I have felt and used in the device. This article summarizes it all and is an exclusive for this website, since I have not written an Hebrew version for MobilityFreak.

So, here we go.

Upgrading my HTC Desire to Froyo 2.2

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Well, two weeks ago I decided that I was going to upgrade my HTC Desire to FroYo 2.2. That was after I understood that Google and HTC had already released the version for many unlocked/unbranded devices, but understood as well that this upgrade wouldn't get so fast to me, since I did not even know from which country my device was in its origin. So I decided to do it myself.

As everything that you do it for the first time, you are bound to make a mess out of it, and it brought me memories of my first upgrade to my i-mate 2020 when I almost bricked the device and it took me a day or two to get it back to work. This time wasn't meant to be different.

One smart thing I did....

....was to find a good teacher and have him ready to help in every step that I needed. I would like to thank the user shlomov from www.mobilityfreak.co.il for the help, since I would never be able to complete the task without him.

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So, when will we see a good XMLRPC Client for Android?

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I have been looking all around for a good blogging solution for an Android phone, and couldn't find a real one.

I had one or two limited solutions in Windows Mobile, which did not support Hebrew but could do something.

Here at Android, I can only find Drupal Power, which I couldn't get to work with successfully in two days of trying to change its settings, which are not complicated at all. It just doesn't work.

Well, I guess I can do it from the browser, though I have never tried. But it would be a good idea to have an offline client.

Someone interested in taking it forward?

Roadsync for Android: Exchange in your Android device


One of the reports that I am getting frequently in the last weeks regarding the Nexus One is about disappointment of users that discover that they cannot sync their Exchange Account to the device.

Fear not !!! Roadsync for Android is here for you!

Roadsync is a package developed by Dataviz, which is usually recognized by their successful Documents-to-Go software. Roadsync has been for years a very successful software on Symbian, solving problems that Mail for Exchange cannot solve. It is based on Microsoft Activesync, and has been lately ported to the Android platform.

Cost is very low (only $9.99 at the Android market), installation is simple, and in 5 minutes you can be sync'ing your account.

All the details at Dataviz's website.

How new phone gossip is created and companies lose control of it

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Today I came into my daily task of updating PocketPCFreak.com and while taking a look at PPCSG.com I found the following beginning paragraph on a piece of news about a new Xperia X5 concept phone:

"Sony Ericsson is really going strong on this. They have created the Sony Ericsson X5 concept phone. This is based on the design of Shane A. Bygrave, who created the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X5 Android phone."

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