Monday, July 11, 2016

Pokemon fever is on...

Call the CDC or the WHO. It's on!
FEMA has no chance against this kind of pandemic. Pokemon GO is out. Literally!

In this came you have to go out and catch Pokemon in the wild. I mean you have to go out in reality. A dream for parents apparently. Now they don't have to tell the kids to leave the video game console and go out. They actually do it voluntarily! Shocking!

As a geocacher I have no problem to do so, and last weekend I hit the woods to get as many as I could. And yay, I've got some.
You can read how to play everywhere on the net. So I just brag about my Pokemons :)

That's what you get on opening the app. You should definitely follow that warning. My Ghastly appeared magically in my room. I almost shrugged :)

The reason for the delaying of the Pokemon GO launch: The Hype! Not even the current regions can be served without problems due to the insane demand. I knew it would go huge, but this... wow. No mainstream media that won't cover Pokemon GO.

Yay, got those while geoaching. Eevee is so cute. Those Zubats are really getting on my nerves.

And here. A Zubat attacks another geocacher. I could help by catching it right away. And today on my netcasting equipment, A Zubat tried to bite my cables. I showed them!

Walking, walking, walking. About 8 miles and not even closely enough. Tomorrow I'll travel over the border and try to catch more.
At Poke Gyms you can train your Pokemon, battle others, and take over if you're strong enough. Team Blue for the win, btw. While travelling you can come across Pokestops where you can get items for free.

Oh one thing, you need Pokeballs. I had never a problem till now, but this could be an issue. After all, you can play it for free but there are in-app purchases possible to get more balls and other items that will make your Pokemon life much easier. And your pocket emptier. Whatever ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Then I have more rooms for Pokemon...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Constantly Low Memory

You should think manufacturers have learned, but nope. They still spreading out (sometimes quite expensive) phones and tablets with 16 GB of RAM.
The microSD card option is only a weak replacement, since on most versions of Android it is just a data memory for files and even this is not widely used. It's not easy for devs to get their stuff working on an sdcard or they just don't care.

Google apps almost never works with the sdcard, rendering it useless. With no games installed, but using major Google apps, the storage is quickly filled up.
You'll guessed it. Many apps not even uses the sdcard for simple and profane caching memory. Horrible.

When does manufacturers finally learn? I don't know. After Google introduced adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, most vendors kicked the feature out on purpose. But still selling phones with way too less storage, at high prices.

My device is not even 1 year old and I'm constantly have to delete apps when I want to install others. I literally have to chose what's more important. But I needed much more apps than I can install.
A mind buckling 8GB are gonna be used from Google apps only. Not much left for games, right? Screw it Sony, screw it Samsung and screw it LG. My next device will either have 128GB+ for a decent price or adoptable storage. Sorry, no exceptions.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Aplus GV18 SmartWatch

Yepp, I tried the $28 Dollar Smartwatch from Aplus. And you know what, it's better than you might think.

Sure it is something uncomfortable to get the notifications working, and it has some weird issues on reconnecting when out of reach of the smartphone, but on the other side it's a full featured phone and can be used completely without a smartphone.
The battery lasts about 1 1/2 day with quite some usage. Might be 2 days with less often turning the screen on. You have to press a button to see anything.

The new theme you can see here is the only one. There are 3 analog watchfaces. That's all. The new version of the GV18 has a new processor and also a new software. You might wonder if you see other reviews. These are the old versions and they are not compatible to this one.

You can write and get SMS either on your smartphone or on your watch. All normal apps' notifications appear on your watch when connected via bluetooth. And yes, you can enable flught mode on the watch and still have bluetooth on to stay connected with your phone.

It can't compete with a Android Wear or a Pebble on an overall look, but there are things where this watch is even better. If you need notifications and a emergency phone, this might be an interesting options.

Hardware Parameter
  • CPU: 533MHz MTK6260A
  • Memory: 128M+64M, Suport microSD Maximum 32G
  • Display: 1.5'' inch TFT HD LCD; 240*240 px
  • Bluetooth: V3.0
  • Camera: 1.3M
  • Battery: 450mAh Polymer
  • Accellaration sensor: 3D acceleration, step counting analysis sedentary reminder, sleep monitor, Anti lost, remote camera 
  • NFC Support: Adapt automatically and data sync 

Function parameters

  • Call function: GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 four frequency call
  • Dial, hands-free, phone records, phone book; Bluetooth headset
  • Message: local SMS; SMS Bluetooth synchronization push
  • Entertainment: MP3, MP4, AVI format for local playback; Bluetooth music player
  • Reminder: tone and vibrating alert
  • 3 clock display themes
  • Bidirectional anti lost: anti lost to remind; bidirectional search
  • Pedometer: exercise step counting, calorie consumption calculation, the movement distance record
  • Remind: Sedentary long seat to remind
  • Sleep monitoring: monitoring the quality of sleep
  • Photograph: watch photograph; local memory storage;
  • Image display: PNG, JPG
  • Camera watch mobile phone to mobile phone remote control
  • Other functions: alarm clock; calendar stopwatch; calculator

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Google Brings New Messenger and Separate Video App - Allo and Duo

So now we have it.
Google's new messenger app and video calling. Allo for messaging and Duo for video.
End-2-end encryption and the messenger with a chatbot and chat suggestions.
Will be released this summer for Android and iOS.

Photos: Screenshot from Google I/O Livestream. © by Alphabet. All rights reserved 

So what I feared came true. Hangouts is dead. That explains why there was no feature boost for long.
I don't know why there is a separate app for video. But well, that is not important.
Or? People need to install those. I really hope they replace Hangouts via an update with the two new services automatically or both will go nowhere.

Heres the official blog post from Google: Say hello to Allo and Duo

Only Hours Before Google I/O 2016

Today it's the day. Google once again showing us the way it heads at the Google I/O. Under the Alphabet label now, it has been a distracting ride so far. And with the reason introducing to "Google Spaces", it just might go on like that.

The question is will we see more of these redundant services, splattering all over the place. Recently it felt like if a product needs improvement, Google comes up with just another service. If there is a plan, Google should quickly tell us about. At the moment i feels like a Asylum for ideas from geniuses and no evolving anymore.
Features that Google requests for ages in Google+ comments? Now available in Spaces. A totally new product. And not enough, it has a chat feature. Well, what was about Hangouts and the audio message? Well every major messenger has this feature now, except Hangouts. End-2-end encryption? Nope.
Now that could be announced today, right? RIGHT? I mean at the moment is one of the most insecure service for your chat, after even WhatsApp turned full end-2-end encryption. Google must follow now. But I'm frustrated. Yes, I lost my faith in Google. They make illogical decisions at the moment. Even if there is a master plan, it is harmful that people are not getting informed.

So what is to be expected from the I/O this year?

-> The real name of the Doctor... umm I mean of Android N.
Yeah, you know that is probably the most exiting thing :). Speculation will end.

->VR stuff
Very of the projects that gives me question marks in my eyes. Do really think someone that mass market is ready for it? Just when the world goes mobile? Okay, I wanted this 20 years ago, now it's no longer relevant to me.

->Nexus devices
No. This would be very unlikely. It's too early. However it would be awesome.

->Google Spaces
They better give a hell of a demonstration. Right now I'm rubbing my eyeballs. Why? Google Docs, Hangouts,Google+ light.

->Project Chirp
This is interesting. Google's answer to Amazon Echo. Bring it on. NOW and in all major countries right away.

Seriously, I'm going to wait for something unexpected. Just like it was in recent years.
I sound very skeptical this time. But the last Google-Year I was disappointed extremely. Let's do it better from now on Google, will ya?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Google Trips is Pretty and Useful

Google Trips is out. I'm glad I'm in the first line in this beta test. I made some experience with it, and I really hope this will emerge soon for everyone.

Google Trips collect all you reservation from Gmail or Inbox and makes it accessible. You can add locations around from recommendations you'll get automatically within the app, you can save favorites and you'll find out about places to eat near you. A great feature is to download the whole info package for a location to use it offline.

You can also add any trip manually, which is a real great thing, since you're not always book a hotel for a trip. Now you can manage your trips in one place. Nice idea.

The UI is very nice and easy to understand. However this is an early beta and the team wants feedback. I'll gave them and will continue to try out stuff.
One little thing that could get better are restaurant recommendations. Have a sort of filter for price range or vegan/vegetarian options to show would be much better.

All in all I really like what I see here and how the app works. Let's hope it's out of beta soon, so anyone can enjoy it.