Closing on 2010 blogging year …

After all, this blog resource started as a blogging experiment. Today the last day of year 2010 the only thing I can share is my closing year blogging summary. I am pretty sure this may not be of an interest of anyone else but it will be my closing blog post and a way to compare my blogging activities next year.

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Installing Android apps from “Unknown Sources” – Checked

This morning waking up early while still fighting Jet-lag symptoms and decided to find out a bit more about installing Android applications from “Unknown Sources”.

This Android feature is particular interesting since it allows Android developers and enthusiasts to try applications before they officially hit the “Android Market“. Most of the time this is necessary for validating the application on real HW before committing to release to the massive distribution channel and in particular it allows to run the so called “Beta programs“. Most mobile development platforms would allow you to do this some more restricted than others well, iPhone platform is an exception since there is not a lot of different HW options to try your application on anyways.

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USB Store/debugging on Nexus One – checked !!

I was about to title this post something like “I got a nexus one and now what?” but I have been doing a lot of things with my new smart phone even without trying to hack it that it would not make any sense so instead I am going to record today’s experience trying to figure out how to connect my Nexus One to my Ubuntu box and it possibilities.

Basic ingredients:

  • Need a nexus one smart phone (Any Android OS based phone will do but recipes may be slightly different)
  • USB cable/connector. (The one that came inside your phone box)
  • A PC with your favorite OS; Ubuntu Linux 64 Bits is good enough for me.

Note that ingredients described in list above would work just fine for any of the following recipies.

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My Nexus One ROCKS in mainland China

Three months ago my quest to get a rare Nexus One (the “ATT” 3G optimized version) came to an end. I had finally won an “eBay” bid not after several attempts and waiting 7 days for receiving the package as advertised by the seller. This was my very first “eBay” transaction and the only one so far (I may be also a rare not addicted for bidding kind of individual) but that was the only way to secure one of these now called Google development phones compatible with my network of preference. Yes you can get your Nexus One optimized for T-Mobile 3G bands directly from Google if you are registered as Android Developer. Ofcourse if you want to stick with TMobile as your wireless provider the newest Google development phone is the “Nexus S” based on Galaxy S family from Samsung.

As you may know already Google’s development phones are not subsidized therefore you will need to pay a considerable amount of money up front  to get the phone in your hands but that compared with freedom you get is northing.You get the latest updates of Android OS right at the minute it is released plus they come “Unlocked” which means you can use any SIM card compatible with GSM/HS-U-D-PA tri-bands pretty much the standard worldwide.

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