Category: Android

Samsung Note 4–contact sync issue

After updating my Note 4 to Android 5.1.1, I noticed that a few of my contacts weren’t synchronizing correctly from Google.  After looking into it further, I realized there were MANY contacts that were missing.  No real pattern, but I’ve never seen this before. I tried to resolve the problem by stopping the sync for… Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S3 – quick review

My original Motorola Droid was approaching four years old and over the holidays the 3G crapped out.  It was a serviceable phone, but some apps started to weigh down the phone, and if I used Navigation, I had to have it on a charger.  I was also debating the cost/benefit of keep my “unlimited data”… Read more »

Google Maps GPS integration

A family friend came down to visit, and he got a bit lost.  One way to avoid this is to look up an address on Google Maps and save it to your GPS.  This also helps you get an idea of what routing options you have for your trip.   Select the address, then click… Read more »

Installing a ROM on a Motorola Droid 1

I just updated the firmware on my Motorola Droid (version 1, two years told).   Project Elite 5 was the first ROM I loaded after I rooted my Verizon Droid Version 1 phone.  I updated to CynogenMod 7, but it appeared to be buggy, and I had performance issues, including the phone rebooting while using the… Read more »

UPDATE: Google “advanced sign-in security”

When you bump into people at a funeral discussing e-mail security problems, you know it’s a mainstream issue.  A woman we were chatting with just spent the better part of two weeks restoring access to her MSN account after she received a variation of the “Mugged in London” scam.  The result was someone hijacked her… Read more »

Android Software List

Lots of people are getting Android phones.  My last update was in January, so it’s overdue.  The most compelling feature of the Android devices is the integration of all the applications, and in particular with Google Services.  For example, search from the home screen can include Text, e-mail, contacts, calendar, or web.  The Droid is… Read more »

Google Mail Android App Update

I have an original Droid, and while downloading updates today, I noticed a GMail application.  It didn’t show up as an update, but as a new application.  I installed it, and I am very impressed with the new features.  Message threads are easier to follow and it uses color highlights to good advantage. Highly recommended,… Read more »

Droid 2.2 firmware update (Froyo)

I waited until the official firmware release, but I’m impatient, and I have concerns about Verizon bastardizing some features (USB tethering, etc).  The install was smooth, but I had to remove the battery after the restart when the system appeared to hang during initialization (eye of Sauron animation), then all was well.  Minor interface changes… Read more »

Droid GPS Problem and fix

Last Friday, my Droid GPS started acting up.  While trying to estimate my travel time from a bus on the NJ Turnpike, the Google Maps screen went blue.  After trying to reset my Location several times, I turned on different Layers, then zoomed out.  The screen was blue because the GPS thought I was in… Read more »