Author Archive for Shawn Murphy


NewsRoom RSS quick review

So, I recently bought the NewsRoom RSS app by Trileet Inc. So far, I’m really liking it.

I’m a big news junkie, especially when it comes to phones, and it’s nice to be able to look at new blogs on my favorite websites in a nice interface.

When you open the application, you get icons for your favorite sites (you can select from some they list or enter your own).  In the upper right hand corner of the icon will be a number indicating if there are any new updates.  Clicking on an icon will bring up the feeds for that site, and it brings them up in card form.  You start with the newest one first, and by swiping to the right, you can go through previous articles that were updated.  Swiping up will open that particular article into an actual page that is built into the app.  Once done reading, you can swipe back down to go back to the cards.  The app gives you four pages to load up, allowing nine icons per page.  While on any of the four main pages, swiping down will give you the option to mark all feeds as read.

One really neat option of this app are widgets.  You can select to place a widget of your favorite site on your Android home screen.  When the widget is clicked, it will open that feed in the NewsRoom RSS app.

Overall, I’m really liking this app.  There is a trial of the app in the Android Marketplace.  Price is $4.99.  Well worth it, in my opinion.

I’ll post some videos from their website so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about.

NewsRoom RSS video


New Motorola Calgary/Devour pic

So, a new pic of the Motorola Devour, which is headed to Verizon, was leaked to the interwebs.  It shows the phone in a sliver color, which is in addition to the picture of the black version leaked a little while ago.  Specs-wise, I don’t think anything has changed.  It looks like a solidly built phone, but not my cup of tea.

Pics courtesy of Boy Genius Report.


What OS are the US phones using?

Since there seems to be a few different versions of the Android OS running on the available Android phones in the US, I’ve decided to do a run down of what phone is running what OS.

  • G1 (T-Mobile) – 1.6
  • myTouch 3G (T-Mobile) – 1.6
  • Cliq (T-Mobile) – 1.5
  • Eris (Verizon) – 1.5
  • Droid (Verizon) – 2.0
  • Hero (Sprint) – 1.5
  • Moment (Sprint) – 1.5
  • Backflip (Rumored for AT&T) – 1.5
  • Devour (Rumored for Verizon) – 2.0 or 2.1
  • Nexus One – 2.1

I decided to put the Backflip and Devour on the list because they are most likely to be confirmed at CES 2010.  The OS’s that they will be running are kind of up in the air, so I put the OS I’ve heard was rumored to be on the phone.  These phones do exist, it’s just a matter of them being announced.

Sprint is supposed to be upgrading the Hero and Moment to 2.1 in Q1 of 2010.  The G1 on T-Mobile is rumored to be getting an OTA update, shooting it up to 2.1, but I haven’t heard anything about the myTouch getting the upgrade.  It wouldn’t make any sense to upgrade the G1 and not the myTouch. Verizon will give the Droid a 2.1 upgrade in Q1, and the Eris is supposed to be getting an upgrade to 2.0 or 2.1 in Q1, as well.  The Backflip is rumored to be released with 1.5 and the Devour is rumored to have 2.1, both with the MotoBlur interface.  This should provide some hope of an upgrade for Cliq owners, such as myself.  If the Devour does get released with 2.1, then the MotoBlur interface is already adapted to it.  Once T-Mobile gets it and gets done tweaking it to their liking, all should be good.  But why, then, wouldn’t the Backflip be released with 2.1 instead of 1.5?  I guess AT&T and Motorola know the answer to that.

Things are looking bright for Android in 2010.  I hope that they get their devices all caught up to the same page, or close to it.


Motorola Cliq review

So, I’ve decided to do a brief review on the Motorola Cliq, the Android phone I am currently using.  I’ve got an hour and a half until 2010 here, so there’s time.

A lot of people have been slagging the Cliq for being a “fun” phone or for being a “kid’s” phone.  Why is it a “kid’s” phone?  Is it because it is geared more towards people who use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter?  I know plenty of adults in there 30’s and 40’s who use Facebook and Twitter. Nonsense, I say.

The Cliq is a very solid feeling phone.  It’s got a little more weight to it than say a myTouch 3G, but I personally like that.  Some people do, some don’t.

The display is a tiny bit smaller than a myTouch or G1 (3.1″ for the Cliq, 3.2″ for the myTouch & G1), and it is noticable.  I didn’t think it would be, but it is.  It is a 3G capable phone, which is a benefit for some people where T-Mobile has their 3G service, but it won’t make a difference to everyone else.  It has a 5mp camera, but with no flash.  The Cliq is running Android 1.5, whereas the myTouch and G1 are both running 1.6, and the G1 is rumored to be jumping to 2.0 or 2.0.1 in the near future.  There are rumors of the Cliq getting upgraded to 2.0 or 2.1, and with the upcoming Motorola Devour on Verizon running Android 2.1 with MotoBlur, I think there’s a very good chance of the Cliq getting that update, once T-Mobile tweaks it a bit.  Also on the front of the phone underneath the screen are three buttons.  A menu button, home button, and previous window button.

The sliding mechanism for the keyboard feels sold and sounds solid.  It’s a very nice click, almost like a little thud, when the keyboard opens and closes.  I like it.

The keyboard itself is ok.  I don’t like how tiny the spacebar is.  Having the D-Pad on the left doesn’t really bother me.  I can see it being used mostly by gamers, but I don’t really play games on my Cliq.  It’s a 3 row Qwerty keyboard, with each key having an alternative symbol in the upper right corner.  To access these, you need to push the Alt key (duh).  What’s neat is that when the Alt key is pressed, the numbers and symbols light up to bring them more to you attention.  The bottom row of keys, underneath the 3 row Qwerty, consists of the alt key, a search key, spacebar, symbol key, and a previous window key.

On the back of the screen when the keyboard is open is a lit up Motorola “M”.  It’s actually pretty nice.  Very subtle.

Call quality is very good.  No complaints on either end.

Haven’t tried bluetooth so I can’t comment on that.

Overall, I like the Cliq.  It does what it’s supposed to do.  It gives the Android experience, even though it’s a little bit of a dated experience (1.5).  It’s a good, fun phone.


Who is The Android Blogger?

My name is Shawn, and I’m The Android Blogger.  I’m doing this because I absolutely love the Android OS and the phones that are associated with it.

I’ve been in love with smartphones ever since I had the T-Mobile SDA.  This was my first journey into the smartphone world.  From there, I went on to a white Blackberry Pearl 8100, and my obsession was born.  I’ve had the current phones at one time or another, all used on T-Mobile:

  • Blackberry 8320
  • Blackberry 8220
  • Blackberry 8900
  • Blackberry 9700
  • Blackberry 9530
  • G1
  • myTouch 3G
  • Motorola Cliq

I have rooted the G1 and myTouch 3G to see what it was about.  While it is an interesting experience, it isn’t for everybody.  I also have uploaded several “leaked” OS’s on my BB’s, again, not for everyone.

I’m going to be posting my own reviews of Android apps and various other aspects of Android and Android phones, from a regular guy’s point of view.  I’ll probably be reposting a lot from other sites, if they allow me to.  I’m not made of money, so Android handsets won’t be passing through my hands a whole bunch.  I’m using a Cliq right now, unrooted.

I’ll also be providing info about other OS’s, when I feel it necessary.

Hopefully, this site will help some people out.  I’m not an expert, just a regular guy.

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