Ask NerdGirl: App Download Protection, HTC Magic to 2.0, Trimming Video, Copy and Paste in Gmail, and It’s Delicious.com!
Jul 2, 2010 5:00 PM –
Welcome to today’s late afternoon / early evening edition of Ask NerdGirl!
There is an app that says you have to unclick “download protection”. How do you unclick the protection and where?
Go to Menu >> Settings >> Applications and then check “Unknown sources.” This will allow non-Market applications to install to your phone which is the “download protection” I think the developer was talking about.
About a year ago, I got a HTC Magic (Vodafone, UK) and I’m getting slightly annoyed about all these new toys not working for Android OSs before the 2.X series.
Considering my own searches have turned up nothing, and Vodafone’s moderators are closing every topic that asks that question, do you have any idea when this is gonna happen?
I ‘COULD’ root my phone, but I’d need a very simple rooting guide, should the update not come at all.
Thanks in advance,
Vodafone has confirmed that there will be an update to Android 2.0. There is no date for this although I would assume that with 2.2 currently rolling out and whispers of 3.0 (Gingerbread) headed to phones before the end of the year, Vodafone and HTC would like to get this upgrade out sooner than later.
There will be no further upgrades after 2.0 because of hardware limitations. This is something to think about before rooting your phone. If a company can go to 2.1 at this point they usually try to do that. If you root your phone to 2.1 you may actually decrease the performance of your phone.
Thanks for answering another of my questions, this time about security apps! I downloaded Norton immediately and have been putting it through the paces. Apart from a few force closes (yay for betas!) I think it will do the trick. You’re the best!
I also want to say I really look forward to seeing your column every time I open my feed reader, I ALWAYS learn something new and useful. Keep up the great work!
So I have another question, this time on behalf of a friend…
My friend is looking for an app that will not only take video, but allow him to do some very basic editing (i.e. cropping) and sharing. For example, he may need to video an object for a minute or two, in anticipation of an event occurring. Once the event has occurred he then wants to cut the dead air before & after the event and email the end result. Simple as that.
I figure a mobile device doesn’t have the horses to do ‘real’ video editing, but is there anything out there that would do simple cropping?
Oh, and he uses a Moto Droid with 2.1. (He’s the guy that talked me into ditching my Blackberry for a Droid!)
Your friend can use Qik Video to record, trim, and share his videos all in one free app. This is going to be his best bet.
And tell your friend thank you for me. I’m sure you’ve already taken him out to dinner to celebrate your freedom from RIM!
I cannot overstate the awesomeness of GMAIL. I love it and use it religiously, but lack of copy and paste functionality is a drawback unless it’s there and I’m missing it. Are there other Mail apps available you could recommend?
I love Gmail. I’ve had it since 2005 and haven’t looked back since. If you have a physical keyboard on your phone, if you hold Shift and slide your finger over the text you want to copy you can highlight and copy it. To paste it, long press in the text box and the paste option will come up.
If anyone knows a work around if you don’t have a physical keyboard, please let me know.
Chief Editor’s 2-cents: Being that I have an Android without a physical keyboard, my work-around was using K9 Mail. Note: this workaround really sucks if you only have one email address… but here goes. You can install and configure K9 Mail using your Gmail account credentials, once installed go to Forward the email, K9 Mail displays the full text to copy and paste. The good news is with Android 2.2 (Froyo), Google offered copy and paste in Gmail. Yay!
Hopefully a simple question. I use delicious.com to sync my bookmarks across multiple computers (Windows PC and Mac). What’s the best way of getting these bookmarks on to my recently purchased Motorola Milestone (upgraded to 2.1)? Or if you can suggest a better service I would be willing to give that a go as well.
Many thanks and keep up the good work,
There is a simple answer to your simple question! There is an app called Bookmarking for Delicious.com that allows you to connect and create bookmarks on your Android with the mobile version of Delicious.com!