Ask NerdGirl: LG’s UI, Go Bluetooth, DROID Snob, Broken Home, and Clear That Cache!
Jun 10, 2010 2:01 PM –
Being sick in no fun. But I’m back on my feet and answering your questions!
Hi Nerd Girl (love the name!)
Anyway I agreed with everything you said on the string dealing with Android phones.
I just got the newest Android phone from Verizon, LG Ally. It’s great on apps except for two (of course I have only had it for two days). One is the contact list. I have Outlook so, I did the CSV file and imported into Google Gmail, then the phone syncs with that. But when I went to the Contact program in my phone it was missing some of the data elements and most importantly the “Grouping” feature that is on the HTC Incredible (and probably others)
Why would the contact apps be so different? And can I get the contact app changed?
The contact apps are normally tied to the manufacturer’s hardware. Like HTC phones mostly use HTC Sense. This is why the Incredible can do the grouping. Motorola has Motoblur. LG has a UI, but there isn’t a spiffy name for it, that I’m aware of at least. I do know that it’s a sore spot for many LG owners.
There are ways around everything of course! This brings us back to our old friend rooting. If you don’t like the way the phone is built to do something you can root the phone and find a ROM that does everything your heart desires.
Also, search the market. There are apps made to group contacts but then you may run into the issue of having more than one app for your contact information and things may get confusing.
Android in general and this non-existent Bluetooth connection. Yes you can answer and hang-up, but there is no voice dialing capability. And I am not seeing any noise about when it should be fixed. You have voice dialing but you have to use the phone then select the number you want and then hit call. That is no hands free! Any suggestions?
Since this is such a common question I just wanted to address it again. Android 2.2 (Froyo) does fix this common Bluetooth complaint. I made a list of all the phones in theory that should be getting the update to 2.2 this year in a past entry. If you want it now, depending on your phone, the option to root is always there.
I bought a Motorola Droid and I love it. A lot of my friends have been getting Android based phones as well and they call them Droids. The initial ad campaign pegged the Motorola Droid as a Droid but now everyone is calling Android phones Droids. Is this some marketing technique because of Verizon’s successful ad campaign or are people blatantly confused and need to be corrected?
Penn – “Droid snob”
Verizon loves the Droid moniker. They do call all their Motorola and HTC phones Droid whatever. Like mine is the HTC Droid Eris. Anything running the Android operating system is technically a droid, but the Motorola DROID is the only one who’s name is just that. So your friends are right, but you, Penn, have the only pure DROID, not a droid blah, blah, blah.
You can still be a droid snob, but aim it at the Windows, Apple, Blackberry, and Palm people!
Well I just came across you on Tapp. Thought I would ask a question. I’m trying to learn all this new knowledge out there. My HTC Hero was 1.5 now got upgrade to 2.1 which means finally can do more things but there’s pro and cons to that. I used Panda Home on 1.5 which worked great. Didn’t care for their picture themes but the performance was great, but on 2.1 it’s not as good and Panda Home has a Panda Home 2 for my phone. New update. A lot of bad reviews on it, but it’s new and it takes time to work out kinks.
Well someone told me about Crazy Home and it’s out of this world or seems to be. Trying to find a video how it all works. There are Crazy Home and Crazy Home Lite, but it doesn’t have where you can hide the icons that you don’t use so they’re not in the way. At least I don’t think it does. I use Tapp, Crazy Home Productions, RJP Themes is all I try to use. Ones I come to trust. Now you.
So I’m looking for best home replacement, which I think is Crazy Home. That looked good, but can’t get it on my phone. I just want my phone to be cool, to my taste, ah. Can you help, or can you understand all the craziness above? LOL! I’m off today so trying to get my phone all hooked up.
I’m not sure why Crazy Home wouldn’t be working on your Hero. It doesn’t require rooting so it should be working fine. I’ve heard good things about this home replacement as well. I have talked about a few others in a past entry. However, for your desired level of customization, you should look into rooting your phone. There are a lot of options for the Hero. Look into it and let me know how it went!
Will they ever get it where stuff you search on the market on your phone you can delete or erase so it doesn’t take up space?
What you can do to free up space is clear out your cache from apps. This will also speed up your phone a little. It’s like cleaning up temp files from your computer. The process can be a little time consuming depending on how many apps you have installed. Not all of the apps will have a cache to clear out, but some of them will.
To do this go to Menu » Settings » Applications » Manage Applications.
Now when you do this you’ll see about halfway down a box that says “Clear cache.” If there’s cache to clear you can hit that and open up some memory.