Apps.

What happened?
– When I open BBM on android why is there no ability to change the default tab?

What did you expect to happen?
– I expect to see the option to select which tab is default.  I want to have the ability to choose to have the bbm chat tab as default rather than being forced to switch from the contacts tab. In reality this is how it should be.  When you hit the bbm icon to open the app it should automatically take you to the chat tab if there are open chats. If none are active/open then I would expect to be shown the contacts tab.

How often do you observe this?
– Every time I use the app.

Steps needed to get to this situation:
1. Convince the powers that be to pick up an android device and open the app. They’ll quickly figure out what I’m talking about. 

Steps to resolve this issue:
1. Convince the last few remaining BlackBerry users to convert to another platform. (extremely unlikely to occur)
2. BBM ceases to exist. (also unlikely to occur)
3. The tech wizards in Canada decide to incorporate a user requested change without months of betazone testing. (almost as likely to occur as a cow actually jumping over the moon)

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The following is a list of Android applications that I use and would not hesitate to recommend to a new user. Some of them are free, some are not. Those that are not free I’ve found jto be worthy of spending my hard earned money on. This list is in no particular order of preference. This list forgoes any applications that I use that require root privileges to function.
— @QBall45

Dolphin Browser

Dropbox

Evernote

Facebook

Feedly

Gasbuddy

iHeartRadio

Instagram

Nova Launcher

PicSay Pro

Press (RSS Reader)

SwiftKey Keyboard

Plume For Twitter

Domino’s Pizza

Craigslist For Android (Clapp)

Tapatalk 4

Chrome Browser

Business Calendar

BeWeather

Amazon Mobile

Dogcatcher Podcast Player

Solid Explorer

Alarm Clock Xtreme

ES File Explorer

This is a basic list of applications for the new android user.  By no means does one need to have any of these installed to enjoy the android experience.  However, this is a good place to start.

BeWeather – Everyone wants to know what the weather is doing.  While there are some other excellent choices there is not much better than BeWeather.  The radar is what truly sets it apart and above the others.  This is without a doubt well worth the money.

Dolphin Browser HD – This is the best android browser available.  (I’ve tried just about everything available)  There are plugins that provide additional features like FireFox on the pc.  (yes there is a FireFox android browser available.  However, it sucks.)

Google Plus aka G+ – This is simply the best instant messaging application available for android.  Personally, I don’t use the Facebook like part of it.  I use G+ rather than Gtalk because I can send pictures and group functionality works nice.

SwiftKey 3 – This is my preferred keyboard.  It functions flawlessly and the predictions are superior to any other keyboard. 

Greader – My preferred rss feed reader.

DogCatcher – One of the best podcast applications I’ve used.

ES File Explorer – Everyone should have a good file explorer.  This is free and among the best. 

Plume – I’ve tried almost every Twitter client available and always come back to Plume.  What more can I say?

TapaTalk – If you love to browse the forums you’ll want this. 

K9 Mail – I have a bunch of email accounts on my android and hate the stock android Mail client.  K9 Mail just works great for me.

DropBox & Box – Both are excellent choices for your cloud storage needs.  They allow you to have access to your important files from anywhere with an Internet connection and a browser.  Upload your files from either pc or mobile device and access from anywhere.  Personally, I use both on a daily basis. 

Ever note – Simply the best cross platform note application available.  Works great on both mobile and pc.

All things Google – I have yet to be disappointed by any Google application.  The only exception being Google Reader and Google Music.  Others may not agree. 

@QBall45

There is no need to run on into a full detailed description of what Facebook is and how the android application functions.  So, I won’t.  What I wanted to say about it this morning is that there is been an update available for your downloading pleasure in the Play Store.  Big deal right?  Applications update all the time so what? 

So what?
In this Aug23, 2012 v1.9.8 update you will find three nice additional features.  Two of which I am personally certain that I will use and one I won’t. 

Change Log
New: Easily create events (something useful I’m sure but not for me)
New: Share photos faster with new Upload Flow
New: Add photos and emoji to messages

One word of caution… I have had multiple force closes with this particular update.  I’m uncertain and haven’t verified with other trusted android abusers if this is a bug in the application or possibly just an isolated case of “application not playing rnice with my rom of choice.”  I will do some checking and if I find in fact it is a bug in the application I will attach a link to the previous version here.

UPDATE:
I have checked in with several other trusted android abusers to see if they were seeing the same force close issue that I found. Consensus is that yes there appears to be a bug in today’s v1.9.8 update. If you are experiencing these issues grab the previous 1.9.7 version HERE
@QBall45

I’ve previously written on the subject of mobile application developers.  Most of the time it’s in a positive light.  Once in a while I trip over something that just needs to have a spotlight shown on it.  As is the case today.  Below you will find a screen shot of an email reply from a developer to a paying customer.

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This is simply inexcusable behavior by a professional developer.  Period.  I can not begin to imagine what he was thinking. Obviously he wasn’t.

In the case of developers that display poor judgment or fail miserably at providing quality customer service after accepting payment I have no option but to bring it forth to the public. 

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Do you find yourself spending to much time glued to your office computer working on that important “project” for the boss?  Why not free yourself from the bonds of that computer and take your work with you with this mobile Microsoft Office application?  Not interested in shelling out the big bucks for a mobile app you may not use to often?  Check out the Amazon App Store today for QuickOffice Pro normally a $14.99 app. However, today it’s the Free App of the Day.
Features:
Create, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files on the go.  Seamlessly access Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, Huddle, SugarSync, and MobileMe.  Open and view PDF documents, including password protected and encrypted files.  Take pictures with your Android’s camera and paste them neatly into documents.

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@QBall45

About August 11th I was made aware of the fact that my favorite BlackBerry weather application was in public beta testing for Android.  Naturally i jumped right in.  After about a week and a half of testing our friends at Bellshare have released BeWeather to the public in the Android Market.  For a limited time the price is $1.99 get it now before the price rises.  This is one of those applications that fall into that muat have category.   @QBall45

From the Bellshare forums:
Features – Current conditions including “Feels like” temperature, wind, pressure, dew point, humidity. – Visually stunning display of weather information using high definition videos – 7-day forecast with high/low temperature and precipitation probability – 24-hour forecast with temperature, precipitation probability, wind and humidity – Track your location via GPS/cell – Instant weather advisory notifications (US only) via push technology (Android 2.2 and higher) – Built-in animated radar and satellite maps (US only) – Replace/extend the default radar maps with your preferred weather service’s radar maps! – 6 Homescreen widgets with a total of 11 different widgets. Fully customizable – Get more accurate conditions by switching to a nearby weather stations for any location – Add custom web cams and other media links (weather radio, video, HTML etc) to any location. – Sunrise/Sunset times and moon phase – Completely customize BeWeather using iconsets, fonts and colors

Minimum System Requirements Android OS 2.1 or later (2.2 for advisory push)

Devices with issues: HTC Sensation (Lag) HTC Evo 3D (Lag)

Devices without issues: HTC Desire HD HTC Evo 3G HTC Wildfire S Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S2 Motorola Droid 2