I’m having a bit of fatigue on phone applications, especially those phone applications that work well as mere web applications. Some web sites would prompt you to get the iPhone version of their website. That just serves very little benefit to me as a consumer. In fact it breaks the flow of things! Worse, you keep having to upgrade it on your phones to get new features for an application that you probably use once a week. One day my phone might feature a whole directory of websites. Things have to change, people will realize the problems with this soon. And stop of the apps. Enough is enough.
I finally gotten a HTC Desire HD as some may know. What I like about it is really the browser.
Not surprisingly the Android platform has applications that are — how shall I put it — less exciting. Compared to the Apple iPhone it has a lesser application store. Notable applications on the Android includes Gmail, Twitter and Maps.
Google did Maps very well and give it away for free. It’s the app that I am most willing to pay for but can’t.
What’s lacking in the HTC Desire HD for me is a Japanese keyboard and battery. The Desire HD can last me for a day, sometimes less all thanks to the huge screen. Sense UI is a beauty to look at but I wish users can easily uninstall applications such as Peeps and Teeter. The keyboard height is a little too tall for my liking too.
Overall I like the HTC Desire HD especially the small little features to discover of the user’s hand is holding the device and then reducing the ringtone volume. That’s a neat touch and it delights me that the phone is design with much consideration of how the user can possibly interact with the phone less apparently.
The video is a demonstration of Google Maps Navigation (Beta), an internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 phones.
Google Maps Navigation (Beta)
Like Borat would say, VERY NICE!
Android is the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Android offers a full stack: an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also contains a rich set of APIs that allows third-party developers to develop great applications. (Source: Andriod)
Actually I was just thinking about Android being the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Are they really the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform?
[EDIT: Changed titled, change URI, changed everything. Sorry.]