BlackBerry may put Android system on new device

BlackBerry may put Android system on new device — “The sources, who asked not to be named as they have not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the move to use Android is part of BlackBerry’s strategy to pivot to focus on software and device management. BlackBerry, which once dominated smartphone sales, now has a market share of less than 1 percent.”

Which Android Phone I Should Buy?

Which Phones
The Phones

There are thousands of distinct Android devices on the market, and the numbers are growing. I bought some Android devices from some different brands. The latest one I bought, and I still use it right now is OPPO Find 7.

Finding the phone that really fits its owner is not easy. Android has a simple tool to help choosing which phone based on the way how you use your phone.

Go to www.android.com/phones/whichphone. Just follow the simple wizard. You will be asked on what you will your phone be used for (you will be asked about how frequent you use it). If some alternatives been found, they will be narrowed down to the carrier, phone sizes, and also price.

I tried, and I got the result that based on my daily use, I might go with LG G4, Motorola Droid Turbo, or Nexus 6.

Bye OPPO R819

Last week, during my business trip to Jakarta, I lost my OPPO R819 phone which I bougt almost two years ago. It was my second Android phone I ever had. I liked it a lot for its design and features. I’m thinking of getting a new Android phone. But… what?

Acquired: Sunrise, Launchpad Toys, MyFitnessPal and Endomondo

Lot’s of acquisitions just now: Google bought Launchpad Toys (story telling app maker), Microsoft just had Sunrise (the app calendar, and I’m using it on my iOS devices and Android) for $100 million. Not long ago, Microsoft also acquired Accompli, an email client app. MyFitnessPal and Endomondo just got acquired by Under Armour for $475 million and $85 million.

On Telegram

Telegram
I’ve been using many messaging app. For now, I’m enjoying using Telegram for some simple reasons: lots of my colleagues and frequent contacts are there. It also supports multiple devices (using a single identity). It’s great since I can switch between devices (MacBook, iPhone, iPad and my Android devices) seamlessly.

Goodbye Readmill

Readmill
Readmil has been my favorite ebook reader so far. I have shared my thought on this long time ago. I have a good really good experience. But, it seems that I have to find another alternative in the future since Readmill will be closed permanently in next July 2014. Sad.
This Berlin-based team will be joining Dropbox, a file hosting company. Dropbox does not offer ebook reading feature. The reason is more about the talent. For now, I will keep having Readmill on my iOS device (iPhone 5) and Android. I have it installed in both devices. For iPad? Well, I don’t have it anymore since I lost it last month. When Readmill is really gone, I think I’ll move back to iBooks on iOS. For Android? I’m still searching the best alternative.
Goodbye Readmill, you’ll be missed.

Dear Yahoo! Mail, how are you?

There is a fact that Yahoo! Mail is probably one of my first email service providers. Not sure about the exact date I created my account, but I think it was in 2000’s. It was the time when Yahoo! was so popular, had lots of services, and interesting products. Probably, it was also because that there were not many alternatives. Yahoo! Mail was a good choise.
But, it has been years. Many services — not only email — come and go. But, when we jump to the internet world, everybody will get an email. Not only about the very basic features (sending and receiving email), but email service should be build better, answering what users need. What internet users really need.
Let’s not forget also about some other services. Google launched its Gmail in April 2004 (so, it has been 8 years). Recently, Microsoft re-launched its Hotmail as Outlook.com. Every service tries to make improvements for its users to deliver the best product and features for them. This is how Yahoo! Mail inbox looks like.

If you have a Yahoo! Mail account, just try to login and see yourself. What do you think? Well, what do I think? And, why I’m writing this post, anyway? If I don’t like it, why should I write about it? Isn’t it easier to just leave it?
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Why HTC dropped Ice Cream Sandwich for HTC Desire HD

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

Why HTC dropped Ice Cream Sandwich for HTC Desire HD.