Category: Android

Swype dies unnoticed

Swype, for a long time my favourite keypad to use on Android phones which I first encountered on my Samsung Galaxy S back in 2011, has been killed off after years of slow development...

CyanogenMod knocked on head

Update 26th Dec: Cyanogen, Inc. turned off CyanogenMod’s web servers yesterday, likely in response to a final blog post from the team. The download site remains up until the end of the month. As...

A few weeks back on Android

Over the summer, my iPhone broke down. The charging point initially stopped charging when the Lightning plug was not plugged in at exactly the right angle, but one morning while I was out driving...

CyModding your LG G-Pad

So, last week I got my replacement for my iPad, which I was dissatisfied with because of the completely inadequate Apple keypad (see earlier entry). I looked for a similar size Android tablet, because...

Screenshot from an iPad's home screen, showing various app icons.

iPad: First impressions

The other day I took delivery of my new tablet computer, an iPad mini with a Retina display, which cost £290 plus delivery charges on Amazon. It’s a wi-fi only model; I can’t afford...

Wanted: decent Android Twitter app

I’ve used Android since 2009, and I’m currently on my fourth phone and first tablet. I’ve used Twitter since about the same time, maybe a little bit more. Having a smartphone pretty much makes...

Don’t believe the “wearable tech” hype

SwiftKey: Top 10 tech predictions for the future Last week SwiftKey (or rather TouchType Ltd), the company behind a sophisticated predictive keypad for Android devices (which I used for several years before switching to...

CyanogenMod and ungrateful users

Recently, as I posted here last week, I upgraded my main phone (a Nexus 4) to run CyanogenMod 10.2 which is based on Android 4.3 — they are starting work on the next version...

Taking care of business

The last few weeks I’ve not been blogging as much as I used to, and there’s one important reason for this: I’ve been working on getting my HGV (truck) licence. You have to do...

CyanogenMod 10.2 and the Nexus 4

I bought a Nexus 4 a couple of months ago when it was reduced to clear, having previously been using a Galaxy Nexus which ran CyanogenMod 10.1, which was based on Android 4.2. This...

Google versus Samsung Android

Battle of the Androids: Google Android vs. Samsung Android Yesterday I took delivery of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was the previous incarnation of the “official” Google phone line (it’s now been replaced by...

What I really wanted from T-Mobile

The other day I finally got round to changing my T-Mobile tariff from a £25/mo tariff which covers the cost of a phone, to a £10/mo SIM-only tariff (which was reduced to half that...

Screenshot of the Swiftkey keypad on an Android phone, from the Android Market

Android apps that suck

Of late, I’ve noticed that the Android apps I’ve been using aren’t performing anything like as well as they should be. I got a Samsung Galaxy S phone in May, which I paid up-front...

New phone

I took delivery of a new phone yesterday — a Samsung Galaxy S. Not the dual-core S II, which was well beyond my price range, but the Galaxy S was pretty much the top...

Android: feeling at home, moving on

Last December I wrote about the year I’d had with my Android phone (an HTC Hero, branded a T-Mobile G2 Touch — not to be confused with the G2 that is sold in some...