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Episode 54

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I enjoy All About Android very much! It's the very first podcast I listen to each week. I listen using DoggCatcher on a Galaxy Nexus CDMA. I purchased the Galaxy Nexus CDMA the day it was (finally) released.

A few episodes ago, I recall your responding to (I believe) a listener's complaint regarding how notification sounds interfere with apps that provide audio playback -- including apps like Google Music, podcast players, etc. As we know, notification sounds cause audio playback to be muted until the notification sound ends -- resulting in not hearing some of the audio/voice. Of course, you can always press the 'Back X seconds' button -- which is standard on most players -- but that's a pain and certainly not automobile driver-friendly.

I'm surprised that you didn't mention how the Audible client handles this: it senses notification sounds and then (somehow) automatically resumes playback at about one second prior to the notification sound -- so no content is missed. I'm not sure if there is an Android API for this or if the Audible developers came up with the technique on their own. In any case, I wish all other players would at least offer this excellent feature!

FYI, for apps other than Audible the solution I've come up with is to create a profile within the excellent PhoneWeaver app to change the notification sound to silent. I use this profile whenever I'm listening to audio.

BTW, PhoneWeaver is an *excellent* app -- I find it easier to use than Tasker...and the authors are *very* responsive. They even had an ICS-compatible version out the day I purchased my Galaxy Nexus!

Anyway, keep up the great work on the podcast!

Chris Waters

The discussion on this week's episode about the ICS update for the Galaxy S II struck a nerve that I was hoping you had some insights on. While I'm sure that no one watching All About Android would actually choose OEM skins like TouchWiz over stock Android, we are in the minority. It makes perfect sense that manufacturers wouldn't want to shock the majority of their users by dropping their custom skins.

My question is why on earth don't they include an option to turn their customizations off? Seems like it should be a simple way to please the power users along with the simpletons. What gives?



Found this source for all known info on when every manufacturer will release their updates. Basically, most devices will be up to date in the next couple months, and every device that will get an update will do so by september. The article seems to be continually updated, which makes it a useful reference.

Faiz Imam

First off, I absolutely love your show! Keep up the great work! My first question is for Eileen. Now that you've rooted your phone, are you thinking about rooting your Kindle Fire? I want to do it for the sole purpose of getting Draw Something on it. My second question is, if I don't root my Fire, is there a good calender app that syncs with Google calender? Thank you so much!


P.S. On a funny sidenote, the word 'Google' is not in the Kindle Fire dictionary.

I'm having a connectivity issue on my Thunderbolt with the hand-off between Wi-Fi and Mobile Network. I'll explain what I mean. For example, when I leave my driveway, I'm still on my home's Wi-Fi. As I drive down the street a bit, the Wi-Fi connection drops out and then it takes a little while before the Mobile Network connection goes live. So, if I try to do anything that requires a network connection, it doesn't work. The Mobile Network was there all along, so if I had just had Wi-Fi turned off, there would be no period of no connectivity. It's just in the hand-off between the two. This also happens when I walk around the local college campus. Each building has Wi-Fi that reaches the immediate area outside the building. As I walk by, my phone picks up the Wi-Fi signal, turns off Mobile Network, and then drops the Wi-Fi, and has to turn Mobile Network back on.

This scenario is actually not too bad, because it is just a few seconds. The second scenario is worse. If I am somewhere that has Wi-Fi, but requires you to click a button to acknowledge the rules (like Whole Foods), my phone picks up the Wi-Fi signal and turns off Mobile Network. But until I click that button, I actually have no connection at all, even though the Mobile Network is still available. I've missed Google Voice SMS messages this way. (Regular SMS would go through, since it doesn't go over Wi-Fi anyway, but I don't give out my actual phone number.) In these situations, I believe I'm available to receive messages, when actually I'm not.

So, is there a way to make the Mobile Network live in these situations? It seems like the phone should detect that it actually isn't getting anywhere over Wi-Fi, and switch back to Mobile Network (or just keep Mobile Network on as a back-up, all the time). Your thoughts?

Thanks for the great show!



  • Short answer: I don't know of a way to keep mobile data active along with WiFi.
  • Andrew Martonik on G+: "You probably could force data to stay connected while on WiFi, but it would severely hurt battery life. The whole idea of being on WiFi is that it automatically disables your data network connection. Having both active would hurt. Not to mention that it may not even solve the problem if the device is still trying to prioritize data over WiFi (even though its not connected)."
  • Possible workarounds: Tasker/Locale/Llama to automate WiFi on/off based on location. Then your phone won't grab those wifi spots as you walk around unless you are actually IN the place where the WiFi would be used.

Google+ thread:

I'm on the lookout for an app with a specific feature and so far I'm at a loss, so I wanted to see if any of you had come across something like this.

I've used a few to do list apps over the past couple of years but have a problem in that I tend to ignore my lists over time. I know that I should just be more disciplined about using the app but...well I'm lazy and I want make my phone force me to look at my to do list. So I'd like a to do app that I can set a list to be the wallpaper of my lock screen, so that see it every time I unlock the phone. This would also be useful for quickly looking at a list such as a grocery store list while shopping.

Thanks for the help AAA. Keep up the great work.

Gavin From Richmond VA"

  • Widget Locker: Use your favorite notes/todo widget and add it to Widget Locker's lock screen.
  • Taskos (free)
  • Astrid (requires Astrid PowerPack (paid)
  • ColorNote Notepad Notes (free) all work well. "

I sent a question earlier about how to do a lock screen that told people how to return your phone but use a PIN to unlock.

So, I have found a solution and wanted to pass it along.

First, I use Go Launcher and found Go Locker that works well with it. Then I used PicSay to add a caption to a picture. This caption gives someone a phone number to call (my emergency contact number) to return my phone. Since Go Locker supports a PIN, I am good to go.

The message on the Lock Screen covers that average person who may return your phone and the PIN covers those people you want to keep out of your phone.

Keep up the great work,

Craig Huggart

Like Eileen I've been looking for that 'just right' 7-inch tablet form factor but at a reasonable price without giving up too much functionality. Right now I think the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is that tablet, now that it's $300 at Best Buy (Not sure how long ago this happened). For $50 more than the Nook, you get the full Android Market and access to all the e-reader apps, allowing me to still use all the apps on my phone that I may have purchased. You also get a version number of Android higher than the majority of phones on the market, and the difference from Honeycomb to ICS is much easier to stomach than if it were Gingerbread. As a bonus, it also has an IR blaster for some neat 'Super-Remote' functionality which shows off nicely.

All in all, I think this tablet on the high end of the low end Android tablets out there, nice for the power user demanding a little bit more. So if you're bummed about the 7.7 pricing like I was, consider this 7 plus. It's a little older than some other tablets out there but it feels like a new product entirely at this price point.

Thanks for the show! I enjoy it every week except when I fall behind like last week.


I want to support the app devs of this amazing android eco system by giving them as much of my hard earned cash as i can, but something I have always wondered is which is the best way to support them, Paid app or free add based apps?

My own opinion is that while I can buy an app for £1.99 or whatever the value is, the dev would make more money over time if I use his app regularly with an add on display. I'll take the twitter app Plume as an example, I've used plume for over 2 years know. The paid version would cost me £3.12 & the dev would see about £2.50 of that yet if i keep viewing the adds on the free version this has to mount up to more income for the dev over the period of time I have used it for.

Am I right in thinking this or will the dev be better of with me buying the app outright?

Look forward to hearing from you guys & girls, keep up the great work at the twit house!

I've asked developers this question and they say that ads aren't very lucrative unless your game really catches on and remains something that people actively come back to. An app with 1,000 users that's ad supported won't match up to the money earned from selling 1,000 copies of a $2.99 app, but if you get into the 10's of thousand, you get a very solid revenue stream that lasts.

Then you have to consider the app type. Yes, ads make perfect sense for a Twitter app like Plume that's constantly getting use and doesn't completely ruin the experience, but that might not be true for a game where the ad pops up and does ruin it (Angry Birds being the exception to the rule because people will tolerate it.)

Andrew Kameka


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I'd like to root my nexus s for reverse tethering (using the computer's connection). I'm a bit worried after your discussion about security. Is there a way to root the phone, but only give root access to a single app?

Thanks a lot, your show is very fun and interesting!


Some intrepid folks at the xda forums took the international SGS2 rom and got it to work with the AT&T SGS2 phone, which I have. I installed the rom on my phone today and am loving it. Of course, the launcher is not the stock ICS launcher, but one that tries its best to emulate it. From what I've read, there are currently 3 such projects. Nova Launcher, Trebuchet (done by the CM guys), and (the one which came with my rom) Apex. I've installed all of them and have been toying around with them, and they are all pretty slick. I was wondering if you guys, or the listeners had some strong opinions as to which one is best.


Android Arena!


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