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Mxit Isn’t Android Friendly

Today I tried out the official Android Mxit client. I was very very disappointed. The inability to press the “back” button upsets me. This button is always referred to as back back and never exit. It is part of the Android spec.

The reasoning is simple they don’t want you to background the app?: Pressing the back button asks the user “Logout from MXit” with the options “no” and “logout” neither were what I wanted to do.

Fear not Android users there is a work around. Pressing the home button will background the activity and return you to your home screen.

Mxit please fix your back button. Thanks

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 Mobile 5 Comments

Setting Up MMS On Android

I have had my G1 for quite some time. When I first got it I added the APN settings for basic Internet. Over the last 2 days I have received 2 mms’s I kept getting “Failed to download” oops I had forgotten to set up the MMS proxy settings.

How to get there; Settings -> Wireless Controls -> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Names -> (Select One or create one via Menu->Add APN)
Correct APN settings:
Vodacom:
Name: Vodacom Internet
APN: Internet
Proxy: Leave blank
Port: Leave blank
UserName: Leave Blank
MMSC: Leave Blank
MMS Proxy: 196.6.128.13 (I had it as mmsc.vodacom4me.co.za but this doens’t work)
MMS Port: 8080
MMC: 655
MNC: 01
APN Type: Leave Blank

MTN(I haven’t tested these but they should work):
Name: Internet
APN: Internet
Proxy: Leave blank
Port: Leave blank
UserName: Leave Blank
MMSC: Leave Blank
MMS Proxy: 196.11.240.241
MMS Port: 8080
MMC: 655
MNC: 01
APN Type: Leave Blank

Hope this at least helps some one.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 Mobile 7 Comments

HTC Creates A Hero

Htc announces their Hero specs on gsmarena.

From what I have seen this might be the most user appealing of all the Android HTC phones. It just seems more slick.

I read this from engadgetmobile. I had a good chuckle at their linked video

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Monday, June 29th, 2009 Mobile 3 Comments

Best Alarm Clock Ever

I got a G1 a while ago. I have found the Alarm to be pretty lacking in the sense you can’t change the default Snooze time out from 10mins to any thing else. This is way to long I will have fallen fast asleep by the time the next one goes off and the first one wont have done any thing.

Luckily Android is open-source and some one modified the pre-installed alarm to create Alarming!.

This new-and-improved alarm functionality allows for a “Captcha on Dismiss” this sounds kinda scary but really it is amazing! Often I will press the dismiss button instead of snooze and over sleep this makes it much harder by having to press random buttons on the screen to deactivate the alarm. See the image one their home page.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 General 2 Comments

Android Is Expanding