Tag Archives: Android

Backup Your Android Phone Photos With The Google+ App

It’s easy to snap a load of photos and then run out of space on your phone, especially if your phone has an 8MP camera. I wanted to figure out a way to backup these photos automatically to my PC or a cloud service, and after looking around at options like Dropbox/DropCap, I discovered that the Android Google+ app has a built-in feature that allows you to automatically backup your photos to Picasa, the Google photo sharing site.

In the Android Google+ app, tap Menu > Settings > Instant Upload Settings. Then select your preferences. I have it set up so that my photos and videos are uploaded to a private Picasa album when my phone is on Wifi AND plugged in, which basically means overnight.

I can then go to the Pictures section of Google+ and decide which photos to share. Neat!

Google+ – Android Market.

Drinking Water – Android app

When I visited the doctor before the wedding, he told me, “Basically you’re pretty healthy, but you need to do more exercise, eat more vegetables, and drink more water.”

I knew I would have trouble remembering to do these, so I did what anyone would do and checked the Android Market for an app which would remind me. I found Drinking Water, and it’s just the ticket (for the water part at least).

To set it up, you tell it how many cups of water you should drink per day. I wasn’t sure about this, because it varies based on height, age, whether you’re pregnant or sick or not, and various other things. So I googled around and found that I should drink 8 cups of water a day. For my UK readers, a cup is half a US pint, or about 236ml.

The app then pings regularly to tell you to drink a cup, then you hit the button to tell it you have. You can then get a graph of how many cups you drank over the past weeks. I haven’t really used that feature – although I can see that my water drinking slacks off over the weekend, when I’m not at my desk with water at my elbow.

A good side-effect of drinking more water is that I need to stand up regularly and visit the restroom, and to go to the kitchen for a refill. Considering the fact that sitting down will kill you, the more times I have to take a stroll the better.

Drinking Water is a great app, and I feel better for it already. I used to get headaches toward the end of the day, and these seem to have died off considerably.

I’m still working on the exercise and vegetables.

Androids And iPhones

I’m very happy with my newish Android phone. I got an HTC Incredible (ridiculous name) on Verizon, and all seems well, apart from a couple of things.

Firstly, when I upgraded to Android 2.2 (“Jamba Juice” or something), it all worked OK except that the earpiece didn’t work any more. I could talk and be heard, but I couldn’t hear anything when I held it to my ear. Switching on the speakerphone worked, but that’s not viable. I called the tech support, and after a backup and factory reset, the problem was still there. Verizon sent me a replacement unit, along with a Fedex envelope,

I now have a problem with the SD card. It showed a message that it was mounted read-only, and many applications use it. In fact, many won’t work at all without it, a fact I discovered when I tried to use the otherwise excellent Laputa ebook reader while at the gym.

I was looking forward to another Lovecraft short story, but instead I was forced to read SF Weekly, where I found an article about an iPhone app which warns you when your gonads are being zapped by the lethal radiation that all mobile devices emit. The article did mention the lack of evidence that the “radiation” does any harm at all, but that doesn’t stop the app developer (who is charging a hefty $9.99 for the Blackberry version) saying, “I think there’s a smoking gun there already”. I was lucky to spot the article, sandwiched as it was between hydroponics equipment ads and strip club Fleet Week Special Event flyers. I could have read the other magazines, Car and Driver and Sports Illustrated, but no.

The SD card issue is annoying, but there seem to be several things to try to fix it, including reformatting, deleting a couple of files and some other bits and pieces. We’ll see.

Cassie’s iPhone 3G is driving her mad. First she updated it to iOS 4, which made it slow to a crawl. The emergency bugfix update to iOS 4.01 seemed to make it a bit less sluggish, but now it drops nearly every call. She makes a call, and after 2 seconds it drops. She receives a call, it drops. It’s pretty pathetic, and we don’t know if it’s Apple’s fault or AT&T’s. Only tedious tech support calls will tell.

Update: Popping the mini-SD card out, plugging into my Ubuntu laptop with an SD card adapter, copying what I wanted to keep and formatting it at FAT16 with Gnome Partition Editor seemed to do the trick.