Archive for August, 2010

ADB without the USB cable

August 20, 2010

I haven’t tried this yet but AndroidPolice has a story (here) of an app in the market, called adbWireless, that will allow you to use ADB over WiFi. I don’t know how often I’ll use this but it could come in handy for a quick ADB session — it’ll save the hit on the battery life. At least I’ve heard that Lithium Ion batteries can only be recharged a certain number of times and even attaching them to a charging source for a short time (a minute or less) will reduce that counter.

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Your own virtual Linux system for $9.99. Period.

August 6, 2010

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this but there’s a new app in the Android Market called “AlwaysOnPC-Virtual Office PC” (the AppBrain link is here). The app costs $9.99 and, for that, you get permanent access to your own virtual machine running Linux from your phone or your desktop PC. That’s it. $9.99. It’s got Firefox and Pidgin (a Linux IM client that connects with just about any IM service you can think of). It’s got Thunderbird and Evolution (an Outlook-like email and calendar system) and Open Office and Dropbox and a lot of other things. And you get 2GB of storage. And the ability to upload and download files both to/from your phone and to/from your PC.

Try it out for yourself from your PC or Mac. Go to and sign up. You get 5 days of access from your PC or Mac for free. Right now they don’t have upgrade options for more than 2GB of storage. Nor, I think, can you leave your VM running when you disconnect from it. And they don’t allow ssh in but they *do* have an ssh client so you can ssh OUT. And they have an ftp client but don’t run ftpd so you can’t ftp IN.

I’ve got questions in to their customer support about storage upgrades and stuff like that. I’ll post more when I know more. In the meantime, try it out for yourself.

Android developers can buy the Nexus One

August 5, 2010

If you’re a registered Android developer you can buy a Nexus One for $529 from here. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can even see what’s on that page if you’re not a registered developer so, to sign up, go to this page (you’ll have to sign in with the Google account you want to associate with your developer account) and pay $25.

The phone is SIM unlocked which means you can put a SIM from any provider in it and it should connect. it has 3 UMTS bands (900/AWS/2100 MHz), has GSM and EDGE bands (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), comes with 2.2 installed but is not rooted, the bootloader is still locked and fastboot isn’t enabled so you’ll have to do some surgery if you want to load Cyanogenmod ROMs, for instance.

No, it’s not the state-of-the-art phone it was in January but about the only thing you’re missing, hardware-wise, is a bigger screen. And you have no allegiance to any carrier (well, in the US, you’re limited to AT&T and T-Mobile cuz they’re still the only ones using SIMs).