Testing out the WordPress Android app.

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Don’t think I’d want to do a huge blog post using this, but it works for short entries with cat pics.

14 thoughts on “Testing out the WordPress Android app.

  1. How do you like the worlds’s #2 phone software? Do you have the latest Ice Cream Sandwich or one of the older Gingerbread versions since they can’t be updated?

  2. Moloch, I like it quite a bit. It has Gingerbread on it and it could be updated if the manufacturers wish to do so. Quite a few phones will be upgradable to ICS, don’t know if this one will, but I’m not worried about it. It already does more than I probably need as it is.

    Stu, it varies from phone to phone. There’s some talk on standard sizes in this Android developer forum.

  3. Thats the problem, why haven’t you been given an update yet? Even to Honeycomb?
    For Apple its Apple->Customers. For android its Google->Developers->Phone manufacturers->Phone Retailers->Phone companies->customer.
    Since software updates are nearly impossible for Andorid, you were sold a phone with two generation old software for compatibility reasons.
    On top of that, you have that second class monkey-see-monkey-do stigma of following all Apple’s innovations instead of having anything innovative or original.

    Amazon for instance is only just now buying a speech recognition company to develop their own Siri wannabe.

  4. Moloch, the biggest reason I bought an Android is because it’s not an Apple product. Besides, you should know what it’s like to use the second most popular OS on something. After all, Mac OSX is second to… wait.. it’s third… no, make that the fourth most used OS. Holy cripes, Windows Vista is more used than OSX. Though both OSX and iOS are used more than Linux, so you got that going for you.

    Does the fact that OSX is the fourth most used OS for which you have to pay for the majority of the updates stop you from using it? No, because it does what you want it to do. It’s not like every iOS update is compatible with every iOS device out there either.

    As for speech recognition, Siri is impressive, but like most things it’s just an iteration on what’s come before. My Android will take a surprising amount of voice commands and has done so for a long time. For example, most of the the things demonstrated in Apple’s Siri advertisement were possible on Android over a year ago:

    Again, the improvements in Siri are impressive. It’s biggest advancement is its ability to talk back to you, but you could’ve been doing most of the same operations in Android since last year.

    Then there’s the cost factor. The 16GB iPhone 4s is the same price as the LG Optimus Slider I bought: $199. Well, kinda the same price. That’s only if I sign up for a two year contract with one of the carriers that it’s available for. If I want to buy an unlocked no-contract 16GB iPhone 4s it’ll set me back $649 (and it’s not technically available yet). The 64GB model is a whopping $849. The LG Optimus Slider was $199.99 with no contract. Granted, my LG only came with a 2GB microSD card, but upgrading to a 16GB card is a mere $25 making it still a shitload cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 4s.

    It all gets worse when you consider that I bought two phones — one for me and one for the wife. Two 16GB iPhone 4s phones under contract would set us back $400 as there are no cheaper models. Anne opted to go with the Samsung Intercept which only cost us $99.99. That’s just under $300 without a two-year contract to pay for on top of it. We were using AT&T’s family plan for our previous phones. For 550 minutes a month plus unlimited text messages, but no data plan, we were paying $89 and some change. To add a data plan, so we could use a smart phone to its fullest extent, is another $25 a month per phone making the monthly charge $139.99 with a 2GB data cap. That’s the cheapest data plan they offer (they also have a 4GB cap for $45 per month per phone).

    Virgin Mobile costs us $35 a month for 300 minutes plus unlimited text, email, and data per phone. That’s $70 a month with no contracts to worry about. If 300 minutes ends up not being enough (should be, we don’t spend hours on our phones) then $45 will net us 1200 mins a month or $55 will net us unlimited minutes a month. Even if we took both phones to that level we’d still be saving money over AT&T. Though I could probably just install Google Voice and/or Skype and use the unlimited data plan to make calls without using any minutes at all. Not to mention that a number of extra cost features on AT&T — such as the FamilyMap feature — are free on my Android phone.

    Plus, as I said, it’s not Apple which is a big bonus in my book. Am I worried about getting the latest and greatest version of the OS on my Android? Nope. I bought my last cellphone at the tail end of 2005 and it’s now five years older and never had a single update of its OS and I survived just fine. It wasn’t a smart phone, but it did have apps and games available for it. Most of which I never bothered with, but a few were handy like the calendar and to-do list and calculator. My LG runs Gingerbread (2.3). Honeycomb (3.0) was for tablets and not smartphones. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) brings some of the tablet features to the smartphones. If my phone will take it then I’ll upgrade, if it doesn’t it’s not a big deal as there’s nothing in ICS that is a must have in my mind. I don’t care if it doesn’t have Siri or whatever else is the must-have feature on the iPhone. It does what I want it to do and the price was right.

  5. I just had to mention this because I know it’ll frost Moloch’s shorts. You may recall he asked me:

    How do you like the worlds’s #2 phone software?

    Well, Moloch, you’ll have to tell me seeing as Android is #1 with 52% of the market share and growing.

  6. It means nothing. Andorid is the windows of the phone world.

    Apple came out with the first desktop GUI, Microsoft copied a few years later.
    Microsoft was cheaper and available on cheap hardware, so more people bought it.

    Android is no different. Its a ripoff of Apple’s work and innovation, its cheap and because it looks like Apple’s software people think it will work as good as it. After buying the garbage, people are finding out (like with Windows) its full of bugs, isn’t very well written for the hardware is difficult to keep up to date and requires frequent replacement to keep up to date.
    iOS was released in June 2007, is it a coincidence that Android was released a year and 3 months AFTER?

    My 2 year old iPhone was just updated to the most current iOS 5.0.1 yesterday. Remember that you’re using a 3 generation old OS on your android? If its so easy to update, why do they all come with old software on new hardware? Why haven’t you updated? Even the new Kindle Fire that everyone’s got a hard-on for is running a heavily modified OS thats 3 generations old. Why? Because Android is like windows, they are all still running Windows 3.1 because they are afraid current apps won’t be compatible with Windows 95.

    As Steve Jobs said “Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?” The moral of the story; If you’re happy with a Honda instead of a Mercedes, good for you. 🙂

  7. Moloch wrote:

    It means nothing. Andorid is the windows of the phone world.

    It sure seemed to mean something to you when you thought it was number 1 or you wouldn’t have bothered to mention it.

    Apple came out with the first desktop GUI, Microsoft copied a few years later.

    Try again, the Xerox Alto and Star beat Apple to the punch by about 6 years if I remember my computer history properly (1973 vs 1979). Again, Apple built upon something that had come before. Hell, when Apple started suing everyone who came out with their own GUI they were in turn sued by Xerox for infringement. What isn’t generally known is that Apple had licensed parts of its GUI to Microsoft for use in Windows 1.0 and only sued when Microsoft released Windows 2.0 and 3.0 which included more improvements to how the GUI worked:

    Apple claimed the “look and feel” of the Macintosh operating system, taken as a whole, was protected by copyright, and that each individual element of the interface (such as the existence of windows on the screen, the rectangular appearance of windows, windows could be resized, overlap, and have title bars) was not as important as all these elements taken together. After oral arguments, the court insisted on an analysis of specific GUI elements that Apple claimed were infringements. Apple listed 189 GUI elements; the court decided that 179 of these elements had been licensed to Microsoft in the Windows 1.0 agreement and most of the remaining 10 elements were not copyrightable—either they were unoriginal to Apple, or they were the only possible way of expressing a particular idea.

    Apple appealed and lost and tried to take it to the Supreme Court and they refused to hear the case. The reason the lawsuit failed was because there was very little that was original about Apple’s GUI they themselves having been influenced by Xerox’s work. If there’s any credit for the innovation of the Desktop GUI it belongs to Xerox, not Apple.

    Microsoft was cheaper and available on cheap hardware, so more people bought it.

    Allow me to fix that for you: Apple was overpriced and not very upgradable so businesses went with what had the most options at the best price and people bought what they used at work. A lot of Microsoft’s success was from being established in the corporate world with software that wasn’t available on the Mac. The one area Mac carved out a niche for itself was in the emerging desktop publishing industry and even that wasn’t enough to keep them from nearly going bankrupt. It must be pretty humiliating to know that Microsoft had to give Apple a shitload of cash just so they’d stay around as an excuse to claim that Microsoft didn’t have a monopoly on the PC industry.

    Android is no different. Its a ripoff of Apple’s work and innovation, its cheap and because it looks like Apple’s software people think it will work as good as it. After buying the garbage, people are finding out (like with Windows) its full of bugs, isn’t very well written for the hardware is difficult to keep up to date and requires frequent replacement to keep up to date.

    So far Android is working just fine for me and it must be half-way decent or it wouldn’t be clobbering the fuck out of iOS. I’ve not noticed any significant bugs, it hasn’t been difficult to keep up to date simple because there hasn’t been anything particular to update. As I explained before, Gingerbread IS the current version of the OS for the phones. Honeycomb was for tablets. The just released Ice Cream Sandwich is the first real “upgrade” that has come out for the smartphones. And as for frequent replacement, it seems to me that Apple has been playing that game themselves. How many versions of the iPhone are we up to now? Five, isn’t it? And every time a new one comes out the news is full of people scrambling to ditch their “obsolete” iPhones and get the latest model.

    I’ll give Apple credit for innovating with the iPhone, but none of it was original technology. Everything in it had been done previously (iOS is based on Darwin which is based on NeXTSTEP and BSD), but Apple did combine the technologies in an innovative new way. The one area that I’d say they’re truly innovative is in design. They do put out some sleek looking products.

    iOS was released in June 2007, is it a coincidence that Android was released a year and 3 months AFTER?

    Should probably double check your dates. Google bought Android, Inc. in 2005 and they had already been working on an OS for mobile phones since 2003. In November of 2007, just 5 months after Apple released iOS, Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and unveiled the first version of Android based on the Linux 2.6 kernel. Five months is hardly enough time to rip-off iOS to any great degree.

    My 2 year old iPhone was just updated to the most current iOS 5.0.1 yesterday. Remember that you’re using a 3 generation old OS on your android? If its so easy to update, why do they all come with old software on new hardware? Why haven’t you updated? Even the new Kindle Fire that everyone’s got a hard-on for is running a heavily modified OS thats 3 generations old. Why? Because Android is like windows, they are all still running Windows 3.1 because they are afraid current apps won’t be compatible with Windows 95.

    Not sure how you figure I’m three generations behind. I’m running Gingerbread 2.3.4 which is, until just the past day or so, the most recent version of Android for smartphones. Ice Cream Sandwich is version 4.0 and the next iteration of the OS for smartphones. Honeycomb (3.0) was for tablets, not smartphones and thus doesn’t factor into the count. At best you could claim that I’m currently one generation behind. LG hasn’t said if they’ll be making 4.0 available for my model of phone or not, but it’s a relatively new model so I’d be surprised if it isn’t. Not that it matters as there’s not much of anything in the new OS I’d be upset to live without.

    As Steve Jobs said “Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?” The moral of the story; If you’re happy with a Honda instead of a Mercedes, good for you. 🙂

    It’s just a shame Apple isn’t selling cars. Then that would be really impressive. In the PC market their share is laughable and in the smartphone market it’s number 3 behind Android and Nokia’s Symbian and it’s shrinking rapidly.

  8. Try again, the Xerox Alto and Star beat Apple to the punch by about 6 years if I remember my computer history properly

    Bzz, wrong. The Alto was neither a desktop computer nor something the general public was allowed to see let alone buy. The Lisa was the first publicly available computer with a GUI.

    What isn’t generally known is that Apple had licensed parts of its GUI to Microsoft for use in Windows 1.0 and only sued when Microsoft released Windows 2.0 and 3.0 which included more improvements to how the GUI worked.

    They sued because Microsoft “assumed” the license was to Microsoft, when in reality it was for Windows 1.0 only. Which, if you recall, sold nearly no units.

    If there’s any credit for the innovation of the Desktop GUI it belongs to Xerox, not Apple.

    Then explain why Xerox both lost to Apple and never attempted to market or develop “their” GUI?

    Allow me to fix that for you: Apple was overpriced and not very upgradable so businesses went with what had the most options at the best price and people bought what they used at work.

    Let me fix that for you: Apple was (and is) a premium product built around simplicity, stability and user experience. Their belief is that allowing inexperienced customers to open the machine and change things can affect stability and user experience. Thats why to this day there is still no mid range “X-Mac” and only the professional model allows user modification beyond RAM.

    So far Android is working just fine for me and it must be half-way decent or it wouldn’t be clobbering the fuck out of iOS.

    HA! What a joke. It only took Android 4 years for them to copy Apple well enough to fool people into buying it.

    it hasn’t been difficult to keep up to date simple because there hasn’t been anything particular to update.

    Except that 3rd generation old OS and every singe application available. See, unlike iOS, you don’t have the OS update offered because all your apps won’t be compatible with them. Every app I bought with my generation 1 iPhone works today on my current iPhone.

    As I explained before, Gingerbread IS the current version of the OS for the phones.

    Bzz, wrong again.

    And as for frequent replacement, it seems to me that Apple has been playing that game themselves. How many versions of the iPhone are we up to now? Five, isn’t it? And every time a new one comes out the news is full of people scrambling to ditch their “obsolete” iPhones and get the latest model.

    Bzz, wrong AGAIN. Nobody is “scrambling to ditch their “obsolete” iPhones” because they don’t need to. Nearly all of the new iPhone sales are exactly that, NEW customers. Apple has sold millions of iPhones, so look on eBay and craigslist. How many are there available? A few dozen? And look at the prices, all the working ones command nearly the same price as was paid new! Look up all the HTC Android phones for sale, most of them are advertized as “brand new”. My favorite in Denver: “Hello, I have a used htc evo 4g for sale. Theres nothing wrong with the phone I just got an Iphone so I have no use for it.”
    http://denver.craigslist.org/mob/2707086404.html

    I’ll give Apple credit for innovating with the iPhone, but none of it was original technology. Everything in it had been done previously (iOS is based on Darwin which is based on NeXTSTEP and BSD)

    Which was….Made by Steve Jobs.

    The one area that I’d say they’re truly innovative is in design. They do put out some sleek looking products.

    Which is the reason your Android looks the way it does, uses a touch screen and has a screen bigger than 2″.

    In November of 2007, just 5 months after Apple released iOS, Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and unveiled the first version of Android based on the Linux 2.6 kernel. Five months is hardly enough time to rip-off iOS to any great degree.

    You should double check your dates. 5 months was the ANNOUNCEMENT time. As in, scramble together some shitty barely working demo to show “Hey, me too!!!”. It took them nearly a year after that announcement before they came out with an actual product, ample time to cobble stuff together into a pretty package. Again, another coincidence that several weeks after Apple’s debut of Siri that Android announced they are planning to do the same? Monkey see, monkey do.

    Not sure how you figure I’m three generations behind. I’m running Gingerbread 2.3.4 which is

    ….three generations old. Released over a year ago.
    Also, 2.3.7 (25 July 2011) is the most recent version of it.
    4.0 was a month ago, not “until just the past day or so”.

    LG hasn’t said if they’ll be making 4.0 available for my model of phone or not

    Right, because they have to go through Google first, then your carrier.
    Whereas Apple’s updates are direct. With iOS5 updates are sent directly from Apple’s servers over 3G without ever connecting to the customer’s computer or opening iTunes.

    In the PC market their share is laughable

    Growing from 3% to 13% in 5 of the world market’s worst years since the Great Depression is laughable in that nobody else can do it, even with everyone copying Apple’s designs. Look at every PC design in 1998. Then look at them in 2006, notice how EVERY manufacturer shifted from bland sheet metal boxes to sleek styles after Apple did? Show me one company that still sells beige metal box PCs.

    and in the smartphone market it’s number 3 behind Android and Nokia’s Symbian and it’s shrinking rapidly.

    Bzz, wrong again. 😆
    Remember that whole “people buy cheap shit because they think its as good as the real deal?” Exactly.
    Then there are people like you who buy “other” simply because they are intimidated by the best.

    Plus, as I said, it’s not Apple which is a big bonus in my book.

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