Mobile Development Barcamp

One thing that I feel New Zealand doesn’t really seem to have a lot of is Mobile development conferences (or unconferences). So it’s pretty exciting that devmob is kicking off and they explain themselves as:

Building or selling mobile apps? Dev? Designer? UX? Marketing? iOS coder? Web designer? Windows 8 entrepreneur? Android expert? You are devmob. Come to the only conference in New Zealand for everyone who is pushing the limits of mobile platforms.

They’re running a barcamp style event in Albany, Auckland on November 17 & 18 2012. You can check out the details of the event here: http://devmob.co.nz/

This is pretty exciting plus the event has speakers across most mobile platforms which is very cool. I am actually going to do a talk on prototyping with mobiles.

Definitely looking forward to it.

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The i9 Experience

So I had an i9 phone imported in from China through a friend. Since I’m a little too poor to purchase the iphone I thought I’d try the iphone look a like.

Although it may look very similar here are my thoughts on why I did not like:

1. Cheap
It is cheap and feels cheap. The phone is light and when I took out the stylus it broke!

2. No WCDMA
It is Quadband only – due to a mix up my phone was suppose to be w850 but they thought I wanted 850GSM. In the world of 3G, GSM phones are soon to be a thing of the past.

3. Interface
Is somewhat slow in some areas and tends to freeze often. I don’t think it’s very nice at all.

However the phone had two nifty features. One being that you could plug it into your pc via USB and use it as a webcam (since it had a camera on the back) which was pretty cool. A colleague and I ended up webcamming each other for about 5 minutes during lunchtime. The other cool feature is the face it will take two SIM cards simultaneously. Was handy and when you made calls or send messages to someone else you could select between SIM 1 or SIM 2. Very handy considering previous Dual SIM handsets have been a pain where you’re either on one SIM or the other.

Overall I rate this phone poorly. It has shown me how much I envy the iphone and desperately want one!

Link to the i9 phone specifications and details: http://is.gd/frMp

HTC’s & Android

While I’m begging for a colleague of mine to bring me back a G1 for ‘Testing’ purposes from the UK I’ve found out how to add the Android to your Telecom Okta Touch (although I think it’s ok with most HTC devices).

Thanks to Mr Johnston of Massey who’s adapted the Android system for an HTC here is the link to Martin’s page: http://it029000.massey.ac.nz/vogue/

Chatting with my colleague, who has already converted his, it runs on top of the Windows Mobile and when he runs Android WM shuts down. Had a play with it today and it’s a good OS, I’m loving it and now scheming to get a device that I can put it on 🙂

So here are some instructions on how to install Android onto your mobile:

How to install
1. Clear/delete all previous instances/installations of Android.
2. Delete/move any files named either system or data on your card.
3. Download the latest zip package from dzo’s site (here: http://it029000.massey.ac.nz/vogue/)
4. Unzip package to a folder on your card named Android.
5. Copy and paste both the files data and system to the root of your card.
6. Create a folder named Android in the root of your device.
7. Copy and paste all other files from the folder named Android on your card to the folder named Android on your device.
8. Turn off GPS.
9. (If you want data to work, start up a data connection before this by starting PIE or something) Navigate to the folder called Android in the root of your device.
10. Run haret.exe.
11. Click the little “run” button and wait.

Troubleshooting:
If you are having problems:
* Simply try to start all over again (be sure not to have more than one file named system (no matter the extension) and not more than one file named data (no matter the extension) on your card) by clearing/deleting any and all files from any and all previous instances/installations of Android anywhere on your card or on the device.
* Try a different (and preferably smaller card, sometimes Android struggles with larger (sdhc) cards.
* Try soft-resetting.
* Be sure that when you try to boot, your gps is completely inactive.

To load your own apps/.apk package files:
1. Download a package file (there are some here) and when saving it, be sure the extension is .apk.
2. Creat a folder on your card named “AndroidApps” (yes it must be exactly like that but w/o the quotes).
3. Place any apk files you want in that folder, sometimes calendar provider and one or two other ones are causing it not to boot. So try more out gradually as you go.
4. Just go ahead and start up Android now, that will do it. It will install them by itself on boot.

Instructions are curtisy of PPC Geeks – http://forum.ppcgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=23244
Link to Android download is http://it029000.massey.ac.nz/vogue/

Telecom’s Big Decision

Telecom announced today that it would be rolling out a 850 WCDMA network across New Zealand. Not only do I think this is an awesome result I commend Telecom for making the first step towards the Next Generation Mobile Network.

If they complete this rollout on time and stable for Customers this will be a real advantage and give them the upper hand they have been somewhat lacking for a year or so.

Congratulations Telecom – best decision I think 🙂