http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips

AndroidTips


Download the "Barcode Scanner" or "I-nigma" apps from the Android Market to decode the QR Code above.

Contents


1 Class Blogs
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
1.1 Week Outline Spreadsheet 2 HTC Desire Tips
3 Creating an ePortfolio
4 Blogging via Typepad or Wordpress
4.1 1. Typepad:
4.2 2. Wordpress:
5 Mobile Blogging to Typepad or Wordpress
6 Updating Your ePortfolio
7 Connectivity
8 Mobile Blogging from the Phone
8.1 Email Blogging
8.2 3G Data Costs
9 Comparison to iPhone & Nokia N97
10 Android Apps
11 Android SDK
11.1 App Inventor
12 Android Mac Synchronising
13 Augmented Reality
14 File Transfer
14.1 Bluetooth 14.2 iTunes synching 14.3 Web server apps 14.4 Email 14.5 Cloud storage 14.6 Web Media
15 Contact Info

Class Blogs


Click HERE (http://www.google.com/reader/shared /user%2F13181339701233158043%2Flabel%2FArch2010) to view a summary RSS feed of the class blogs. Click HERE (http://www.google.com/reader/play/#item /user%2F13181339701233158043%2Flabel%2FArch2010/1) to view a slideshow of the class Blogs. These examples use a shared folder of RSS blog subscriptions in Google Reader (http://reader.google.com) .
Week Outline Spreadsheet
https://spreadsheets.google.com /ccc?key=0ArSCOuMKQbIgdHpkXzZ1NFBhdGdiVWM5Nmp2T0Rlcnc&hl=en& authkey=CPX4pcgP#gid=0
Group Google Doc signup sheet
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
https://spreadsheets.google.com /ccc?key=0ArSCOuMKQbIgdHNuSm1MUU81ZExNVE1hcnI4anlOUmc&hl=en_GB

HTC Desire Tips


First step: either CREATE or SIGN IN to a Google Account as you first setup the HTC Desire This will synch your Google accounts with the phone - very easy!
After setting up your phone, use the bar code scanner to make this wiki page a bookmark Create a Vox blog http://www.vox.com Create a Twitter account http://www.twitter.com and follow each other and your lecturers
You can create a Twitter account directly via SMS by txting START to 8987 Use a Hashtag whenever making Tweets relevant to the course: use #eCV10
Add your contact details to the 'discussion' page at the top of this wiki page (you'll need to create a login to the wiki first).

Useful Tips:


http://myhtcdesire.com/ http://myhtcdesire.com/tipstweaks/faqs/faqs-your-htc-desire-questions-answered-2
http://static.pixelpipe.com/ba49b2c0-a5e5-4986-8927-48f4eda840d8_b.jpg To transfer video from Android phone such as the HTC Desire:
1. Record video in H264 format on the HTC - choose from the video options settings on the HTC before recording video.
2. Use a free file manager from the Android Market, e.g. Astro File Manager to rename the file type from .3gp to .mp4,
3. Also use File manager to make sure the images & video you want to transfer are located in a folder titled "DCIM" on the microSD memory card
4. Remove micro SD memory card from Phone, 5. Place micro SD card in SD adaptor, 6. use Apple camera kit SD card reader to transfer video and photos from the card to the iPad
Camera Roll,
7. Open Reel Director on the iPad and import video and photo files from the camera roll. 8. Happy editing!

Creating an ePortfolio


Use the following apps
1. Gmail - Set up a Gmail account if you don’t already have one. It is preferred that you use gmail as your email provider but you can use an existing email address.
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
2. Vox for Blogging – Go to www.vox.com and set up an account.
3. You Tube - Go to www.youtube.com and set up an account.
4. QIK live video streaming – Go to www.qik.com and set up an account
5. Picasaweb - for geotagged images and slideshows.
6. Pixelpipe - for uploading media to all your web2.0 sites.
7. Twitter - for communicating and collaborating.
8. Google Reader for subscribing to the RSS feeds of your classmates web 2.0 eportfolio sites.
9. Audioboo - for audio blogging.
10. Update your Moodle profile with these account addresses.
11. Presentation Tools:
PREZI http://www.prezi.com MLearning Prezi http://prezi.com/kr94rajmvk9u/mlearning/

Which Blog Host to choose?


Well there's really not a lot of difference between Typepad and Wordpress anymore, and your choice either way will be fine, however I'll outline what I see as the key differences (PS, I have, and still use: Blogger since 2004, Wordpress since 2006, and Vox since 2007, effectively keeping three copies of blog posts and tweaking each site for different audiences).
Unfortunately none of the current free options provide the range of functionality that made Vox so useful for collaborative student projects, however this can be achieved by using a 'bricolage' of tools - i.e. Typepad or Wordpress for student blogs, turning on the Auto Tweet option for posts in Typepad & Wordpress for creating community and social networking, using RSS subscriptions to follow activity (e.g. using Google Reader), and using Flickr or Picasaweb for hosting and presenting images, and Google Docs for collaborative documents.
Both Typepad and Wordpress feature the ability to create static pages associated with your main blog, and their themes are more customisable than Vox with both offering add-on free widgets. They are both also more iPhone/iPad friendly than Vox, and provide limited free blog-view statistics options.

1. Typepad:


http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
http://thomcochrane.typepad.com/ The Typepad import is the easiest.
Typepad includes a 'follow' option that is similar to Vox's 'neighbourhood' feature for building online community. Only the Typepad 'Micro' option is free - however the import from Vox feature appears to give free users more feature access than standard Typepad Micro, and is add-free.
Typepad's more powerful customisation and community tools are paid upgrades. There are several iPhone/mobile editing apps available for Typepad blogs, but no free iPad editor yet. The paid Typepad options offer more flexibility than Wordpress.
http://www.typepad.com/features/the-right-choice/ Mobile version: http://itypepad.com Also support for email upload and blogging

2. Wordpress:


http://thomcochrane.wordpress.com/
Wordpress offers more customisation for free than Typepad, although media hosting for free is limited, including no video (you can still embed YouTube etc in posts for free) - paid upgrades provide video hosting and larger media allowances on Wordpress. There are a couple of free iPad Wordpress Blog editing apps available.
Wordpress uses custom embed code for externally hosted media - that can take getting used to.
http://en.wordpress.com/products/
Mobile version: http://m.wordpress.com Also support for email upload and blogging
So depending on what is most important to you you can choose either Typepad or Wordpress and have made a good choice!
The simplest option in my opinion is Typepad Micro.
Hope this helps. Thom.

Mobile Blogging to Typepad or Wordpress


You can upload/post to Typepad from your mobile phone in several ways:

1. Use the mobile browser http://i.typepad.com
2. Email upload – find your Typepad upload email in your Typepad profile and add as a contact on
your phone – then either MMS to it or use GMail on your Phone to mail posts to Typepad.
3. Download the Typepad App from either the iTunes App Store (iPhone/iPad), or CellSpin from
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
the Android Market (Android Phone), or CellSpin from the OVI STore (Nokia) on your phone
4. Install Pixelpipe on your phone & link to Typepad as a ‘Pipe’
5. Install the HelloTXT app on your (iPhone/iPad, or Android) phone
6. See http://help.sixapart.com/tp/us/typepad_mobile.html for more options.

You can upload/post to WordPress from your mobile phone in several ways:

1. Use the mobile browser http://m.wordpress.com
2. Email upload – find your WordPress upload email in your WordPress profile and add as a contact
on your phone – then either MMS to it or use GMail on your Phone to mail posts to WordPress.
3. Download the WordPress App from either the iTunes App Store (iPhone/iPad), or the Android
Market (Android Phone), or from the OVI STore (Nokia) on your phone
4. Install Pixelpipe on your phone & link to WordPress as a ‘Pipe’
5. Install the HelloTXT app on your phone

Updating Your ePortfolio

There are multiple ways to connect to and update your online ePortfolio directly from the HTC Desire, here are a few options:
1. Email Create a blog & social network email contact list and update via email You can upload media as attachments to these email updates.
2. Evernote via email Use Evernote to compose your update, then use the send note via email to send the update to your social network email contacts as above.
3. PixelPipe
4. Ping.fm
5. Seesmic
6. Individual Apps
e.g. Twitter, Wordpress, etc...

Connectivity

The HTC Desire will work on the Vodafone 3.5G cellphone network - on either prepay or a plan. You are responsible for any voice call, txt or 3G data costs.
The phone also features WiFi wireless connectivity and is preset to connect to the Unitec WLAN-STUDENT wifi network when you are on campus.

Mobile Blogging from the Phone

Using Email - for text and media (as email attachments).
Using PIXELPIPE (http://www.pixelpipe.com) for image and text blogging. Download the Pixelpipe plugin for Android from the Android Market for free, and setup your online Pixelpipe account.
You can create PODCasts (audio blogs) using AudioBoo (http://audioboo.fm/) - a free Android
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips Market App

You can create VODCasts (video blogs) using Qik (http://qik.com) , or Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv) - both free Android Market Apps.

Email Blogging
Email uploads to Vox etc...
Almost all Web2 services support email uploads of: blog posts, photos, audio and even video directly from mobile devices.
This is the easiest way to post to your blog from your Phone.
In your Blog account you can find your own unique Vox email address (xxxxxxxxxxxxxx@moblog.vox.com).
To find it,
sign-in to Blog go to your 'account' select 'Mobile Settings' copy the email address provided Also, from your 'account'/'Mobile Settings' in Blog, choose Create Post:
"Yes (create a post for items sent to this email). Vox email options
NEXT: Create an addressbook entry with your Vox email address in your GMail account, and whenever you need to post directly to your Vox blog create a new email on your Phone and choose your Vox address as the recipient. After sending the email your Vox Blog will be updated!
GMail to Vox post example slideshow - click HERE (http://picasaweb.google.com/thomcochrane /GMailToVoxOnIPodTouch/photo#s5184952422578222930) to view slideshow!.

3G Data Costs


Example Pre Pay Data costs:
Activity
Amount of Data
Pre Pay Cost $1/10MB
On 1GB Plan Cost $30/1GB
Text Blog Post
4KB
0.05c
0.012c
5MP Photo upload from Phone
1MB
10c
5c
1minute streaming video @ 320x240 from Qik
3MB
30c
10c
1 minute pre-recorded video @ 320x240 uploaded from Cycorder
18MB
$5
54c
MSN message
4KB
0.05c
0.012c
Twitter post
4KB
0.05c
0.012c
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
Txt
less than 4KB
20c
Pxt
300KB max
20c
NA
Video Pxt
45 seconds
$1
NA
Phone call
1 minute
49c
NA

Vodafone NZ have released a 3G broadband data pre pay option, beyond the $1 per day 10MB cap. The new options are:
$1 for 10MB cap per day $10 for 100MB over a month $40 for 512MB over a month
http://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/plansMobileInternet.jsp?plantype=data&billingMethod=prepay& menuKey=mnit600004

Comparison to iPhone & Nokia N97


Thoughts on the Android HTC Desire so far - in comparison to using an iPhone 3GS and a Nokia N97:

It comes close to the iPhone experience, definitely better than SYmbian (N97), although like any OS it takes getting used to the way things are done. The text entry via virtual keyboard is not quite as good as the iPhone, but the installation of apps is simple via the Android market app (Symbian Ovi Store sux in comparison!). The main difference to the iTunes Store is the presence of some dodgey looking apps that are blocked in iTunes! Android is better at Google integration than the iPhone - but not a lot, but the iPhone walks all over Android as a media player. File and application management in Android are completely unintuitive (App closing is handled automatically by Android OS), and third-party file manager apps are clunky - Symbian wins here!

Android Apps


Almost all of my favourite mobile apps are available on Android from the Android Market now, here's a few:

Flashlight VNC Audioboo Barcode and QR Code Reader BibleReader
Delicious App Evernote Fring Goggles GMail Google Sky Map
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gReader HelloTxTroid i-nigma (QR Code reader) Layar Maps Market - for downloading apps MixZing - a media player - limited formats Navigation PDF Viewer Picasa Ping.fm Pixelpipe Qik QuickOffice Route Recorder Google Talk Seesmic Task Manager Twitter Twonky Server UStream Weather WikiTude Wordpress YouTube
Use the Android Market App to search for and download Apps to your HTC Desire. The Android Market App also notifies you of any App updates.
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
Choose Downloads to check and download updates over WiFI or 3G
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Android SDK


The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) is available for Mac OS, Linux or Windows! - a first for smartphone development.
SDK Download (http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html)
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App Inventor
Now anyone can create an Android app! http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/ http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/setup/ Setting up your phone
Follow these steps to set up your phone:

1. From your phone's home screen, select the menu, then Settings, then Applications.
2. Make sure the Unknown Sources box is turned on (checked). If not, tap to check it.
3. Still on the Applications screen, tap Development.
4. Make sure both USB Debugging and Stay Awake are checked.
5. Go back to the Settings screen (you can tap the Back button twice to get there).
6. Tap Sound & Display. Scroll down to Orientation and make sure it's NOT checked. On some
phones it might be just a Display settings item. If so, tap that and make sure that the Auto-rotate screen item is NOT checked.

Tips: When you're not using App Inventor, you should uncheck Stay Awake, to help preserve your phone's battery power. You might also want to enable Orientation, to allow your phone apps to reformat when you turn the phone sideways. Be sure to change these back before using App Inventor again.

Android Mac Synchronising


Missing Sync (http://www.markspace.com/products/android/missing- sync-android.html?source=picker_android)

Augmented Reality


Wikitude (http://www.wikitude.org/) How to create your Wikitude World: http://www.wikitude.org/enadd-overlay-ar-2
Layar
How to create Layars (http://ignatiawebs.blogspot.com/2010/08/ar-mobile-quest-
part-1-first-steps.html) Junaio (http://www.junaio.com/)
AR browser works outdoors and indoors! ArcInform (http://eng.archinform.net/index.htm)
This database for international architecture, originally emerging from records of interesting building projects from architecture students, has meanwhile become the largest online-database about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present. This database includes information over more than 27000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and
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planners. The architecture of the 20th century is the main theme of this database. It's possible to look for a special project via an architect, town or keyword with the indices or by using a query form. For most entries you get the name, address, keywords and information about further literature. Some entries include images, comments, links to other Websites or internal links. Download one of these Apps at the Android Market or with iTunes right now, select archINFORM as »Channel« (Junaio), »Layer« (Layar) or »World« (Wikitude) and enjoy an Architecture Enriched Reality.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMvtPgNXKCE
Skymap Google Goggles Geotagging QR codes (http://mobilecodes.nokia.com)

File Transfer


File transfer to and from the Desire can be done in various ways. Here's some options:
Bluetooth
While the HTC Desire has bluetooth services built-in, you need an extra app for bluetooth file transfer. Download the Astro Bluetooth app from the Android Market for free to enable Bluetooth file transfer.
Enable Bluetooth in the phones settings, and give your phone a unique Bluetooth name.
iTunes synching
Connect the Desire to a computer with iTunes (Mac & PC) and iphoto (Mac) installed.
Web server apps
Several applications include a built-in option for creating a web-server for transferring files via WiFi to their local media directory.
DavDrive Lite On Air
Email
You can email documents and media to yourself and save them from the Desires email application
Cloud storage
Cloud storage saves your documents and media on web accessible servers - great for backing up and sharing files, particularly files that are too big to email (Most email services usually limit attachments to 10MB)
http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/AndroidTips
Google Docs Box.net Dropbox Any WebDav folder: Mobile Webdav

Web Media


The Web browser on the Desire will let you click and hold on most web media items to bring up a save menu. Another alternative is the Dolphin Browser, or Opera mini.

Contact Info

Thom Cochrane BE, BD, GDHE, MTS, MComp Academic Advisor (elearning & Learning Technologies) Unitec New Zealand (64) 09 8154321 x 7067
tcochrane@unitec.ac.nz Twitter: thomcochrane Vox Blog: http://thomcochrane.vox.com http://homepage.mac.com/thom_cochrane/thom/ http://ltxserver.unitec.ac.nz/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page

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