How to access and change settings for the phone and email accounts

by Nando Android » Wed, 02 Jun 2010 03:03:56 GMT

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How can I get and connect to the internet Database of the device so that I

- Obtain the phone number and other carrier information associated with the
- Obtain email settings of the device?

Is it possible to change the email settings via an app on the device?



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1. Anyone else not entering ADC2

Just wondering if anyone else has come to the decision to give ADC2 a miss?

The reasons we're doing it are below.


- The T&Cs allow Google or anyone in the OHA to develop an identical app and 
you can't seek compensation

"You acknowledge and understand that Google and/or members of the Open Handset 
Alliance may independently develop applications that may be similar to or 
identical to your Entry in terms of theme, idea, function, or in other 
respects. You agree that you will not be entitled to any rights in, or 
compensation in connection with, any such similar or identical applications 
and/or ideas... " 

* Entering ADC2 gives Google a license to distribute the app for free

"As a condition of entry, Participant grants Google a perpetual, irrevocable, 
worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publicly 
perform, publicly display and create a derivative work from, any Entry that 
Participant submits to this Challenge for the purposes of allowing Google to 
test and evaluate the Entry for purposes of the Challenge, to administer the 
technical and other requirements of the Challenge including distribution of the 
Entry to the Community and Expert Judges, and to advertise, display, 
demonstrate, or otherwise promote the Android platform."

So if Google want to "promote" Android by bundling your app for free, then 
you've just agreed to that.

* Voting process

This follows through to the 2nd round where "Qualifying Entries will be 
randomly distributed to Community Judges..."

Google Market has already shown the types of ratings and comments from users 
who go to the effort of finding and downloading an app that may interest them, 
throwing random apps at them seems like a recepie for mayhem.

* Lack of updates. 

The T&Cs state that 1st round judging could be open until 23rd of October, 
which means that the app could be nearly 2 months out of date by the time user 
voting ends, and nearly three before the second round ends. This is a problem 
because if you release a more up to date version in those two months your ADC2 
entry version will probably get a lower rating because users have already seen 
what improvements are possible.


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> I have a additional question then.

You can't.

At most, as another poster suggested, you can have a different color be in
the background of the topDrawable. Or, put the text and image together as
a bitmap (on-device or offline) and use ImageButton to display the

However, I suspect you do not want to be setting the background of the
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also remove all of your focus and touch highlighting, as they are part of
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