How Google Can Save Android From Certain Failure

by Mark Murphy » Wed, 24 Sep 2008 21:03:30 GMT

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I admit to not being totally in tune with the whole OTA space, but when I
read hackbod's initial contribution on this thread, my thought was "Damn!
The Android team just simplified Mr. Isbell's life!".

If an HTTP download is sufficient to trigger an app install, why isn't
SlideME just an awesome mobile-friendly Web site serving as an apps
directory (with integrated ecommerce and all that)? Why go through the
headache of somehow getting people to install your client component?

I'm probably just missing something...

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How Google Can Save Android From Certain Failure

by Fred Grott » Sat, 21 Mar 2009 04:26:36 GMT

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How Google Can Save Android From Certain Failure

by Disconnect » Fri, 10 Apr 2009 21:32:58 GMT

 re you referring to the email problem where a large portion of users can't
delete messages via imap, or the missing-feature for exchange (or
insert-weird-proto-here) isn't supported? Or the one where every other
supported platform can manage multiple gmail accounts via the native (or
j2me) client, but android can't?

FWIW I'd say the first is a "wtf hasn't this gotten fixed in the past 3
updates??", the last is a showing of how google's android commitment
compares to their iphone/bb/se/s60/.. commitment, and the middle can
reasonably be said to be a community-will-fix problem.

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 6:28 AM, nonick <> wrote:


How Google Can Save Android From Certain Failure

by Andreas Kostyrka » Fri, 10 Apr 2009 22:35:00 GMT

 ell, the IMAP client is plainly broken (at least on non-US phones), and k9mail 
is, well usuable. Perhaps a tick less usuable than the S60 builtin IMAP client.

Exchange as all important it sounds is less of an immediate issue,
philosophically most companies with exchange servers usually provide the
mobiles for their employees, and usually frown on private devices connected to
their IT anyway. Even with the best Exchange support on this earth Android
phones won't be sold for this short term.

Multiple Gmail accounts goes back to the issue that Google for good or bad
reasons decided for most of their services to use internal protocols/APIs. A
well functioning email client that supports multiple accounts would
automatically support multiple gmail accounts via IMAP.

A chat client that supports multiple xmpp connections would support multiple
gtalk accounts too.

Nothing that prevents closed protocol clients to support multiple accounts, but
the standard protocol clients tend to have this builtin, as the authors think
it more naturally to have multiple accounts.


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Sent from my Android phone with K-9. Please excuse my brevity.

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2. "android create project" & ACTIVITY_NAME

Once upon a time (Android 1.5 and earlier), when you would create a new
project using the "android create project" command, it worked well --
you had an app that could immediately be compiled and installed.

Now, though, when you run that command, a number of places need fixing
up, where ACTIVITY_NAME shows up instead of the activity name
specified...depending on the API level you target.

For example:

android create project \
--target 5 \
--name MyAndroidApp \
--path ./MyAndroidAppProject \
--activity MyAndroidAppActivity \
--package com.example.myandroid

leaves ACTIVITY_NAME in:

-- AndroidManifest.xml (android:name attribute)
-- res/values/strings.xml (app_name)
-- res/layout/main.xml (in the android:text attribute of the TextView
-- src/com/example/myandroid/ (the class name
is ACTIVITY_NAME despite being in the file)

If I change the target to 1, 3, or 4, it works as expected. If I have
the target as 2 or 5, it gives me the ACTIVITY_NAME.

So, I'm curious to know if:

a. This is a bug, or

b. I'm missing something (despite this example coming straight from the
docs), or

c. I've lost my marbles

Thanks in advance!

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