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My take on what’s wrong with Blackberry

I’ve recently begun looking for a new smartphone as my trusty Spica started to feel a bit..uh..old. Odd for a 1 year old phone to start feeling old but hey, it had already been out for quite some time before I got it. Menus and interaction was a bit sluggish at times, couldn’t install as many apps as I wanted because it’s available space was very limited, started missing some calls because it wouldn’t ring (no idea what caused it), had to constantly factory reset/reinstall rom because something would go bork and stop working, etc. While doing so, I remembered how much I loved the qwerty physical keyboard on my former phone, the Nokia E71. With that in mind, I remembered how well regarded Blackberry phones are/used to be in that aspect, so I started checking out some online reviews.

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Removing unused languages in Swype

I like Swype, I really do. It’s probably the best keyboard out there for Android, definitely so if you have a 3.2″ or smaller screen. Their betas are usually freely available, which means you get to use the latest test version for free and give them feedback on  their forums and possibly anonymous usage statistics, can’t quite remember. The big issue with Swype is you get to choose 3 language packages. English/Spanish, English/Chinese and English/All Other Languages. Since I’m a native portuguese speaker, I want to have the portuguese language on my phone. This ends up forcing me to use the “All Others” package and downloading/installing a huge file roughly around 10-12mb. Since I have 150mb internal memory, 12mb takes a big chunk out of it mostly with dictionaries and keyboards I will never use. Most keyboards have their various language modules available in the market, so if I want to use the portuguese language I just download the PT package and that’s it. With Swype that’s not so simple. I had to tweak the .apk a bit to remove all the crap I will never use and then install it again.

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Titanium Backup

I started off this post by setting the title to “Why Titanium Backup is possibly the best Android app you can buy” and quickly decided that was too long of a title and changed it. That doesn’t change the fact that Titanium Backup probably is the best Android app you can buy.

If you usually for some odd reason read all the blabber I post on this website you’ll already know I like to tinker around with whatever gadgets I get my hands on, my phone is one of them. Specifically, my Android phone. I like to change the ROM it runs, the kernel, the 3D driver, run benchmarks, etc etc. Titanium Backup makes the sometimes painful process of re-installing all the crap I have there easy as peeling and apple with a sharp knife.

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SpicagenMod Beta 2.1

Following an email sent by my friend penadigital quite some time ago I finally made the jump and installed SpicagenMod Beta 2.1 on my Spica. I had been avoiding it since I had everything working just the way I wanted and most of the time it takes a few hours and a good dose of patience to install a mod and get everything working the way we like it again.

I was actually kind of forced into it, the previous install I had got borked. I was running out of memory and as a consequence getting that annoying little low memory warning that keeps popping up. I uninstalled some apps and cleaned the app cache but I was still low on memory. This is partly because of the way Apps2SD works and I still don’t fully understand it so I thought about booting into recovery and wiping both dalvik cache and regular cache. I was then presented with an endless loop of reboots, lovely. Then I remembered that email and figured this was as good a time as ever to give it a try.

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Cyanogen on the Spica, Gaming and a small update

So, it seems Cyanogenmod is here to stay on the Spica. Just as long as criminal (one of the developers @ samdroid.net) doesn’t feel like it’s time to call it quits. I’m now running alpha 8.2 and I can say everything pretty much just works. The camera is now in color and I’m yet to find something that doesn’t work like it’s intended. Supposedly hardware acceleration for divx doesn’t work, but I don’t watch divx on the phone anyway, so that’s fine.

There were also some 3D drivers released for the 8.1 ported from the Samsung Intercept ones, they boosted my phone’s score on Quadrant by a ton.  From the mid 400’s to the mid 600’s.  Sadly they don’t work in 8.2 but I’m sure something is being done about it. There has been an update to the drivers, still haven’t installed them but will do it pretty soon. Available here.

Haven’t posted here in a while, no special reason. My grandfather fell down and broke his hip, had to undergo surgery and eventually his age (87) and whatever comes with it caught up with him and he didn’t make it. He passed about a week after surgery. And that was pretty effed up.

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