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Enter the Nexus 5X

Friday, June 24th, 2016

It’s that time again where my phone contract had expired and my Nexus 5 battery was spending more time on the charger than active use. So I was going to look into replacing the battery, but the last time I got a so-called OEM battery (Galaxy Nexus) I got something that said one thing but its actual capacity was something totally different.  So I was cautious about getting stung again, plus there was the possibility that I’d bugger up the replacement process and end up with a phone that’s only good for a paperweight!
So I decided to look at what my provider had on offer and was surprised to see that they had the Google Nexus 5X and 6P. I’m not interested in a phone that is borderline to the size of a tablet so we went with the Nexus 5X. I was a little hesitant at first about the Nexus 5X because I initially just thought it would be just a re-release of the original Nexus 5. I was wrong! it’s a new phone altogether and with some noticeable differences.

imageThe next thing to decide on was a suitable case to protect the phone from the day-to-day abuse it will endure. After looking at what was available from the Google Play Store. I was surprised at the costs! really they were expensive with prices ranging from $34AUD to $59AUD. Because you have to purchase them sight unseen, I wasn’t keen to shell out for say the most expensive without seeing some kind of review or similar. Now this is where YouTube is your friend! so after watching several videos on all of the cases, I opted to go with the Adopted Case.


SwiftKey 3 saves me time

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

I’ve saved 43,824 keystrokes thanks to SwiftKey 3! Get it for Android at

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Watch "Apple kills Star Trek" on YouTube

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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Watch “Apple kills Star Trek” on YouTube

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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Galaxy Nexus JellyBean Downloads

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The stock Google Galaxy Nexus JellyBean images are now available for download. This is for both the Takju & Yakju builds. They can be found here (this includes the Nexus S as well)

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AirDroid for your Android

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

AirDroid is an excellent application for utilising the functions of your Android phone via a web browser. This doesn’t require root access to your phone, and should work with pretty much all current phones on the market.

One of the most annoying things for Linux users (myself) is the total lack of software available for doing tasks with your phone. Most manufacturers that supply software usually only support MacOS & MS Windows so if you have a need for syncing your calendar (example exchange calendar) with your phone then you are stuck with nothing that can do it. OK now my example of exchange calendar might be a bad example as I don’t have/use exchange so don’t take it as gospel, OK so what does AirDroid do? It starts a Web Service that you can connect to over your LAN. You then have access to read/write/delete SMS/MMS messages, read/write/delete calendar items, read/delete your call log and the item that is possibly the most useful is transferring of files to/from the phone as well as upload/download music




AirDroid is set up into 4 screens (virtual desktops) that you can customise to your liking, the pictures above show the default layout. Then here is how the connected session appears on your phone (In my case the Galaxy Nexus).

Galaxy Nexus Sales Prohibited?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

With Apple’s monolithic mindset of litigate don’t innovate recently got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s development phone) added to the never ending list of common features that make up a phone (my way of putting it) all sales were halted in the USA. But did this action extend to Australia? (I don’t know the answer to this) I noticed that currently there’s no option to purchase a Galaxy Nexus from the Telstra Shop Online, so does this meanthat the injunction applied here?


If so then how long has it been since the US law or the US patent office dictated Australian law?

Well I’m confused 😐

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Screen Captures for Galaxy Nexus

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Since getting my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I had noticed that on a few forums there are images of screen captures that included the phone as part of the image. Well today I discovered the site that people are using to create such images!


Here’s an example of the type of screen capture I’m talking about. The site is called android-ui-utils and is hosted on Google Code.

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Galaxy Nexus Day 3

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Well on Tuesday (5th June) I finally got my mitts on the Galaxy Nexus (i9250) This now brings about retirement of my HTC Desire (A8183) this was my launching into the world that is Android! and once my contract was up I knew that I wanted the development phone from this point forward.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a nice layout from that I’m used to with earlier versions of Android 2.1 – 2.3 and as I’ve used Cyanogenmod for about the last 18 months I prefer the native android look and feel over the stock version of HTC Sense that originally came with the Desire. The Nexus had a slightly modified release of ICS 4.02 (Telstra customised with Australian English) that I replace with the current (at the time of writing) 4.04 development build of Yakju and I’ve added SuperSU (root)

One of the main issues with the HTC Desire was its lack of storage space (a total of 148Mb with stock Hboot) but now with the Nexus that’s no an issue as it has a comfortable 13Gb to play with. The only part that I didn’t realise was the lack of an SDcard slot, but I don’t see that I’ll need to add more storage to it anyway.

With the lack of any hardware buttons this gives a nice smooth appearance but I was at a small loss as I tended to use the optical pointer, so I’ve found myself floundering a little if I need to change the cursor or place but I soon learnt that by holding you finger down on the screen you get an arrow that you can the move about any text. This will take a little getting used to but I suppose I was a little spoilt with that feature on the Desire!

So after only having the nexus for 3 days I’m very happy with it! You can expect more posts about my journey with the Nexus as I discover new things. At this point I’m sticking with Jakju, but I will no doubt experiment with other custom roms in the future… 🙂

Anticipation is Killing Me!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I know that by writing this entry is going to jinx the outcome, but this Saturday (June 2nd) I will be getting a new mobile phone. I’ve been using a HTC Desire since August 2010 and it’s time to update to a newr handset. My phone of choice is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Now although this phone isn’t the latest an greatest handset, for me it is more important that I can customise the phone to my liking without any barriers that are imposed on most android phones (locked bootloader)

Now I’m sure that I’ll be posting many items about the nexus as I explore the possibilities that are available. So watch this space! 🙂

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