Perfect Alarm is Android Alarm Clock Perfection
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Perfect Alarm is Android Alarm Clock Perfection

If you’re after a perfect Android alarm clock that requires minimal effort but provides maximum effect and is rather beautiful too, look no further. Android developer Softbork has developed an Alarm clock that fits the bill exactly.

But don’t take our word for it, download and try it for yourself. There’s a free version and a paid ad-free version that costs a tiny £0.68.  If your idea of a wake-up call, however, is to solve tricky mathematical problems to dismiss your alarm, or you like endless menu choices to fiddle through, with complex set-up instructions, you best look elsewhere.

Perfect Alarm is simplicity itself, with intuitive, fool-proof menu settings that even your poor Aunt Hilda, who unfortunately seems to have lost her marbles, can set without any issues. No need for fancy and unnecessary trimmings, such as voice control. Who needs the weather report or stock exchange read out to them when they wake up anyhow? Not Perfect Alarm, this little gem is gimmick-free and works perfectly every time, even after rebooting your smartphone. In fact, Perfect Alarm is also designed to withstand task-killing apps.

Perfect Alarm is the closest to a real alarm clock you’ll get in virtual form. To set the time you wish your alarm to wake you, you simply move the clock’s red hand with your finger. Time can be set in either AM/PM or 24-hour format, and you can see at a glance the exact time you’ve set the alarm for, as this is displayed just above the clock as you move the hand.

Don’t worry about being late for work by accidentally disabling your alarm as you rouse yourself from sleep; to disable or snooze you must long-press, and hopefully, this is not a skill that can be done whilst half asleep. You can choose to be woken by any tune you wish, and there are 3 options for fade-in, where the alarm will gently rise in volume, of either 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes. More like a gentle caress than an industrial hammer drill to the brain.

If you can’t get to sleep in the first place there’s always the option of counting the sheep that cascade down the screen like moon dust. There are 9 different alarm clock designs to choose from, it’s just a shame that the backgrounds aren’t changeable too, as there are some really enchanting ones.

To reset or disable your alarm simply tap the cheeky little rooster on your notification bar to gain instant access to Perfect Alarm’s menu.

Check out the official Perfect Alarm video below:

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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices - Part 2
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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices – Part 2

Part 2 of ‘The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices’ has a few more Android oddities to show you…

Umeox Appollo Solar Powered Android Phone

For the greener amongst you, it’s nice to know that there’s an Android smartphone that will keep your conscience clear. For anybody off in ‘the middle of nowhere, where the last thing you’re liable to see is a power socket, it’s reassuring to know that there’s an Android to fill your needs.

Umeox Appollo is powered by solar, so as long as there’s sunlight you’ll have a working Android phone. Requires just 2.5 hours of sunlight to charge its built-in solar panel, but if the battery runs out completely it’s going to take a blistering 17 hours of sunbathing to get Umeox Appollo back to 100%.

As with companies such as Huawei, Umeox is an established Chinese manufacturer that’s been providing phones to be re-branded. Umax Appollo was set, in February 2011, for release in China. It was debatable whether it would surface in the USA or Europe, and it’s seeming likely that we won’t be seeing it after all, if we do, however, it will probably sport a different moniker.

Appresso

We all know that caffeine is the preferred drug of choice. Coffee bars are springing up on every high street in the UK as fast as your local breweries are ringing ‘last orders’ for the very last time. Appresso is a coffee addicts paradise, making sure that you’re perfect cuppa is always within reach, even when the Coffee shops have shut for the night… and it’s controlled by Android.

This perfect coffee lovers partner knows exactly what your favorite espresso is. Dock your Android device and as it charges it communicates with Appresso and delivers your drink while at the same time playing your fave tracks if you wish. Or music can be played from a QR code on the coffee cup.

We expect to see this design, by In-oh Yoo and Bong-yup Song, on behalf of Meta trend Institute, to be hitting the UK in the near future. We predict that this concept will soon find its way onto the high street too, whether Appresso or a similar design. It turns espresso drinking into a whole new interactive experience.

Samsung Galaxy Concept Flexi Phone

If you’ve heard of the Origami mobile phone, you’ll have a pretty good idea of where this concept Samsung Android phone is heading. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Origami mobile phone, it’s basically a phone that’s made of cardboard and folds flat when not in use. Solves the issue of ever-decreasing storage.

The Samsung concept Flexi phone, if it ever reaches production, is set to solve more than just one problem. Besides being a space saver, and possibly slim enough to fit within the folds of an oversized wallet, this Android phone would also be the only answer you’d need concerning stands and holders. If you bend it in half it becomes a bedside alarm clock, photo frame or mini TV, fold at both sides and it will sit neatly on your car dashboard, making GPS more accessible.

Samsung has developed a futuristic, fully flexible graphene AMOLED display, which they showcased at CES 2011, that would make this astonishing Android phone a real possibility in the very near future. Full marks go to Haeseong Jee and Haeyon You who designed this beautiful idea for Samsung Talent Program, at Hongik University. This is one prediction we would like to put our money on. In 20 years from now, we imagine that flexible mobile phones will be the only mobile phones in the shops.

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Froyo 2.2. Downloaded and Raring to Go
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Froyo 2.2. Downloaded and Raring to Go

On the First Day of Xmas HTC sent Froyo 2.2 Update for Wildfire

So your Frozen Yoghurt treatment has been applied to your HTC Wildfire. Far from dampening the fire, we are all hoping that this update fuels Wildfire. But what do we do now? Most things look almost the same; are you trying to figure out what has changed and where? This is why I will be examining the ingredients that make the delicious Frozen Yoghurt that is now installed.

On the Second Day of Xmas HTC sent App to SD for Wildfire

One of the first things that I wanted straight away was to implement the app to the sd ability my phone had now acquired, enabling my internal phone memory to be freed up a little as apps were moved to a memory card. I chose to download the fantastic App 2 SD application from Google Market.

Once this has been installed onto your phone it is simply a case of opening the app, after it has compiled a list of your apps that can be moved to sd you are good to go. Simply look under the ‘phone tab’ for the app that you wish to move and tap this app; you will then be given the choice to move to an sd card. Very simple and intuitive, you can manage your apps completely from here, choosing to move apps back across to phone memory, and uninstall or clear data. If you wish to move all compatible apps to sd (note; not all apps are compatible to move to sd at present) just press the menu and choose ‘Move all apps’.Choosing to use App 2 SD is also useful as it can be set to monitor apps so that when they are installed and can be moved to SD, a notification appears. A very easy way of seeing at a glance which apps can be moved.

On the Third Day of Christmas HTC didn’t send Live Wallpapers

As many of you have been anticipating live wallpapers once you have the Froyo 2.2 update on your Wildfire I have to be the bearer of bad news I’m afraid. Live wallpapers are not supported on HTC Wildfire and probably never will due to Wildfire’s CPU processor (528 MHz). It is just not powerful enough to support this feature in a way that works well.

It seems that the final decision here (to disable live wallpapers) was made by HTC, and in a sense understandably so as it is a huge drain on battery life. Of course, when there is something you cannot do there will always be a workaround and this is true in this case. There is lots of advice on the web on ways to do this, some of which are covered on xda-developers website. I would love to hear from anyone who has managed to get live wallpapers working on their HTC Wildfire; until then I will manage without.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas HTC sent Lots of Lovely Widgets

A nice advantage you get with Froyo 2.2 installed on your Wildfire is a much wider choice of lovely widgets, which incidentally iPhone users don’t have the pleasure of using. Of course, your choice of compatible apps available from Google Market will increase tenfold.

To check out your new widgets for yourself:

Go to the + sign next to Phone at the bottom of your home screen;

  1. Tap – Widget
  2. Tap – Get more HTC widgets
  3. Press – menu
  4. Tap – Update
  5. Tap – (widget of choice)
  6. Tap – Download
  7. From home screen repeat step 1 and step 2, and then repeat step 6
  8. Tap – Select (only needed if there are a few versions of the chosen widget)
  9. Install on the chosen home screen.

Scroll through until you find the widget of choice such as Sand Timer and install. I always wanted the sand timer widget while I was waiting for the Froyo 2.2 update as my partner had already got it on his Desire and it was just so damn handy when timing food etc. There is also a mad as a hatter Fake Call widget available as from Dec …

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Demand HTC Wildfire Receives Froyo 2.2 Update!
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Demand HTC Wildfire Receives Froyo 2.2 Update!

Is the Wildfire Froyo 2.2 Update a Myth

I am rather annoyed, to put it very mildly, at the dismissive attitude HTC has towards its HTC Wildfire customers. Yes, HTC Wildfire is their entry-level smartphone. Yes, it is rather less expensive than its big brother ‘Desire‘. Yes, it has a smaller CPU processing speed than Desire (528 MHz compared to 1GHz), a lower resolution screen, a 5-megapixel camera compared to Desire’s 8 megapixels, and all of this sums up the reason why the price is so much lower. But this does not mean we should be treated like buffoons, lesser individuals, unworthy of anticipated updates that have been dangled like a carrot on a stick, taunting us for far too long. HTC Wildfire is one of HTC’s newest offerings, only being released in June, and it is anticipated as being one of the must-haves this Xmas. Although I do not expect this phone to be supported forever, the Froyo 2.2 update should not even be questioned, it should be 100% definite.

I rather think that we are being served a large portion of unforgivable injustice that leaves a bitter taste on our tongues and we need to lobby this matter, demand that we receive Froyo 2.2 and quickly. As it stands, from my observations of android forums, frustrations are running extremely high, we want to be able to access all the apps not available on 2.1 and more importantly, we want the ability to store them easily to sd card with the app to sd capability of Froyo 2.2. There may be other ways of enabling the app to sd such as rooting your phone and following other procedures but this is not a path I am willing to walk down. It’s all very nice that the HTC Wildfire has the ability to support a 32 GB memory card, but unless we are total music, photo, and video freaks what on earth are we going to do with that amount of space?

I feel that my phone is rendered almost useless and loses the ‘right’ to be classed as a smartphone without this ability, it becomes more of a ‘crippled’ smartphone. I need to be able to store as many apps as I like as I review them on my blog, but even if this was not the case I haven’t enough internal memory space for the apps I want to keep for myself. Also, I would like my phone to run just that bit faster with Froyo 2.2 than it runs with Eclair 2.1. Besides this, there are a host of other features we are missing out on whilst we wait in limbo as they play a weird kind of guessing game with us, such as wifi tethering, and the list goes on.

If HTC wishes to develop an army of brand loyal android users they really ought to think of addressing this gigantic issue otherwise we will address it for them by taking our customs and money elsewhere. After all, the phones we have at present are no better than a digital camera with nowhere to put a memory card and limited internal storage.

I don’t believe we should be given standard responses to inquiries that we take the effort to send to HTC, almost always the same as the one I received this morning.

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With regards to your query, at the moment there is no confirmation on when or if the wildfire will be receiving the 2.2 updates. I can advise you to keep checking our website for any updates in the future.

Sincerely, Georgina

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So I am asking for your support in my campaign to lobby HTC and get a definite answer, rather than being forced to play this cat and mouse game. I intend to gain support in the form of a poll and any supporting comments you wish to post, after which I intend to write a physical letter to the HTC headquarters, to the person in the highest position with the link to the gathered support. I would like to be able to send the letter within a couple of weeks so this really needs to be speedy. As soon as I have received …

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