Ask NerdGirl: Lock Patterns, International Google Voice Search, Weight Watchers on Android, Annoying Network Settings Fixed, and T-Mobile US vs. UK!
Sep 20, 2010 2:57 PM –
No more guessing on who this laptop this belongs to!
It’s cute right? Thank you to Pegbeard (who you can find at their Etsy shop) for this great update to my laptop! I love it! By the way, that picture was taken with a Samsung Captivate.
A lot of the apps on the market are not yet compatible with the Android’s new OS. My question is, have you found an app that will allow me to lock my screen using a pattern lock? The one that’s most recommended is not compatible with my Droid X! Just need some help! Thanks!
Your phone comes with the ability to do a pattern lock. Go to Menu >> Settings >> Location and security >> Require pattern and you can create a pattern there.
Is there a way to enable Google Voice Search for subscribers outside of the USA?
First off, open your browser and enter market://details?id=com.google.android.voicesearch.
Then, make sure that your language is set to English (US). Go to Menu >> Settings >> Voice Input / Output >> Voice recognizer settings >> Language and select English (US).
I would like to know if there is going to be an app for Weight Watchers?
Unfortunately, right now they only have an Apple iPhone app. You can use the Weight Watchers mobile site. If you go to http://mobile.weightwatchers.com from your phones browser it should go to the mobile site automatically. There is quite an outpouring of people asking for an Android Weight Watchers app. If they’re smart they’ll listen. Hopefully, we’ll see something soon.
Nice to see a female taking a starring role in the Android blog world. It makes me feel less alone!
Bit of a techie question, but at work I have to go into the advanced Wi-Fi settings on my Nexus and check the box to enable the static IP and various other bits and bobs that allow it to connect there.
Whilst it saves the info, it’s really infuriating to have to remember to do this every time I go between work and anywhere else.
Do you know of an app that might manage this for me? I live in fear of becoming a regular user of another network that requires similar info to work.
A Geek, not Nerd, girl )
A great solution (although not free) would be to use Locale. The main piece is $9.99. However, most of the plug-ins are free. With Locale it sees where you are (or what time it is or what have you) and automatically sets your preferences accordingly. I would try Locale SSID Plug-In to get it to set the right preferences when it sees the network that you need to change the settings for.
So, I’ve recently switched to T-Mobile in the States, after playing my cards on both AT&T and Sprint’s network prior to this. The main reason for this switch was to get in on the Nexus One, and also to save money. A close friend of mine was going to get me a line on his Sprint employee plan, which costs all of $30 a month or so and includes unlimited data and texts, 500 minutes and yearly upgrade discounts. This is known as the Sprint Advantage Club. While I was trying to save money, I was sincerely more interested in getting a top-end phone, and the EVO 4G is far too big. Anyway, I’m on T-Mobile right now (off contract), and I am still paying more per month than those in England and Europe, who are on-contract, and most likely got their phone for free.
How is it so much cheaper in England on-contract than it is in the states?
T-Mobile UK has plans starting at £10 ($15.62) for 100 minutes a month going all the way up to £40 ($62.48) a month for 900 minutes and unlimited internet.
T-Mobile US has plans starting at $29.99 a month for 500 minutes and goes up to $79.99 a month for unlimited everything.
It’s hard to do apples-to-apples with the plans because they offer different benefits. I would say that they are comparable if you were to build a plan with exactly the same things on both.