Ask NerdGirl: Name That Phone, G1 Hates Google, Did I Drop it?, Google Fails Like Facebook, and I Wanna Pick the Pic!
Aug 17, 2010 4:59 PM –
So I’m really excited about all the new tablets that are coming out! However, I don’t think I have any space in my power strip, laptop bag, or life for another internet device. Who am I kidding?? There’s always room for one more! What are all of you excited about?
I have the Droid. I know some apps allow for a name tag of sorts, i.e. Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether and Where’s My Droid? Is there a way to name the device itself?
Well, I’ve always thought that Marshall would be a great name for a Motorola Droid! Maybe Eric…or something fierce like Bjorn! As far as letting your phone know what it’s name is and display it proudly somewhere, unfortunately I don’t know of any setting or app that can do that. I guess you could make a wallpaper with its name…
I would like you to help me with a problem. When I want to download and install apps on my T-Mobile G1, it requires me to log in to my Google account. When I enter username and password it “fails to connect with Google servers” so that I cannot download any app on my phone. Any advice?
It sounds like there’s a problem with your account as far as T-Mobile. I have heard of this before. Unfortunately, the fix is for you to go to a T-Mobile store and talk to them. It may be something like an issue with the SIM card, which, if it is, they can swap it out and fix it right there.
There are all sorts of security programs available to help you find your phone, but every time I’ve needed one it’s because I’ve dropped it (fell off belt, etc.). It occurred to me that what I really need is a phone that goes “ouch!” very loudly when dropped and then I’d never need to look for it!
I’ve tried to find an app via Google and Market with no success, which is strange as I believe all Android phones have the hardware (accelerometer).
If there is no such application then someone should get onto it!
I love this question! There SHOULD be an app for this!!! I hope that a developer out there reads this and gets right on it! I need this, and obviously, so do others. Thank you for your suggestion, Dennis!
Hi Nerd Girl,
Thanks for all the cool tips / answers! I seem to have problems loading images for some of my contacts. For example, If I open gTalk on my Nexus one, a certain contact would have would have an image (avatar), but when I open up the same contact in my phone book, or if I receive a text message from him/her, the contact wouldn’t have an image. This is despite the fact that for that person, I would have the same Gmail account which has an avatar in gTalk listed under his / her name in the phone book.
Just like the issues I spoke about with Facebook in this article, Google seems to have some of the same issues. All I can say is the same thing that I said with Facebook. Disable syncing. Power off the phone. Power on the phone. Enable syncing and see if that works for you.
If a single contact has different e-mails each with its own avatar, can I select which avatar to use for that contact in the phone book?
As far as I’ve seen, the primary email address is the avatar that shows up. Hopefully the one you like is their main email.