Ask NerdGirl: Toggle 3G / 2G, Only Google Voicemail, Audiophile Phone Headsets, Disappearing Ringtones,and Market Links!
Aug 7, 2010 7:45 PM –
I bought a new headset just to listen to music on my phone and actually found a great solution for both music and call use! I covered it in today’s article and I hope people try out these headsets from Skullcandy.
I love your column and read it ALWAYS.
I have a question. How can I directly toggle between 3G/2G as most of the toggling widgets I found only have shortcuts to the system menu? I have a Motorola Milestone 2.1 with root access and looking for a widget that can do this.
If you are running CG6 from Cyanogen you can try an app by TheMasterBaron called Auto Toggle. That will put the phone in 2G mode when it’s sleeping to conserve battery. He says there are more features to come so this is something to keep an eye on.
Beyond that, the only toggles out there are like what you found. They take you straight to the settings menu. Google, for some reason I can’t find, has made it nearly impossible, even for developers of rooted apps, to make something that changes the setting directly.
I love the articles, keep up the good work! I have a small annoyance since I started using Google Voice on my Moto DROID. I switched my voicemail to Google voicemail and am able to access my messages perfectly through the app and dialing in to my voicemail number. The only annoying thing is the droid still shows an unread voicemail indicator in my status bar even when my Google voicemail box is empty. Is there a way to make this go away?
As long as you have the Google Voice app, this is an easy fix.
First, go into your regular voicemail and delete all of the voicemails that are in there. That’s probably where that icon is from.
Then, go into Menu >> Settings >> Call >> Voicemail Service and change it to Google Voice. Now when you go to check your voicemail it will go into Google Voice and no longer look for your providers service.
Being a little bit of an audiophile, I didn’t like the stock headset that I got with my Nokia, and preferred to use my ordinary favorite headphones with it. I used it all day for listening to music and radio. When making voice calls, I used my headphones for listening, and held the phone in front of me, talking into the built in microphone of the Nokia.
I bought the Samsung Galaxy S expecting to use it the same way (I don’t like the headset – it’s uncomfortable too), but discovered that it simply cannot execute this simple task. Apple and Nokia have done it for years, but the Samsung forces me to either disconnect my headphones and hold the phone against my ear when answering calls, or use some Samsung headset (not an option). So, my question is: is there any app to help me get around this issue or am I going to have to find myself another phone? In that case, which phone should I choose? I want an Android phone, but this very function might force me to go for the Nokia N8. I’ll stay away from the iPhone, however.
I don’t have good news for you. Because of the way that the Android OS is set up it is not possible to use a non-microphoned headset to complete calls. I got this awesome set of earbuds from Skullcandy that I use for the radio and music things and it also has a mic built into my cord. I would look into these to solve your problem.
I’m using the Samsung Galaxy S i9000.
I managed to set MP3 as ringtones using two different methods:
- Via music player: long press and then “Set As”
- Using applications called Shartones, Ringdroid, and another one called Ringtone
Immediately after I create/save the ringtone I can see it is the list and I can choose it.
I used the Ringdroid application, edited an MP3 20 sec, and saved as the ringtone. The ringtone was added to the list OK, the file WAS created in \sdcard\media\audio\ringtones\ and the file is still there after the restart, but doesn’t appear in the ringtones list anymore. When I add or move files into this directory it is useless and I can’t see them on the list. As if when I add a ringtone it is added to the database, but entries are deleted when the phone starts up again. After I turn off the phone and on again, all the new ringtones are gone and none are in the list. The ringtone which is set is a default one from the original ringtones.
Any idea or a solution to find what goes wrong?
I have Ringdroid on my phone and haven’t seen this as an issue. I have some edited ringtones as well that I use. I would try saving them where they originally were and not moving them. That should stop the phone from losing them.
How can I craft a URL link to a specific app in the Market. I would like to have the links in both email and web pages.
On http://developer.android.com/guide/publishing/publishing.html/ I found the following:
But how do I determine the <packagename> for a specific app (that I did not develop)?
The easiest thing to do would be to go to either one of our partner Android Market websites like AndroLib.com or AppBrain.com. Search the app in either site; AndroLib has the package name right in the app listing, while AppBrain has it in the URL.