Banshee version 1.4 is now available and compatible with the G1 Android phone. It is an open source music player that will support playlists on your G1 and will even import music you have purchased from the Amazon MP3 store. It functions very similar to iTunes and will automatically sync your music library with your G1 mobile device.
Aaron Bockover, the lead developer of Banshee, claims that the Banshee/G1 combination delivers the same kind of music management experience as the iPhone. According to his blog:
"Because the Android platform is open source, I was able to easily figure out optimal ways of implementing Android/G1 support. For instance, I was unsure what the maximum cover art size should be on the device, so I just read the source. It was nice for once to not have to reverse engineer or guess!"
At this time, Banshee 1.4 is available for Linux and Mac OSX only. Download it here and try it for yourself on your G1.
We take for granted that we carry a phone with us all the time and can be reached anytime, anywhere. Sometimes calls or texts come through at inconvenient times or places, like in meetings or in the bathroom (!). If you need to ignore a call or text, you can use Clacsoft's AutoReply to answer via SMS to the party trying to reach you with a pre-selected automated response message.
All you have to do is set the rules for how AutoReply answers and it will take it from there. You can even set specific rules for certain numbers and a general rule to apply to all others. You can pick up AutoReply for your G1 Android phone right here.
Over at Sister Site WMExperts, we had high hopes for MailShadowG, which makes Gmail look like an Exchange server. Sadly, the service turned out to only work for desktop, not mobile.
Well now it looks like the folks at Cemaphore have set their sights on mobile, but they're doing it with Android! Instead of making Google look like Exchange, they're making Exchange work for the G1. Well, technically, they're not doing anything all that different from what they were doing before.
How it works is that MailShadowG is a desktop application that syncs your Outlook email and PIM data with Gmail and Google Calendar. The upshot is that as long as your desktop is on and the MailShadowG client is running, you're synchronizing your Exchange content with Gmail. The downside: you have to have a PC and you have to leave it up and running. The upside: instead of paying an extra service fee, you just purchase MailShadowG once ($29.95 now, $49.95 after Nov 20th). Cemaphore does plan to add a complete server-side Gmail solution in MailShadowX soon
Score one... er, G1... for the toddlers! Some creative developers have succeeded in rendering a sophisticated G1 into a baby's plaything. Available in the Android Market, Toddler Lock let's your child (or anyone else's child, if you dare hand over your G1) conjure up random shapes, colors and sounds on your G1's touchscreen with just some taps and swipes. This could very well be entertaining for some adults too!
Toddler Lock requires pressing three buttons simultaneously to deactivate to avoid errant data entry (or loss) while your G1 is a toddler's toy, but it can also serve as a creative and fun way to secure your data from adults unfamiliar with your 3-button combination.
Check out a video provided by Rob Jackson over at phandroid.com and then just make sure your toddler isn't teething before you hand over your G1!
How is your caller ID working for you on your G1? You may have noticed that pretty much all cell phones, the G1 included, require a contact to be present in your address book which matches up the contact with an incoming call, thus telling you who the heck is calling you. Everything is great if you already have the contact in your phone, but if you don’t, you may hesitate to answer “No Caller ID” or “Unknown Caller”, two phrases that send chills up and down my spine.
Although brand spankin’ new, there are already a bunch of apps available for Google Android, and as you can see in the above YouTube video (courtesy of Wazzucoug) and as posted by Mediabistro.com, there is already an app to the rescue. Caller ID from Whitepages.com will compare an incoming call to the more than 200 million contacts in the Whitepages.com database. I’d say there’s a decent chance that Caller ID will match up with a name, and now you can worry a little less that you don’t have every single person you know in your address book. Caller ID is released today, so try it out and let us know right here what you think!
GRAB UR G1, OPEN ANDROID MARKIT, AN DOWNLOAD TEH LOLCAT BUILDR BY DAVID BROWN. ONCE INSTALLD, U SIMPLY SELECT FOTO, ADD UR LOLCAT CAPSHUNS 2 TEH TOP OR BOTTOM (OR BOTH), AN DEN THARS CONVENIENT BUTN 2 BOTH SAVE AN DEN SHARE UR FOTO WIF TEH WURLD!
Grab your G1, open Android Market, and download the Lolcat Builder by David Brown. Once installed, you simply select a photo, add your lolcat captions to the top or bottom (or both), and then there's a convenient button to both save and then share your photo with the world!
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