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App and hardware review: ‘Klick’

I love my gadgets, smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc, are great, v but the cheap little things that are unusual are what get me excited. So in comes Klick.

Klick is a 3.5mm ‘dust cap’ plug for your smartphone or tablet’s headphone jack, and works in conjunction with an app for Android.

Now, there are a few others, iKey, KeyCut, Quick Button (more listed below with Amazon links) and the most expensive, Pressy.

Pressy is almost $30 on Amazon and seems to have done clout since need the registration key from the product packaging to activate and even use the app.

Meaning it’s not cross compatible with other plugs even though they’re all basically the same hardware. However, the reviews are still around 2.5 of 5 stars with the same complaint of the item just not working.

Here is what it says about Klick on the app store, after translating it to English:

Quick button forAndroid devices is a smart shortcuts, just plug it into the headphone jack, you can quickly start favorite functions via the default gestures. Powerful, compact. To provide users with fast, free interactive experience. Try their hands smartphone. If you want to use a feature, you need to wake up the phone -> to unlock the phone -> to find the appropriate application -> click to open the Applications -> find the function you need. Complicated the whole process rather than directly, such inefficiencies have been far unable to meet the needs of people use mobile phones speed up. Fast button is also based on this consideration, giving a physical smart phone keys, from optimizing the completion of the fundamental human-computer interaction, and that the proceeds are simple and direct, fast intelligent thought.

The review, well, is short. Klick is great, that’s because my hardware works, but seems many people are receiving non working units, and generic knock offs.

www.helloklick.com/

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The new Gmail…? Or ‘Inbox’ I mean..

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I like it, But I like anything beta or more exclusive ūüėČ I do know it is easier for me to find stuff and get a grip on all on emails, better than Gmail’s label system… that for sure.

Amazon Appstore for Android – 31 Free Apps worth $100+ Right Now!

..Nope; no ‘Free App of The Day’… but how about 31 apps, free (retail $100+), for two days?

If you use an android device, you SHOULD know about the amazon app store.¬†If you don’t know, Amazon Appstore for Android¬†is awesome, but don’t look for it in the play store, its not available from Google’s play store, go to amazon.com/appstore¬†and follow the steps

It’s convenient cuz its¬†tied to your already existing amazon account; but that’s not the point, the best is the featured ‘Free App of the Day’, and randomly; on special occasions, and/or on holidays they do some crazy sh*t.

Today through tomorrow; Saturday, June 28th, they have a selection of Android apps ranging from games, utilities, and more, worth over $100 buckaroos all free; already on my phones and tablet ;] check it out: bit.ly/amazon-apps-100-offer

App developers need to slow down and think thoroughly! (MightyText)

So.. It was getting better, became great, and now it’s getting away from even being good. MightyText is what I’m on about; the ‘SMS Text Messaging ‚ÜĒPC Texting’ solution that I personally use on my Androids¬Ļ and computers.¬†Reason why is because it’s getting away from it’s roots; an app to send and receive messages, txt & mms, for convenience and so you don’t miss a message, or even phone call (notification) for that matter. In addition to the android app, you use a PC side client; chrome extension, chrome web app, or just www.mightytext.net.

Now, the app’s doing the usual ‘popular app’ metamorphosis; that is- premium/add-ons/upgrades that are numerous, overly-annoying, and/or used to be free within the app originally. The worse mutation that these fast-popularizing apps fall into is actually a fall out; -of their category that is. The line, and ease of a one-sentence app description, is becoming more blurry. The developer dips the app’s toes into other aspects that may seem to follow it’s natural evolution; but shouldn’t. Some of these are okay I guess, add more functionality (duh).

Additions usually mean bloating the app up, debuting¬†features you won’t use, and adding ads. More features are good; no I mean ‘Great’ right? Not always; for instance: MightyText added a web (PC) side phone dialer… Why? Not like it’s a VoIP (Voice over IP [making phone calls over WiFi with no need of mobile service) And¬†I’d have to be near my phone to pick it up anyway after dialing the..- never mind, ..because it’s just really that stupid.

Ads can be annoying, especially if they’re not tailored to your interests. And¬†I understand ads; that’s why I love Google …anything-all Google products; because everything is free (well almost everything) because it’s all driven by Google’s Ad Mob (and information gathering of user’s personal information.. but shh about that). But Ads become a problem in any app when the¬†annoyances are based on.. well, having ads that are numerous and overly ‘all-up-in-your-face’.

As I mentioned above about the worst aspect of the blurring¬†of the line. Everything wants to be everything to everyone every time. But, like MightText, lots, most, started out as a developer’s solution to a particular niche. MightyText is unfortunately following suit; you have a messages category, perfect! Not, 3 different views, that are all heavy, and include contact photos, buttons to invite to use the MightText service, call the contact, refresh the conversation thread, and delete the thread.. -all on every single individual thread (as viewed in the ‘Power View’).¬†You can also view your contacts and their info.

The worst of the worst examples are easily found¬†in the MightyText app. They include these specific in-app functions; first is¬†the ‘Phone’ tab with the dialer I mentioned earlier. From here you can also send files to your phone, here is a key example of bloating up an app and adding SH*T we don’t. We already have apps specifically for that function, and they’re most likely better since, ..they’re original development for that purpose.

But the [smelly] ‘gold star’ goes to the ‘Photo/Videos’ tab. Oh dear lord, oh I mean OMG. Anyway, but really? Really? This actually started out as an addition to view the pics you received in messages, and that made since with the app’s original purpose. But crap, now.. well they tell it easy themselves..

Recent picture messages (MMS) sent to your phone are below. You can also see photos & videos that you take on your phone here, and easily share them or do some cool photo editing…

Stop it, that’s what Google Photo’s, Google’s + (plus) service already does. An it’s already implemented, of course you can opt-out, but it backs up your photos/videos and lets you ‘easily share them or do some cool photo editing’¬†ūüėČ already. Not to mention that i know where Google puts them, well not really, but they’re in my Google account cloud, available in Drive, Photos, Plus, and upload to YouTube, etc…

App¬†developers; slow down, think thoroughly, developed accordingly, and behave yourself. As for MightyText, you’ve gone over (not above [and beyond]) that blurry line and incredibly¬†made it easier to put into focus. ..;not a good thing. This Android power user, not referring to your stupid view in your web app, will indeed¬†continue to use the MightText. It’s bloated and not optimized for how fat it really is, but for now, it can still just barley fit in it’s own pants.

-by Kevin Seeger, www.kevinseeger.info

My current Android devices (from¬†Android¬Ļ above)

  1. Samsung Galaxy S¬†III 32GB “Pearl White” on Verizon Wireless (Rooted and currently running the newest Paranoid Android Rom 4.4-RC1-4.4.3 KitKat)
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB “Pebble Blue”¬†on Verizon Wireless (Stock, and currently running the newest OTA update 4.3 KitKat) [not active-wifi only]
  3. Samsung Google Nexus 10 (Rooted, and currently running the newest Paranoid Android Rom 4.4-RC1-4.4.3 KitKat)
  4. HTC DROID Incredible (Rooted, old; yes i know; but with the right Roms, Kernals, etc.. perfect for multi-device use as a remote, relayer for notifications and others, and even more)
  5. HTC DROID Eris (Rooted, old as SH*T right!? but it’s fun for me with developers’ Roms, Kernals, etc.. to push it as far as it shouldn’t go)

Picking a new Android smartphone; has it become too much work?

HTC Okay, so.., OMG, I’m either getting old or things are as complicated as i thought they were getting; i want another android device to add to my collection, replace and use as my main phone¬† – voice/text/chat – but of course i want ‘the best’, the best just means of right now but also doesn’t cost $4,000 dollars ūüôā You know what I mean.

 

SAMSUNGMy phone right now is the¬†Verizon¬†galaxy S3, rooted with CyanogenMod 11, and I’ve been loving it, while starting the process of picking a new phone,¬†I kinda decided against the S5, i don’t know why, seems too much like what I’ve got but with a bigger screen? -I know; that is way, over-simplifying it.. but I want different features like the speakers on the One, that’s cool -and anyway, I loved HTC way back from the Eris, to the Incredible.

So how come there are¬†so many different versions¬†of [any phone] the HTC One? …and not differently-named but same-versions for whatever specific carrier,. -Verizon has like 3 or 4 variations of the One if I’m not mistaken, and,… here’s the kicker, why i even bothered to write this, is that,… They are all super-vary-similarly spec’ed out, ugh..

Now.. I don’t even know how to word my question, basically, what’s you’re opinion, recommendation, reviews, or comments, or just a quick ‘anything’ response; help me out.. ;]

Please respond, comment, add opinions below, or on Twitter @KevinSeeger, on Google Plus +KevinSeeger, even on Facebook @KevinSeegerChico

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Google (April Fools?) adds to Chrome & Maps apps

In the Android edition of Chrome app you’ll see this in the top of the menu:

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Which will use Google Translate to.. ‘translate’ to:

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After

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And then it gets weirder…

Open the Android Google Maps app and find pokemon? Here…

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