Category Archives: smartphone

Transfer files with Android smartphone?

Lately I’ve been using the free AirDroid app.

Pretty easy to use:

  • Install via “Google Play Store”.
  • Start AirDroid on phone.
  • The app displays a web address you open in a Browser on the PC or laptop that has the files you want.
  • Enter the displayed Dynamic Passcode (I also select the secured connection).
  • Now you have a “desktop” of the Android on your browser.

This works over wifi connection.

To upload music (from PC to phone), just click the Music icon, then click ‘Upload’. On FireFox, you can drag&drop files in the resulting dialog. The advantage of using AirDroid compared to a dedicated file transfer app is that you can do more with AirDroid, like send SMS messages from your browser, etc.

Is it secure? Who knows? You investigate all these apps and you find conflicting data. I think in today’s age we are the product, as FaceBook epitomizes.

Kies Air works similarly.

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play music app won’t show sd card

On Samsung Galaxy 2, mp3 files stored on the SD card are not being recognized by Google Play Music app. Solution.

I tried some ideas found on Android forums, even uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Nothing worked.

BTW, There is some weird caching that is not shown in the system. Anyway, this is what I did:

  1. I copied everything on the sd card to a a folder on a Kies Air attached PC.
  2. Deleted the files from the sd card.
  3. Powered down the phone.
  4. Turned it back on.
  5. Ran the Play Music app.
  6. It said there is no music on device.
  7. Copied all the music from the folder on the PC (from step 1).
  8. Powered down and back up.
  9. Ran the app again.
  10. Says it is scanning for media.
  11. Finds it.
  12. Give the phone back to it’s owner. Yuck.

All the steps are probably not necessary, but this worked for me.

Update
March 2, 2013: It started happening again. Maybe its time to update to Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich version.

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Larger smartphones to be more common?

Looks like a previous post “The new mobile device?” was on the right path. According to “5-Inch Full HD Smartphones to be More Common in 2013

I still think this is just temporary and that hybrid extensible and alternative “presence” technology will be the norm as a presented in my previous blog post.

Check this rumored Samsung Galaxy Note III specs at Tomshardware

Links

  1. The new mobile device?
  2. Samsung Confirms 5.5-inch Flexible Smartphone Screen
  3. 5-Inch Full HD Smartphones to be More Common in 2013
  4. Galaxy Note 3 With 6.3-Inch Display Could be in The Works
  5. Huawei All But Confirms Galaxy Note II Rival, Ascend Mate
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