Thursday, 22 July 2010
This will not delete the current Sony Ericsson Home UI, it basically works "instead" of it if you install it (and when prompted if you set it as your default) -- you can safely uninstall it if you do not like it.
Friday, 9 July 2010
UPDATE 02 AUGUST 2010: Bad news, it looks like the versions of Skype available on the repos right now only allow audio calls by dialling a local number. I have uploaded Skype (BETA) v126.96.36.199 here.
2. You need to install and run APKtor on your device, use the mentioned repos
3. Search for Skype – install it
NOTE: This how-to may enable you to download paid/cracked apps, for which I take no responsibility or liability - do at your own risk.
First, you need to download APKtor, which is available on the Market. You can also download it from http://apktor.gotoinit.com/download/ either using the browser on your phone or from a computer, then transferring the APK file (APKs are Android app installation files) to your device and running it using a file manager (I recommend ES File Explorer grab it here if your Market is not working).
After installation, start up APKtor. You will be notified that no repositories are setup yet. Repositories (aka repo's) are URLs pointing to app collections. Once you add some repos you can directly download and install apps from APKtor. The best way to find repos is to Google around for them.
After adding some repo's APKtor should automatically populate a huge list of apps. You can force an update by pressing the Menu/Options button (left button under screen) then touching Update. Simply touch an app and then touch install. You can uninstall apps the usual way and also by going to the "Installed" page within APKtor, touching an app and touching uninstall.
If you enable this feature you can download apps from “unknown sources” such as websites, other Market apps or transfer them between Android phones and be able to install them.
There is a bit of a risk because some of these apps are not Google Market “approved” so if you don’t know what an app does or who it is made by, there is a risk. Use your best judgement rather than impulse downloads and installations – Google check reviews on apps beforehand.
How to enable third-party app installation on your Android phone:
1. Go to Settings
2. Touch Applications
3. Touch Unknown Sources (so the tick is white) – this enables the feature
NOTE: This method is for Android 1.6 but may be the same/similar on newer Android versions.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Using your Xperia Mini Pro off your first full battery charge might shock and disappoint you – the battery will discharge fast and in about 4-6 hours reach 10% - 0%. I read about this before my purchase, but now also know this to be true from experience. It does not make a difference if you charge the battery using USB off a computer / laptop or the AC mains plug.
THE GOOD NEWS: Your battery absolutely will improve after a few more recharge cycles. My battery now lasts over 48 hours off a single charge. This is achievable for both Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. Most smartphones last 24 hours on a single charge with usage (e.g. iPhone 3GS, HTC Desire…) so to be able to get 48hrs is absolutely brilliant.
I will write up a post detailing steps on maximising and optimising battery life to get the full 48+ hour results.
FURTHER GOOD NEWS: When Sony Ericsson finally release Android 2.1 or 2.2 (or when we can ROOT the phone and install it ourselves) it will automatically improve battery performance simply through the improvements made to the Android OS.
Check out this page for a list of my likes and dislikes. I will be updating this frequently until I feel it is complete.
1. Go to the Market and download AndExplorer, open it and find the folder you want to hide
2. Long-touch on the folder you want to hide - a green tick should appear beside it
3. Press the Menu/Options button at the bottom of the phone (left button below screen)
4. Touch Rename
5. Add a dot to the beginning of the folder name, e.g. if there is a folder called NewFolder rename it to: .NewFolder
Done. Android treats folders starting with a dot as hidden folders, the Album app will not scan the contents of such folders.
By the way, AndExplorer is my personal choice for a file manager app – there are other good ones available too, Astro for example.
Top reasons why to create a new Gmail account:
• Selected emails/senders from your primary Gmail account can easily be setup to forward to your new Gmail account
• You can export contacts from your old phone in to a fresh, clean, empty Contacts list in a new Gmail account – these will then sync to your phone when you add your new account
• Less data traffic going to your handset = battery power saved
• If your phone is lost/stolen your primary email account is not at risk of being compromised
Although, to be fair here are some reasons why to use your EXISTING Gmail account:
• If everything is setup neat and tidy, your Contacts list is clean and has phone numbers
• You have properly setup password recovery (ideally using a phone number other than the phone you are syncing to – because what happens if it gets stolen!)
• You need your existing Gtalk / Gmail chat contacts
Here is the proper method on how to remove the back cover:
1. In one hand hold the device so that the camera button on the side of the device is facing upwards
2. With your other hand put a nail in to the groove that is 1cm away from the camera button
3. Pull the cover away from the phone and it will "snap" away - use a little gentle force
When putting the cover back on, put the USB port part of the cover back on first, then snap the rest of the cover on.