You can find all my posts about Android here (all posts tagged “Android” in reverse chronological order). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do creating them.
This Android page is a “living page”. It means that I will update it from time to time.
My Android Story
My own experience with Android started back in October 2012 when I got a Samsung Galaxy S3 4G that was running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Before that I had been a big iPhone user, and been using 5 iPhones, 5 years in a row. The last iPhone I bought was the iPhone 5.
After the Samsung Galaxy S3 4G, in September 2013, I decided to switch from Samsung because I didn’t like what they are doing to Android, and I don’t like all the strange features and bloatware they are adding to Android and their own UI called TouchWiz. So I decided to buy one of the best Android phones released this year, the Sony Xperia Z1 that was running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. An incredible phone. With a very clean and nice looking UI. The camera is the best camera I have ever used on any mobile phone, the depth of field is incredibly good.
But the Xperia Z1 is a bit big and heavy with large bezels, the large bezels is perfect when using it as a camera though, but I don’t use cameras so much. So when the LG G2 showed up, with an even larger 5.2-inch display but in a smaller and lighter package, then I was sold. The LG G2, that was also running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean become my main phone quite fast.
Meanwhile I started rooting and flashing Custom Android ROMs on my old Samsung Galaxy S3 4G (GT-i9305), and especially CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices. It’s based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.
This is just another huge plus with Android, it is very customizable, you can almost do anything with it. The Android hacking and developing community is huge! This could easily become your biggest interest / hobby if you want.
To me Android is a more fun and interesting mobile operating system. In the beginning I was thinking that Android didn’t have so many good apps like iOS had, but now after been using an iPhone a bit again, I don’t think that matters anymore. Android simply has a better screen real-estate, and a nicer looking OS that makes it a pleasure to be productive and creative on, and I think that is all that matters. And to be honest, I prefer an open OS that makes it easy to create and share on, than a closed OS with beautiful apps that can’t do as much. Yes I can’t be a productive and creative as I can on the iPad, because Android misses some of the essential apps I need, but as I said, Android is a more fun OS to use!
Some of my Android Milestones (from the beginning to the present day)
Here is some of all the posts I have created during my Android journey. It’s sorted in the order from the beginning (October 2012) of my journey to present day (chronological).
- My Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Review
- What I like and dislike with Android
- About Eco Systems and Apps on Android and iOS
- The Android Experience - six months later
- Android phones “just works” too
- Is it really harder to develop for Android because of different screen sizes?
- One huge problem with Android users is that they refuse to pay for apps
- Google is changing Android
- Is Google slowly mowing away from being dependent on Android as a mobile platform?
- I am planning to move away from samsung - they changes to much
- My first impressions of CyanogenMod 10.1 on my Samsung Galaxy S3 4G
- This is how I blog on Android
- I am very satisfied with CyanogenMod 10.1 on my Samsung Galaxy S3 4G
- CyanogenMod made me a new Android Phone - feels so fresh and fun!
- My Sony Xperia Z1 Review
- We don’t have any Carrier Bloat here so the Android experience is quite good - except on Samsung devices….
- The two things I am most excited about in Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 4.4 KitKat: Some says that Google Now is the future - but Google needs to give it international support first
- This is how much Samsung dominates Android (unfortunately)
- Google Search 3.1.8 released for Android - Brings together with Google Experience Launcher “KitKat” to any device
- My LG G2 Review
- GEL makes wonders on my Android phones
- Android keyboards makes it fun to write