Android Apps Overview Part 12

Palringo, PdaNet modem and iTunes app
At regular intervals, I would like to present a selection of applications from the Android Market, so remember: The Android Market is already installed on the G1 of T-Mobile (like The future HTC Magic from Vodafone ). Simply click on the icon and the programs can be accessed via “Applications”, “Games” (Games) or directly via the search (“Search”). Then select the desired software, click “Install” and voilá, the download will start automatically.Now start the program (drag the action bar at the top of the screen, click on the download) and have fun. The program is definitely in the main menu, if you press the icon longer, so it can also be dragged to the desktop. Following the 12th part of the series…


Palringo
Instant Messaging is now a feature that is not only nice but necessary. Native in the Android platform, there is currently only one instant messenger for Google, but unfortunately not for other instant messaging services, such as Yahoo !, AIM, MSN, ICQ or Facebook. With Palringo, there is a free instant messenger in the Android Market, which supports all the services just mentioned.

Starting Palringo
After successfully downloading from the Android Market, you simply create a Palringo account and enter the login data for the desired IM services. And there is already a central access to all instant messengers without having to click from app to app, just because the friend circle does not use a uniform messenger.

Features
Palringo is a very good messenger that not only allows multi-messaging to different IM providers, but also works fine in the background and, if desired, also displays your own location as well as the location of the friends – so everyone can see where the other Is straight.It is also possible to exchange pictures with each other.

Conclusion
Palringo is an easy way to use IM. Cheaper than SMS and much more comfortable. And along with the hardware keyboard of the G1, it’s just a pleasure. 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Android Market.

PdaNet for Android
Every cell phone can also be used as a modem-simply connect it to the laptop or computer with a USB cable or Bluetooth, then establish a connection and the cell phone can already send and receive data from the laptop. Of course, this is only possible with a flat rate or a volume rate, otherwise the bill is slightly higher at the end of the month. With the Android phone G1, the use as a modem is not possible by the house, and some providers also prohibit the users that the data volume of the mobile contract is “surfed” over the mobile phone with the laptop. However, with PdaNet, there is now a software that allows the use of the G1 on the laptop or PC.

Starting PdaNet
Unlike other apps, PdaNet can not be found in the Android Market, here is the download of the program via junefabrics.com . After downloading to the PC simply double-click and follow the instructions, nothing more. Then connect the Google G1 via USB cable to the computer. And already can be surfed.

Features
PdaNet is nothing but a modem to go online with the laptop and the G1 away from any wireless LAN connection. Because the G1 has the fast data download turbo HSDPA and the fast data upload turbo HSUPA, the surf feel is similar to that of a DSL port. But be careful: if only one volume discount is booked, this can be faster than desired.

Conclusion
PdaNet is an app that makes life easier, and thus I get 5 out of 5 possible stars. However, as noted above, care should be taken as to whether or not the network provider has allowed use of the G1 as a modem at all. I myself use in my G1 the data flat rate of o2-and there is no restriction to be found.

ITunes and the Google G1
The Google G1 is a pretty good smartphone, but a little is my iPhone and the comparison with my music, video and podcast library in the form of iTunes already. This issue affects not only the Google G1 but also all other non-Apple users who enjoy using iTunes to manage the music. There are a variety of plug-ins, programs, and services that want to sync between iTunes and other MP3 players, but to date, no one has really convinced me. Either these were too cumbersome to handle, or could not reliably compare several thousand titles etc.

With Salling Media Sync there is finally a program that makes the music synchronization between iTunes and the G1 with a very high comfort factor. Salling Media Sync is available for the Mac and the PC in a free base version and a cost variant, for 15 euros. The free version synchronizes each time the complete music stock between the G1 and iTunes, while the paid variant synchronizes only the titles that are not yet on the smartphone. This, of course, is much less time-consuming and much faster. Anyway, both versions bring a bit of iTunes feel to the G1 of T-Mobile.