Tag Archives: Apps

Another good APP: TextPLUS

21 Jan

As I have stated, Tablets can communicate when it needs to. It is beneficial when you are reading, working cooperatively, or researching. You want or need to share in the process of your work?  Do you need something that can do that in real time?

Texting has been one of the back bones of this form of collaboration.

TextPLUS (Text+) is a FREE instant messaging application for your tablet that lets you text someone. This is a true texting medium unlike other apps like eBuddy, Meebo, AIM, and so on that tie you into their particular medium. Simply, like texting on your phone, you can text here with the same basic graphics you generally see.

So the question bears, if texting requires a phone number, how does it work if your tablet doesn’t have one? It assigns you a phone number for your unit to work. Takes under three (3) minutes to get going and it works great even on Android OS 1.5 devices.

So, if you don’t mind tapping away at a virtual Keyboard and getting a few words spelled wrong in the process, go for it!

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Android Market VS Other

5 Jan

I am just regurgitating information here for the easy to find.

By now, you have discovered possibly that you cannot access the official Android Market with your tablet,  but rather you must download apps via the tablets own marketplace of sorts.

Via the folks at Google, the Android Market was designed on a platform specifically for phones. This is why you are asked to register your device (phone) via an account with Google. So, like me, you might have utilized your Google account or created one only to find that was not the total solution.

The other problem is many off the apps you DO download do not work. They may even say, “Does not work with your phone” or something to do with “Parsing”. If you see the parsing info it just means your android version is not advanced enough to work.

So what to do?

Well the first thing to do is to identify your Android OS. Is it 1.5 or 1.6? Is it 2.0+?  This will tell you what POSSIBLY will work with your tablet. I say possibly because there is often a proprietary issue with one tablet over the other.  So what works on one 1.5 OS does not necessarily mean it will work on another.I would now like to thank all those sites that are kind enough to post what OS works with the software.

Second would be to make use of other APP sites. There is Amazon Apps, SlideMe Market Place, APPBrain.com to name a few. A Quick note, APPBrain is like a search engine so it may send you to the Android Market. Just click that off since it will not work.

The Third thing is to download an APP itself. Applications are generally listed as an APK file (Uno.Apk for example). This is truly a trial and error process. I have sat in front of the computer for hours browsing sites to find apps that work with my devise (See Pandigital blog entry).

For me, this smacks so much of the DVD universal fiasco of some years back. No one could decide on a universal format for everyone  so everyone had their own version. Therefore one disk may or may not play on your brand new DVD player.  Once they got it agreed upon, then things moved forward rather at a good click.  Until all tablets manufacturers can agree on a universal format, then tablets and their performance will be so far apart.

Unfortunately, by the time this happens, your new tablet will become the Atari Game Console of yesterday.