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Deleting .thumbnail folder is OK!

After using your Android phone for so long, most people accumulate disk space in their .thumbnail folder. Deleting your .thumbnail folder every now and then is OK and will not cause any problems with your Android device.

In order to delete your thumbnail folder, connect your phone to your computer via USB. Then browse to your DCIM folder and locate the .thumbnail folder. In order to view this folder, you must set your folder viewing options to display hidden folders and files. If you don’t see the folder, click the top-right and select ‘Settings’ and untick ‘Hide system files’. Then go back to your DCIM folder. You should see the thumbnail folder. Go ahead and delete it. Feel free to restart your phone if you’d like. You should know that moving forward, your phone may run a bit slower when viewing photos since you need to regenerate thumbnails as you view them. No worries though, the amount of disk space you saved far outweighs the extra load time.

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DropBox Creates Android App

This is icing on the cake. I mean no not literally. The cake is a metaphor for your Android phone. I’m referring to DropBox‘s new Android application.

Weeks ago I wrote about DropBox, a relatively new online storage synchronization service. In short, DropBox allots you a certain amount of digital space on their servers (2 GB free, or you can pay for more). Once installed on your PC, you can share any folder automatically by synchronizing it with your DropBox folder.

Now, we are seeing DropBox expand to our mobile devices. DropBox for Android was released quite some time ago, but only recently has it undergone some major upgrades and improvements for mobile devices. For example, the DropBox app allows you to upload and share any of your mobile files to your DropBox space. This in turn allows you to share your files synonymously across any of your internet-capable devices. The conclusion is that you should never have to worry about backing up your files ever again.

WordPress via Android

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This is me using WordPress’ new Android app. Snazzy.

Mobile Processors 50% Faster by End of 2010

I bought my Nexus One Friday afternoon around 3 o’clock central time. Without hesitating, I chose the FedEx Overnight shipping option. Because Google hates me, my phone was not shipped on Friday. This means I won’t be getting my phone until Tuesday because it won’t ship until Monday. Damn this infernal wretched bastard world. I’ve been waiting half a decade for this moment. I WANT MY GOOGLE PHONE.

This post is actually about mobile processors believe it or not. The Nexus One uses the newly-released Android 2.1 operating system. That’s all fine and dandy, but everybody knows that software is useless without decent hardware that supports it. Like with any computer, the CPU (or processor) is the most important hardware component in the phone, hands down. In fact, almost every single indentifiable issue with your mobile phone can most likely be traced back to your CPU capabilities. Is your video lagging? You have a crappy CPU on your phone. Do you have low battery life? Crappy CPU. Slow wireless connections? Your CPU may be made of crap.

The Nexus One phone was manufactured by HTC. HTC has been integrating Qualcomm processors in their mobile phones almost since inception. The Nexus One uses the Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz (aka “Snapdragon”) processor. Ok, now we are getting somewhere in this post. After researching Qualcomm some more, I discovered that they are in the midst of accelerating their CPU production line for mobile hardware (phones). Additionally, they’re improving the speed of their Snapdragon processors. In fact, they have already publicly announced that by the end of 2010, they will release their 1.3 GHz processor, as well as their DUAL-CORE 1.5 GHz mobile processor.

Big deal, what does this all mean you might ask? Well, despite the obvious fact that your phones will boot-up and process applications much faster – you can expect many new innovations in mobile computing. For example, with a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor in your PHONE, you can decode 1080p/720p video files. Even if you don’t need this, it gives you a very good estimate as to how powerful these processors really are. And to do this while saving as much battery power as possible… that’s an accomplishment. Looks like the mobile industry is evolving nicely. I’m looking forward to a world with less lag.

Happy Birthday Android

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Happy 1st birthday, Android.

Oh look… your first tooth.

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Colin

happy bday android!