The Death of a Legend

•August 31, 2012 • 2 Comments

It’s finally come to this. I need a new phone. My EVO needs to be replaced. It’s been put through its paces, and after 2.5 years of some of the most rigorous service imaginable outside of a phone breaking company, I’m almost amazed it made it this far. Most people find themselves desiring a new phone mere months after they just got their newest one. Who can blame them? Android is constantly pumping out monumental upgrades, Apple has been forced to accelerate its “one phone a year” mantra that they seemed to hold for so long, and Microsoft is starting to finally crack the smartphone world. At least, I think so. It would be a complete lie if I were to say I’m still up to date on mobile tech world. I’m still registered as an author on TalkAndroid (although I believe I’m a guest author now to alleviate the confusion about why I never write?) and I still am getting moderate traffic on this blog despite it being almost 2 years out of date, but I stepped out of the mobile tech world a long time ago. And as I look at my phone, the state of this blog, and the mobile world around me, I can’t help but feel angry at my English teachers that I see a silly amount of symbolism in it all. Fuck you guys. That pen changing color had nothing to do with her character maturing throughout the novel. But I’m not writing this post for you…or for the money I could make off it. I’m writing this post hoping it’ll help me figure this all out. The more I think about it, the more I realize just how revolutionary this phone was at the time. Based on its specs, it was obvious it was a big deal then, but looking at the tech world now I’m amazed at how much it has inspired the industry. Continue reading ‘The Death of a Legend’

Update: Status of this blog/How it came to be

•March 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Many of you have probably realized that since posting “I won’t give up on this blog” I have yet to actually post anything on this blog. After thinking about it for a bit and weighing my options I’ve decided I’m going to stop updating (barring some weird circumstances). There’s not much reason for me to keep this blog up. I can get paid for what I write when I post my work on TalkAndroid, and if it’s posted on there it can’t be posted on here. So with my final goodbye, I present to you, my readers, the story of this blog/my career (and where you can find me writing now*).

*for those of you who don’t give a crap about the story and just like my posts and stuff, 1) You’re awesome; I totally would do the same thing. 2) You can find my new “blog” (or rather, section of TalkAndroid) here (Url is http://www.talkandroid.com/author/andrew-g/). 3) Having three reasons always sounds better than two…especially if you numbered them.

How This Blog Came to Be

Originally I made this blog for my friends that would constantly ask me about their phones. After realizing that I was quickly becoming the “go-to guy” for Android phones in my friend circle, I figured it would be lucrative to figure out some way to share all of my answers in a way that they could all see without me having to repeat it/retype it every time someone asked (and by the 12th “what apps would you recommend?” and “should I root?” it was clear to me that I couldn’t keep helping the way I was. After seeing my friend Tyler Pawlak’s Fashion Blog pop up on my news feed I decided that would work. So I went to wordpress to start my blog. Dear lord I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.

Apparently people not only had similar questions as my friends, but also enjoyed what and how I wrote. The very first day I had 60 individual views…The site was written for 6-7 people and only had 2-3 articles. I found out later the next day that someone linked one of my articles in their post on a forum. So that made sense. The next day I had 150. The day following that I was at 300. At this point I’m thinking “wtf people?” I mean, I hate writing. English was always my least favorite class in school and I’m in engineering in hopes that I can talk to people in numbers and grunts instead of having to use that “grammar” thing. By week two I was asked by three different sites if they could feature my articles. My stats for my “month of December” were nearly 2000 views…The blog had only been started the last two weeks of December! After realizing this I decided that I was going to take this blog thing seriously. Rather than just post generic questions I would actually do some research on Android news, try and find new things, all that boring shit that news sites do. What I actually found was that it was quite entertaining and more interesting than I could possibly imagine. I had my browser set up to the google news web page searching Android the moment my computer turned on. I was hooked. The “Android vs Apple” war replaced my old technology war obsession of “Nintendo vs Sony vs Microsoft.” I didn’t have one particular side…I just enjoyed the action!

For the first three quarters of January I was booking it. Articles were usually once every other day if not every day. I was trying new Apps, ROMs, whatever I could get my hands on. But like all projects started by an ADHD driven child, reality of how big it is to maintain it consistently quickly sets in (that word has “ai” in it twice…odd). With my my focus this quarter supposed to be on my grades I realized that I didn’t have the time it took to maintain my blog the way I wanted to. Actually, that’s a lie. I only realized it when I noticed I hadn’t posted anything in a week or two and looked at my page views for that week and a half. My stats for February are atrocious. In January I had nearly 6000 views. In February  I barely cracked 4000. For some reason I decided I wanted to pick it back up again (I don’t know why…but I’m glad I did). I started writing bigger, serious articles again rather than just quick finds, (word of advice for future bloggers: There is a direct correlation to how much time you put in a post and how many views it will get. Just look at my “most popular” section…those are all some pretty big articles), and I started to get back into the Android world. It helped that I flashed a new ROM so my phone had that new-interesting feel again…and that a few of my articles were featured on “big boy sites.”

With my attempt to get back into writing my views climbed dramatically. I had three times the amount of views in the last week of February than I did in the first three combined (and probably four times the amount of articles), and I was getting unheard of numbers in the beginning of March (2,000 a day say what???). It was about that time when the Chief Editor of TalkAndroid approached me on xda saying he saw my blog and wanted to know if I’d be interested in writing for TalkAndroid/Getting paid. I had been asked to write for other sites before, but without anything other than “a larger fanbase” to offer, I told them I was content with writing for who I was. The promise of money, however, brought a whole new deal to the table. As a college kid, a part time job that takes 15 minutes out of your day and pays modestly is something you don’t refuse. I told him I was interested and did some hard core research on the site to make sure I wasn’t getting ripped off (they average about 30,000 views a day and rising…that makes my best day look like pocket change) or pulled into some scam. My digging showed no signs of foul play so I accepted. I was originally under the assumption that TalkAndroid would be where I would type up news and my blog would continue running as normal. I didn’t realize that I could actually post what I was doing here as well. Then I hit a realization. I could post an article on here and please a few people who were interested…or post it on TalkAndroid and please several thousand people AND get paid for it. PLUS, the better the site did, the more I got paid. It’s probably pretty obvious why I did what I did. I kept telling myself that I’ll find something to post on my blog and not TA, but I’ve finally decided to call it quits on that idea. I’m not completely abandoning it because I know I’ll think of something eventually…But I felt bad for leaving people with “I’ll still write here” and not posting anything for something like two weeks (…and I was starting to receive some emails wondering whether I was still going to update the site…those made me feel bad).

So to you, my viewers, I want to say thank  you. If it had not been for your support I would not have been offered the job I was. You all followed me assuming I knew what I was doing and often shared it with your friends. So thank you. This does not mean that if you found my articles interesting you’re S.O.L. If you want to still follow me on TalkAndroid all you have to do is click my name on one of my articles and you’ll see all my posts (or just click here [http://www.talkandroid.com/author/andrew-g]…either way). Quite literally it the exact same as what you see here in terms of how it’s done except the color of the site is different. You would only see my posts so it would be like following my blog (there would be a bit more news than what you may be used to). Or, you could just visit TalkAndroid.com in general and get your Android jones there. Either way would be supporting me and greatly appreciated.

“And yet, I still don’t give a damn for the whole state of m*ch*g*n”

Peace.

~Greenfield

I’ve been hired! (update about this blog)

•March 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

For those of you that don’t know, I will now be writing for TalkAndroid (and you will see my articles for them* from time to time). Basically they asked if I could write for them and I said sure…*This does not mean that I won’t be keeping this Blog up to date; I will. TalkAndroid is a great place to learn news about Android and get up to the minute info about what’s going on in the Android world. That is not what this site is about; it never has been and it never will be. I will continue to post questions I’m asked on here, screenshots for you guys to get ideas from, and put up cool apps that I’ve found that you might find useful as well. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you guys hangin’.

~Greenfield

 

Best of Screenshots, 5th edition (xda)

•March 14, 2011 • 2 Comments

It’s that time again. Congratulations to Shoeoo for having the best (in my opinion anyhow) screenshot this week. As always, the thread can be found here, and congratulations to all that got selected!

Looking to by a Honeycomb tablet?

•March 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The folks over at skattertech have been playing around with the Motorola XOOM for some time now and have posted a very well done walk-through of the device and (more importantly) Honeycomb. If you’ve been considering buying the XOOM or an upcoming Honeycomb tablet, I’d recommend giving this article a look for confirmation.

OpenFeint and The9 interested in Android gaming

•March 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

According to an article by TechCrunch, OpenFeint and The9 have teamed up to get developers to port their iOS games to Android. For those of you that have an iDevice and do any sort of gaming you probably have a few OpenFeint games. They have a rather large selection of games, an even bigger online community, and good reputation. They’ve teamed up with their new Chinese based partner The9 to port games from iOS to Android. They offered developers interested financing to port their games (however, they will be selecting them based on their quality so not everyone gets a free ride). This does two things:

1) Allows smaller developers to port their already successful games to a game-starved Android Market

2) Furthers the interest for OTHER developers to invest in creating apps for Android.

This is GREAT news for Android phone users. Finding good games on the Android Market isn’t the easiest thing to do (don’t get me wrong, there are several good ones). If OpenFeint is backing Android with a $100 million fund this problem should become history. Here’s to great gaming!

Yes, you should be excited.

CM7 RC2 now supports Wimax for Evo

•March 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This update has been long awaited for by Evo lovers and it is now OFFICIALLY on CyanogenMod on a stable/non-nightly release. Hit up Cyanogen’s website for details and to download RC2.

Some other interesting things for RC2 compared to RC1: Battery life has been MUCH improved and Wifi range seems to be better (there were some complaints about that). Once again, check out his Website for a complete change log and more details.