How to mute the microphone in Android

Do you want to mute the microphone during a phone call or when recording/broadcasting video? Install this:
Mute Mic

Android

I’m now on my second Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Gio), which actually has a slower chip than the last one (Sony Ericsson Xperia X10). Nevertheless, the “experience” is much better: it doesn’t crash, it’s fluid, etc. This just leads me to believe that Samsung has it and Sony Ericsson, now just Sony, doesn’t.

Anyway, the perfect smartphone for me would have the following characteristics:

  • Android (with the latest version and at least upgradable in the near future) (and root able)
  • Dual SIM (at least one of them with 3G connectivity)
  • front and rear camera (with the last having at least 5MP)
  • LED flash
  • decent screen size (at least 3.5in, but smaller than 4.8 in)
  • At least 512MB of RAM and 1GB internal storage, but the more the merrier.
  • The best CPU possible! 😀

The chinese phones are the ones best positioned for this, and I’ll probably get one next year. Why next year and not now? Only now they are starting to ship phones with dual core chips and, with more time, they’ll get Android 4.1 working decently. Also, the prices will fall due to all the competing manufacturers! These guys look like they are on the right path.

My mobile phone killer app, part 2

Some months ago, I predicted an application that would merge all contact forms in one place. I was expecting Android to be the first one with something like this, but it was Nokia. I did not see that coming!

Ever since I got my first SonyEricsson mobile, I never gave Nokia a second look. The phones were ugly, with shity and slow software. SonyEricsson’s had (and still have) a great design, with a much more user friendly and intuitive software. Unfortunately, people where too hooked on Nokia (Microsoft style) to notice it, and never got to try it out.

Now… this is the first time I’m expecting something good out of Nokia, a mobile that actually fits all my demands (in no specific order):

  • WLAN
  • 5 Megapixel (the minimum to reach the old 35mm role’s quality) camera with video recording capability
  • Bluetooth
  • An OS that is a bit more open than most
  • and of course, the killer contact list!

I’m sure that last feature will be copied and, hopefully, improved by others. Finally!

I don’t know the final price, but “they” are saying around $750. It is expensive but, after that, it can only come down…

My mobile phone killer app

With Android getting into cruise speed, it’s probably time to talk about an integration, or application, that does something I’ve been waiting for a long time. It’s actually very simple: full contact list integration.

So, what do I mean by this?

Day by day, our world is getting even more connected in each and every way, but our personal availability to connect is still limited. More, the “mobile internet” is already here: iPhone, netbooks, cheap mobile data plans, etc. Of course, not everyone wants to be available 24/7, but remember there’s always the off switch.

To put it short, I want, and predict, that the next generation of contact lists, most probably the mobile phone books, will also be instant messengers, with redundant contacts to the same person/object. It isn’t anything new, just the merging of two concepts. Pidgin is a very good example, where a single client program connects to a variety of services, providing an almost seamless instant messaging experience to the user. Now just imagine that it works in your own mobile, and integrates with it’s phone book. Bingo! You are now able to talk (or communicate) with any person in your contacts list, either they have a mobile phone or not! Another example is Jaiku‘s S60 application, that integrates with Nokia‘s mobile phone books.

Again, I know there are lots of programs that to a part of this, but I’m still waiting to see the full integration. No messy apps, just one contact list, with everything you need to communicate with another person.

And Android could well be the best candidate platform to do this…