Ok, so I fell off the wagon for a couple of weeks and didn’t post. Part of it is I’ve been busy, and part of it is I haven’t had an idea for a post. Truthfully, I still don’t have an idea. Well, I don’t have an idea that will get me somewhere in the vicinity of 500 words. That seems to be my calling card for blogging: get annoyed by something and churn out four or five paragraphs. The problem with that model is that there’s no way I can keep up that pace forever. I’m not a professional writer and I have a full-time job that involves no writing. So in order to keep the content coming I came up with this idea: a post with no real theme other than a few things I’ve recently found interesting. Let’s see how it goes.
First, I’m using Chrome as my main browser on my GS II now. With the release of the official Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade and source code from Samsung, the quality of the dev roms has increased substantially, and the crashes and stuttering I found when I first reviewed Chrome have all but disappeared. With Chrome in a usable state, I’ve found it to be pretty slick and speedy, I like the way it handles tabs, and I like the desktop tab syncing
It’s not without issues, however. The lack of Flash still bugs me. I rarely use it, and in fact have it set to on demand by default, but I still like having the option. The ability to choose for myself on issues like that is one of the reasons I switched back to Android, and although Adobe has stopped the development of mobile Flash, removing it from Chrome seems a little too Apple-esque to me. Another problem is that it doesn’t seem to release its memory upon closing. Right now I have zero tabs open, and it’s using 37 mb of my RAM. Now, in a phone with 1 gb of RAM, 37 mb doesn’t seem like much, but those kind of memory leaks will add up over time. I’ll forgive that, however, since Chrome is still in beta.
Ok, enough with Chrome. Sticking with Android (hey, this post actually does have a theme!), Google released an update to Google Voice that shores up the interface a bit more and adds voicemail to the recently called tab. It doesn’t seem like much, but you’ll be surprised how far this goes toward making Google Voice feel less like an app and more like a transparent, integrated part of your phone. The only complaint I have, and it’s a minor one, is that it doesn’t display the transcribed message in the dialer app. You still have to switch over the the Voice app for that, but I assume that’s something that will be added in future releases. Now if they would only get MMS up and running…
Well, there it is. I think this went well. It’s nice to think that I don’t have to try to make some kind of bold statement every time I post, and I can just ramble about some stuff that I’ve been playing with. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Alright, that’s all I have for today. I don’t have a sign-off or anything, so I’ll just leave it at that.