[android] Alarm Clock Not Going Off

8 07 2010

I just got my first Android phone, Motorola Milestone, for a week and am having great fun with it! But the Alarm Clock keeps on bugging me as the Alarm Clock doesn’t ring at all, and I was using my trusty old Nokia phone as my alarm till today.

Finally i have time to do some research, and found out how sometimes too much control over your phone is bad (if not done properly). My problem was the Advanced Task Killer which I have installed onto my Milestone on day one itself, and I have been using it to kill off all the apps to save power & memory. Android allows us to so much control, that we sometimes forget that some of the apps still need to be run on the background, and Alarm Clock is one of them.

So, for those of you who face the same problem, and uses the Advanced Task Killer (or any other task killer), the fix is rather simple and should be valid for all alarm clock apps, not just the default ones. All you need is to do is include the Alarm Clock in the ignore list by performing the steps below:

  • Open Alarm Clock
  • Go back to home
  • Open Advanced Task Killer
  • Long press on Alarm Clock
  • Click on Ignore to add Alarm Clock to the ignore list
  • (you can manage the ignore list by going to the menu -> Setting -> ignore list)

Good luck, have fun, and let me know if this works for you!

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[ubuntu] New Skype Beta Version 2.1 available

26 05 2010

My system (Ubuntu, Lucid Lynx) was running the usual update this morning, and I was surprise to see that Skype was part of the update (which is really rare!). After digging around a bit more, I found out that Skype Beta 2.1.0.81 is available!

Skype has finally decided up the beta version by a full .1! Hopefully it’s more stable. I have updated it, and it doesn’t crash… but I need sometime to test it out to see how stable it is 😀





[news] Android OS Market Share

15 04 2010

It seems that the current Android OS are spread to 3 major versions, which are the Android 1.5 aka Cupcake, Android  1.6 Donut and Android 2.1 Eclair. This will pose to be a problem for Android handset maker and apps developer as each OS version’s feature differ quite a bit from the other, and not all handset can support the latest and greatest OS. While for apps developer, it’s difficult to develop an app that can work on all OS version, which is why my vote of confidence for better developer environment still goes to Apple.

Moreover, there are some handset, such as the HTC Hero which was promised an OS upgrade to Eclair in April a few months back, and there is not even a smell of the update recently. I believe once such upgrade happens for HTC Hero, Motorola Droid…. etc, Eclair will have a larger market share. This will be much appreciate for those Android owners, as Eclair is much more feature pack and can support a few new and cool apps from Google.

I hope that the teething issues of Android will start to disappear, because deep down inside, I am an Android supporter. That’s my take.

p.s. now to continue to ‘upgrade’ my HTC Touch to run Android 😀

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