Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A future Asus hit surely

Two posts in one day, yep, I'm bored and flash Pool can only eat up so much time.

This has apparently been rumoured for a while but has thus far managed to escape my attention. Asus will be releasing a phone that is also a tablet. Add on the keyboard from their Transformer Tablet cum laptop and you've got a phone, a tablet, and a small laptop.

It's called the Padfone, not the most original product name of all time, and is basically a phone that slots in to the back of a screen+battery chassis. You can also dock it with the aforementioned keyboard from the Transformer and you've got yourself a laptop. The Tablet chassis will also charge your phone battery while they're connected.

Scheduled to be released in the first half of this year, if it comes out for a decent price I will certainly be seeking an upgrade when my phone contract expires later in the year.

Android - Unable to update apps on SD Card

I've had my HTC Desire for over a year now and, among the many bugs and annoyances that seem to be sneaking their way in to my daily phone-using experience, the most annoying is the recent inability to update any apps I have on my SD Card. Due to the diminutive size of the Desire's internal storage, ALL of my apps are on the SD Card, making this quite a large problem.

My solution up until now has been to move the offending apps back to the phone, update them, and then move them back to the SD Card.

Fortunately, Nick Damoulakis has a better idea.

Summarised below just in case the original becomes unavailable in the future.

  • Connect your phone to your PC

  • When the connection is detected by the phone, it may ask you if you wish to switch to USB storage. Say yes.

  • From your PC, go to the phone's drive (that should have just appeared in Explorer) and navigate to /sdcard/.android_secure/.

  • Find the file called smdl2tmp1.asec and delete it

  • Disconnect the phone

  • Done!!

Thanks a lot Nick, this has saved me a massive amount of time and hair.