Hope Mindjet will resolve the issues they have with Thinking Space Pro soon on Android.  They may lose customers with their recent Android app changes.

So basically, Mindjet acquired Thinking Space Pro, which was a $4.50 app on Android for creating mindmaps.  It was a great app until:

1. Mindjet acquired Thinking Space Pro
2. Created the Mindjet for Android free app
3. Downgraded the existing paid Thinking Space Pro app, removed functionalities, stop maintenance, and added ads to it.

So they force people to move to Mindjet for Android.  Look at the comments and review of the new app in Android Markethere.

Bad PR to say the least.  The kind of things you do to lose your customers fast (including myself) to their Mindjet MindManger for desktops ($399).

After playing around the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition for a couple weeks now (gift from Google I/O 2011), here are my thoughts on the device and system:

(This post is originally typed on the tablet.)

  • I am surprised of how easy it is to navigate applications, the virtual desktop makes it a lot easier to multi-task.  I can have the browser, google talk, facebook app, pdf / ebook, and other things all open without worrying losing what I was working on.  Flipping through the screens can be done with one easy button.
  • The graphics is stunning, and it plays YouTube video almost without lag at 720 HD.  (My WiFi was the issue.)
  • Some of the navigation still need time to get used to.  And the keyboard…  if you can type 80+ words like I do, don’t expect you will type half as fast when you get a new tablet.
  • However, I think having more productivity apps supporting tablets along with the tablet launch would make Google’s business strategy better.  Tablets are not just about games!  The OS and the device should be appealing to all kinds of people.  For example, when typing a new blog post in WordPress app, why the word suggestion bar doesn’t pop up?  And apps from Facebook, LinkedIn, Seesmic, nor Hootsuites are fully supporting tablets yet.
  • With more screen real estate, I was expecting more widgets being available.

Overall, I like the device because of the entertainment and portability factors.  But to make this a business device, in general, tablets have long way to go.  It may be good for IM, reading reports or review data visualization / BI.  For productivity purposes, get a bluetooth keyboard or go back to a laptop.

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According to MobileCrunch (TechCrunch), T-Mobile has confimed that Android v1.6 rollout is underway.  So for those who has the Dev Phone 1, HTC has also released the images for upgrade.  Links to images are available at: http://developer.htc.com/adp.html

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For quick reference, here is the script of how to update the Android Dev phone (on a Windows machine):

  1. Download the Radio and Image files from the above link
  2. Download the Android 1.6 SDK and put it in the path (e.g. C:\Program Files\android-sdk-windows-1.6_r1\tools)
  3. Open a command line console in Windows
  4. Run: adb devices – and make sure your device is hooked up to the Windows box
  5. Run: adb push <radio-image-package>.zip /sdcard/update.zip
  6. Run: adb shell sync
  7. Reboot the device into recovery mode by holding down the HOME key during reboot. When the device enters recovery mode, it displays a “!” icon.
  8. With the recovery console displayed, open the sliding keyboard and hold down the ALT+l key combination to enable log output in the recovery console.
  9. Next, hold down the ALT+s key combination to install the update. An “installing update” icon and progress bar (or a similar status message) are displayed.  When the progress bar completes, the installation is finished.
  10. Press the HOME-BACK key combination to write the radio image, update the firmware, and automatically reboot. Note that if you do not use HOME-BACK at this point, the device will not load the updated radio image. After writing the radio image, the device shows a “updating firmware” icon for a few seconds and then automatically reboots in normal mode
  11. Reboot and enter fastboot mode – power up the device (or reboot it) while holding down the BACK key. Hold the BACK key down until the bootloader screen is visible and shows “FASTBOOT”
  12. Run: fastboot erase cache
  13. Run: fastboot update <imagepackage>.zip
  14. (Optional) Run: fastboot reboot

MobileCrunch News Article:

T-Mobile confirms that Android v1.6 (Donut) rollout is underway

Rumors were abound last night that T-Mobile would begin sending out the Android v1.6 update (known amongst the geekdom as “Donut”) today, and sure enough: they’ve just confirmed it.

The big changes here include a fix for a bug that would reset your phone after dialing 911 (Oops!), the new (and much prettier) market, improved voice search, a new camera interface, and homescreen search. Here’s the official word from ol’ Magenta themselves:

The rollout of Android 1.6 (Donut) to T-Mobile’s G1 and myTouch 3G customers is now underway, and provides new features and software enhancements. The update also includes an important fix for isolated instances of system reboots after dialing 911. We have worked with Google and HTC on a solution, and the rollout of Android 1.6 is being accelerated to ensure the system reboot fix is rapidly delivered to our customers.

The over-the-air update will be delivered to all G1 and myTouch customers in the coming days. Given the system reboot fix, we strongly encourage all users to install Android 1.6 when prompted to do so.

Regarding new and enhanced features, Android 1.6 includes:
* An improved Android Market experience that makes it easier to discover great applications.
* An integrated camera, camcorder, and gallery interface.
* Updated Voice Search, with faster response and deeper integration with native applications, including the ability to dial contacts.
* Updated search experience that make it easier to search various sources, such as browser bookmarks & history, contacts, and the web, directly from the home screen.

Additional details on Android 1.6 can be found at http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-1.6-highlights.html

If last night’s rumors continue to hold true, G1 owners should begin getting their updates today, and myTouch owners should start seeing it tomorrow. Let us know when you get yours!

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