Google Android catch-all

Anyone know how to make Opera for Android fool a site into using the regular version (as opposed to it's mobile version)?

Galaxy Tab 2, and I want Amazon to load it's normal site. When I call it up in Opera, I always get the mobile version. I'd heard that was one of the best perks of the Opera browser.

On a different note, what's the best site for finding Android app deals?

I'm using Firefox at the moment on Galaxy S3. I opened Opera, went to Amazon, near the bottom there is a list of links. The bottom link is a full site link.

M_Bored wrote:

I'm using Firefox at the moment on Galaxy S3. I opened Opera, went to Amazon, near the bottom there is a list of links. The bottom link is a full site link.

Ah, didn't scroll down far enough. Thanks a bunch!

Most browsers allow you to request the desktop site. With Chrome it's Menu>Request desktop site, with Dolphin it's Menu> Settings> Set priority. I'm sure Opera wouldn't be much different.

Are there any Thunderbolt Verizon customers around here? Is ANYONE happy with the OS updates they've been pushing? My phone has been running like crap.

So lately my Galaxy Nexus battery life has been down the tubes. I put it back to stock with no apps, and you can almost see the battery life drop... when it gets down to 15%, where it starts popping up the low battery alert, it pops up almost constantly and keeps bugging me. This happened with both of my batteries, so I'm pretty sure it's a hardware thing.

So before I take it in to get it fixed/replaced, I switched over to Erin's craptastic HTC Rhyme, save me hassle later.

But damn if it didn't survive the night without being plugged in. I forgot what that was like. >_<

I feel like my Nexus battery got worse with 4.2 OTA, but I'm not sure why. Only been a couple weeks.

Can someone enable me on rooting a Nexus 7, please? I have read numerous articles and threads, and they all seem to boil down to "because you can!" Granted, that may be reason enough for me if not for the fact that the process wipes the tablet, but, as it stands, why do it?

I have happily jailbroken iOS many times, but the advantages are very plain there. Aside from Titanium Backup and mods that may provide a slightly smoother and faster performance, what else is there?

spider_j wrote:

Can someone enable me on rooting a Nexus 7, please? I have read numerous articles and threads, and they all seem to boil down to "because you can!" Granted, that may be reason enough for me if not for the fact that the process wipes the tablet, but, as it stands, why do it?

I have happily jailbroken iOS many times, but the advantages are very plain there. Aside from Titanium Backup and mods that may provide a slightly smoother and faster performance, what else is there?

You can actually back up most things on the tablet before wiping it. I did. Also, google backs up a lot of things automatically if you have their function turned on.

I think since the N7 is stock, the reasons are less obvious than many other devices with Android+bad skins. I did it so that I could run some programs requiring root to back up apps, etc. I think using a PS3 controller might require root, too. But I haven't bought the app to try that yet.

If you don't have a good reason, I wouldn't do it. Probably more hassle than it's worth if you don't want to tinker.

Thanks. I nearly did it last night, and used a couple of back up apps, but got distracted my Dr Who and ME3. Some of the apps said that they were restricted and could not be backed up.

I'm quite happy using my OTG cable for my ps3 controller, since the N7 hasn't got HDMI out or a big enough screen to need anything other than a really short USB lead.

Stele wrote:

I feel like my Nexus battery got worse with 4.2 OTA, but I'm not sure why. Only been a couple weeks.

Dammit, we've had complaints of this, hope it's not true for everyone.

So, everyone excited for the Facebook phone?

garion333 wrote:
Stele wrote:

I feel like my Nexus battery got worse with 4.2 OTA, but I'm not sure why. Only been a couple weeks.

Dammit, we've had complaints of this, hope it's not true for everyone.

So, everyone excited for the Facebook phone?

Did I see that the HTC First is a stock android phone with just the FB launcher and suite of apps? If so, that's pretty close to a Nexus phone. Just get it and slap on one of the near stock holo style launchers.

Specs are middlin', but I actually like that it's not huge in size.

spider_j wrote:

Can someone enable me on rooting a Nexus 7, please? I have read numerous articles and threads, and they all seem to boil down to "because you can!" Granted, that may be reason enough for me if not for the fact that the process wipes the tablet, but, as it stands, why do it?

I have happily jailbroken iOS many times, but the advantages are very plain there. Aside from Titanium Backup and mods that may provide a slightly smoother and faster performance, what else is there?

My #1 reason at the moment is to bypass MLB blackouts. I'm a MLB premium member, but the blackout policies are archaic. Instead, I use Fake GPS + a VPN to appear somewhere else. If I don't root my device, I can't fake my location in a way that fools the application.

Other reasons include moving my Google music to my sd card on my Nexus 4, application backups and freezing, CPU control for smooth video playback, and recently Greenify, which has turned out to be a terrific battery saver.

It's really such a joy to have so much control over my devices. It's the main reason I jumped from an iPhone/iPad to a Nexus 4/Nexus 10 ecosystem.

Is their an app that can send SMS and MMS from Android to Iphones and vice versa?

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Is their an app that can send SMS and MMS from Android to Iphones and vice versa?

Huh? That should just work. Unless you are talking about outside the carrier network and those charges?

MannishBoy wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Is their an app that can send SMS and MMS from Android to Iphones and vice versa?

Huh? That should just work. Unless you are talking about outside the carrier network and those charges?

Yeah, I've got family that's out of the country and are not going to have coverage from the cell network. I need am app that can send messages back and forth over wifi. Sorry, shouldn't have been so vague.

Any instant messaging app that's on both platforms, I imagine. Heck, Facebook messages will work.

I've tried a couple but they require you to verify the account using an SMS over a cell network. I haven't tried FBM.

Do you want actual SMS/MMS or just IM capability? Viber will handle SMS/MMS or their integrated IM and they allow you to verify with a Google Voice number.

General Crespin wrote:

Do you want actual SMS/MMS or just IM capability? Viber will handle SMS/MMS or their integrated IM and they allow you to verify with a Google Voice number.

Ditto for WhatsApp. I use it to get around the no-MMS limitation of my Google Voice number... by verifying it with my Google Voice number.

Kik Messenger works too for me, without having to send or receive an SMS before using it.

My mother-in-law would like her next phone to be at least of average intelligence. I know there are a swath of mediocre cheap Android phones out there, but are there any you would recommend?

Something in the 100-150 USD/EUR range would be nice.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is down to $99 for a new Verizon customer, just glancing at their web site.

Might be even cheaper on other mobile ordering sites (Amazon, newegg, etc)

Stele wrote:

Samsung Galaxy S3 is down to $99 for a new Verizon customer, just glancing at their web site.

Might be even cheaper on other mobile ordering sites (Amazon, newegg, etc)

Sprint has had it that cheap and cheaper for quite awhile. I think that's why they have been saying they're selling more S3's than anybody else.

I wish they'd all start firming up ship dates for the S4. My EVO 4G is dying more every day. I think any time the 3G radio works for more than a minute or two it overheats and reboots. So no Navigation use, no downloading podcasts off Wifi, etc.

Oh well I was sort of answering dejanze's question, but didn't pay attention to the Europe location. So not sure what carriers are over there, but it would appear that the S3 may be in reasonably cheap prices by now, and it is, by most accounts, one of the best phones out there.

Stele wrote:

Oh well I was sort of answering dejanze's question, but didn't pay attention to the Europe location. So not sure what carriers are over there, but it would appear that the S3 may be in reasonably cheap prices by now, and it is, by most accounts, one of the best phones out there.

I wasn't meaning to diminish what you were saying, BTW.

And I hadn't answered because I have no idea what would be a good idea in Europe for that money. A bit more would get you a Nexus 4.

So with the S4 on the way, I'm starting to think about a new phone. I have the Galaxy Nexus. I hate custom GUIs that a lot of the manufacturers put on their phones, so I'm kind of thinking of holding out for the next Google phone. Does anyone know when that might be coming out?

Nevin73 wrote:

So with the S4 on the way, I'm starting to think about a new phone. I have the Galaxy Nexus. I hate custom GUIs that a lot of the manufacturers put on their phones, so I'm kind of thinking of holding out for the next Google phone. Does anyone know when that might be coming out?

Google I/O is soon. Three weeks or so? If they're going to announce something, it should be then.

garion333 wrote:
Stele wrote:

I feel like my Nexus battery got worse with 4.2 OTA, but I'm not sure why. Only been a couple weeks.

Dammit, we've had complaints of this, hope it's not true for everyone.

My Galaxy Nexus has been gobbling battery at an insane rate for a few weeks, and today it's actually felt hot for the past hour or so despite not being in use.

I'm on Android Revolution HD ... maybe the January or February release..... and it WAS running fine, battery-wise, for quite a while. I'm trying to decide if it's a problem with the phone, or a recent update to one of my apps that has a bug. The potential culprits I have in mind are Feedly, ScoreMobile (which got a complete overhaul), and The Weather Network.

Edit: The battery widget claims that the OS is using 70% of the power, for whatever that's worth.

I got a really good deal on a Note 2 today. Can anyone point me in the direction of the best tool to root? I checked XDA, and there are a few to choose from.