Utilities to Validate things

Android EditText First letter Capital

Sometimes you need the user to always type the first letter in Caps so that it looks clean.

The easiest way to do this is to change the keyboard to Capital on the first letter, you can do this easily by adding this line to your code on the EditText

android:inputType=”textCapSentences

Android Show grey gradient on ImageView

In android if you are working on ImageViews at times you may be needing to show texts on top of ImageViews, so you can use this small hack so that you can show a grey gradient from bottom and textview on the grey will be more visible.

Rdio, the Online Music Service

Rdio is an online music service that offers ad-supported free streaming and ad-free subscription streaming services in 85+ countries, the best part of it is the music choice it makes for me, I just want to play the first song and it takes me in lift from there, starting a station from it which contains the lists of songs that are alike the first song.

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Rdio on my Laptop
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Rdio on my moto g

The Ads that play by Rdio is something cool, and will make you buy the premium account within months. Their sync on Chrome cast, to your Android mobile to your laptop, is simply clean and easy, that you can use anything as your remote.

Other services the same Rdio I tried where Savan, Raga, Airtel Wynk. Would compare them in detail in my future blogs.

Every music lover will simply enjoy Rdio, is you are offline you may need to pay for an upgrade else it’s okay to go with simply the free version.

Read the web smartly with Flynx

Recently, I when I was travelling had a chance to listen to my favourite podcast All About Android by Jason Howell on the Twit.tv Channel. I was so impressed to see the app Flynx on the Android App Arena section.

Flynx

The Flynx app simply Saves Time allows you do Multitasking. Flynx quickly loads articles and links in a background from all your favourite apps. The best part is it stores all your links and you can even have a history of it at any time you want, also you can mark it for read later.

If you are aware of Link Bubble, Flynx  little more of it.

The Flynx is actually working on loading content too, it doesn’t display Ads and claims “Flynx strips down all the clutter from articles and loads them in a beautiful layout, saving you more data. The awesomeness that I was impressed is the ball loader with the sites icon on it like messenger, I haven’t seen an app that uses this balls this much effectively next to messenger. This app actually replaced Pocket, Bubble.

Download it from Play Store.

Pebble and nav me

I own a pebble device for some 6 months I guess and trust me it’s awesome, I love the way it is designed, so minimal that you won’t get out focused on your things but brings the right info at the right time for you.

I used to check in on my swarm apps from my watch, control music on my drive and lot more I even reply my Whatsapp messages on the go. Recently pebble came with an option to edit and save your own personal messages that you can tap and click it to send.

I’m usually a big fan of Google Maps, and I use maps very heavily, in fact I have even contributed many places to map and have won some goodies and certificates from google, for making Indian maps better. When I bought Pebble I was so curious to have the navigation on my wrist. But no apps does it, except Nav me, I installed Nav me and tried it. But my bad luck my Moto g was so buggy at that time and the app shows always slow phone connection. So I left my hope.

Recently after Lolipop update on my moto g, I was traveling a bit more and used my map heavily, so last week gave it a one more try and I was so impressed the way nav me guided me with directions on my wrist. Then I tried to add destinations to it, and now I even more loved my pebble, It allows me to start navigation from my wrist and follow the dierctions and even cancel it. Not even needed to take my phone out, and I can concentrate on Chennai Traffic.

This all features was awesome and once I got addicted, my trail period is over, the developer Chris Bates convinced me to buy this and yesterday I just bought this app for Rs199/- which is very nominal for this kind of app.

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pebble nav me screenshot

Get Nav Me: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.batescorp.pebble.nav

Hello World!!!

This is me, Somasundaram Mahesh, a fresh and new start to the world of Blog, I have written some blogs before but those were not that much organised in the way it is supposed to be. So starting from today I archive those stuff and go live with this blog. To introduce me, I have been of keen interest to the android Technology. I love the way android has evolved, and I learn every day to build Android apps.

What you will see in this blog,

  • Some new stuff that I come across every day (trust me will worth it).
  • All About new Android apps and sometimes their reviews with my own experience of it.
  • Out of the box sometimes, everything that’s worth your reading time.