Sunday, May 27, 2012

Android Programming Tutorial Videos

I would like to share some great videos about Android development.

Androidology by Android Developers
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7C64411AF40DEA5&feature=plcp

Marakana: Android Bootcamp Series 2012 Video Tutorials
http://marakana.com/s/android_bootcamp_series_2012_video_tutorial,1017/index.html

Android Bootcamp Training by Marakana TechTV
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE953C0B85B50AB62&feature=plcp

Episodes of xtensivearts: Android Video Tutorials & Training
http://blip.tv/xtensivearts

TheNewBoston - Android Application Development by ChangingTheUnknown
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL34F010EEF9D45FB8

200 Videos Android Application Development
http://thenewboston.org/list.php?cat=6

mybringback Series: Android Basics
http://www.mybringback.com/series/android-basics/

mybringback Series: Android Basics
http://www.mybringback.com/series/android-finishing-touches/

Sunday, May 20, 2012

How to Fix Error "The processing instruction target matching ... "

When I imported the example Android application FragmentsBasics into Eclipse IDE, I got this error message: "The processing instruction target matching "[xX][mM][lL]" is not allowed."
Solution:
Open the AndroidManifest.xml and other XML files to move this line
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
to the top. The first line of XML file cannot be the comment line.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Is Windows Phone third place?

Few days ago, I read "Windows Phone:  Surprisingly Easy to Develop For" written by on April 02, 2012 on Dr. Dobb's
From a consumer's viewpoint, Windows Phone is firmly the third OS by market share at present, following Android and iOS. Some analysts reckon that Windows Phone may be second only to Android by 2015 in a world with only four major mobile platforms left: Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and BlackBerry.
It's not true.

According to comScore report on May 1st, 2012
More than 106 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in March, up 9 percent versus December. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 51 percent market share (up 3.7 percentage points). Apple’s share of the smartphone market increased 1.1 percentage points to 30.7 percent. RIM ranked third with 12.3 percent share, followed by Microsoft (3.9 percent) and Symbian (1.4 percent).
Nielsen reported on May 7, 2012
  1. Android OS 48.5%
  2. iOS 32.0%
  3. RIM Blackberry 11.6%
  4. Windows Mobile 4.1%
  5. Windows Phone 1.7%
  6. Other 2.1%
But Microsoft tried to get into the third place in next couple years according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO:
"I think with a little bit more effort, a little bit more energy, the level of enthusiasm from the customer base is high enough we've just got to kick this thing to the next level. And I think we're in absolute good shape in order to be a very strong third ecosystem in the smart phone world.
(Source:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/15/windows_phone_disappoints/)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Quickly Lock Your Screen using Keyboard

To quickly lock your computer using keyboard shortcut:
  1. On Ubuntu: Press <Ctrl><Alt>L at the same time 
  2. On Apple OS/X: Press <Shift><Ctrl><Eject> keys at the same time 
  3. On Microsoft Windows: Press <Windows> and L keys at the same time