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Poll: Do You Root Your Android Phone?

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 in Reader Polls | 5 comments

Rooting your Android phone is a must for some and an daunting task for others. If your phone is stuck on an older version of Android, rooting is your fast-track to the latest and greatest features. A couple of the benefits include a boost  in phone performance and the ability to tether other devices to your phone’s data connection.

Knowing this, it’s natural to wonder how popular rooting is with Android.



If you do prefer to root your phone, share your details with the rest of the crowd — What phone(s) have you rooted and which ROMs do you prefer? What is your primary motivation behind rooting in the first place? Comment below.

Images from CyanogenMod.

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Poll: Do you use a Task Killing Android App?

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 in Reader Polls | 5 comments

This poll question comes about because of the heated discussion about the effectiveness and utility of Android Task Killing apps like Android Task Manager that we saw in our post, How to Save Battery Life with Android Apps. So answer below, and comment if you’d like to add to the debate!


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Opinions of the Android Market (Poll Results)

Posted on May 15, 2010 in Reader Polls | 1 comment

This post is a follow-up to the recent poll, Current Opinion of the Android Market? The success of Android and the apps/developers that support it, rides heavily on the functionality/usability of the Android Market.

The two largest responses were for “Somewhat Approve” and “Somewhat Disapprove.” So a majority of Android users are sitting on the fence as to whether they currently like or dislike the Android Market. Also, it could be argued that some minor (or major) improvements to the Market could swing many of the votes into one of the two approving categories. We’re hoping that with Android 2.2 (Froyo), a new and improved Android Market will be unveiled.

Possibly a surprising result, in a close third was “Strongly Approve.” In general, from discussions on this site and Twitter, complete support for the Android Market is more rare than recorded by these results. In any case, it’s a positive sign that many Android users are enjoying the experience. Additionally, the “Strongly Disapprove” category was the lowest scoring out of all five options, which is a promising result. It wouldn’t be surprising if many of those votes were from users running Android 1.5, which still carries the older version of the Android Market.

Conclusion:

When taken as a whole, the average vote fell neatly between “Indifferent” and “Somewhat Approve.” So, on average, it’s fair to say that the Android Market is serving its purpose, but only doing so satisfactorily. For Android to continue to see the kind of growth it has over the last year, the functionality/usability of the Market will need to be enhanced.

Share your comments/concerns with the Android Market below!

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Poll: Current Opinion of the Android Market?

Posted on May 10, 2010 in Reader Polls | 4 comments

On a daily basis, we all access the Android Market in search of great new apps to use on our phones. I know I for one can’t live without apps like Quick Settings, Seesmic, or NewsRob, all of which were initially found by searching the Market.

So, what is your opinion of the Android Market and it’s functionality/usability? Do you feel like it sufficiently facilitates new app discovery? Or do you find yourself using services/apps like AppAware and AppBrain to find new apps/games to download (in addition to our site of course!)?

Vote and let us know what you think about the current state of the Android Market.

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Social Check-in Android App?

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in Reader Polls | comment

With the huge increase in the popularity of social check-in apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, it was time for us to run another installment of our Android App Reader Polls.

This poll is a follow-up to our previous post, Social Check-in App Battle, Foursquare vs. Gowalla.  Granted, there are a few other options to the check-in app scene, and we’ll see how they do in this poll.  On an aside, we may even see the Yelp Android app be updated to include check-in capabilities soon (like it’s iPhone counterpart).  It’ll be interesting to see the effects that might have.

Now it’s time to find out what the favorite social check-in Android app really is!  Vote away and comment below!

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