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ASK R&D: Facetime for Android?

New Blog Feature ASK R&D… You ask, we answer!  Got a question?  Email RD@ivcel.com

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I have a flip phone, but I would go to Android Phone if there is an app that lets me communicate with my grandkids face to face through the phone.  Over Christmas, my son was able to have his in laws watch the grandkids opening their gifts over the phone with his iPhone.  Does the Play Store have anything like that?

Thanks for your help!  

– Mary (Sheridan)

 

Mary, thanks for your question!  Google’s Play Store has a couple different options.

First, an explanation why Apple’s products are not the answer.  They’re native applications are not compatible with devices that are not Apple.  FaceTime is an Apple only product, you have to have an Apple product (Mac, iPad, iPhone, and/or iTouch) to make it work.

Apple locks everything down. You pay for more applications and many of their applications can only be used with their products… Like FaceTime. (Heck, they made everyone buy new connector cables with their last iPhone release. Another $25 for a power/connector cable.  Wo Hoo!)

Android is open source, which means…

We created Android in response to our own experiences launching mobile apps. We wanted to make sure that there would always be an open platform available for carriers, OEMs, and developers to use to make their innovative ideas a reality. We wanted to make sure that there was no central point of failure, where one industry player could restrict or control the innovations of any other. The solution we chose was an open and open-source platform.

The goal of the Android Open Source Project is to create a successful real-world product that improves the mobile experience for end users.

ANDROID Philosophy

On to video conferencing solutions!!

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Google +

Google + is Google’s social network with “facetime-like” additions. You can use on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and/or Android tablet/phone. It’s powered by your “Google” account.  I use hangouts frequently… mainly on the laptop.  I found a hangout plug-in called “A Story Before Bed” which allows my mother to read to the grandkids while they follow along with the words and pictures.  Again, this works with the desktop/laptop version… The mobile version of hangouts will just show video (hopefully they will allow plugins in the future releases.)  Additionally, you can add multiple people to your hangout (including people via a phonecall for free!)

http://plus.google.com

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Skype for Android

Skype, now a Microsoft product, is a program you can download on your computer and/or smartphone/tablet. You would need both the iPhone and Android to have Skype installed and a Skype username. This is probably the most popular video communication application.  You can do one on one video conferencing for free, if you want to add more people (on video) you will need to pay for this service (you can conference in several people using ‘voice only.’)  It is a VOIP service, meaning they compete with Vonage, Magic Jack, and other “voice over IP (internet)” services.

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/

 

Make sure the device you purchase has a “front facing” camera.  This will allow you to video conference easily.

Good luck Mary!

Have a device or technical questions for the Product Development team at Illinois Valley Cellular?

 Email RD@ivcel.com

 

LG Optimus™ Select

The LG Optimus Select™, loaded with Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), lets you take your favorite features with you anywhere. It’s slim and stylish, with a big, bright 4.3” screen and a great 5 MP camera with additional front-facing camera for video chat. It has advanced features including DLNA® media sharing so you can display your photos and videos on a larger screen, wirelessly. It also includes QuickMemo™, which lets you create and share personalized memos by taking screen captures and adding handwritten drawings or messages.

LEARN MORE AT IVCEL.COM

 

 

Learn Android and BlackBerry for Free on 8/22 in Watseka! [Smartphone Class]

Join the R&D department at IVC’s Wireless Solutions Center at the Watseka Wireless Solution Center from 1p to 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 22nd for 1 on 1 training on your smartphone device (Android and BlackBerry.)

You do not need to be an IV Cellular customer to attend!

Illinois Valley Cellular Wireless Solutions Center
Watseka (Across Dalle Chevrolet)

Call 815-432-5082 to reserve your time. Space is limited to 2 guests per hour, so reserve your spot today!

Let our wireless experts give you advice, insight or hands-on technical support on everything wireless. Stop in and our experts will show you how your mobile device can enhance your life for Business, Entertainment On the Go Connectivity:

Business
– High powered business communication made easy with IVC’s variety of smartphones and 3G Internet Business Solutions
-Mobile email, internet and voice applications for small or large business

Entertainment
– Explore the latest in downloads including games, music and more
– Learn to send pics, videos and short messages
– Unleash the power of Apps. Thousands of Applications are out there for work and play and we’ll teach you how to use them

Connectivity
– Mobile social networking important to you? Check and update your Facebook, Linked In, Twitter or other sites from your phone
– We’ll show you how to Browse the Internet and check emails from your phone

Evernote for Android and BlackBerry

Probably the best app I have used to date. Not only can you put this on your device but on your computers as well!

Evernote for Android

Evernote for BlackBerry

Evernote turns your device into an extension of your brain.

★ New York Times ‘Top 10 Must-Have App’, Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Awards and the Webbys. ★

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

Key Features:
– Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use
– Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
– Save, sync and share files
– Search for text inside images
– Organize notes by notebooks and tags
– Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account
– Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use
– Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter
★ Premium feature: take notebooks offline to access them anytime
★ Premium feature: allow others to edit your notebooks
★ Premium feature: add a PIN lock to your Evernote app

Here are some ways to use Evernote for your personal and professional life:
– Research smarter: snap photos of whiteboards and books
– Take meeting and class notes, draft agendas and research notes
– Plan a trip: keep track of travel plans, plane tickets and passports
– Organize and save recipes; search by ingredients later
– Create a grocery list or task list and check things off as you go
– View web pages saved in Evernote on your desktop
– Capture ideas and inspiration on the go
– Access files and notes you create on your phone from your desktop
– Keep track of products and prices for comparison shopping purposes
– Keep finances in order: save receipts, bills and contracts
– Reduce paper clutter by taking snapshots of restaurant menus, business cards and labels
– Use Evernote as part of your GTD system to help you stay organized
– To get the most out of your Evernote experience, download it on all of the computers and phones that you use.

Evernote is available for:
Desktop: Mac, Windows and Web
Mobile: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm WebOS, Windows Mobile
Tablet: Android, iPad
Web: Evernote for Web; Web Clippers for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer

More information about permissions at:
http://bit.ly/mAjLuc

Learn more: http://www.evernote.com/about/getting_started/

Supported Accessories:
Sony-Ericsson LiveKey – com.sonyericsson.extras.livekey
Sony-Ericsson LiveDock – com.sonyericsson.extras.ATTACHED

 

Learn Android and BlackBerry for Free on 5/23 in Princeton! [Smartphone Class]

Join the R&D department at IVC’s Wireless Solutions Center at the Princeton Wireless Solution Center from 11a to 5:15pm on Wednesday, May 23rd for 1 on 1 training on your smartphone device (Android and BlackBerry.)

You do not need to be an IV Cellular customer to attend!

Call Brent or Sue at (815)-875-12051 to reserve your time. Space is limited to 2 guests per hour, so reserve your spot today!

Let our wireless experts give you advice, insight or hands-on technical support on everything wireless. Stop in and our experts will show you how your mobile device can enhance your life for Business, Entertainment On the Go Connectivity:

Business
– High powered business communication made easy with IVC’s variety of smartphones and 3G Internet Business Solutions
-Mobile email, internet and voice applications for small or large business

Entertainment
– Explore the latest in downloads including games, music and more
– Learn to send pics, videos and short messages
– Unleash the power of Apps. Thousands of Applications are out there for work and play and we’ll teach you how to use them

Connectivity
– Mobile social networking important to you? Check and update your Facebook, MySpace,Twitter or other sites from your phone
– We’ll show you how to Browse the Internet and check emails from your phone

NCAA March Madness App

From the Play Store:
Watch ALL 67 games of the NCAA March Madness tournament Live on your Android!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER – watch every game of NCAA® March Madness® Live on your Android phone! Download for free to check scores, fill out and follow your bracket, get game alerts, and listen to live game radio. Upgrade with in-app purchase and watch live streaming video of all 67 games of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for one low price of $3.99 for all 67 games.

From the First Round on March 13 to the Championship game on April 2, catch all your favorite rivalries, upsets, and buzzer beaters over Wi-Fi/4G/3G. Plus, get alerts for your favorite teams, know when games go into overtime and crunch time, and set your TV channel settings to know where to watch any game on TV. You’ll never miss an upset!

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