May 02 AT 8:55 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

#AskAndy – Your Android Questions Answered Volume 2

Welcome to the second edition of #AskAndy where we aim to answer all your Android related questions.  I would like to make this a weekly column, but it will only be successful if you continue to send in your questions.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a tweet this week.  Again I have chosen 10 questions to answer and we will try to cover the ones we missed in the coming weeks.  If your question did not get answered, you can submit it again or leave a comment here for help.

I wanted to give a special thanks to @whoisnick who submitted a good answer to one of the questions.  We want to encourage community involvement and will be adding new features to #AskAndy that will make it easier.  As this week’s winner, we are sending you a $25 Gift Card.  Keep submitting your questions via Twitter because we will be giving out more Gift Cards each week to those who ask and answer questions.

If you would like to participate, you can search the #AskAndy tag on Twitter to see if there are any questions you might be able to answer.  We are working on a dedicated Ask Andy section for the site, but in the mean time you can send responses from the contact page or send email to andy (at)

Anyone that submits a response to a question will receive full credit with a link back to your site.  If you have any suggestions on how we can improve #AskAndy, leave a comment.  Thanks again and keep the questions coming.

1. jakubmach #AskAndy Is possible to launch gambling applications on Android Market?

I believe it depends on what country you live in.  I know porn and other adult material is not allowed on the Android Market, but I do not see anything that forbids gambling.  Mobile software company Hop-on is releasing several gambling applications for Android.  According to their latest press release, they will be releasing gambling apps in Europe “where Gaming is legal, secure and regulated”.

2. nateblackest @androidandme the iphone is well known for its hard to scratch glass screen. How does the g1 compare? I hate most screen skins. #askandy

The invisibleSHIELD offers total protection for you G1.

The invisibleSHIELD offers total protection for you G1.

I carried my G1 in my pocket with a 2nd phone for several months and never scratched the screen.  Even thought I never got a scratch, I still purchased a screen protector.  Overall, I have zero issues with the screen skin.  You can barely even tell it is installed and the touch screen performance has not changed at all.  If you are interested in total phone protection, check out our review of the invisibleSHIELD.

3. JaeRobinson @androidandme Why does the Home Screen Hang all the time? Is it because other apps need the resources? #askandy

I have found my home screen to hang when your phone is low on memory.  Also, having several of the home replacement apps installed at once slowed down my phone.  I had Sweeter Home, Open Home, dxTop, and aHome all installed at once.  Users are reporting improved performance with the recent cupcake update.  I wiped my phone then installed Android 1.5 on my G1 last night.  There was a noticeable difference in the overall performance; especially when returning to the home screen.

I have not seen any benchmarks done, but I would assume that a phone with more free space will perform better than one that is at the limit.  It is unfortunate that the G1 has such limited space.  Users with hacked phones can install their apps to the SD card, but this feature is not currently supported by the official Android build.  If you would like to join the Google discussion of support for installing apps to your SD card, please visit Issue 1151 and leave a comment.

4. j_norton @androidandme #askandy My phone would d/l .zip files out of browser a few weeks ago. Now it says that format is not supported. What gives??

You may have had a file manager installed that was handling the zip files and then removed it.  I suggest Linda File Manager for .zip support.

5. kaushikgopal @androidandme #askandy does cupcake allow “dream”ers to read pdf?if you store a file(say pdf)on your SDcard,is there a way of accessing it?

The default version of cupcake does not have PDF support.  There are custom Android builds like The Dude’s Cupcake that have this added feature.  You can also purchase RepliGo from the Market for PDF support.

6. Aelothir @androidandme Any idea when the update will hit UK G1′s? #askandy

There have been conflicting reports on the cupcake update from T-Mobile. reported that the update was rolling out and included a photo, but T-Mobile has yet to confirm the update.  According to a Twitter update from T-Mobile, “T-Mobile USA will confirm details of Android 1.5 ( #cupcake ) availability for our T-Mobile G1 customers in the near future.”  T-Mobile UK also sent out a press release that says the update is coming in May.

Most likely, T-Mobile is slowly sending out the update to allow developers a chance to update their applications.  Google has documented the process for making your apps backwards compatible on their blog.  For more information on the challenges developers are facing with cupcake, check out Big In Japan’s blog.

7. haydenAndroid @androidandme #askandy Do all Android users access same Market servers? Does it depend on carrier? Can unofficial installs see full market?

The Android Market is filtered according to your device and carrier.  For example, T-Mobile customers no longer have access to any of the WiFi tether apps, but they are still available in other countries.  The Android Developers Phone is also blocked from downloading protected applications.

One of our readers has informed us that they are working on an app to unlock paid apps for users in other countries.  Stay tuned for more details.

8. jimibrown5 @androidandme #askandy Does Android do a keep-alive connection like MS-Push-Mail? and is there a way to limit the data-traffic?

The cupcake update allows you to block background data.

The cupcake update allows you to block background data.

Yes, Android supports push email, contacts, and calendar from Google. If you wish to limit your data usage, you can block it in the new cupcake update. You can also get full Microsoft Exhchange sync with a paid application like Touchdown.

9. j_norton @androidandme what are the weird looking white and black boxes android sites are putting next to their descriptions of market aps? #askandy

Response from reader:  whoisnick @j_norton QR Codes. Download the Barcode Scanner app and scan them for a link to the market app or other info. #askandy

See our article for more information on QR codes.  We will be using them more and more on this site.

10. Dnukem89 #askandy For The 1.5 Software Update A.K.A. Cupcake, Are The Dev 1 G1s The Only Phones That Will Be Getting The Update??

All G1′s will be receiving the cupcake update.  Follow @TMobile_USA on Twitter for an official announcement.  If you are impatient, you could root your phone and install the cupcake update on your own.  We will be posting a root guide for beginners later tonight if you are interested.

p.s. I will add the QR links later tonight, but I wanted to get this published first.  perform a search on Cyrket if you need the QR codes in the mean time.

Let Andy answer all your Android questions. #askandy on Twitter.

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  • nEx.Software

    Great questions and answers. I recommend RepliGo PDF Reader.

    I was particularly surprised by news of T-Mobile rolling out 1.5 sinse there was practically no lead time given to developers. We were given about a week of preview of the SDK before the SDK was released and only days after that we started seeing reports of T-Mobile rolling out updates. I, for one, was pretty irritated as a developer.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yes I am a registered as a developer with Android and also on some separate Google PR lists. I have received no official confirmation from anyone. You would expect some kind of email sent out to all of the devs before it is released.

      I guess they got to wait for us to beta test it for them (:

  • phrog

    Unfortunately the cupcake talk has made me hungry but I’ll starve by the time Australian users get some cupcake love

  • gammax

    ok do you really need to gamble from your phone? if so, I suggest check your self in to a clinic for gambling. now if its just game to emulate gambling that’s fine with me.

  • Keithamus

    I spoke to a UK TMo rep yesterday, who told me that cupcake was rolled out on april 30th to 1000 random phones for a trial period. She said that most likely in around a month, or when they have enough feedback that they will roll it out to everyone else. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a regional rollout or if they randomly updated 1000 or more each day to keep their servers free as its about 40mb to download.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      That sounds about right and would explain why several people reported getting the update. I think the devs need more time to get their apps updated. T-Mobile doesn’t want a bunch of people calling in for help because their favorite app is not working or whatever else.

  • Jacques LeDisco

    USA telecom noperators will not allow any gambling products on their networks.

    Developers can distribute gaming content on off-deck independent mobile web portals.

    I will be writing about mobile gambling for, starting with the May/June issue.

  • lady precious

    I have purchased ahome app. It won’t download what do I do?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      The download issues are well known with the Android market and they are working to resolve them

      Any time I have a download “get stuck”, I just cancel the download and start it over. Try this a couple of times and see if it goes through.

  • J_Norton

    I think my question was misinterpreted. I can still open and deal w/.zip files via ASTRO, but the browser won’t actually download them anymore. I used to be able to download quite large files to my SD card via the standard browser, but now it says the content is not supported. Is this something that happened to the browser?

    Or did your answer mean that by installing Linda File Manager it would give my browser access to download .zip files?

    I’ll try to check for answers here, but if possible can somebody @j_norton me an answer? Thanks everyone, this is a great way to get a real-time Q&A out there, keep up the great work.