How To: Backup Your Settings with Android Backup Service

Wouldn’t it be nice if you get a new phone, and you install Angry Birds, and you can just continue where you left off?

When a user turns on their Android phone for the first time and goes through the initial setup, they are offered the chance to opt-in to have Google back up their apps and settings to Google’s servers. If they opt in, all of their backed up settings will be restored and previously installed apps will download from the Google Play Store. As a bonus, those apps can also backup their settings to be restored on a new device as well. Of course, the developer has to configure their app to handle this, and not enough do. Anything less than all apps is not enough.

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How To: NFC Part 1: Scanning an NDEF-formatted NFC Tag

In this article we’ll be discussing how to read data from an NDEF-formatted NFC Tag in an Android app.

In case you aren’t aware, NDEF is a format (think NTFS or FAT). Android has simple, easy-to-use support for NDEF, so there’s no need for hacky methods to use it. If you are designing your project with NFC in mind, stick to NDEF as your formatting. All decent manufacturer’s support NDEF formatting, and so does your platform. Stick to it. Save the headache.

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Holo Tic Tac Toe for Android

Check out my latest app, Holo Tic Tac Toe. Yes, it’s another Tic Tac Toe game, but no, it’s not just another Tic Tac Toe game.

With the arrival of a brand new version of Android comes apps that take advantage. This app sports Android’s new look, Holo, in versions +3.x (though it does support +2.1).

You can play against the CPU player, in Easy, Medium, and Hard modes. And once you’ve mastered that, play against a friend. Two player modes include Pass and Play, play on a single phone or tablet, or Bluetooth Play, kinda self-explanatory.

Try it out now on the Google Play Store.

Free! okay it’s ad-supported.

Ad-free. [$0.99]. Like free, but not quite free. I am a student after all.

Google TV. Yup, that’s right, Google TV. It needs more apps anyway.


Note: The Google TV version doesn’t support Bluetooth Play because Google TV doesn’t support Bluetooth. If you’re using a phone or tablet, make sure you download one of the other two to get Bluetooth Play. Preferably the non-free one.