I’ve been a pro Flickr member for many years (since 2004 actually). Every photo I’ve taken since probably 2002 or so is on Flickr. Flickr released a decent Android app a while back, but it’s lacking one major feature, auto uploading photos.
Dropbox does it, Google+ does it, even the Facebook app does it. Yet Flickr, a fucking photo website, does not have this feature in their Android app. Not only that, but there’s not even a bulk upload option. Only way to upload an image to Flickr through the official Flickr app is to upload photos one by one. And uploading one by one isn’t gonna happen when I snap 20+ photos every day on my LGE Nexus 4.
There’s a fair number of apps in the Google Play Store that do automatic photo uploads, but it’s really painful for me to use a separate app for something that should be included in the official Flickr app. I just can’t fathom why they would not add this feature. I understand this feature not being there right off the bat, but it’s been over a year since the official Flickr app for Android was released.
I’ve used a couple of the third-party Flickr apps that have auto upload functionality. Many of them are clunky and none (that I’ve seen) adhere to the Android style guidelines. I did just install Flicker (sic) Uploader Free, as I have never used it before. However, I have a little bit of an issue with an app that doesn’t even get the name of the service it supports correct. Maybe spelling Flickr as “Flicker” was intentional, I dunno.
Bottom line is there’s no great solution for automatically uploading photos taken on your Android device to Flickr. Here’s to hoping Flickr steps up and adds this functionality at some point, even if it doesn’t come until a year from now.
I spent about an hour compiling MySQL Workbench from source earlier today. After about 20 newly satisfied dependencies and an hour of actual building, I fired it up and discovered I wasn’t able to connect to any MySQL server through an SSH tunnel, which I have to be able to do.
Hardware Acceleration on some aging Motorola devices has been a long time coming. My Motorola Defy is one of those aging devices. Last week, Quarx2k and Epsylon3, our wonderful Defy developers, released builds for the Defy and Defy+ with full HWA support. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the work of Kabaldan, who discovered a method that could bring full HWA to any locked down Motorola device, such as my Defy and the Motorola Milestone.
Hardware acceleration for Android is (in the most basic of terms) the use of the GPU to aid in the drawing operations done by a given application or view. Aside from allowing the CPU and GPU to work simultaneously, this also allows the drawing operations to be done on much more specialized and efficient hardware for the task. This results in a better overall user experience.
Quarx2k released his first full HWA build on July 6. There’s since been another build for both Defy and Defy+. You can find all builds by Quarx2k here.
The best part of having HWA for me, is having a fully functioning Chrome in Android now. Something I’ve been waiting to have on my Defy for quite some time.