Paranoid Android 4.45 stable is an excellent build. No weird 3G or APN problems. Battery drain a bit on the high side, but livable. There is just one thing.
Evernote has a tendency go mad every second day (2, 4 etc). It keeps the CPU constantly away, eating battery life away. Even after hibernating it using Greenify and turning off Location tracking. I managed to stop it.
The second time around on the fourth day, the same thing happened. This time round, all efforts failed, inclusive of putting it in airplane mode. I connect it as a USB device, depriving it of access to the SD card. On removal, it slowly crept back.
Frustrated, I move on to Paranoid Android 4.5 Beta 2. Just as I wanted to write this post to say the bug has been fixed, Google + went mad. I tried to search for Better Battery Stats, when the phone self rebooted, breaking my 3 day going 4 record.
Now to wait some more.
Material Design is the look and feel of the next Android version, L . Or whatever Google wants to call it. The new look and feel is suppose to be flatter and makes more uses of cards (PalmOS?) . To communicate the message, there is a website on what to do and not do.
Everytime Google rolls out an improved UI, I cannot help hearing sniggers going on in Apple. After all they re-wrote the hand book on smartphone UI.
Have a read yourself. link
OnePlus One, the invite that almost everyone is looking for. After waiting for almost 3 months, I have received mine directly. Just when I was having doubts about getting support and casing. I could have got this even earlier by registering when the Forums section was launched. Instead I did it in May 14, nearly a month after the announcement of the Invites scheme.
A quick browse through the 224 page thread in HardWareZone, convinced me that it is safe enough to buy. For the uninitiated, OnePlus is a spin off/branch/subsidiary of Oppo. OnePlus flagship phone is called One and it is their only product. The One is a quad core phone with a 5.5 inch display, 3GB of RAM and a huge battery. Very similar to the Nexus line, no SD card or removable battery.
Wish me luck!
Update 12 Aug 2.52pm
Update 14 Aug 14
The One has landed in VPOST processing centre in Oregon. All I have to do is to pay and it will be shipped. Instead of rushing it over, I have decided to include in a few more items to take advantage of bundling and avoid the base charge. Getting some parts and filters for the fridge.
Vpost Discount vouchers
Update 27 Aug 14
All the rest of stuff were in on 25 Aug. Amazon took a long time to truck it over and I was nearly fined for keeping the rest of the stuff so long. Amazon warehouse is on the East coast, VPOST is in Oregon, West Coast.All payment done, after 2 days of processing it is on the way to Singapore. If the reverse holds true I should see it next Monday 1 Sep.
Update 8 Sep 14
The phone arrived on 30 Aug. It was really difficult to find a case. In the end I had to pay a visit to Sim Lim Square The first day of full operations is on 5 Sep 14
Me: Oh no, no more coffee!
Son: No more coffee!
Me: Ran out of 3-in-1 Coffee. I will have to drink tea until Sunday when we do groceries.
Son: You still have the coffee powder to with the ‘sock’
Me: Hmm, never thought of that!
Son: Now can you make coffee and I will have a latte!
Me: No latte for your, until 20 years later.