Do you live in a Social Local Mobile world?

I don’t know about you, but I am not surrounded by friends walking around toting GPS-enabled smartphones on the same social networks looking to hook up for coffee or sushi. And I certainly I do not go out to dinner with a dozen friends who pay the same check with the same mobile app from the same bank. Who lives like that?

I have been a longtime believer in Social – Local – Mobile — SoLoMo — and have experienced it on rare occasion, but no critical mass of adopters have made it part of my world. I suppose it might catch on someday, but I’ve had too many techie dreams dashed by lack of adoption by anyone I knew. Do you remember having a Palm device with IR that could beam contact info to people you met? Did you ever actually do it? Did you ever have a Sidekick that could send contact info over Bluetooth? Did you ever find anyone who could actually use it? The few times I tried it, it took me longer to teach my contact how to do it than if I had tattooed their number on the back of my hand in my own blood.

After I got a G1 four years ago, I tried Google Latitude and got three, count ’em, three contacts to sign up. Two of them lived out-of-state. Then there was Bump and now there’s Beam, but who uses it? I have a Galaxy Nexus, and I don’t even know anyone to Beam with. I guess that’s what I get for not having friends who wear black rimmed glasses and hang out in the Android store. So you see, I have been trying to go SoLoMo for over a decade now; my world just hasn’t embraced it.

Now there are all these SoLoMo startups with cute ads featuring people keeping in touch with their social-local-mobile apps — people living in a world where people actually spend time on anything but Facebook. My question is: Who are these people? Where are they? Are you one of them? Please, tell this Earthling what it’s like.

Got Android 4.0.4 on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus today – almost!

As you can see, I still have the old version.
As you can see, I still have the old version.

Something very strange just happened. I had read the news that Android 4.0.4 was coming to the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, so I was not surprised when I turned on my phone and got what looked like a screen that showed I was getting a system update.What’s strange is it had a big green arrow at the top, pointing to the start button on the right, that said “Start! —>” yet at the same time it said “Downloading” in the middle of the screen with a warning, “Do not turn off target!” So I figured I’d leave it alone. Then I thought I’d maybe tap the “Start!” arrow to see if anything happened. Thought I’d leave it alone again. Left it alone for 40 minutes. Then I thought it must have been long enough to download the update, plus there was that arrow pointing to the start button saying, “Start!” So I pressed the start button on my phone, and it started up as usual. I checked System Preferences > About phone, and saw that I still had 4.0.2. Do you think it would take longer than 40 minutes to download the update? What’s more, do you think whoever designed the update screen could write it so it doesn’t contradict itself? By the way, I did try System Preferences > About phone > System updates > Check now, and it told me my system was currently up to date. Very weird.

Did you get the Android 4.0.4 update on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and if so, how did the process go for you?


How not to break your Nexus One Car Dock

… and what to do if you do.

My HTC Nexus One Car Dock broke only a few months after I got it. I searched the Internet about this, and found that I was not alone. One man suggested a way to handle it with care and I am now following his advice with my replacement dock. I am providing this video to give you a visual tutorial about how to baby your fragile car dock. Hope it works for you!

In case your car dock breaks, I recommend that you do what I did: call HTC Repair and tell them that your Nexus One Car Dock broke and you want them to send you a replacement under the one-year warranty. If they give you any trouble, tell them that you know of other people whose car docks broke and who received replacements. They should email you an RMA label. You will have to box up your broken car dock and drop it off at a FedEx with the provided shipping label. HTC Repair should receive it within a couple of days, process the replacement in a couple of days, and ship it back to you via FedEx in a couple of days; i.e., you “should” have a new one in your hands within a week.

What happened in my case is they dropped the ball on processing the replacement, and I didn’t call and bug them about it until three weeks after my tracking number said they received it. I recommend that you call them as soon as you see from your tracking number that they have received it and ask them to confirm receipt of your old one and provide a tracking number for delivery of your new one. Be the squeaky wheel, and good luck!