A New Phone ( Part 2 ) A Digression

The new phone is up and running.

I’ve worked my way through the customisation pages, chosen the preloaded widgets and applications that I want on my home screen, used it for making GSM phone calls, sent SMS text messages quite satisfactorily, set up additional security and additional connectivity.

I have started to explore the thousands of applications, though I only expect to utilise a few but before proceeding here is a short digression.

If you download a barcode reader from the Android Market, not only are you able to read bar codes in supermarkets (something I suspect I shall not be doing) but you can also use it to scan QR codes from your computer screen which allows fast access to applications for the phone.

A QR Code is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR Barcode reader and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background

It works like this. You browse the Internet on your home computer to find an application that you might want to use on your HTC Desire or Smartphone.

Once you’ve found the website of the application it will frequently have a QR code somewhere on the page. They are usually fairly obvious.

You turn on your phone, turn on your barcode reader, point it at the code ( just like a camera ) wait for it to focus and the phone will then automatically take you to the android market where you can choose to download the program or not.

The QR code below is for Google Sky Maps. If you have the barcode reader installed on your HTC Desire or compatible Smart phone, fire it up, point it at the QR code, wait for it to focus and acquire the code and you should be taken directly to the application in Android market.

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The bar code scanner is amazing – I use it regularly and recommend it.

The Google Sky Map is fun too!!!

Digression complete

Part 3 will deal with VOIP, Skype and internet telephones

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