More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Time It Right Everytime With qRTimer for Android
Since the introduction of bar code scanners, we have seen their usability and number of uses simply sky rocket. The Android platform uses them, among many other things, to download apps into the device, get someone’s information from a business card, and much more. XDA member nitegate brings us a new concept/use for this technology wiht qRTimer. The whole idea behind the app is that your device will be able to allow you to follow instructions exactly by simply scanning a QR code. For example, lets assume that you want to make spaghetti. You know that the cooking time for this dish is roughly 8-10 minutes. So, you would have to use a kitchen timer or some other alarm clock and hope that you can hear it. Well, with QR code, the box of spaghetti would have a QR code with the time needed to cook it. So, by scanning it with your device, your timer would start counting. Conceptually interesting as this shows the multiple possibilities of using this capability.
Please leave some feedback for the dev and report if you find any bugs.
The new thing is that you can create timer definitions on QR codes and NFC tags. The QR code contains all the information necessary to launch the timer.
Also the NFC tags are totally independent because they also store the complete timer information. Just touch a NFC tag and it launches a Timer. This only works with mobiles which support NFC like the Nexus S.
You can find more information in the application thread.
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