Beginner's Guide to Android
August 7, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Since 2008, Androinica.com’s staff has worked hard to highlight the best applications. During that time, we made it a priority to include QR codes in our posts to make installing those apps easier. We have also highlighted AppBrain, a great service for installing apps directly from the desktop browser.
In an effort to give users both options, Androinica.com will be adopting AppBrain’s new install feature that includes both direct install links and QR codes for scanning barcodes. I know that some of you QR enthusiasts won’t like having to click a link for the barcode to appear rather than have it displayed directly in the post, but it can become very tedious (and ugly) including them – especially in app lists.
From now on when you want to install an app, click the “Install app” link and you will get the following options:
- If on a desktop, you’ll get a preview image showing a QR code or the option to perform a Fast web install.
- If on a phone, you will go directly to the Market page (if the app is available in your market).
Our frequent championing of AppBrain was a sore spot for some users who complained that we didn’t follow suit and include AppBrain install options in our posts. It wasn’t easy getting both links and QR codes, so we opted to use QR as the common standard favored by most Android users. The new AppBrain install feature can please both parties.
You may notice over the next few weeks that we occasionally forget to adopt this new method; old habits die hard, after all. But we will try to make sure to include the AppBrain system provided things work smoothly. For an example of how this works in action, read our recent Best Music Streaming Apps post.