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Slate 7 Android OS / Re: Interface Settings
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:16:35 AM »
I'm not sure that root will make much of a difference to launcher settings.  I do agree though - Android is such a customizable environment, but there is very little that HP exposed for customization in the stock launcher.  Maybe the stock launcher just doesn't offer many options?

I use ADW Launcher EX personally, which opens up a lot of customization options.  There is a free version as well (ADW Launcher) - you might want to give that a try.

You do NOT need to be root to try launcher replacements -- and you won't hurt the tablet by trying one either.  If you don't like the launcher replacement, just uninstall it and the tablet will default back to the stock launcher.

Slate 7 Apps / Re: Your Device isn't compatable....
« on: July 05, 2013, 04:02:47 PM »

The lack of a GPS (which fences us out of so much of the Android market) isn't a bug, and it isn't an HP thing.  Google, in their infinite wisdom, doesn't allow a user to install an application if their device doesn't meet the stated requirements for the app.  Since there is no GPS, we're stuck.

Sure would be nice if Google would allow us a method to "install the application anyway" -- but alas, this doesn't appear to be the case.

Another fix would be for developers to be slightly more lenient in their application requirements.  Every time you are foiled in your attempt to install an app, and find yourself side-loading it... be sure to use the "email developer" link in the Google market app and request the developer open their device up to the Slate 7.

Any joy getting root since the last post?

Would be fantastic if we could get root and modify the build.prop, so we can open up the Android market a bit and gain access to all the free apps!

Slate 7 (original) Help And Discussion / Re: First impressions
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:50:49 PM »
My *first* impression was that the device appears to be very sturdy and well made.  Asus really skimped on "build quality" with my TF300T, with soft squishy spots on the rear casing.  In my opinion, HP did a stellar job on the outside.  The Slate 7 is sturdy and well made, all around.  It was love at unboxing!

The screen is underwhelming, but as I read the specs before purchase I fully knew what I was getting in to there.  It's bright enough to see in the daylight though, and I have no complaints when using the device.

The device was overall very "snappy" and responsive, I have had zero functional issues (no WiFi woes, no app crashes or hangs).  Functionally I am very satisfied.  It seems every bit as capable as my TF300T so far.

... and then I went to install my favorite apps.  Damn you Google!!!!!!!  Many of my favorites are "This application is not compatible with this device." -- surprisingly many.  Either developers have a penchant for spying on us or they are just plain lazy.  Why, for example, does "USA Today" need a GPS to be present for their app to be installed?  What the hell are they collecting my location for???  I think maybe applications by default need a GPS to be installed when using Google's tools to write them... unless the developer turns the requirement off.  As a result, many more apps are unavailable on the HP Slate 7 than need be!

So there it is.  My first impression is that, for the money, this device absolutely kicks butt.  I love it!  Followed by sore disappointment that Google's Play market has shut us out of so many apps, needlessly, which work perfectly well when moved over to the HP Slate 7 manually.

Google:  Why you no allow us to choose to install anyway????

Slate 7 (original) Help And Discussion / GPS for the Slate 7?
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:33:30 PM »
Hey everyone,

One of the major missing features for the Slate 7 is a GPS sensor.  The other sensors are a "don't care" for me, but the size of the Slate 7 makes it an attractive navigation device (to me).

Many of us already carry around a perfectly good GPS receiver in our phones.  I use a Galaxy S3 personally, and frequently tether my tablets to my phone when out of the office / away from home.  As I see it, there are three useful solutions:

TetherGPS ($3 on the Android market, with a free version to test out - only need to pay for one license, usable on all Android devices on your account) fixes this nicely for me.  When I enable tethering on my phone, I now tap an additional button to start the TetherGPS server widget.  On the tablet, I tap the TetherGPS client widget.  And done!  My Slate 7 now has access to a perfectly functional GPS - I have tested with Google Maps / Google Navigation and it works just as well as the integrated GPS on my other devices.

FakeGPS (free on the Android market) lets you select where on the map you want to report your position.  You can manually select home, work, Upper Sandusky Idaho, or wherever you like.  When an app requests your location, it gets the coordinates you selected.  This is a longtime fix for those of us running Android on our HP Touchpads, and works great on my Slate 7.

gps2ip (iPhone sender) & socketGPS (Android receiver) - I have not personally tested this solution, as I don't currently use an iPhone, but this appears to be an equivalent solution to provide real-time GPS location abilities to your Slate 7.

NOTE: All of these solutions require "Settings / Developer options / Allow mock locations" to be enabled for them to function.

New Member Introductions / New member introduction
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:21:14 PM »

I'm Michael - rcmikey is me.  I just recently got a Slate 7 to use primarily at work as a supplemental device while away from my desk.

I am a technology enthusiast by nature - my Slate 7 will join my Samsung Galaxy S3, Asus Transformer TF300T and HP Touchpads (used by my wife and son).

I am really hoping this forum will grow as the Slate 7 gains momentum and popularity.

Full disclosure: I am also an HP employee, although I am in no way involved with the group that produced the Slate 7.

- Michael

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