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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch Users – Did you get Your Ice Cream Sandwich Yet?

UPDATE – Here we are a week in to the rollout.  I have yet to get the update.  I check every morning, and the updater tells me I am already up to date even though I am not running ICS now.  I was curious if anyone has gotten the update yet?  Have you had issues?   I saw some forum posts around the web referring to issues many had after upgrading to ICS.

I was just curious if any Sprint Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G Touch users have seen the Ice Cream Sandwich update yet?  It was mentioned in the Sprint community forums, but I have yet to see it.  When I try to do an on demand update I am told that I am currently at the latest rev which is Android 2.3.6.  This was supposed to start on 7/12/2012.  Still waiting!!!  I am presuming that all of the new UI  features will still be hidden by the Samsung Touchwiz UI?  Beyond that Android 4.1 Jellybean is now out so once again Sprint users are still behind.

Feel free to comment below about whether you got the update, and if you like it.

Snapseed is Apple’s Free App of the Week This Week

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Monticello

If you have an iPhone or iPad, and would like to tweak your photos easily then check out Snapseed.  It is the free app this week in Apple’s App Store.  I have it on the iPad, and iMac, and love it.  It’s free for the iPhone, and iPad this week, but usually costs $5.

For those of you familiar with Nik Software’s other desktop photo editing tools you will see the similarities in Snapseed.  The desktop filters for Lightroom, and Photoshop allow you to select points in the image to base your edits on using slider controls to change the image.  Snapseed is very similar although it streamlines the process a bit for the iOS version, and of course no other software is required as Snapseed is a stand alone app.

I wrote about  it in a previous post if you would like to get an idea of the dramatic changes you can make to your photos.

Have fun!

iPad Synergy With Lightroom Using Photosmith

Thumbnail view of Photosmith images

I stumbled on to an app a few days ago called Photosmith. It’s billed as the iPad’s companion app for Adobe Lightroom. I found it while doing some searches on YouTube for using the iPad in a photographic workflow.  Photosmith doesn’t offer any editing functionality. Rather it allows you to organize, tag, select, or reject photos to later import into your catalog.  You’re probably better off doing any serious photo editing on the desktop, but for review, and selection the iPad works just fine.

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Are you going to stop using Instagram now that Facebook has acquired them?

I’ve barely had a chance to get acquainted with Instagram now that I have it on my Android phone, and now Facebook has acquired them.  I read over the past few days the negative response to the acquisition.  Now long time Instagram users are pondering whether Facebook will totally foul up the popular social photo sharing service.  At least this takes the heat off new Android users of the service that have been maligned because they use Android phones rather then iPhones.

How do you feel about Facebook taking the service over?

Do you fault the Instagram crew for selling for $1 billion?

Are you likely to abandon Instagram now that Facebook owns them?  I am guessing that most will continue to use the service.  Every day I read at least five status updates about how much Facebook stinks yet nobody seems to leave.  I know a few people who actually did try to leave Facebook for Google Plus, but returned because nobody is using Google Plus.   Despite the acquisition I suspect Instagram will still be heavily used.  For the better remains to be seen.

What will be interesting to watch is if rivals to Instagram will see an uptick in usage.

These are cross platform so you can get them on iOS or Android,  I suspect they have the greatest chance in seeing an increase in usage since iPhone users may ditch Instagram, and want something new.

  • EyeEm – touted by Leo Laporte on a recent iPad Today webcast as having a nice UI
  • PicPlz
  • Pixlr-O-Matic – I have used this and it is pretty cool.

Below are some Android alternatives:

 

Instagram Signup Page Announced

Instagram is coming to Android
Instagram is coming to Android

Instagram set up a sign up page for their Android app that is in development.  I wrote about this a few weeks ago.

I’ve been waiting for Instagram to come out on the Android platform for a while.  I’d see so many of my friends taking, and sharing interesting photos from their iPhones.  I wanted in on the fun.  I switched to OS X on the desktop, and iOS on the tablet, but still have my Android phone – a beautiful Samsung Galaxy S II that has me locked in for another 2 years.  So as far as Android is concerned I say BRING ON THE APPS!  Android obviously has its problems with market fragmentation, but there are a ton of users, and devices out there.  Let’s show the developers that it’s worth hanging in there to develop for Android.