Linked by Adam S on Fri 5th Jun 2015 15:26 UTC
Android In June of last year, I finally decided to commit to an Android device. I had carried every flagship iPhone up through that point from the original iPhone to the 5S. To the world around me, I heaped the praise into a life transforming device, but in my tech circles, and on my blog, I frequently posted about my frustration, mostly with shackles and intentional limitations imposed. So last year, why I decided to make the jump to Android. I outlined 10 reasons why I was finally ready to make the jump to Android’s 4.4 release, KitKat. A year has passed. It's time to revisit my original assertions and complaints with some follow up and see where I stand one year later.
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What's Android File Transfer?
by phoenix on Fri 5th Jun 2015 16:40 UTC
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

What is it, and why do you need it? Never heard of it, and never used it in my 5 years using Android devices.

Just connect a USB cable between the phone and the computer and drag'n drop files into the Phone icon that appears. MTP support has removed a lot of the issues with data transfer between phones and PCs. No special apps or software required, it's build into just about every OS out there, including Linux.

And for those times when you don't have a USB cable, apps like WebSharing make it beyond simple to use your web browser like a file manager.

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pmac Member since:
2009-07-08

It's necessary in order to transfer files between an Android phone and a Mac over USB as the protocol (I'm too lazy to look up the name) is not built into Finder (the File Browser app on OS X).

Edited 2015-06-05 16:50 UTC

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Why not switch the Android device to use PTP instead of mucking around with 3rd party software?

MacOS X supports PTP natively ... Android devices support PTP natively ... you can do everything MTP can do with PTP ... not seeing why buggy 3rd party software is needed.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Not all USB cables are the same.
Back when I was an Android user I had an HTC phone. Some USB cables would charge the device but not all would allow data transfer. I am sure that there is a logical (or patented) reason for this but the phone bricked itself before I could work out why. Now I use an old 6310i for personal use. It does what I want it do.

If the S6 is such a great phone why is Sprint virtually giving them away with their latest advert of 0$ down and not contract surcharge for the phone (As seen in Denver, Colorado on Saturday)

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Not all USB cables are the same.


True. Some are just charging cables where the data pins are shorted to the charging pins allowed for faster charging but preventing any data transfers. These are usually marketed as "fast charging cables".

Others are "normal", in that they don't do any shenanigans with the pins. You see these advertised as "charge and sync" cables.

And then there's the issue of quality whereby some cables can't support the voltage/amperage of newer chargers and will refuse to work when plugged into some USB ports.

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