Friday, October 08, 2010

Phone Friday: Very Poor Man's Android Docking Setup

I noticed on my new Android G2 that there's an application named Clock. Turns out, it's actually a program meant to be kicked off when you drop the device into a dock. It starts up this slick screen that not only contains a clock, but also weather and other features.

Only thing is, I don't have a dock nor is it obvious to me if I can buy one for my G2.

After a little poking around, I learned that I can more or less simulate the dock by kicking off the Clock app when the phone is charging (usually via USB, in my case). Here's the basic idea:

Setting Profiles (Lite) is an app that allows to you start an app when your Droid is plugged in, so it should do most of what you want.

And it does.

Now when I plug my phone in, the Clock app starts. And just as importantly, if I can think of different app I wanted started at that time, I can just as easily replace the Clock app.

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