A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. It is being used all over Japan and can include the following information: URL, Phone, Text, SMS. It is also being used for downloading Android applications, you just scan the code on the monitor or paper and it stores the information into your mobile phone, launching browser which brings you to desired webpage. Here on display is the QR code with my contact details.
This will be interested for Slovenian readers. Recently I switched the mobile plan from Mobitel to T-2. T-2 has an UMTS data coverage in major Slovenian cities for only 10 EUR/month. They provide unmetered data plan through their nodes. When being out of reach their voice signal is being transmitted through Mobitel. They also have cheaper peering for establishing calls to Si.mobil and Tuš mobile, than Mobitel.
I am using a fancy widget from Google, which tells my exact location (of the mobile phone), retrieved over a GPS system and shared through the 3G mobile network. The widget is then displayed on my blog in real-time mode and occasionally updated, when the feature is enabled on the phone. Geeky, eh ?
I purchased Android mobile phone Samsung i5700 Galaxy Spica. It goes back a few years, since I purchased the first GNU Linux capable mobile phones, Motorola A780/Rokr E6, but support for them never managed to get done completelly, due to lack of developers and backwards compatibility with Linux. At some stage the OpenMoko GUI worked there and it was a really nice GUI, I can say even nicer than this new Android 1.5, but sadly the voice and dial didn’t work there. As you may (not) know, Google purchased Android platform a few years back, many things were allready done, then Google assigned about 100 coders to work on the project for about 2 more years, they also had support from hardware manufacturers to produce the first HTC G1 mobile phone, and today there are allready 20 Android capable phones from different manufacturers. These are so called “smart phones”, and give you the oportunity to download the software from the internet and develop your own applications, and most important it all runs on GNU Linux !