Title : Android phone and Unix
Author: Solène
Date : 06 September 2016
Tags : android emacs
If you have an android Phone, here are two things you may like:
### Org-mode <=> Android ###
First is the MobileOrg *app* to synchronize your calendar/tasks
between your computer org-mode files and your phone. I am using
org-mode since a few months, I think I do pretty basics things with it
like having a todo list with a deadline for each item. Having it in my
phone calendar is a good enhancement. I can also add todo items from
my phone to show it on my computer.
The phone and your computer get synced by publishing a special format
of org files for the mobile on a remote server. Mobile Org supports
ssh, webdav, dropbox or sdcard. I'm using ssh because I own a server
and I can reliabily have my things connected together there on a
dedicated account. Emacs will then use tramp to publish/retrieve the
[Official MobileOrg website](https://github.com/matburt/mobileorg-android/wiki)
[MobileOrg on Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.matburt.mobileorg)
### Read/Write sms from a remote place ###
Second useful thing I like with my android phone is being able to
write and send sms (+ some others things but I was most interested by
SMS) from my computer. A few services already exists but they work
with "cloud" logic and I don't want my phone to be connected to one
more service. The MAXS *app* provides me what I need : ability to
read/write the sms of my phone from the computer **without web
browser** and relying on my own services. MAXS connects the phone to a
XMPP account and you set a whitelist of XMPP mails able to send
commands, that's all. Here are a few examples of use:
To write a SMS I just need to speak to the jabber account of my phone
and write
sms send firstname lastname hello how are you ?
Be careful, there are 2 spaces after the lastname ! I think it's like
this so MAXS can make easily the difference between the name and the
I can also reply quickly to the last contacted person
reply to Yes I'm answering from my computer
To read the last **n** sms
sms read n
It's still not perfect because sometimes it lose connectivity and you
can't speak with it anymore but from the project author it's not a
problem seen on every phone. I did not have the time yet to report
exactly the problem (I need to play with Android Debug Bridge for
that). If you want to install MAXS, you will need a few *app* from the
store to get it working. First, you will need MAXS main and MAXS
transport (a plugin to use XMPP) and then plugins for the differents
commands you want, so, maybe, smsread and smswrite. Check their
website for more informations.
As presenter earlier on my website, I use profanity as XMPP
client. It's a light and easy to configure/use console client.
[Official MAXS Website](http://projectmaxs.org/homepage/)
[MAXS on Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.projectmaxs.main)