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Good Android Apps

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tokyo Slim, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Jumbie

    Jumbie Senior member

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    Just saw that Dropbox has released an Android app.
     
  2. BrettChaotix

    BrettChaotix Senior member

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    I rooted my phone the day I bought it so I have wireless tethering without PDANet. That also allowed me to install the NES, Genesis and SNES emulators. I'm running a rom with Android 2.1 on an HTC Hero. Spring won't release the official 2.1 update for a few weeks I think.

    Apps:
    Pandora (widget)
    Last.FM (widget)
    Google Navigation/Maps
    Voice Command
    UrbanSpoon
    Trapster
    Talk/IM
    gString (guitar tuner)
    Advanced Task Manager

    Games:
    Sketch Online
    Real Blackjack
    Simon
    OpenSudoku
    iMobsters
    Papijump
    Tetris
     
  3. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    homerun battle 3D - possible best game EVER
    Bought this on your rec. Like it, but I really suxxor at it. I have lost PvP about... oh... twenty times in a row now. Also, eats battery like a motherf*cker.
     
  4. zatarregaza

    zatarregaza Senior member

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    I replied to this thread more than a year ago when I had my old Android phone. I have the Tmobile Mytouch 4g now, so let me make some changes.

    First off Power Manager and Missed Call are obsolete. Android 2.2.1 now comes with similar utilities built-in.

    This phone has so much memory I can install a ton of apps. With my G1 and Mytouch 3g you could definitely feel some lag when you installed too many apps.
    Here are my preferred apps w/ some explanations included:

    Lookout Mobile Security (phone locator, backup, and Anti-virus)
    Yelp (find stuff to do and places to eat)
    Google Earth (cool globe effects)
    Weatherbug (weather forecasts and more)
    Widgetsoid2.x (awesome widget that lets you change most settings from a single console)
    Cardiotrainer (uses GPS to track my bike rides and estimate calorie usage)
    Andoku Sudoku (simple sudoku app)
    Dolphin (browser and add-ons)
    Net Scan (reveal network info when using wifi)
    Key Ring (keeps all your rewards cards on your phone - finds and applies coupons too)
    Lightning Bug (white noise generator - helps me fall asleep)
    Facebook (simple interface to facebook.com)
    Dropbox (easy access to your dropbox account)
    OI Notepad (view simple text documents)
    OI File Manger (browse for files on your phone or SD card)
    Pkt Auctions eBay (easy eBay app with some special utilities for sellers)
    Poynt (much like Yelp - find things to do)
    Circle Battery Widget (clean graphical view of battery use for your homescreen)
     
  5. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    My phone should be here tomorrow. What should I put on it? So far, I think I'm getting: FourSquare
    Oh Foursquare is exciting.... Attachment 66522 ...especially when one is the mayor of everything. My favourite Android app though is TuneIn Radio, a very nice internet radio.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    I prefer that my apps give me seamless access to my data through either a web or Android interface. I also prefer apps that are multi-user aware for those things that need to be shared either with colleagues or family. To that end, I've found a few that do that well among the many that claim to do that:
    • Cozi -- good shared shopping list with web access. It also has calendar, to-do lists, and journal features, but I don't use any of those.
    • Evernote -- note-taking software with good syncing capability between Windows, web, and Android platforms. It has some sharing capabilities, but I have not tried to use any of them.
    • Astrid and Producteev -- I use the combination of Astrid (Android app) and Producteev (web) for a shared task list. Astrid has the option of syncing with your Producteev shared task lists. You can also schedule time or reminders for a particular task on a Google calendar.
    • Read It Later -- a great app that lets you mark blog posts, news articles, or other web pages for reading later. They have plugins for most web browsers so all your marked content is available on either Android or your web browser.
    • Google Reader -- the Android version of Google's web-based RSS reader. Google's Android apps, as you would expect, are among the highest-quality apps out there. I really like how well the Android Reader app syncs the status of my read items with the web-based Reader app. I tried several other Android RSS apps and none of them did a good job syncing with Google's web-based Reader app.

    The other thing that I would really like but have had much less success with is seamless file sharing with Windows 7 PCs. The built-in Connected Media app gets part of the way there, but I want something that allows me to seamlessly and wirelessly transfer files between Win7 and Android devices.

    I've tried a couple apps that turn the Android into a web server with an interface for browsing and transferring files, but they all have significant drawbacks. I would like something an app that automatically makes my phone's filesystem accessible from Win7 over a wireless LAN without any additional actions on my part.
     
  7. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I've tried a couple apps that turn the Android into a web server with an interface for browsing and transferring files, but they all have significant drawbacks. I would like something an app that automatically makes my phone's filesystem accessible from Win7 over a wireless LAN without any additional actions on my part.


    Have you tried dropbox (referral link...gives you more space than if you sign up by yourself but in the interest of full disclosure, it also gives me more space if you use it)?

    I plan on testing the android version when I get a phone but I have seen it work very well on other platforms and I use it all of the time on PC/mac/linux. It won't make your whole filesystem accessible (sounds like a security risk...) but it will give you a way to do seamless transfers.
     
  8. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Have you tried dropbox (referral link...gives you more space than if you sign up by yourself but in the interest of full disclosure, it also gives me more space if you use it)? I plan on testing the android version when I get a phone but I have seen it work very well on other platforms and I use it all of the time on PC/mac/linux. It won't make your whole filesystem accessible (sounds like a security risk...) but it will give you a way to do seamless transfers.
    Yes, I already have a Dropbox account and I really like it for sharing collaborative docs with other people, but as you point out, it's not exactly what I mean by seamless access. I want to be able to read or write any file to/from my Android phone from Win7 over a wireless LAN. You're also right about the security risk, but I'm fine with that capability being password-protected or restricted to wireless LANs that I specify such as my home and office LANs so there's no chance that people at Starbucks or whatever public wireless LAN I happen to use might be able to access my files. I just don't want to have to use a cable or manually start an app every time I want to transfer files.
     
  9. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Can you run an ssh server on it?

    If so, you could SSH into your phone and use a few simple commands to get your files:
    ssh user@phone
    cd pictures
    ls
    scp dicture.jpg user@computer:/pictures/totweet/

    and you're done...or if you know exactly what file you want, skip sshing in and just do (from your computer)
    scp user@phone:/pictures/dicture.jpg /pictures/totweet/

    The only problem I see here is that any service that does what you want is going to be a battery life hit. Either you are always running an SSH daemon or you are always running some sort of file server--something has to be alive and listening for you to connect. If it is not running directly, you will have to launch an app which goes against what you are looking for.
     
  10. bontailla

    bontailla New Member

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    Wondering if anyone else uses Droid Generator
    The software that lets you create android apps with a link to your blog/site...

    My question is, does anyone know how I can add a second link on the first page of my app? Right now the software lets you place one.

    Im not a coder.. and support said that will be in the next version release... but i dont feel like waiting...
     
  11. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Can you run an ssh server on it?

    If so, you could SSH into your phone and use a few simple commands to get your files:
    ssh user@phone
    cd pictures
    ls
    scp dicture.jpg user@computer:/pictures/totweet/

    and you're done...or if you know exactly what file you want, skip sshing in and just do (from your computer)
    scp user@phone:/pictures/dicture.jpg /pictures/totweet/

    The only problem I see here is that any service that does what you want is going to be a battery life hit. Either you are always running an SSH daemon or you are always running some sort of file server--something has to be alive and listening for you to connect. If it is not running directly, you will have to launch an app which goes against what you are looking for.

    Good point. I bet it is concerns over battery life that limit the deployment of always-on network services like that.
     

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