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sholling
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reply to nekkidtruth

Re: [Apps] Must Have Apps for Android! [Updated: 02/06/12]

Productivity:
Astrid Tasks – task manager
K-9 Mail – awesome unified inbox mail application
Executive Assistant – unifies tasks, calendar, SMS, email applications (like the above) and other tools into one location
Grocery King – shopping list
Folder Organizer – organize and group your applications
ES File Explorer - A real file management and transfer tool
WiFi Analyzer – does what it says, analyzes channel availability/available networks/signal strength

Keyboard:
SwiftKey 3 – I’ve tried the majors and like this best

Fun:
Pulse - News Feed Aggregation
Beautiful Widgets – clock/calendar shortcut/weather
BeyondPod – podcast player/reader
Ambling Book Player – great audio book player, allows you to switch between books without losing your place
SoundHound – names that tune
Scanner Radio – police and fire scanner

Specialty Apps:
Unified Remote – home theater PC controller/mouse/keyboard
Droid Light – flashlight
Banking & auto insurance apps
Amazon AppStore
Wolfram Alpha – math and statistics
Ulysse Gizmos – compass/level/magnetometer/GPS status monitor
OnTrack - blood glucose tracking for diabetics
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Selenia
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Hola-Web accelerator for root. Uses multiple connections, compression, custom DNS, caching, and alternate peers/servers to speed up every web app.

System Tuner Pro-Exposes the guts of a rooted system in a very nice and presentable manner. Can get nice speed gains here. Great backup system on par with Titanium Backup.

Dolphin Jetpack-Custom html5 engine for Dolphin Browser, instead of stock. Very fast and smooth.

Llama-Great automation app and free. For almost every aspect of my phone automated via this app.

Adaway-To block those pesky ad networks using up mobile data

Airblocker-Detect and block Airpush. Leaves such apps functional

Cache Cleaner NG-Does as it says and allows app exclusions. Handy for ICS cache bogdowns. Root only.

Silent boot-mutes that pesky boot up noise brigade. Introduced to my once silent Pantech Burst in ICS.

Swapper/Swapper2 Better performance via swap files. I personally modify the oom killer to be light handed and let this take up the slack. App crashes are almost a thing of the past.

Wifi Fixer-Address many wifi issues and forces reconnect if finds no internet.

3G Reconnect-The best carriers and some phones drop the ball on your mobile data connection sometimes. This monitors according to system status and gets you reconnected in the background before its far gone enough to need a reboot. Never been without working data since first day of install.

Better Battery Stats-Free from XDA. Donate version in Play Store. The only battery monitoring app with enough info for me to hunt down some deceptive battery eaters on my phone. Tripled the lousy battery life I was getting in 1 day of use. Tried others, no help. Even better, it polls the stats collected internally by Android, so using it is not a battery waster.

alogcat-Have system issues? This will help hunt them down. Much like the logcat viewer in Linux.

Most of these help your system run better. The entertainment part of things is up to your individual taste
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Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Best Android Apps
BY: Alan Henry
Your Android phone may be the best hardware on the market, but everyone knows it's the apps that help you make the most of your Android device—whether it's brand new or a few years old. For our third annual Lifehacker Pack for Android, we're highlighting the apps that help you stay productive, stay connected, and stay informed and entertained, not to mention a few that will make your Android phone just that much better.

»lifehacker.com/5924212/lifehacke···oid-apps



gjrhine

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reply to nekkidtruth

Wi-Fi Analyzer



FastEddie
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(topic move) [Apps] Must Have Apps for Android! [Updated: 02/06/

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Hayward
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Re: [Apps] Must Have Apps for Android! [Updated: 02/06/12]

said by sholling:

Amazon AppStore

If you have Google Play access really sort of a PITA. Everything on Amazon is on Play. (And not vice versa)

Problem is both see the common apps as updatable but you can only update from the source it came from (but you don't find out until after DL in the install stage)

Gets messy.... for that reason I only occasionally take AMAZON free APP of the day... but otherwise stick to PLAY.

EDIT Actually now that I think about it Google had never asked me to update an Amazon acquired APP, but AMAZON does not make that distinction and wants to update everything it offers gotten there or not (but then fails if so) So I never us Amazon Update... probably missed some updates of those FAOD because of that.

Though on many generic (and Amazon) non Google licensed devices, Amazon is the only (ed. really equivalent full) market choice.
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Selenia
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said by Hayward:

said by sholling:

Amazon AppStore

If you have Google Play access really sort of a PITA. Everything on Amazon is on Play. (And not vice versa)

Problem is both see the common apps as updatable but you can only update from the source it came from (but you don't find out until after DL in the install stage)

Gets messy.... for that reason I only occasionally take AMAZON free APP of the day... but otherwise stick to PLAY.

Though on many generic (and Amazon) non Google licensed devices, Amazon is the only choice.

I call BS on your last statement. A friend picked up a trio 4.3 mini tablet with ICS, but no Google App license. She was ready to give it up because she tried to install from Google Play on web(lol) without a Play Store app and naturally failed. She only wanted free apps, so I set her up with 1Mobile Market(has pretty much all free apps play has and a few, but nothing is a paid app) and told her about SlideMe, Mobilism, and GetJar. So we have

1. Amazon
2. 1Mobile Market
3. SlideME Market
4. GetJar
5. Mobilism
6. Likely more

Amazon is a pain in the ass. To say generic users are relinquished to that thorn in the anus is utterly false. In fact, I gave her 1Mobile because it searches for free big name apps much better than Play or any of them. It can silently update like play with root too. Otherwise, you just click an install prompt.
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Hayward
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OK point taken, and actually have tried a few you mention on generics and found them to be rather thorn in the side too in many respects...

Maybe I should have said for those, Amazon is the only near equivalent Play source (one stop paid and free full market)
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Selenia
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1Mobile has come a long way. It's the only one I regularly use besides the Play Store. The others are pretty much a last resort. SlideME has some paid apps, as well. A few were ones Google pulled for take down notice BS. Selection is more limited but a few apps are exclusive, thanks to Google.



lordpuffer
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reply to nekkidtruth

Can anyone recommend a good Visual Voicemail app, free or paid? I read through most of the thread, but not all, so I may have missed it. I'm running stock 4.2.1 on my GNex.



Jackarino
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»play.google.com/store/apps/detai···udnZtIl0.

A friend of mine uses this and really likes it.
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lordpuffer
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Thanks Jackarino.



Jackarino
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Hotsport Toggle Widget by FATTIN

Excellent hotspot feature for free! No root required.
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skj
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FoxFi is a great app which turns you phone into a hotspot without any rooting. With a USB connection I use PdaNet.
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PeeWee
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reply to Jackarino

said by Jackarino:

»play.google.com/store/apps/detai···udnZtIl0.

A friend of mine uses this and really likes it.

Youmail
I used it, liked it, had to quit using it as when I was out of range Verizon would not answer by default making customers think my service had been discontinued. I couldn't have them think I couldn't pay my bill.
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Alcohol
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reply to nekkidtruth

Airdroid - Just try it.



Jackarino
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Just downloaded and tried that ^

Looks pretty good!
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VegasMan
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reply to nekkidtruth

Who has tried Kii Keyboard? I'm loving it so far, and it's still in beta.
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Post Op
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What is the best podcast app?
Pocket casts or Beyond pod or something else?

Found YouTube reviews. Pocket Casts looked simpler and easier to navigate and only costed 2.99



Selenia
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I got one to add. Hacker's keyboard. Very configurable and gives you a computer like keyboard. Now using apps like terminal emulators is a breeze. Direct draw mode works great on my phone. No more lag when typing long posts in my browser like I do here sometimes. Previously, using wifi keyboard with my wireless keyboard plugged into my desktop was my only way around that. It's free too, so thought I'd give the developer props by sharing it here. Great dictionary for correction, downloaded separately. Not an idiot like the stock one in Android.
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A wise person knows enough to know they couldn't possibly know everything.

There are zealots for every OS, like every religion. They do not represent the majority of users for either.



Selenia
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Google Voice is your friend. Good visual voicemail with lots of other features. Even got my voicemail over wifi when AT&T had the hiccups during sandy. Combined forwarding features with VoIP and never missed a beat(or a call that I wanted to take). Being a Google App, it is very well integrated into Android.


dlsauers

join:2005-10-25
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reply to nekkidtruth

Re: Suggested applications...

Suggested applications for:

Spoken email|gmail, SMS? Not just for vehicle use.

Grocery lists - ABSOLUTELY MUST be able to share AND UPDATE list(s) by multiple users even those on different carriers/devices. Scan UPC to cross off list(s), scan UPC to add to list(s), aisles for stores...



Da Geek Kid

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Re: [Apps] Must Have Apps for Android! [Updated: 02/06/12]

a new app I found not mentioned here that is a MUST for rooted phones is Adfree. »play.google.com/store/apps/detai···n.adfree



Selenia
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I use AdAway, which does the same thing(modifies hosts file) and pulls from multiple lists. Then I follow up with Airblocker(instructions say ad blocker updates override it but using it 2nd lets them cooperate) for that nasty Airpush. I use a few Airpush apps and only knew it by scanning. It really blocks that annoying crap without using their suspect opt-out that kills some enabled apps from what I heard.
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A wise person knows enough to know they couldn't possibly know everything.

There are zealots for every OS, like every religion. They do not represent the majority of users for either.



Post Op
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reply to Alcohol

said by Alcohol:

Airdroid - Just try it.

»airdroid.com/

What an awesome friggin app. Be sure and use chrome as your browser on the mac/pc side to be able to use the folder feature. Every android user should get this app. and it's friggin' FREE!
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Recently added Avast because i need to be able to disable my phone if it gets lost/stolen. Any recommendations for best app?
I was between where's my droid and avast.
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FastEddie
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reply to Da Geek Kid

[Apps] Must Have Apps for Android! [Updated: 02/06/

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Fickey
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Re: [Apps] Must Have Apps for Android! [Updated: 02/06/12]

Here's a few I can't live without. All are free and some have donate versions, so consider that if you find one appealing. First those without root requirements:

DayWeekBar - Adds the date & day to the statusbar.

QuickPic - A better, faster, less bloated gallery.

Gas Buddy - Find the cheapest gas.

Yelp - Find reliable contractors/businesses (but be aware many reviewers don't care about cost).

VLC Direct Pro Free - Stream media from your desktop to your Android device through VLC. Great for homebrew DVRs but requires geeky skills to set up.

TeamViewer - No-brainer remote desktop (requires desktop version running as well).

MyPhoneExplorer - Sync your Android to Outlook (requires desktop app also). Not perfect, but the best I've found for free. It can do more than sync, but that's all I care about. Also, like many free apps, the desktop installer offers a browser toolbar, just deselect it.

The following apps require root:

Wifi Pass Recovery & Backup - Easy way to backup/restore all the wifi networks you connect to, or share that really complex WPA key with your friends who can't understand why your password isn't "password".

AFWall+ - An improved & frequently updated version of Droidwall, controls which apps can access wifi/2G-3G-4G/roaming.

PDroid - This is by far the most powerful & trickiest app of the bunch. It requires patching & flashing your ROM (which I believe must be a custom ROM such as Paranoid Android, AOKP, AOSP, or Cyanogenmod). This allows you to block/spoof various permissions per app. Follow the links to read up on it & it's successors for ICS & JB. Indispensable if you're geeky enough to understand/care how much information is harvested about you through your phone.
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robbiek

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reply to nekkidtruth

some of my faves,

evernote, yelp, adaway, gasbuddy, angrybirds.


TuxRaiderPen

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reply to nekkidtruth

With all the snooping of connections, especially in the US (go figure! ) It's essential to have a secure connection, and with open 802.11a|b|g|n its even more so...

FEATVPN - FREE OpenVPN (NO ROOT!)
»www.featvpn.com/

You can download an ZIP OPVN profile, and it will use that to connect. No unzip'ng needed! Enter your credentials and away you go!

Works great! I've verified this to provide a connection to my VPN providers.

VLC HD Remote - Control (FREE) and STREAM (PAID ONLY $3.00)
»play.google.com/store/apps/detai···hd&hl=en

Allows you to control VLC via its web interface and even stream TO YOUR ANDROID device. I found this after the VLC Direct was listed here, and I found I prefer VLC HD Remote.
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