Google Android catch-all

Since Verizon is apparently done with the GNex and not going to give us 4.3, I think I'm finally going to root mine.

Has anyone had any luck with Helium (formerly Carbon), from the same guy/team that does CWM and ROM Manager?

Since I've used the phone for quite a while, I'd prefer if there was some way to backup app data pre-root and restore it after. This seems to be the most recommended app for that. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with it?

Guess I could check the non-game apps thread too. I think I'm covered on the rooting itself part, but the bootloader part definitely wipes the phone and I don't want to lose all my app data, SMS, etc.

I used Helium to back up my Galaxy Nexus before flashing a 4.4 ROM, and it basically did what it said on the tin -- it wasn't terribly difficult to set up, and it produced backups of all the apps I had installed. I don't think it covered SMSes or call logs, though; I think I recall using a separate app to back up and restore those. I have a GSM Galaxy Nexus, so I was coming from 4.3, but I can't imagine it'd work any differently coming from 4.2.

Alright, am settling into the new device. I've installed the basics, including Twitter, Tumblr, Evernote, Remember the Milk, Dropbox, LastPass, Drive, BeyondPod. Tweaked with some widgets. My screens look awful for now but they're getting to a lean, usable state.

One thing I wanted to do was replicate the iOS wake-display-on-status behavior. When a text comes in, wake the display for a few seconds, show the thing, and then sleep again. I couldn't find it in the settings, but a quick DDG search yielded Notify Me. In the small bit of testing, it works fine, though I'm uncertain about security risks (the install screen, I think written by the developer, includes a note that Notify Me has access to lots of text entry not including passwords, e.g., credit card numbers entered, etc.).

The only other thing that languishes is a solid Dropbox-enabled text editor. Draft seems to be the cream of the crop, but I tried a couple free apps out. They disappointed to varying degrees on varying categories. Draft's only downside is that it's non-free, but that's fine. It seems like a quality app. (I know I can do stuff in Evernote but I keep my Jekyll-administered blog files in Dropbox and like the capability to create drafts in those folders from my phone [nevermind that I haven't done so in eons].)

Coolest thing so far? I just installed Notify Me from my computer. :headasplode:

I'll skim the thread for newbie recommendations, but feel free to drop a shout for your favorite app.

pneuman wrote:

I used Helium to back up my Galaxy Nexus before flashing a 4.4 ROM, and it basically did what it said on the tin -- it wasn't terribly difficult to set up, and it produced backups of all the apps I had installed. I don't think it covered SMSes or call logs, though; I think I recall using a separate app to back up and restore those. I have a GSM Galaxy Nexus, so I was coming from 4.3, but I can't imagine it'd work any differently coming from 4.2.

Yeah I've got SMS backup and restore for those.

muraii wrote:

Coolest thing so far? I just installed Notify Me from my computer. :headasplode:

95% of my apps are searched for and installed from the PC.

Carbon is a nice client for Twitter. I have Pocket installed so I can save articles from the internet onto the phone. You can save articles while browsing the web on any device and then read it on any device that has Pocket installed later on. You can even save some pages from the links on the Twitter feed.

Galaxy on Fire 2 HD is a nice free Freelancer-alike with the entire campaign completely free with no strings. Some unlocks require significant moneys (like $10 or so), but the base game should give you upwards of 20 hours of gaming so you can decide if they've already given you $10 of fun before you drop money on the optional add-ons.

Google Keep is a checklist and note-taker. It's a lot like Evernote in some ways, but sleeker. I use this instead of Evernote.

Plume gives you a scrollable Twitter feed widget for quick Twitter feed browsing.

12Hours gives you a clock widget with a built-in schedule marker. Calendar events show up as wedges on the 12hour clockface.

MediaMonkey for managing media - music, podcasts, that sort of thing.

Lift for establishing and maintaining new habits.

Pulse, Flipboard, Feedly, and Currents for news.

Steam for browsing sales on-the-go.

IOU to track debts.

Settle Up to track and divide group stuff.

Foursquare to explore nearby locations.

Timely for alarms, timers, and stopwatches.

Zedge for wallpapers and ringtones.

Snapseed for on-the-go photo editing.

iTriage for medical emergencies.

SwiftKey for swipe typing.

Merriam-Webster for on-the-go dictionary.

Recollect for location-based checklist.

Much obliged. I'll be checking those out in coming days.

Carbon looks great but according to their Play Store page, they're out of Twitter tokens.

I still believe TweetDeck was the best client out there and none have come close.
Falcon Pro is among the best, but setup is a pain.
I couldn't get Carbon to update automatically, I had to manually refresh timeline every time I ran the app.
Echofon is good enough.

gReader has that classic Google Reader feel that I prefer over the flipboard/Current magazine-y approach I don't like.
Some people prefer Press to gReader.

with some tweaking, Lux Dash saves some battery keeping the screen at the optimal bright level all the time.

I really like Adaptive Lock Rotation; every time the device rotates, it will show an icon to confirm rotation.

Google's Android Claimed 79% of 2013 Smartphone Market

Android may have quickly reached the top of the smartphone world, but there are signs that this red-hot growth is cooling off... if only just. Strategy Analytics estimates that the platform claimed nearly 79 percent of smartphone market share in 2013. While that's both a record high and a big step up from almost 69 percent in 2012, it also represents Android's slowest annual growth rate since its birth. As the analysts note, Google is facing an increasingly saturated market; there are only so many more customers it can reach.

Mobile phone market hits 'the great moderation'

Apple (AAPL) and Samsung continue to soak up all the industry's profits, McCourt says. Apple claimed 87.4% of phone earnings before interest and taxes in the fourth quarter, he said. Samsung took in 32.2% of industry profits. Because their combined earnings were higher than the industry's total earnings as a result of many vendors losing money in Q4, Apple and Samsung mathematically accounted for more than 100% of the industry's earnings.

So I guess for "Android" read "Samsung" these days.

If you install Lux, check if you have a plugin for your specific phone.

I gave up the other day and ordered a Moto X. CM support for the VZW GNex has been flakier through no fault of theirs and I would like to be able to use my phone without worrying about when my next charger access is. I have backup batteries but managing those is meh and other reasons I detailed on G+ if you really care.

Muzei is a very nice live wallpaper from the DashClock dev. Very nice because of the extensibility he built in allowing you to choose your source. Already has a bunch of plugins/extensions in the Play Store.

How's battery drain with live wallpapers?

muraii wrote:

How's battery drain with live wallpapers?

Relatively minor on non-phablets. Major battery drains tend to be active screen use, mobile data, syncing, and network reception. Wifi drains stronger than bluetooth tethering. The difference between a very bright static wallpaper and a dark-ish live one is relatively minor on Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 5, and most of the midline Samsung lines. Don't have hands on data with HTC phones.

:scrambles to get some lurverly bootayful pitchers.

Installed. I was thinking it was animated when I saw "live". I see how it shouldn't consume much battery, and I don't need no animations.

Well, I have been gifted a Galaxy Tab from future-comcast.

What do I do with this thing? Thinking about using it for work.

Live wallpapers are only active while being displayed, just like the launcher. Unless you spend a lot of time looking at the launcher, they have a negligible impact on battery life.

muraii wrote:

:scrambles to get some lurverly bootayful pitchers.

I saw a nice bouncy runway model walk GIF on Reddit yesterday, made it my first GIF "live wallpaper".

I'll enjoy it until my wife sees it.

I need to figure out where things like this (live wallpapers) are found. I'm still using the default Note 3 live wallpaper. I also wish I could install the Trip Advisor screen saver on all of my computers. As a heavy traveler and lover of photography I get excited whenever I see a new photo in rotation. Reminds me of all the places I want to see or have seen.

Muzei is nice in that it blurs the photo in the background, and you can tap the screen in an empty area to focus it for a few seconds. Not sure if this is common, but seems like a nice, light touch.

87 + 32 != 100. Something doesn't add up with that article quote.

Stele wrote:

87 + 32 != 100. Something doesn't add up with that article quote.

The reason is one sentence later. Competitors posted losses.

LouZiffer wrote:
Stele wrote:

87 + 32 != 100. Something doesn't add up with that article quote.

The reason is one sentence later. Competitors posted losses.

Ok. So what about the article earlier this week that said android was 70% of the market?

Just how damn much is Apple overcharging to make 80% of the profit on only 30% if the market?

Stele wrote:
LouZiffer wrote:
Stele wrote:

87 + 32 != 100. Something doesn't add up with that article quote.

The reason is one sentence later. Competitors posted losses.

Ok. So what about the article earlier this week that said android was 70% of the market?

Just how damn much is Apple overcharging to make 80% of the profit on only 30% if the market? :shock:

I wish they'd break those numbers down. My first thought: Apple owns their app store. That could be included in mobile earnings.

Apple makes a lot more profit on their mobile business from the get-go if that counts. Samsung's effort at rolling out their own market is lackluster at best.

http://www.zdnet.com/apple-google-microsoft-where-does-the-money-come-from-7000026043/

ITunes is only 9% of Apple's revenue according to that chart, I don't know what that means for profits though. Basically the bulk of Android sales are cheaper, low margin devices replacing feature phones, whereas Apple takes the high margin end of the market.

Another way of saying it is that Apple gouges their market like crazy.

I'd be curious to see how much profit they're making off charging an extra $100 for another 8gb of RAM on pretty much everything they sell. That's got to be close to 85% profit.

By all means, let's derail this thread with Apple bashing.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

By all means, let's derail this thread with Apple bashing.

Well, to be fair, this is the Android catch-all. I think it's expected

Asterith wrote:
Kurrelgyre wrote:

By all means, let's derail this thread with Apple bashing.

Well, to be fair, this is the Android catch-all. I think it's expected ;)

It's what I come here for.