Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Hyetal wrote:

Any rooted phones out there that like switching it up, ROM-wise, I suggest giving MIUI a look:

http://lifehacker.com/#!5795542/miui-is-a-gorgeous-super-fast-rom-for-android

http://en.miui.com/

It's really quite neat and *might* have persuaded me away from CM7.

Interesting. Anybody else tried this?

As I posted in the other thread, my Droid screen flaked out, and I'm getting a new one in a couple days. Think I'm going to root it and see what it can do. Trying to decide what mod to use, thinking I wanted something with gingerbread, but I'm open to suggestions.

I would feel extremely wary of installing a Chinese ROM on my phone. Who knows what Trojans and backdoors does it have?

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

I would feel extremely wary of installing a Chinese ROM on my phone. Who knows what Trojans and backdoors does it have?

Open source code with various devs supporting the versions for the specific phones makes me less worried. A lot of people are looking through this code.

I looked at this for my EVO, but if memory serves it didn't have WiMax support. Maybe they have or will incorporate the Cynogenmod's code for WiMax.

I finally put Cynogenmod on my EVO recently. Other than a GPS issue that required me to reload a Sense ROM and reset GPS, then come back to the nandroid backup for CM, it's been pretty good.

Stele wrote:
Hyetal wrote:

Any rooted phones out there that like switching it up, ROM-wise, I suggest giving MIUI a look:

http://lifehacker.com/#!5795542/miui-is-a-gorgeous-super-fast-rom-for-android

http://en.miui.com/

It's really quite neat and *might* have persuaded me away from CM7.

Interesting. Anybody else tried this?

As I posted in the other thread, my Droid screen flaked out, and I'm getting a new one in a couple days. Think I'm going to root it and see what it can do. Trying to decide what mod to use, thinking I wanted something with gingerbread, but I'm open to suggestions.

I tried miui on my G2 but it feels a lot like the ios devices and well that felt kinda wrong... and I am a big fan of the stock android look and feel...

I recently started doing the CM nightlys to see how it feels to be on the cutting edge... it has been fine so far and I am enjoying it.

I think I'm going to use SuperOneClick to root.

And then just get RomManger and give CM a try.

Seems the simplest thing to try to get some gingerbread action.

Is there a free equivalent to SetCPU or should I just cough up the two bucks?

Stele wrote:

I think I'm going to use SuperOneClick to root.

And then just get RomManger and give CM a try.

Seems the simplest thing to try to get some gingerbread action.

Is there a free equivalent to SetCPU or should I just cough up the two bucks? :D

It's built into Cyanogen now.

You guys using ROM Manager to install ROMs?

I started using Amon_RA recovery when I got my EVO due to it being early to backing up the WiMAX data when Clockwork Recovery didn't.

I've always installed ROMs by running the .zip from within recovery. Not sure that ROM Manager would save me much time.

I will say that some Sense ROMs give me an "error on line 81" problem when installing, even though the ROMs seem to work. Never found anybody that gets that same error on XDA, so I have no idea what it is.

So my phone showed up a day early.

Well... with Win7x64 I could never get SuperOneClick to work. It always hung on "waiting for phone..." even though I think I had the phone drivers installed and know I had USB Debugging on, which are the only two prerequisites listed.

I found another guide to using it that said you needed the android SDK installed first. While I'm sure that might be nice for some other things too, it seemed pretty weird. And after downloading it, it was installing all these optional components that seemed like it was going to take forever.

So I remembered I still have my old laptop that has WinXP. Put SuperOneClick on there. Plugged in the phone, installed the phone driver from the SOC directory... ran SOC, click root, success!

Disappointing that Win7 wouldn't cooperate. But I have ROM Manager downloading the last stable CyanogenMod 7.0.3 as I type this. We'll see how that works out. Updates later.

There's a free stand-alone version of SetCPU floating around the xda forum if that's your thing.

As Edwin mentioned above, the basic functionality seems to be built into CM. I found the options for CPU, lowering it for idle, and how high to raise it. Seems stable so far with 250/800.

CM mod through Rom Manager was a painless install. Nothing to report really. Click, click, let it restart and do it's thing... done, start using phone.

Taking a while to reinstall apps (didn't get a chance to backup the other day when they reset my phone), but giving me time to figure out what I really use and don't.

CM seems pretty snappy. Notice a few usability improvements... but the biggest changes seem to be when digging into the menu options. Just about everything is adjustable. Saw some stuff in there that I never even would have thought about changing until I saw there was an option. Should be fun to play with for a while.

Anything else I should definitely grab that requires root? I seem to recall that being asked before, but can't remember if it was this topic or the big Android one.

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Heh:

From the Launcher Pro guy, a WP7 media player knock off.

Just downloaded the app - that's brilliant

Genre tab? I'm downloading it now.

Wonder how long this will last. MS probably would be well within their rights to kill this.

Just got my Music Beta invite from Google. Anyone else?

I got mine. It didn't let me upload earlier, though.

Uploading without problems here, near as I can tell.

EDIT: Picking up all of my local podcasts on the phone, and not giving me a way to hide them, is a deal breaker. Ah well, it's a beta, I'll check back in when there's some way to deal with that.

General Crespin wrote:

EDIT: Picking up all of my local podcasts on the phone, and not giving me a way to hide them, is a deal breaker. Ah well, it's a beta, I'll check back in when there's some way to deal with that.

That's the reason I segregate my podcasts on my PC in general. Saves that hassle.

General Crespin wrote:

Just got my Music Beta invite from Google. Anyone else?

Still waiting.

MannishBoy wrote:
General Crespin wrote:

EDIT: Picking up all of my local podcasts on the phone, and not giving me a way to hide them, is a deal breaker. Ah well, it's a beta, I'll check back in when there's some way to deal with that.

That's the reason I segregate my podcasts on my PC in general. Saves that hassle.

Uh? I think it's more that it doesn't respect .nomedia.

Bill_Lewis wrote:
General Crespin wrote:

Just got my Music Beta invite from Google. Anyone else?

Still waiting.

+1

Just got mine this morning. So far the cloud service seems quite nice - quite comparable to Amazon's, but with more accessible metadata editing. On the other hand, until it's got a store hooked up, it's a nice tool, but not a winner.

I've got my invite. It's fun to fiddle with now, but the Android app especially leaves much to be desired. It's just not a competitive app when compared to the likes of PowerAmp.

Once the beta is over, I don't see the incentive yet to move things from Amazon where all my purchases are stored free to Google.

I wonder if Google is going to give out an API for their music storage for other apps to use?

That would allow for much creativity I suspect.

MannishBoy wrote:

I wonder if Google is going to give out an API for their music storage for other apps to use?

That would allow for much creativity I suspect.

An API to music you own. Sir, you are a pirate.

Someone asked the same question at Google IO. Very vague answer was responded with.

taer wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I wonder if Google is going to give out an API for their music storage for other apps to use?

That would allow for much creativity I suspect.

An API to music you own. Sir, you are a pirate.

Someone asked the same question at Google IO. Very vague answer was responded with.

I can see legal getting involved somehow to prevent it to ward off any file sharing, but that's a shame.

Wow. I'm posting from my laptop, USB tethered to my Droid. Silly hotel that thinks it can charge for wifi.

Go Cyanogen!

Yeah, tethering is probably the major reason I picked out this semi-smart phone (a Sony Ericsson W760) -- with the unlocked, vendor-neutral firmware, it's crapware-free, has all the features (like a very nice GPS, surprisingly good for such a small screen), and works very nicely as a tether.

The native web browser doesn't even reach 'dismal', but in conjunction with the laptop, it's extremely useful.

I've set up OpenVPN back to my house. Originally, I did it because AT&T snoops, and I don't like sending unencrypted data over their network. But now that they're cracking down on tethering, I'm hopeful I'll be harder to spot through a VPN service.

If you use pre-shared keys (aka, "passwords") with OpenVPN, apparently there's no visible handshake process, and the traffic can't be analysed. It just looks like a stream of purely random bytes.

You can also use SSL certificates, which is much better for a larger deployment (you can issue and revoke specific certificates for specific people without shutting everyone else down), but apparently the SSL handshake is detectable if you do.

Like that Geico commercial with the mustache app? You can actual download that app for free from the market.