Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

It's got really nice sound, too, via the headphone jack, and even the tiny little speaker isn't too terrible. One of the better phones I've bought, and I hope it lasts and lasts.

Yeah, W760 was nice. Sony Ericsson used to make feature-phones that were absolutely da bomb. Extremely robust bluetooth stack, tethering, SyncML, ActiveSync etc etc etc, with a simple but nice and streamlined UI and battery life that measured in days, not hours like now. But they totally dropped the ball on smart-phones. HTC is now what SE used to be.

taer wrote:
Kurrelgyre wrote:

Curious, Watchdog doesn't seem to think Grass at least is that much of a burden..

Awesome. I just found this thread and was gonna mention my app(Watchdog), but it's here already. It's used instead of task killers, so you don't just blast innocent apps and break them.

Another one is the ADWLauncher. Its what ships w/ cyanogen 5.0.8. Makes the home screen feel snappy compared to stock or Helix.

taer, correct me if I am wrong but i looks like your app is the free app of the day at Amazon today. If you don't mind me asking do you still get anything the day when your app is free?

I thought that sounded familiar when I was looking at it today.

I was just wondering how others read this forum on their androids? I have been using dolphin web browser but am less then thrilled with that. I really like the XDA app and use it all the time, is there any better app for reading and posting in the GWJ forums?

I just started using Go SMS Pro (its free). Soooooo goooooood.

boogle wrote:

I just started using Go SMS Pro (its free). Soooooo goooooood.

Will give it a try

I'm getting a tablet after payday and in anticipation of that I was checking out Thumb Keyboard only to see that Amazon has it on sale for $0.99. First Amazon Appstore actual purchase made. At first glance it even seems decent on my phone.

I have been greatly enjoying my transformer. I am using the newly available swype beta for honeycomb. That being said I am hooked on swype on my phone so it only feels natural...

I loved swype. The T9 Flex thing that was Amazon's free app (normally $5?) one day seems to fill that role just as well as swype did though, and it actually has some drawing and voice options included too. Since swype was a beta and apparently could disappear anytime I've stuck with this.

Stele wrote:

I loved swype. The T9 Flex thing that was Amazon's free app (normally $5?) one day seems to fill that role just as well as swype did though, and it actually has some drawing and voice options included too. Since swype was a beta and apparently could disappear anytime I've stuck with this.

I had all kind of UI issues with that.It had some good points, but I switched back.

The new Swype beta seems to respect the modifications to haptic feedback strength I made in CM's settings. <3

Just got home with an Acer A500 tablet. It's so spiffy.

[Edit] Hmmm, Gingerbreak just seems to be chillin'. Wish there was some kind of status indicator.

[Edit2] So I got it rooted eventually. I'm reeeeeally digging the tablet though. Very fun.

FYI SeekDroid is free on Amazon yesterday and still is this morning... Also if you don't follow the Android game thread, Peggle is the free app of the day. And lastly GrooveIP is $1.99 right now.

MonoCheli wrote:

I was just wondering how others read this forum on their androids? I have been using dolphin web browser but am less then thrilled with that. I really like the XDA app and use it all the time, is there any better app for reading and posting in the GWJ forums?

Dolphin, for some reason, hates GWJ. They just don't jive.

Actually, to be fair, I don't really like Dolphin HD for many things. I've gone back to the default browser. It works really well with the relatively new code GWJ has for mobile phones.

I never browse GWJ on my phone, but after having just tried it, Miren seems to work perfectly. It's a really nice browser, too.

https://market.android.com/details?i...

I've tried most of the browsers, I always end up going back to the default Chrome-based browser though. Works just fine and it's pretty fast.

Citizen86 wrote:

I've tried most of the browsers, I always end up going back to the default Chrome-based browser though. Works just fine and it's pretty fast.

I use Opera. Quite happy with it.

I have tried Dolphin, Standard, and Firefox. Firefox is too slow everywhere... The standard is nice on my phone but the mobile websites don't work so hot on the tablet and all the websites think you are a phone when you use the Android browser. I was using Dolphin because you can tell it to act like a desktop browser. I wish TapaTalk would work with our forums... or someone with better coding skills then me (I can make .bat files and that is about it) could make one. I'd pay for it...

MonoCheli wrote:

I was using Dolphin because you can tell it to act like a desktop browser.

You can do that with Miren.

Just saying.

I may give Miren a try. I went through a browser temper tantrum a few pages ago, and after trying about 5 of them (Miren wasn't included in that list of 5), I still settled on the default browser.

Firefox is by far the worst of them all. I actually liked skyfire okay but the interface was astonishingly cluttered.

Seth wrote:
MonoCheli wrote:

I was just wondering how others read this forum on their androids? I have been using dolphin web browser but am less then thrilled with that. I really like the XDA app and use it all the time, is there any better app for reading and posting in the GWJ forums?

Dolphin, for some reason, hates GWJ. They just don't jive.

Actually, to be fair, I don't really like Dolphin HD for many things. I've gone back to the default browser. It works really well with the relatively new code GWJ has for mobile phones.

I don't like Dolphin HD myself. I keep it installed for when I need to force the Desktop user agent.

Dolphin Mini, on the other hand, is the first thing I reinstall after a phone wipe. Love it, it's what I use 99% of the time for web access on the phone... including reading GWJ.

Hyetal wrote:
MonoCheli wrote:

I was using Dolphin because you can tell it to act like a desktop browser.

You can do that with Miren.

Just saying.

I've had Miren installed for 15 minutes now. love the interface and the speed is competitive with the default browser. Unless it does something really stupid (large amounts of force closes, like firefox, or something), I'll probably switch to using it for most everything.

Here's a stab in the dark -- the most recent facebook app is not only unstable, but it's virtually useless for controlling "pages I admin." Given that I disseminate a lot of news from my blog's related FB page, that's annoying. The mobile version of FB is better, but not nearly as clean or efficient. Any ideas? I realize the other option is to jury rig the twitter account to piggyback onto FB. That may be my best option.

Glad you liked it!

MonoCheli wrote:

taer, correct me if I am wrong but i looks like your app is the free app of the day at Amazon today. If you don't mind me asking do you still get anything the day when your app is free?

Nope. Just a bunch of downloads. I was on vacation when it happened. They asked me if I wanted to participate, and they said it would be probably the 23rd or so. Almost forgot to check the free app of the day when it ran.

Overall, I think all it does is get you higher in their market.

I remember reading last year sometime that Valve have found that sales of games spike considerably right after the sale ends. Maybe apps could start to see - or already do - a similar effect.

duckilama wrote:

I remember reading last year sometime that Valve have found that sales of games spike considerably right after the sale ends. Maybe apps could start to see - or already do - a similar effect.

The next day did have a sales spike in terms of revenue, so it does confirm that finding. It vanished quickly though. And I saw a lot of sales on the Android market as well. I think some people use the free amazon deal to try out the app, then buy it if they like it on the market. Sort of how you used to have 24 hours to test an app. I miss those days.

taer wrote:

Sort of how you used to have 24 hours to test an app. I miss those days.

Seriously. I almost want to post that to the loathe thread. 15 minutes is seriously bullsh*t, especially on some of the apps that then have a large download after your purchase.

Yeah they fixed it to the extreme. 1 hour would be a reasonable compromise. Something like 6 hours would be more appropriate if there is an external download too.

or just let the developer decide...