Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

MannishBoy wrote:
MonoCheli wrote:
Post how you like it, I could be interested in it for Exchange and an old Yahoo account I have to keep an eye on every now and then.

Well, if you use Swype, hold off or try the test version I wish I'd found earlier.

When entering text in the app, while typing in Swype, the text box on the keyboard doesn't update with your typing. As soon as you close your keyboard, the original text box shows the text.

Pretty nasty bug that makes it unusable.

I was having a similar problem. I'm using the Beta app on my Moto Atrix and the damn thing wohnt allow me to simply type. if i dont want to swype the word, like an oddly spelled name, i cant do it. it wants to do word guessing for each letter i type! ARGH!

groan wrote:
I was having a similar problem. I'm using the Beta app on my Moto Atrix and the damn thing wohnt allow me to simply type. if i dont want to swype the word, like an oddly spelled name, i cant do it. it wants to do word guessing for each letter i type! ARGH!

You talking about with Swype or this mail app?

Swype since the last beta is working fine for me. On the previous version it would sometimes stop taking Swyped words and I had to manually typed until I went and reselected keyboard type again.

This topic feels like it belongs more here than the Android catch all. I could be wrong.

So last week I rooted my phone, and that was fun for about a day. Since I still had a stock kernel, really the only things it let me do was underclock my phone and activate wireless tethering. Both cool options, but not exactly front page material.

So last night, after hours of reading and re reading and worrying, I took the plunge. I upgraded to CWM 3.1.0.1, installed the SyndicateROM Frozen 1.2 ROM, and updated my kernel to Genocide 1.1, which allows the Epic 4G to go up to 1.4 Ghz.

First: stability. If anything, it's more stable than the stock OTA froyo that came with the phone. Zero lockups, zero freezes.

Second: speed: It's noticably smoother than stock froyo. The built in voltage meter and CPU adjuster are much more refined than setCPU, the phone is snappier than it's ever been (even after going through Titanium Backup and reinstalling all the apps I use on a daily basis), and everything that isn't bandwidth limited just loads faster. I currently have the CPU range between 200mhz and 1.2Ghz.

Thid: battery life: It's too early to tell. People rave about the way this ROM sips battery power, but it doesn't seem to be drastically different than stock froyo (once I removed Miren, of course). This may be a situation where I'm just expecting a lot of my phone (I have a lot of push notifications for twitter, FB, weather, shazam, gmail, etc) turned on, so this may be something a new OS just can't overcome.

That said -- despite the fear of bricking, the whole process was surprisingly smooth. I feel like a real grownup now.

Well, consider, you've raised the performance of your phone a great deal without impairing battery life. Speed isn't normally free, so it appears that the raving about this ROM's power management is justified.

The mobile tradeoff is always speed versus heat and battery life. If you're getting that much more speed for free, that's a big win.

MannishBoy wrote:
MonoCheli wrote:
Post how you like it, I could be interested in it for Exchange and an old Yahoo account I have to keep an eye on every now and then.

Well, if you use Swype, hold off or try the test version I wish I'd found earlier.

When entering text in the app, while typing in Swype, the text box on the keyboard doesn't update with your typing. As soon as you close your keyboard, the original text box shows the text.

Pretty nasty bug that makes it unusable.

Seems to be fixed as of the update I got yesterday. Which I think was an update available other place, just not at Amazon.

So I seem good with this now. Finally HTML non-google email.

MannishBoy wrote:
Seems to be fixed as of the update I got yesterday. Which I think was an update available other place, just not at Amazon.

So I seem good with this now. Finally HTML non-google email.

I picked it up when it was on sale anyway, I have wanted a way to check my yahoo mail that I use for all my website etc mail but rarely send mail from and it has been working well to just check it. Last time I tried the Yahoo Mail app it drained my battery soooo fast I uninstalled it a couple days later.

So for those of us who have a Droid X - and presumably some other handsets too - the Netflix app has been updated and now works perfectly for me. Before the update, I couldn't even see it in the marketplace. Woo-hoo!

I wonder if it's working on my tablet now then. I keep getting an error that it can't connect to the Netflix service when I try to actually start streaming.

LiquidMantis wrote:
I wonder if it's working on my tablet now then. I keep getting an error that it can't connect to the Netflix service when I try to actually start streaming.

I have been waiting for the Honeycomb version of the Netflix app... they need to make tegra 2 version, but I kinda doubt it will happen.

So my wife left her iPhone somewhere yesterday, and rather than freaking out, calmly went to "find my iphone," which let her know that the phone was at her parents' house. Pretty cool piece of tech. I was jealous.

Turns out, Android has about 300 different versions of that type of system. Anyone have preferences one over the other? I grabbed Lookout Mobile because it was downloaded a lot, had a good review score, and was free, but I'm curious if there's something better or if it's a six of one / half dozen of another scenario.

Check out SeekDroid. You can pull up recent calls and wipe the phone from the website as well. Both are options set on the phone.

It was free, I guess it's at $0.99 now.

Seek Droid does look pretty nice, that's what I've got set up now. I also have the free version of Lookout running, but it doesn't seem to match the functionality for what you're describing.

In fact, even though I got Seek Droid free, I think I'm buying it for both my wife's and step-daughter's phones.

Question about the Amazon App Store: Anybody sharing an account across multiple phones with this? Both my new wife and step daughter just got Android phones, and I've accumulated some Amazon apps that they might use, including a couple of paid apps.

I've been trying to log into their accounts when there's something free I think they may be interested in and picking it up for them, but it would be easier if I just shared. I'll try to dig up the Amazon TOS for how OK this is, but is there anything technical that would keep me from doing it?

I don't see any technical reasons it wouldn't work. They'd just show up as your devices. I'm guessing that it's against the ToS though.

LiquidMantis wrote:
I don't see any technical reasons it wouldn't work. They'd just show up as your devices. I'm guessing that it's against the ToS though.

Looking at the page that shows your devices, my EVO currently shows up 3 times. I assume it's from different ROMs or different installs of the Amazon App Store app. So technically it would work.

Something like SeekDroid that requires an account at the devs site might have issues, but I doubt it. You'd just register different accounts.

Still digging for the TOS.

Found it. It specifically says you can download to other devices linked to your account. The only thing is it mentions for "personal" use. Not sure if "personal" is defined as non-business, or meaning specifically an individual.

Yeah, it definitely works from a technical stance. Just like the Google Market, I use the same account for my phone and tablet and have most of my apps on both.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Yeah, it definitely works from a technical stance. Just like the Google Market, I use the same account for my phone and tablet and have most of my apps on both.

I have my phone, my wife's phone, my tablet, and my old phone that is serving as a "land line" all on my Amazon account with no problem. I do wonder if there is some level of control developers have like with Kindle books how the publisher can tell you how many devices you can put a book on at a time.

FYI, Groove IP with Google Voice is great for turning an old android into a wi-fi only phone to keep at home as a home phone. It helps with your wife who likes to spend hours talking to her family and friends but you don't want to pay for a larger plan

So, I just rooted my new Motorola Triumph.

....now what?

Tether? Tethering is cool.

Minarchist wrote:
So, I just rooted my new Motorola Triumph.

....now what?

The one from Virgin Mobile? Can you share the link on how?

Edwin wrote:
Minarchist wrote:
So, I just rooted my new Motorola Triumph.

....now what?

The one from Virgin Mobile? Can you share the link on how?

If your phone is rooted, just install Wireless Tether for Root.

Edwin wrote:
Minarchist wrote:
So, I just rooted my new Motorola Triumph.

....now what?

The one from Virgin Mobile? Can you share the link on how?


I think the same way as usual: Gingerbreak. Just make sure USB debugging is on and you have a mounted microSD, 'twas the height of simplicity. Did it while I was on the can. Gingerbreak installs SuperUser by itself, so you don't have to worry about doing that. But here's a more step-by-step guide, if you want it.

Has anyone messed around with ROMs much? I'm on Froyo (2.2), but Android 3.1 adds native FLAC support, which is super tempting. Anyone have recommendations as to where and how to pick up something like that? Or warnings away from it?

Minarchist wrote:

Has anyone messed around with ROMs much? I'm on Froyo (2.2), but Android 3.1 adds native FLAC support, which is super tempting. Anyone have recommendations as to where and how to pick up something like that? Or warnings away from it?

My only advice is that, once you find a ROM that people have vouched runs well on your phone, read all the documentation twice and watch any related videos twice before trying it. Especially if you are like me, skim directions, then start doing stuff. Installing a new ROM is a delicate process.

It's not a hard process, but it can easily degenerate into fear if you mess up or skip a step.

Also useful to know is that in general, it's actually pretty difficult to brick your phone beyond fixing. You might mess it up pretty bad, but assuming you read the documentation and made a backup, you can restore it to stock and start again.

Seth wrote:
Minarchist wrote:

Has anyone messed around with ROMs much? I'm on Froyo (2.2), but Android 3.1 adds native FLAC support, which is super tempting. Anyone have recommendations as to where and how to pick up something like that? Or warnings away from it?

My only advice is that, once you find a ROM that people have vouched runs well on your phone, read all the documentation twice and watch any related videos twice before trying it. Especially if you are like me, skim directions, then start doing stuff. Installing a new ROM is a delicate process.

It's not a hard process, but it can easily degenerate into fear if you mess up or skip a step.

Also useful to know is that in general, it's actually pretty difficult to brick your phone beyond fixing. You might mess it up pretty bad, but assuming you read the documentation and made a backup, you can restore it to stock and start again.

Yup, I've had to restore a couple of times without incident, but it is a little terrifying. In my case, I got caught in an infinite boot loop while updating my Cyanogen install.

Minarchist wrote:
Edwin wrote:
Minarchist wrote:
So, I just rooted my new Motorola Triumph.

....now what?

The one from Virgin Mobile? Can you share the link on how?


I think the same way as usual: Gingerbreak. Just make sure USB debugging is on and you have a mounted microSD, 'twas the height of simplicity. Did it while I was on the can. Gingerbreak installs SuperUser by itself, so you don't have to worry about doing that. But here's a more step-by-step guide, if you want it.

Has anyone messed around with ROMs much? I'm on Froyo (2.2), but Android 3.1 adds native FLAC support, which is super tempting. Anyone have recommendations as to where and how to pick up something like that? Or warnings away from it?

How's the Triumph?

I'm fighting the temptation to purchase one.

Got Pocket Cast for the Android (also available for the iPhone). And am loving it so far.
Beyond Pod was alright and Winamp kinda ok. But Pocket Cast just shows the album art
and the number of available podcasts.
Also has an index of the more popular podcasts (why GWJ isn't included is beyond me!).
It's a few bucks on the Android Market.
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Sparhawk wrote:
Got Pocket Cast for the Android (also available for the iPhone). And am loving it so far.
Beyond Pod was alright and Winamp kinda ok. But Pocket Cast just shows the album art
and the number of available podcasts.
Also has an index of the more popular podcasts (why GWJ isn't included is beyond me!).
It's a few bucks on the Android Market.

I like it pretty well, too. I got it on the free Amazon app of the day. However, the developer got mad at the terms from Amazon and are pulling it and not offering updates through the Amazon App Store going forward, so I guess I'll buy it on the Market.

anyone running an antivirus or malware protection? I've been seeing lot's of that's in the news and want to protect my phone.

Bill_Lewis wrote:
anyone running an antivirus or malware protection? I've been seeing lot's of that's in the news and want to protect my phone.

I run the free version of Lookout, as much for the other features as the anti-malware.