Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Seth wrote:

Any recommendations for free car dock apps?

I just use the Google one on the rare case that I use one.

Will give Dolphin a try. Firefox was fine so far. Before that I tried Opera. Not too bad either.

Sparhawk wrote:

Will give Dolphin a try. Firefox was fine so far. Before that I tried Opera. Not too bad either.

the problem with browsers is they're constantly being improved. on a lark i decided to give Opera mobile another try, and inexplicably fell in love. it's fast and it plays better with forum posting than dolphin mini. looks like this might be a thing that i just need to check on every few months.

Dolphin kept causing my galaxy s2 to spontaneously reboot. Stopped doing it as soon as it was removed.

Anyone have a respectable, safe, non-Google Market source for the Dolphin or Dolphin Mini APKs? I'd like to switch from Silk on my Kindle Fire, but for some odd reason Amazon won't allow alternate browsers on their app store (/sarcasm). I also can't pick it up off the Market, as my Fire doesn't have a phone number so I can't associate it with my account.

Teneman wrote:

Anyone have a respectable, safe, non-Google Market source for the Dolphin or Dolphin Mini APKs? I'd like to switch from Silk on my Kindle Fire, but for some odd reason Amazon won't allow alternate browsers on their app store (/sarcasm). I also can't pick it up off the Market, as my Fire doesn't have a phone number so I can't associate it with my account.

If you have Dolphin on an Android phone could use use Titanium Backup to send the APK to somewhere that you could snag it with your Fire?

I did this with Dropbox and LogMeIn Ignition. Use Titanium to send the files need to your desktop then, drag and drop them onto your Fire. I forget where right now but, will check when I get home. Now I just use Dropbox to do it. Not sure how updates would be handled after that, haven't had to worry about it yet.

I actually don't have any Android devices other than the Fire unfortunately. I think I've got a buddy with a phone though, so perhaps I could have him act as a go between.

Teneman wrote:

I actually don't have any Android devices other than the Fire unfortunately. I think I've got a buddy with a phone though, so perhaps I could have him act as a go between.

If not let me know and I can send you the APK's.

You need a phone number to use the Market? I have Cyanogen on my HP Touchpad, and I don't need a phone number for that... Then again, I have Google Voice, so maybe that's where that's working. But still...

NSMike wrote:

You need a phone number to use the Market? I have Cyanogen on my HP Touchpad, and I don't need a phone number for that... Then again, I have Google Voice, so maybe that's where that's working. But still...

His problem is the Fire won't let him load the market when stock.

Yeah I just thought you needed a gmail account to use the market.

Stele wrote:

Yeah I just thought you needed a gmail account to use the market. :?

Remember, the Fire isn't a "google" device. It's a fork of Android 2.2.

Google has to approve your device for you to legally sell it with Market access (or any of the google apps).

On top of that, Amazon blocks some stuff and tries to keep the device locked to their market.

MannishBoy wrote:
Stele wrote:

Yeah I just thought you needed a gmail account to use the market. :?

Remember, the Fire isn't a "google" device. It's a fork of Android 2.2.

Google has to approve your device for you to legally sell it with Market access (or any of the google apps).

On top of that, Amazon blocks some stuff and tries to keep the device locked to their market.

Bingo. I can log into the market just fine. But when I try to get an app, it tells me I have no devices associated with my account. To associate a device with my account I either need to: 1) give the market the device's phone number, or 2) load up the market app from within the device. With the Fire neither is possible. Well, to be technical I could sideload the market app and then load it up, but that would require getting the market app's APK, which puts me right back where I am now

And Tigerbill, my buddy doesn't have an android phone after all, he's on blackberry. If it's not too much trouble for you to kick the APK over to me I'd surely appreciate it.

Teneman wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
Stele wrote:

Yeah I just thought you needed a gmail account to use the market. :?

Remember, the Fire isn't a "google" device. It's a fork of Android 2.2.

Google has to approve your device for you to legally sell it with Market access (or any of the google apps).

On top of that, Amazon blocks some stuff and tries to keep the device locked to their market.

Bingo. I can log into the market just fine. But when I try to get an app, it tells me I have no devices associated with my account. To associate a device with my account I either need to: 1) give the market the device's phone number, or 2) load up the market app from within the device. With the Fire neither is possible. Well, to be technical I could sideload the market app and then load it up, but that would require getting the market app's APK, which puts me right back where I am now

And Tigerbill, my buddy doesn't have an android phone after all, he's on blackberry. If it's not too much trouble for you to kick the APK over to me I'd surely appreciate it.

PM me the contact info and I'll send it over after work today.

Does anyone know if I use Titanium to back up my install of Dolphin HD on my phone; will the preferences be saved as a separate file? I don't want to inadvertently give any of my personal info/passwords/etc away.

I found RingDimmer in a list of recommended apps on Android Police. It claims to adjust ring tone for ambient sound level, so it's always loud enough to hear but never loud enough to alarm you or others nearby.

I only put it on yesterday, so too early to tell if it makes a big difference to my life, but I like the concept anyway.

Sounds interesting. I have lots of times I don't hear mine.

Tigerbill wrote:

Does anyone know if I use Titanium to back up my install of Dolphin HD on my phone; will the preferences be saved as a separate file? I don't want to inadvertently give any of my personal info/passwords/etc away.

You have the option of app or app+data. I'm assuming that app is just the apk.

Ok, I sent off the file.

It installed on my Fire just fine by side loading it through Dropbox. It started up fine but I did zero functionality tests (it did not copy over any of my personal data).

Took me a bit to find the right file in Titanium as it wasn't labeled Dolphin, it was labeled Tunny_Browser.

If anyone else wants a copy for a non-Market device let me know I can email it out to ya.

Worked beautifully Tiger, thanks a ton!

I seem to have lost my iPod Nano today... perhaps in a snow bank somewhere. Since I'm the unlikely new owner of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, however, I think I can make up for the blunder.

Can someone recommend me:

a) A good music player (unless the default one is the best)
b) A good podcast app (I've heard of Stitcher, but don't know how it stacks up)
c) A good accessory to use my phone to play music/podcasts in the car. (I have an iPod FM transmitter for the now-lost Nano)

Thanks!

a) I've been using MixZing and it's been the best I've found so far. Unfortunately they added ads to the free version but I still like it a lot.

I really like Pocket Casts for podcasts. I think it's also an iOS app.

The stock Android player has traditionally been pretty average, but the new Google Music player seems pretty good to me. Even though the Google Music service isn't available outside the US, the actual player itself still works fine, and I'm pretty sure that that it's the standard player on the Galaxy Nexus.

For podcasts, I use Google Listen, though it's a little confusing and sometimes messes up my downloads. I've heard better reports about Doggcatcher, but so far, Listen hasn't annoyed me enough to make me pay for an alternative. Development on Listen seemed to be dormant for a while, but there have been a couple of minor updates in the last month or so, so hopefully that's a sign of renewed interest in it.

I'm afraid I'm of no help with music, as I use Subsonic. As far as podcasts go, I'm lately using Pocket Casts and it's worked well enough. BeyondPod is also a good app.

I really like PocketCasts myself, but if I recall, it's not free (been a while since I got it). You could try out Stitcher, but I haven't done so myself. Music is for my Zune, not my phone. And my car has an aux input, so... I'm practically no help at all.

I've been using the Amazon player for a while. Ever since I bought one of those 99 cent CDs to get my extra GB of cloud storage and uploaded a ton of my songs. Even so it works just fine for on-device music too. Can adjust volume and skip tracks with lock screen on still. Seems good enough.

Think I installed WinAmp at one point too since I still use that on home PC. But can't really remember using it on my droid lately.

Oh yeah, I tried PocketCasts and it was the best podcat app I have used but it still didn't meat my needs (I forget why) so I stopped using it. I just use MixZing for podcasts too, now. I manually maintain all of mine, which is a pain.

gregrampage wrote:

Oh yeah, I tried PocketCasts and it was the best podcat app I have used but it still didn't meat my needs (I forget why) so I stopped using it. I just use MixZing for podcasts too, now. I manually maintain all of mine, which is a pain.

Pocket Cast gets a lot of functionality upgrades frequently. I've even had several emails with the devs. The biggest feature I wanted it drag to organize the playlist, and they told me they're working on it.

I also bought the sound library that they have hooks into that allow for faster playback with tone correction.

I switched to Pocket Casts over Google Listen. And if you're using listen, Pocket Cast will now import your Google Listens/Reader subscriptions.

pneuman wrote:

I've heard better reports about Doggcatcher, but so far, Listen hasn't annoyed me enough to make me pay for an alternative.

Listen started to annoy me enough that I ditched it for Doggcatcher. I have really been happy with it.

I use Winamp for playing music on my android device, it works well. To transfer and transcode my files I have used Mediamonkey.

I haven't done any comprehensive testing - just Doggcatcher & Listen, but Doggcatcher has been wonderful so far.