Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I'll try some of these out this week.

No one has a good car accessory that they use to play music/podcasts? Do you just use headphones?

AndrewA wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I'll try some of these out this week.

No one has a good car accessory that they use to play music/podcasts? Do you just use headphones?

Sorry, my car has the blue tooths (Mazda 3); it works great too, when I get out of the car it pauses the playback (at least Amazon's Cloud player). The only thing I hate is, in the car I have to jack the media player volume to keep the sound consistent with the radio/cd's; at work with headphones I need to turn it way down.

Tigerbill wrote:

The only thing I hate is, in the car I have to jack the media player volume to keep the sound consistent with the radio/cd's; at work with headphones I need to turn it way down.

You could use Tasker, or something similar, to automate the volume changes.

AndrewA wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I'll try some of these out this week.

No one has a good car accessory that they use to play music/podcasts? Do you just use headphones?

I use the same cassette tape adapter that came with my old Sony Walkman CD player.

After some trial and error I've settled on BeyondPod and Winamp for my audio needs. Both are working quite well - and BeyondPod feels lightyears ahead of iTunes.

BeyondPod's user experience is quite fantastic. I may switch back to it after another version or two, although Pocket Casts is continually improving.

To expand, BeyondPod only had a few issues that caused me to switch to Pocket Casts and I think they were device specific. At the time I only had a 4GB mSD card so I wanted to store my podcasts on the 6GB of onboard storage that very few apps were able to use. BeyondPod had no internal support for moving the storage location, you were just supposed to move the whole folder and then when you launched the app it would find the new location. Sadly, in practice it kept trying to download new podcasts to the SD card instead of the onboard storage folder that the rest of the podcasts were in. I went around and around with this for months, never found a reliable solution.

It also couldn't keep podcast images straight, don't know if that was to do with my monkeying with storage and download locations or what, but that was a relatively minor issue compared to the other.

EDIT: As far as in the car, I have a 2004 Ford with the stock deck. I just use a cassette adapter. I know it's got some sort of aux input *somewhere* that I probably just need to hook up an adapter to but I haven't gotten around to that.

I am also with Pocketcast. Although I have sometimes trouble with update the podcasts and sometimes the podcast will stop playing. Not sure if this is pocketcast's fault or Android's. I think the latter.
Also trying Winamp on my laptop and android phone, to see if that syncs nicely or not.

Hey, all. I can't find any "social networking app" suggestions for the past few months of this thread, so I apologize if it's been covered before, but...

I have been using TweetDeck for quite awhile and, while I love it, the app doesn't seem to do "Facebook notifications" anymore, at least, not the way I want. Now, it only tells me when I get Twitter replies, even when it's supposed to (and used to) report Facebook comments. Perhaps it's a result of Twitter's buy-out, for all I know. Regardless, I'm looking for a replacement on my HTC Inspire. Here are the things I want:

1). I want it to integrate Twitter and Facebook (and Google+, but I don't think such a thing exists yet).
2). I want to be able to open pictures within the app, and have them in the correct size (not just a thumbnail).
3). I want to have a single widget that can display both feeds.

Thus far, I haven't been successful in getting many of these things. For example, I like Seesmic, but it doesn't open pictures to a full size within the app (even if I select "full size" in the menu). I have tried HootSuite, but it won't tell you who "Liked" your post (as Seesmic does): just that you got a certain number of "Likes." The Facebook and Twitter apps themselves are functional, but they are pretty slow...and, moreover, they are two full apps rather than one.

TweetDeck provides a single widget that lets me access both feeds quickly and easily, and it opens (most) pictures within the app, both from Facebook and Twitter. Does this not exist in any other app?!

Thanks for the help! I don't mind spending cash on a good app: just want one that does all these things!

Apparently Box is offering 50GB of free cloud storage for trying their app by March 23rd. I've never used Box but I'm going to jump on this while the offer stands.

http://phandroid.com/2012/02/23/box-...

Got a new job and it came with one o them new fangled smert phonez. Its an HTC Incredible 2 *droid sound effect*

So far I love it if only for the built in google maps!
The screen is nice and the typing works much better than expected with my large and in charge fingers.

EXCITE!

nice!

@ilduce620
I've been using Tweetcaster. I have it linked to my Facebook account and 2 of my twitter accounts but for some reason when I go to accounts now I dont see a way to add another facebook account. Must have been then taken away.

groan wrote:

@ilduce620
I've been using Tweetcaster. I have it linked to my Facebook account and 2 of my twitter accounts but for some reason when I go to accounts now I dont see a way to add another facebook account. Must have been then taken away.

I tried it awhile back and it seems like they now have "Tweetcaster" and "Friendcaster," as separate apps. Perhaps I'll try again, though. That's one of the few alternatives to Seesmic and Hootsuite I can find.

Woot @FBB.
@LM I took advantage ot that too.
Shortly afterwards Dropbox came out with an update where you get auto photo uploads (like Google +) but it uploads the full size image.
They also give you an additional 500mb storage when you upload the first pic.

I can see that filling up fast so Dropbox better come up with more space for thier free users, or Box better expand on thier usefulness and integrate with disktop/phone as easily as Dropbox.

Actually you can get 5GB from Dropbox by uploading 4.5 GB of photos and 500 MB of video. That's on top of the 2GB free account.

um, upload 4.5 gb of photos? That's crazytalk!

I just took a couple folders of photos and copied them to my phone in to the camera folder and then plugged it in while on wifi... 1 free gig so far and uploading. My guess is it will be done by tomorrow morning and I will have over doubled my space.

MikeSands wrote:

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.

That sounds interesting. What's the verdict?

sorry if you already posted and I missed it.

Bill_Lewis wrote:
MikeSands wrote:

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.

That sounds interesting. What's the verdict?

sorry if you already posted and I missed it.

No, I haven't posted a report.

I wasn't impressed. It did tend to reduce ring volume when things were quiet, but it didn't seem to increase it when there was ambient noise, or at least not enough that I never missed a call. It also reset some of the notification settings in ways I didn't like, and didn't seem to have a way to override them (I like to have vibrate always on, and it liked to turn it off).

My tablet has been uploading to dropbox for the last day and a half and I am up to 3.5 gigs more.

Here's another one that might come in handy for you overseas people and Fire users: APK Downloader.

If you delete the 4.5GB of photos, do you lose the space?

edit: No. Works from the computer too if you install a beta build. http://lifehacker.com/5881692/get-up...

FYI it was changed from 5gb to 3gb as of feb 23... bummer.

I'm pretty shocked it took until now for that.

SixteenBlue wrote:

I'm pretty shocked it took until now for that.

Understatement of this phone generation ... so like, the last past two minutes.

garion333 wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

I'm pretty shocked it took until now for that.

Understatement of this phone generation ... so like, the last past two minutes. :P

First thing I did when I got a second handed 3GS, installing instagram. Just love it
Will install it on my HTC now as well.

So Instagram is...what exactly? A nice set of filters with some social sharing? I've got it now, but I'm not getting the big deal, honestly.

Veloxi wrote:

So Instagram is...what exactly? A nice set of filters with some social sharing? I've got it now, but I'm not getting the big deal, honestly.

I think it's more about the social sharing than the filters (at least once the filter novelty wears off). It's basically Facebook with just picture updates.

That's it?!?! Yeesh, not getting the hype at all.