Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Stele wrote:

Chrome for Android!

I guess this is only for Ice Cream Sandwich? But holy crap was I happily surprised when I stumbled on this with my Galaxy Nexus. It's awesome. It syncs with your desktop Chrome. Bookmarks, passwords, etc... and best of all, even open tabs!

No more need for Chrome2Phone. :cool:

Sad enough after all this time lol Just can't be happy about it in the end, as I already shun it on my laptop.
Google doesn't need to know whatever I am doing on the net. Sticking with Firefox for now.

Stele wrote:

Chrome for Android!

I guess this is only for Ice Cream Sandwich? But holy crap was I happily surprised when I stumbled on this with my Galaxy Nexus. It's awesome. It syncs with your desktop Chrome. Bookmarks, passwords, etc... and best of all, even open tabs!

No more need for Chrome2Phone. :cool:

Damn you for reminding me my Gingerbread phone can't run it.

Chrome for Android still falls far short behind Dolphin in terms of actual browsing experience -- time-to-load, stability, performance, plugins (love my LastPass) etc.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Chrome for Android still falls far short behind Dolphin in terms of actual browsing experience -- time-to-load, stability, performance, plugins (love my LastPass) etc.

I don't know what you're talking about. Plugins aside, the browsing experience on Chrome is miles ahead of Dolphin..... I ran both side by side for a while on my Galaxy Nexus, and Dolphin just felt old, clunky, and slow. I still resent having to use it on my tablet, which doesn't yet support ICS.

Chrome for Android is still beta, and another shortfall is it does not do flash, yet.

I do lik e it though, especially that it syncs my bookmarks.

groan wrote:

I do like it though, especially that it syncs my bookmarks.

The default browser is doing this on my GNex too. Don't know if this is a new ICS thing or more likely it's because I finally signed into Chrome at home to start with?

But when I pull up bookmarks on the stock browser, it has two sections, one for my gmail address, and another for local bookmarks on the phone.

i think its a ICS thing. I'm pretty sure that was not a thing before.

tboon wrote:

Any good podcast apps folks would recommend? I've been using Pocket Cast but it is flaky: random stuttering on downloaded podcasts, lockups, and occasional crashing of my phone make it time to find something else.

edit: sorry, filthy skimmer here. Will try out BeyondPod.

I'm happy with Google Listen. It took some getting used to, but once I got it down, it works fairly well.

Edit: Agreed on that the YouTube app sucks. I can't even bring up my own channel/favorites on the thing. If I want to show someone a video that I posted, I need to do a search for my user name.

Anybody use something like Llama to switch profiles, toggle wi/fi or BT, and other stuff, based on location? Couple similar apps are paid (Locale) or Motorola only (SmartActions).

Trying to decide if that will be enough to help extend my battery life on my new GNex or if I should still get something like Juice Defender in addition to that, or if maybe JD is good enough by itself?

Never really used JD on my old phone. Just had a widget for toggling wifi, gps, etc and would flip things off when I wasn't using them or if the battery got low. I think the GNex is going to need something more to squeeze every bit out of it.

Stele wrote:

Anybody use something like Llama to switch profiles, toggle wi/fi or BT, and other stuff, based on location? Couple similar apps are paid (Locale) or Motorola only (SmartActions).

I tried Llama a few weeks ago and wasn't terribly pleased with it. Supposedly, you can have it make adjustments based on Wifi, but I couldn't figure out how to make that happen. It works great if you always have a cell signal, but where I work, I rarely have one, so any time I'd walk into range of a phone tower, it'd flip my profile back from "Silent" to "Normal," and I couldn't figure a way to over-ride it. I just found it easier to set it to Vibrate when I get to work and turn it off when I leave...

Even though it is paid (and not cheap) I do really like Locale. It works well and has a lot of plug-ins for additional options (like a car-dock plug-in). It has gotten even better with my Galaxy Nexus and ICS.

I have been using Tasker for quite some time and it is totally worth the money for an amazing and useful app.

Stele wrote:

Trying to decide if that will be enough to help extend my battery life on my new GNex or if I should still get something like Juice Defender in addition to that, or if maybe JD is good enough by itself?

Juice Defender works quite well on the Galaxy Nexus. I used it for quite a while with no hassles and a lot longer battery life.

I use Chrome on my wife's OG Transformer and while it's nice, there are annoying rendering issues that keep it from being something I want to use every day. It seems to forget it's in the middle of rendering a page and just hangs at a white screen forever, or will just display the visible section of page and if I scroll, it takes a few seconds to show up.. Stuff like that. I have hope though..

Came across Exquisite Droid and Android Niceties, two sites that showcase good looking Android apps.

I bought Doggcatcher because Pocket Cast has been getting wonky and unstable on my phone lately. Man, Doggcatcher has a horrible unintuitive UI in comparison. It just doesn't make things easy.

Chrome got updated this week. Still no flash.

But the weird zoom issues I was having, with this forum and some other pages, seem to be fixed now. It was zooming it on landscape mode when I didn't want it to, and anytime the screen locked and I went back to the phone. Now seems to work correctly.

So I finally installed the Chrome beta on my phone. (DInc w/ CM9 ) I don't know what's broken about text formatting, but I *love* the way the forum reads. Post text size is normal. All other text, and images I think, is really small, just barely legible.

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General Crespin wrote:

So I finally installed the Chrome beta on my phone. (DInc w/ CM9 ) I don't know what's broken about text formatting, but I *love* the way the forum reads. Post text size is normal. All other text, and images I think, is really small, just barely legible.

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Well that's enough to have me give Chrome another spin. Pretty nice. I actually have a browser specifically for GWJ (Opera) because the site doesn't really play well with Dolphin Mini or the default.

Anyone tried out on{x} yet? Past the stupid name (I hate those brackets) and the fact that it requires a facebook login, it seems to be a more intuitive version of Tasker. Pretty slick, given the 20 minutes or so I've screwed around with it. Lifehacker crows about it here.

It's in beta and does require a FB account, which seems to be the reason for 99% of its bad ratings on the Play store.

Yeah I think when it gets google account integration people will start reviewing it on whether it's actually good or not.

Stele wrote:

Yeah I think when it gets google account integration people will start reviewing it on whether it's actually good or not.

Wonder if it will be a google account, or if it will be an MS account...

How does stuff like OneNote work?

MannishBoy wrote:

I bought Doggcatcher because Pocket Cast has been getting wonky and unstable on my phone lately. Man, Doggcatcher has a horrible unintuitive UI in comparison. It just doesn't make things easy.

one nice thing about it is it integrates nicely with presto, which gives you audio speedup with pitch correction. The dev is pretty responsive as well.

taer wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I bought Doggcatcher because Pocket Cast has been getting wonky and unstable on my phone lately. Man, Doggcatcher has a horrible unintuitive UI in comparison. It just doesn't make things easy.

one nice thing about it is it integrates nicely with presto, which gives you audio speedup with pitch correction. The dev is pretty responsive as well.

Both can be said for Pocket Cast, too.

I think my phone may be getting some corrupted files or something. It's having stability issue with Launcher Pro and Swype as well. Probably need to reload the ROM.

MannishBoy wrote:
taer wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I bought Doggcatcher because Pocket Cast has been getting wonky and unstable on my phone lately. Man, Doggcatcher has a horrible unintuitive UI in comparison. It just doesn't make things easy.

one nice thing about it is it integrates nicely with presto, which gives you audio speedup with pitch correction. The dev is pretty responsive as well.

Both can be said for Pocket Cast, too.

I think my phone may be getting some corrupted files or something. It's having stability issue with Launcher Pro and Swype as well. Probably need to reload the ROM.

sounds like I should try pocket cast then.

taer wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
taer wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I bought Doggcatcher because Pocket Cast has been getting wonky and unstable on my phone lately. Man, Doggcatcher has a horrible unintuitive UI in comparison. It just doesn't make things easy.

one nice thing about it is it integrates nicely with presto, which gives you audio speedup with pitch correction. The dev is pretty responsive as well.

Both can be said for Pocket Cast, too.

I think my phone may be getting some corrupted files or something. It's having stability issue with Launcher Pro and Swype as well. Probably need to reload the ROM.

sounds like I should try pocket cast then.

Yeah, Pocket Cast supports Presto, and the devs have responded to multiple emails of mine and are helpful.

I just prefer the queue management of Pocket Cast. It just makes more sense to me. Doggcatcher probably can do more stuff, but I'm not sure I want it to do more stuff at the cost of making simple stuff more complex to figure out.

Still giving Doggcatcher a shot for a bit longer. It is more stable with my headset controls for some reason.

I really like Beyond Pod, for what it's worth.

Epic. A triple post.

=(

So does anyone have any idea when HBO Go will work with ICS?

So, since I'm pretty new to the world of Android: what's everybody's current go-to security program to locate your device in case it gets lost or stolen? I've seen recommendations for Phone Locator and the reviews seem fine, but there's an abundance of similar tools out there. Do they have any significant impact on the energy consumption of the phone when active?

Also, if you're a somewhat tech-savvy user, is it still necessary to install an anti-avirus app?

Thanks in advance!