Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

I've played Angry Birds Space on my Kindle Fire and thought it was really well done. They did a good job "freshening" up the overall formula. It's amazing what a difference a silly thing like "gravity" makes.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Any of you guys use doubletwist? How is it with podcasts? And thanks for the heads up on the $.25 games and apps. I still haven't spent all my $25 yet.

I've never tried it, 'cause last I heard, it required streaming rather than downloading. And as I wanted to be able to download podcasts, I use Pocket Casts, which is wonderful.

Angry Birds Space is tempting to get rid of the ads but then there's that note that save progress doesn't transfer. Not sure I want to play every level over again.

ilduce620 wrote:

I've played Angry Birds Space on my Kindle Fire and thought it was really well done. They did a good job "freshening" up the overall formula. It's amazing what a difference a silly thing like "gravity" makes.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Any of you guys use doubletwist? How is it with podcasts? And thanks for the heads up on the $.25 games and apps. I still haven't spent all my $25 yet.

I've never tried it, 'cause last I heard, it required streaming rather than downloading. And as I wanted to be able to download podcasts, I use Pocket Casts, which is wonderful. :-)

I use Google Listen because of the integration with the Google RSS Reader.

I think both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher can now import from Google Reader. Don't think they necessarily stay synched with it, though.

MannishBoy wrote:

I think both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher can now import from Google Reader. Don't think they necessarily stay synched with it, though.

Yep, Pocket Casts can import, but it doesn't stay synched. I actually found the integration in Listen to be a hindrance rather than a help -- if I was reading stories in Reader I'd inadvertently end up scrolling past those podcasts and marking them as read, which marks them as listened in Listen, which in turn prevents Listen from downloading them if it hasn't already.

I was never a huge fan of Listen -- "mostly sufficient" is about the highest praise I could give it. Once it was officially EOLd I bought Pocket Casts and imported my Listen feeds from Reader in to it, and I haven't looked back.

BeyondPod also can both import OPML files, and sync with Reader if so desired.

pneuman wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I think both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher can now import from Google Reader. Don't think they necessarily stay synched with it, though.

Yep, Pocket Casts can import, but it doesn't stay synched. I actually found the integration in Listen to be a hindrance rather than a help -- if I was reading stories in Reader I'd inadvertently end up scrolling past those podcasts and marking them as read, which marks them as listened in Listen, which in turn prevents Listen from downloading them if it hasn't already.

I was never a huge fan of Listen -- "mostly sufficient" is about the highest praise I could give it. Once it was officially EOLd I bought Pocket Casts and imported my Listen feeds from Reader in to it, and I haven't looked back.

Same here. I had to switch from Pocket Casts to Doggcatcher due to instability issues on my phone. Finally just gave up, but I really prefer Pocket Cast's interface to Doggcatcher's muddled mess of complexity. But at least it doesn't constantly crash on me.

MannishBoy wrote:
pneuman wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I think both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher can now import from Google Reader. Don't think they necessarily stay synched with it, though.

Yep, Pocket Casts can import, but it doesn't stay synched. I actually found the integration in Listen to be a hindrance rather than a help -- if I was reading stories in Reader I'd inadvertently end up scrolling past those podcasts and marking them as read, which marks them as listened in Listen, which in turn prevents Listen from downloading them if it hasn't already.

I was never a huge fan of Listen -- "mostly sufficient" is about the highest praise I could give it. Once it was officially EOLd I bought Pocket Casts and imported my Listen feeds from Reader in to it, and I haven't looked back.

Same here. I had to switch from Pocket Casts to Doggcatcher due to instability issues on my phone. Finally just gave up, but I really prefer Pocket Cast's interface to Doggcatcher's muddled mess of complexity. But at least it doesn't constantly crash on me.

I agree with everything here. PocketCasts is SO nice, but not stable enough. Doggcatcher is stable but a cluster to interact with.

I use BeyondPod. It is serviceable. I liked PocketCasts but it just crashed all the damn time.

I've no idea what you guys are talking about, honestly. Doggcatcher has always seemed damned simple to me.

Veloxi wrote:

I've no idea what you guys are talking about, honestly. Doggcatcher has always seemed damned simple to me.

Likewise. The only issue I have with it is that it gets crashy when combined with Presto for listening at high speed.

Putting a podcast in the playlist is about a five click process in Doggcatcher. I've used both for months at a time, and I MUCH prefer PocketCast's way of doing things.

I think Doggcatcher's problem is it tries to do everything for everybody. It's just had so many little obscure things added to it that it's a navigational nightmare to me.

But if you guys are happy, great. Other than it's stability and it's ability to use Presto (also in Pocket Casts), I don't like much about Doggcatcher.

EDIT: Tanglebones, Doggcatcher's still pretty stable for me at 2.2X playback speed. So it's another YMMV I guess.

Huh, maybe that's it, I've never really set up a playlist. I have my podcast themselves ordered in my preferred priority, and they just autoplay one after the other after being downloaded.

Veloxi wrote:

Huh, maybe that's it, I've never really set up a playlist. I have my podcast themselves ordered in my preferred priority, and they just autoplay one after the other after being downloaded.

I vary the order depending on my mood. So the auto sorting by priority doesn't work for me. I wish it did.

But that brings up another thing. I once tried to use that, but it took me awhile to figure out how to prioritize my feeds. Why? Because to change the order in a playlist, it's drag and drop. Yet on the feed priority, it's long press>Move up/down>then click where you want the feed to move and it will slot it in above. And to get to the "Move up/down", it's not even on the list that immediately shows up on the long press, you have to scroll down a ways to find it.

Why in the world design two different interfaces for a pretty similar task of reordering things?

Admittedly, Doggcatcher is not overly complex to interact with, it's just that PocketCasts is so much simpler, and makes much more sense. Switching to gain stability at the cost of better usability is an easier pill to swallow than the reverse, but I'll still complain.

I haven't had any stability issues with Pocket Casts yet -- sounds like I've been lucky!

pneuman wrote:

I haven't had any stability issues with Pocket Casts yet -- sounds like I've been lucky!

Enjoy it. I don't know if it's my phone or what the issue is. As soon as I upgrade phones I'll try to switch back.

pneuman wrote:

I haven't had any stability issues with Pocket Casts yet -- sounds like I've been lucky!

Me neither. Mine's been fine! The only issue is that it sometimes "hiccups" and can't finish downloading a 100+ MB video file, in which case I just start the download again and it completes. Other than that, it works great!

I noticed that SwiftKey 3 has a regular and tablet edition. What would people recommend for the Nexus 7 given that its pretty small?

I've been using the regular SwiftKey on my Nexus 7. Holding it vertically, it's about the same size as my Galaxy Nexus keyboard when holding that horizontally. It works well, in my opinion. I tried the tablet edition, but I don't think it was updated properly when I did, because it seemed buggy.

NSMike wrote:

I've been using the regular SwiftKey on my Nexus 7. Holding it vertically, it's about the same size as my Galaxy Nexus keyboard when holding that horizontally. It works well, in my opinion. I tried the tablet edition, but I don't think it was updated properly when I did, because it seemed buggy.

OK thanks, I may just get the regular once since its on sale for a buck.

There is a month long trial for the tablet edition. Try it out. It's working just fine for me.

Does anyone constantly hit the home button rather than the space bar on the Nexus 7?

I tried Swiftkey, and couldn't get on with it. Does it need much time to learn?

I'm doing that much more often lately than when I started using it.

spider_j wrote:

Does anyone constantly hit the home button rather than the space bar on the Nexus 7?

I tried Swiftkey, and couldn't get on with it. Does it need much time to learn?

Did you let it sift through your Twitter, Facebook and whatever else accounts? That speeds things up, but is ... scary. Regardless, it'll take a few days or weeks for you to get more frequently used words into the dictionary, especially when it comes to writing about games and whatnot. Stick with it a bit longer, everything takes a bit of an adjustment.

Loved Swift pretty much since the first moment I installed it.

QQ, any good recommendations for audio+notes app? I'm trying out AudioNote Lite which records the audio and the notes playback at the place in time when you jotted them down.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...

I'm liking it, but not loving it.
I'm looking for the ability to go through the entire notes at a glance or listen and read as the audio plays on.
Any suggestions?

The final day of $0.25 apps and games over at Google Play is upon us! Here's a full list (via Android Central) of what is $0.25.

I already picked up Great Big War Game. Nice to see a pretty new title appearing on this list!

Assistant https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.speaktoit.assistant is a really fun app. I've bean playing around with this virtually assistant for a bit. I was able to name it but it took awhile. The app kept hearing Ebay instead of Edi. When I got Edi it pronounced it like "E" "I" instead of "E" "D". So I typed the name Edee and now it sounds correct. Yeah I named it after the mass effect AI program.

Then I changed it's looks. I wish there were more options like maybe a darth vader.

Once I got the look and name done I started asking it questions. I asked the weather and it told me the weather. I ask it for sex. It said don't be rude. I asked it what should I do today. It checked my google calendar and told me I didn't have any plans for today. I told it to add the presidential debate. It did and it asked me was everything correct. I said to change the time to 6:00 pm and it did it.

I know I could have done that with voice thingy but it was more fun with virtual girl. I'm going to see if it will kill for me next.

I don't recall if someone talked about Thumb Keyboard but it is currently 50% off. I like it more than swiftkey. A lot more options and works with both phones and tablets.

OMG I LOVE Thumb Keyboard. It's soo awesome, get it if you can.