Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Out of Milk = It is a grocery list app that can also be used for to do lists. The cool thing is you can access and update your lists from the web or ipod app. You can also share your lists with other people.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Out of Milk = It is a grocery list app that can also be used for to do lists. The cool thing is you can access and update your lists from the web or ipod app. You can also share your lists with other people.

I use OurGroceries which has the same features. I tried Out Of Milk, I wish I could remember why I went with OurGroceries instead.

Either way, the functionality is awesome, especially the sharing lists between people.

Does Out of Milk sync changes to lists between users and devices?

General Crespin wrote:

Does Out of Milk sync changes to lists between users and devices?

Yes it does. You can set it up so users can update your lists or just view them.

Is there a port of Truecrypt for Android?

Can anyone recommend an application locker that has an option for pattern unlock and can't simply be killed via the task manager?

And I'll be damned if I can understand why Google has three or four different chat programs that do basically the same thing but none of which can be uninstalled.

Baron Of Hell wrote:
General Crespin wrote:

Does Out of Milk sync changes to lists between users and devices?

Yes it does. You can set it up so users can update your lists or just view them.

Any comparisons to Remember the Milk? I'm trying out a few task/to-do list apps to share with my wife. We both have Android phones.

I haven't used Remember the milk in over a year but when I did there was delay in the list updating and sometimes I couldn't use it when I didn't have a connection.

Answered a few of my own questions.

EDS can open specific Truecrypt containers. Works pretty well. Haven't tried the paid version yet where you can mount the containers as if they're storage so any app can access the contents.

Smart App Protector works pretty well. There's a few quirks where sometimes when you resume you can see an instant of the program before the lock screen comes up. But it can be setup so it's very difficult, if not impossible, to uninstall.

Avast is fantastic. You can firewall a program so it doesn't have internet access (nice for those apps which are handy, but have iffy permissions, as long as they don't need internet access). It also has built-in theft detection that can even survive a device wipe.

I don't like the interface for Dolphin, but its features are hard to argue with. Especially considering how anemic Firefox add-ons for Android are.

The only Apple device I've owned is my iPod Touch 1st generation, but I never thought I'd consider decent clock and calendar software to be killer apps. Since Android doesn't seem to have anything native that's as polished, I'll have to go Market hunting. And god, even with Appbrain, the Android market is a clusterf*ck.

I can't seem to get Bluetooth up and running between my laptop and tablet with ES File Manager. Not sure what I'm doing wrong there.

Transitioning to a tablet from a laptop, one thing I miss is the Firefox Evernote Clearly add-on. Pocket and other alternatives just don't cut it. Whenever I save an article with Pocket, then create an Evernote note with it, for some reason it removes any and all images. Not especially useful for my purposes.

On the bright side, my Kindle mounts just like an external hard drive, so it's possible to manage my eBooks purely from the tablet.

Poweramp, where have you been all my life? It pops up all the time on Lifehacker, and I wondered what made it so great. Now I know.

ComicRack for Android seems just as good, if not better, than the desktop equivalent.

Android browsers are ... lame.

I didn't realize how heavily I had come to depend on my various extensions, and without them everything feels clunky.

I just want Lastpass, Evernote, and Xmarks to work in harmony. But Evernote support on Android lags behind the desktop, which seems bizarre. No Evernote Clearly, no extension support for anything but Dolphin, which may be the best of a bad lot but whose interface I despise.

I've tried saving articles to Pocket, then saving it as an Evernote clip, but for some maddening reason it reduces everything to text-only and removes all images. Useless.

Firefox for Android's add-on catalog is beyond anemic.

Part of the reason I was excited about a tablet was the opportunity to streamline my online research/clipping. But I was better off in Windows 7.

On the other hand, Pulse has completely changed my news intake/breakfast routine. If newspapers were sorted that way and subscriber based, I'd pay up for my local news. Too bad the Picayune is a hot mess and focused on the suburbs.

ComicRack is fantastic. I wish comics you bought on Comixology could get read via ComicRack.

Purchased PowerAmp. Feature-rich is an understatement, and I actually wish it had a "simple mode". Honestly, things like when I click shuffle there are four types of shuffle I've never heard of confuse the crap out of me at first. I expect that type of functionality to work like every other player on the planet: shuffling the songs in my current playlist. By default it shuffles ALL songs. Things like that. But damn, it's handy with the EQs and widgets.

Titanium has even more features than I remember. Being able to zap bloatware is great, and to freeze apps that I don't want to uninstall but want off my apps drawer. Now if only I could do that with widgets ...

Chrome on Android is pretty nice, especially when you sync it with your desktop Chrome.

Yeah Chrome has been great. Have to have ICS or JB to use it, but it's great.

http://www.androidincanada.ca/news/g...

Google Music coming to Canada!
WOOT
I've had it for a while since I could hack it onto my phone using a DNS spoof but now we will have access to the catalogue and friends/family can now get on board and not have to hack .

YAY

SixteenBlue wrote:

Chrome on Android is pretty nice, especially when you sync it with your desktop Chrome.

Without extensions, I find them both disappointing.

Pulse only saves the URL to Evernote, turnsout I'm not crazy and Pocket only saves text, and the Dolphin addon randomly gives errors about the article being too big, even for pages that are only a few paragraphs.

I haven't tried Instapaper and Evernote, but I'm loathe to buy an app only to find out it won't save images to Evernote. The 15 minute market window is frustrating.

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Has anyone come across a good programming tutorial for children?

I know of a few on the web, but it might be a little easier to point my daughter (who is 9) at an app on the Nexus 7. I hope for something that will be as appealing as a game, rather than feeling primarily dry and educational.

unntrlaffinity wrote:

Without extensions, I find them both disappointing.

...Pocket only saves text

That, friend, is a selling point. Still, the overflow menu at the top of the screen can change you over to Web view rather than the text-centric Article view.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
unntrlaffinity wrote:

Without extensions, I find them both disappointing.

...Pocket only saves text

That, friend, is a selling point. Still, the overflow menu at the top of the screen can change you over to Web view rather than the text-centric Article view.

It doesn't matter what view you're using, when you clip to Evernote it discards images.

Linking your Evernote account to your Instapaper web account works pretty well. Not as nice as Evernote Clearly for the desktop, but pretty good. Automatically saves articles you like to Evernote, complete with images at the end.

I think I'll buy the Evernote app and do a year subscription online just for that.

MikeSands wrote:

Has anyone come across a good programming tutorial for children?

I know of a few on the web, but it might be a little easier to point my daughter (who is 9) at an app on the Nexus 7. I hope for something that will be as appealing as a game, rather than feeling primarily dry and educational.

Maybe some Logo variant for Android? This article mentions Logo and a few other little tools, but they all do not seem to be polished to the max and still need guidance, either through you or a few paragraphs from a book.

The Little Schemer could also be a good intro book. It has a certain stile that no other programming book I have encountered used and it appears to me a bit more beginner friendly.

Edit: Take a peek on Squeak! How could I have forgotten Squeak ...

Thanks for that, Plastefuchs, I'll check those out.

Does anyone know how often market apps do a license check? The reviews in some of the apps I have purchased or intend to purchase complain that apps won't run if you're offline.

I have easy internet access now, but when I'm actively backpacking I can easily go days or weeks without internet. Just because I'm motorbiking in the countryside doesn't mean I don't want to still read a few comics or watch a movie before bed.

Some, like my app protector, I obviously want running all the time, regardless of internet access. Others, like ComicRack, I frequently use with the WiFi turned off. It seems stupid, but I have frozen versions of the free versions of these apps as a backup, but I'd prefer to not brother with crap like that for items I've purchased.

Decided to just block my paid apps with Avast firewall and see how long it takes to complain.

News reader apps have totally changed how I take in the news. Pulse is my go-to, but I'm warming to Google Currents and News360.

The Pulse layout is great for viewing lots of headlines at once, and browsing through them very quickly. I use it when I'm eating breakfast and just want an overview of the day's topics, and Pulse's included "Best of" news feeds are good for that. I also use it for anything I read from an RSS source.

The RSS sources can be quirky, though. You're at the mercy of however that particular site is setup. Sometimes the RSS feeds take a long time to update, so you won't see newer stories.

Google Currents has a magazine like view. Sometimes navigating it is a bit odd, and I get kicked back to the home screen with an inadvertent Back press (if there's a consistent logic to how Android treats the Back button, it eludes me).

The magazine layout seems to only exist for sites that have designed their content to be presented in that fashion, with all the various categories. When it's combined with a time-based category or feed, this is fantastic. But otherwise, with sites like Slate, you'll have to click on like 8 different categories if you want to ensure that you've seen every new story. I'm thorough like that, so it bugs me.

On the other hand, using pure RSS feeds in Google Currents kind of defeats the purpose, since the content will ONLY be in chronological order.

News360 is neat for new content discovery. I generally leave out any sources that I've already got covered in Pulse (my RSS feeds) or Currents (with content designed specifically for the magazine layouts). You can search for generic terms like "Movies" or "Crime", and it aggregates lots of stories.

One great feature is that when a story has many different sources, it'll present them up top with lots of tabs, and display the images from those stories in a scrolling bar on the right.

It also supposedly learns your habits and makes suggestions, but I haven't been using it long enough to see the benefits.

I usually like to find one app that's "good enough" in the categories I consider most important, but I've made my piece with this trilogy. Pulse is fast and chronological. Google Currents has a snazzy layout, and is great for when I want to read individual stories and sources with more depth than my breakfast browsing. And News360 picks up on a lot of stories I'd otherwise miss because they don't fall into my RSS/source bubbles.

They all have share capabilities, so I use Instapaper with all of them to save stories. Then later in Instapaper I "like" stories to send them automatically into Evernote. A little more roundabout than just having something like Evernote Clearly, and sometimes the images are all inserted at the end of the articles instead of throughout, but at least it saves them. And it beats the standard Evernote clipping functions that just save the URLs.

One caveat with Instapaper, Currents only shares to Instapaper if you've got the app installed. News360 and Pulse are perfectly happy to link up with your web account and ignore the app.

If I had to pick two, I'd go with Pulse and Currents. News360 can be extremely slow at times, whether it's simply loading new stories or opening one you've clicked on. It also has the occasional crash, something that hasn't stood out for me on Currents or Pulse.

If I had to choose one, I'd pick Pulse. The Currents layout is pretty, but you can really only browse one source at a time. With Pulse you can flip through multiple feeds pretty quickly, and separate the content into paged tabs (News360 does this as well, but it's a bit muddy and unresponsive at times).

Snapseed has come to Android.
Very cool photo editing app that uses gestures to edit your photos.
Here's a little ditty i just did.

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

TerraTime, long one of my favorite Android apps, has added a Globe Daydream, if you're on Android 4.2. It's purdy.

What's a Globe Daydream?

Also, is it just me, or does anyone wish the Market had a wishlist of sorts?

Any recommendations on a good NFC app? I've been using "NFC task launcher" and it's okay but I was hoping for something better.

Veloxi wrote:

What's a Globe Daydream?

Also, is it just me, or does anyone wish the Market had a wishlist of sorts?

Good lord yes.

A daydream in a new thing in 4.2, which seems to be a screensaver of sorts. I haven't tried it, since I use a Smart Cover on my N7. I assume that the one that the General is talking about is a Globe one.

Any live wallpaper suggestions? I've been using GyroSpace 3D, which is one of those things that make people say "Wow!" when they look at my tablet.

Veloxi wrote:

Also, is it just me, or does anyone wish the Market had a wishlist of sorts?

It does. It's there on the app at least.

CannibalCrowley wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Also, is it just me, or does anyone wish the Market had a wishlist of sorts?

It does. It's there on the app at least.

Affirmative. I use it all the time. I wish discovery was better though. Be nice to have filters like you do on Google search or Amazon. Date range, minimum review score, last update, etc.

A nice feature of the wishlist is that if an app goes on sale, its current price is shown. Great for those apps you're on the fence about.

Do any of you use a battery saver app like Green Power or Juice Defender?