Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

I've tried 'em, but they just seemed to make things worse. :/

CannibalCrowley wrote:

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

Not since 4.1 fixed all my battery woes.

I'm currently using this kernel for my N4, whose aggressive tweaks really helped my stand-by and general battery life. Depending on your hardware there might be a similar kernel.

I have MX Player on a Nexus 7, but can't get the subtitles to display at the bottom. They always show in about the middle of the screen. I tried setting the bottom margins to zero, but no dice. Any ideas?

cheesycrouton wrote:

Any ideas?

use VPlayer?

RockPlayer is actually free.

Although I think it's moved off-market now. Last time I updated it it downloaded it's own thing and doesn't show up in my apps anymore.

But whatever, it works, it works well, it's played everything I throw at it, and free.

I use Dice Player which has played everything I have so far. Its funny how the stock player is completely useless.

I like HTC's stock player actually. It can push music from my NAS jukebox straight to my receiver. Not too many players in the market allow you to use a remote DLNA server AND a remote DLNA player.

Any recommendations for a good PDF reader with annotation capability? I'd like the equivalent of putting a sticky note onto a particular page, and some way to highlight text. Ideally, I want a semi-transparent rectangular overlay that I can easily slide up and down the page, and which conforms to the columns of text. (E.g. a highlight overlaying one line worth of text in a column, or a highlight line over the entire page.

I want to use this for knitting patterns, specifically ones with charts, so saving my place is important, and easily changing the location of the visible bookmark is also important.

We have a Nexus 7, if that makes a difference.

Someone recommended Carbon, the best Twitter client for WebOS, now available for Android.

I love the UI; loading images seems to take a few seconds longer than Plume.
Also, no TweetMarker integration, which is now a deal breaker for me.

Katy wrote:

Any recommendations for a good PDF reader with annotation capability? I'd like the equivalent of putting a sticky note onto a particular page, and some way to highlight text. Ideally, I want a semi-transparent rectangular overlay that I can easily slide up and down the page, and which conforms to the columns of text. (E.g. a highlight overlaying one line worth of text in a column, or a highlight line over the entire page.

I want to use this for knitting patterns, specifically ones with charts, so saving my place is important, and easily changing the location of the visible bookmark is also important.

We have a Nexus 7, if that makes a difference.

I don't have too much experience with different PDF readers, but I did purchase ezPDF reader back in the day for underlining and annotating PDF's. It has sticky notes as well.

That's the only one I ever tried really. I focused more on epub's, so I tried a few of those readers like Moon Reader and Mantano.

ezPDF reader has nice page-turn effects as well! bling bling

ezPDF is quite nice and fast too. Bought it back when you had not alternative beside it and some other weird pdf reader that took ages to load a single page.

Somehow, I already own ezPDF reader, I guess I must have bought it during one of Google's crazy $0.25, $0.10 or 0.01 sales.

Will have to give it a try.

The sad thing about it is that they have only one huge option pallet and menu. You have to scroll through a lot of options in either of them before you find what you are looking for.
At least the menu is categorized ...

Picked up a Galaxy S3 this past weekend and I'm evaluating it deciding whether or not to keep it or go for an N4 instead.

That said, any recommendations on a good mail app? K9, MailDroid, and AquaMail seem to be the best alternatives to the stock Samsung app. I'd like something that integrates with an Exchange server, can pull together two accounts (Gmail and Exchange), and has a "conversation" view. Any thoughts? I didn't see anything upthread.

While we're at it, any good replacements for the calendar app?

I like Touchdown. Not sure about your desired features though.

Trashie wrote:

Picked up a Galaxy S3 this past weekend and I'm evaluating it deciding whether or not to keep it or go for an N4 instead.

That said, any recommendations on a good mail app? K9, MailDroid, and AquaMail seem to be the best alternatives to the stock Samsung app. I'd like something that integrates with an Exchange server, can pull together two accounts (Gmail and Exchange), and has a "conversation" view. Any thoughts? I didn't see anything upthread.

I used Enhanced Email for awhile. I've since switched back to the native Gmail + MS's Outlook for my MS account.

Trashie wrote:

While we're at it, any good replacements for the calendar app?

I've pretty much always used Jorte, but only because I like their agenda widget.

Social Messaging Apps:

Viber
Talk (Google)
Messenger (also Google)
WhatsApp
LINE (from Japan)
Messenger (Facebook)
WeChat (from China)
Skype
ChatON (Samsung's default social messenger)
Yahoo Messenger
GroupMe
LiveProfile
Kik
Tango (most of my US contacts use this)

I knew Xfinity allowed you to download episodes to watch when out of network range, but I had no idea that some shows on Showtime were available even if you didn't have a Showtime subscription. I just took some contract work in TX, so I'll be flying a good bit over the next three months. I might actually get to catch up on stuff like Dexter and find out what the Homeland hype is all about without having to get discs from Netflix.

I'm a bit disappointed now that they don't have an Xfinity app for Win 8, so that I could watch on a 13" screen vs my Nexus 7. I can still hook it up in the room to the TV to watch on a bigger screen, I just can't use a Windows app on the plane.

So if you're like me and like some Showtime stuff and have been watching them gradually on disc, you might want to look around their Android/iOS app. Not everything's there, but they let you have access to more than I would expect (full run of Dexter and Homeland for instance).

LiquidMantis wrote:

I like Touchdown. Not sure about your desired features though.

Agree with this. Been using Touchdown as my main work email app for well over a year. It's the most feature full exchange-integrating app I've found. The full version is not that pricey, either, for a 'business app'..

I also just got my Nexus 10 delivered today, so, looking forward to playing with it this evening!

omnipherous wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

I like Touchdown. Not sure about your desired features though.

Agree with this. Been using Touchdown as my main work email app for well over a year. It's the most feature full exchange-integrating app I've found. The full version is not that pricey, either, for a 'business app'..

I've used Touchdown since my OG Droid, which really couldn't do Exchange accounts. It's an awesome program.

BUT it does not really hit any of his desired functionality. It runs one account, and I don't think has a conversation style view.

My $.02, nothing beats Touchdown for Exchange mail (it's basically mobile Outlook), and nothing beats the native Gmail app, so I run them both.

Yeah, apologies, I wasn't really relating my post to his required functionality (which I guess renders my post kinda pointless!), I was just +1'ing Touchdown as an awesome app.

LilCodger wrote:
omnipherous wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

I like Touchdown. Not sure about your desired features though.

Agree with this. Been using Touchdown as my main work email app for well over a year. It's the most feature full exchange-integrating app I've found. The full version is not that pricey, either, for a 'business app'..

I've used Touchdown since my OG Droid, which really couldn't do Exchange accounts. It's an awesome program.

BUT it does not really hit any of his desired functionality. It runs one account, and I don't think has a conversation style view.

My $.02, nothing beats Touchdown for Exchange mail (it's basically mobile Outlook), and nothing beats the native Gmail app, so I run them both.

I could be okay with the lack of merged accounts but the conversation view is crucial. It makes long email chains that I've ignored that much easier to delete/file. However, I'll have to give this Touchdown a try.

Just did a quick Google, sounds like TD does have a Conversation View setting now.

LiquidMantis wrote:

Just did a quick Google, sounds like TD does have a Conversation View setting now.

Oh! It does. In the email settings is an option "Open email as conversation".

The regular view is pretty much normal Outlook, but if you turn this on it shows the email stream when you open one. Don't know if it will delete/archive/etc. as a conversation like GMail.

Still don't think it does anything other than ActiveSync accounts though.

LilCodger wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

Just did a quick Google, sounds like TD does have a Conversation View setting now.

Oh! It does. In the email settings is an option "Open email as conversation".

The regular view is pretty much normal Outlook, but if you turn this on it shows the email stream when you open one. Don't know if it will delete/archive/etc. as a conversation like GMail.

Still don't think it does anything other than ActiveSync accounts though.

I love it when a plans comes together.

Thanks all.

So my mother and I just got new Motorola Electrify M phones. For both of us, this is our first smartphone. We don't have texting enabled on our US Cellular service (never really had a need for it), but browsing the app store I keep seeing various "free text" apps like TextPlus and the like. Are any of these viable texting apps should we ever need to (for instance, my boss prefers people text her if they need to talk to her about something unless it's an emergency)?

dhelor wrote:

So my mother and I just got new Motorola Electrify M phones. For both of us, this is our first smartphone. We don't have texting enabled on our US Cellular service (never really had a need for it), but browsing the app store I keep seeing various "free text" apps like TextPlus and the like. Are any of these viable texting apps should we ever need to (for instance, my boss prefers people text her if they need to talk to her about something unless it's an emergency)?

You could even use Google Voice for text.

Viber is what my family uses, I'm guessing it's similar to TextPlus.

My Google Voice number is the only one I give out to people. You can't send MMS, and you can only receive MMS from Sprint users, but other than that it's pretty sweet.